Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Cardigan - New Monthly Children's Services Newsletter

A new resource to help you navigate ALL.THE.THINGS.YOUTH. has started.

Two librarians in Kansas have begun a newsletter that you can subscribe to and contribute to:

"The Cardigan is a one-stop shop monthly newsletter for library staff working with children.  Each month, Allie and Katherine highlight new research, books, fun programs, and lots of other tips and tricks related to library services for children. Join our neighborhood!"

Read all about the scoop here! Thanks, Jbrary, for alerting us!

Friday, November 16, 2018

App Story Time

Submitted by Susie Menk, Youth Librarian, Manitowoc Public Library

Ever wish you could get parents more involved when their kids are on screens?  I recently did an “app” story time for our toddler times.  Last spring I took a class on Media Mentorship with Claudia Haines.  It was a wonderful class and I gained a lot of insight as to how to help adults use digital media wisely.  One idea that Claudia shared with us was an app story time.  She called it “App-ily Ever After.”  I used this as the basis for my story time and it went super well!  Parents and caregivers were excited to get recommendations about apps and to learn the difference between book apps, game apps and creative apps. 

I put together a handout that highlighted the apps I used during story time, as well as putting apps into the various categories of books, games and creative apps. Additionally, I added a section of recommended app developers and places to get good app reviews.  I also put out the RIF Early Literacy calendar and reminded the adults that face to face time is still the best for little ones.
Sandra Boynton is always a favorite and the story time starts with her Blue Hat, Green Hat book app.  The kids just love how the characters move and the turkey is always getting things backwards...OOPS!

We followed this up with Peekaboo Barn, an app where an animal sound is heard and then you touch the barn door to reveal the animal along with the written name of the animal.  The kids had a great time guessing what animal was behind the door!

A Frog Thing was another awesome book app.  The story by Eric Drachman follows a frog who wants to fly, but his parents tell him that flying is not “a frog thing!”  It’s a wonderful story with lots of sound effects like splashing water and different voices for the characters.  As a bonus to this app, you can record yourself or someone else reading the story. 

We then used the app Felt Board to do the song “Five Green and Speckled Frogs.”  Felt Board allows you to create a picture or words or background for any kind of flannel story or song.  There are all sorts of options for backgrounds, people, accessories, colors, shapes and letters.  I was able to prepare the frogs and log at the pond and then during the song, I moved the frogs so they looked like they were jumping into the water!  So much fun!

The last app was by far everyone’s favorite.  It’s called Don’t Let the Pigeon Run this App! by Mo Willems.  This app allows kids to be a part of the story line.  The bus driver comes on screen and asks questions that the kids can answer by talking into the app.  The app records their answers and then those answers become part of the story line.  It was a total blast!  The kids wanted to do it again and again.  There is also a section where Mo Willems walks through how to draw the pigeon.  Lots of fun!

At the end, I put out several iPads that had the apps I used loaded onto them and allowed the kids and their adults time to play with them.  There were questions by the adults that I was able to answer one-on-one at this time.  The adults were thrilled with the information and the kids loved the apps. 
All in all a wonderful opportunity to share early literacy tips. 

Claudia Haines can be reached at the Homer Public Library or through her website .

Thursday, November 15, 2018

WI YSSer's Local TedX Talk Goes National!

Great news about WLA YSS member Dawn Wacek and her TedX talk!
This past February UW-La Crosse hosted a show in town and invited some community people including their youth librarian at the La Crosse Public Library whose "idea worth spreading" was a fine-free library. Dawn's talk, recorded and loaded up on the TEDx platform, caught the attention of the curation team at the bigger international TED level and Dawn's talk is front and center as of November 15, 2019 on the TED homepage today (with 166K views after 10 hours). Check it out!

School Libraries at the Heart of Transformation

Check out this short video from AASL's YouTube to discover the many ways that school libraries and school librarians stand at the heart of transformation as learners become thinkers, explorers, collaborators, and inventors preparing for college, career, and life.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Book Clubs with Technology

Ronda Hughes writes: “Book clubs have been a staple in school libraries for years. Usually the same few students show up each time, because they genuinely love books. While every school librarian is pleased that they attend, it would be nice to add more faces to the mix. In order to appeal to the masses, you’ve got to mix it up. But how? Embrace technology in your book clubs and see your club thrive.”...
Read more HERE

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Preschool Prom!

Ah, prom.  An evening of fancy outfits, dancing, and shenanigans.
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But why should high schoolers get to have all the fun?

Recently, we held our first-ever Preschool Prom at the library.  Our littlest patrons and their grown-ups were encouraged to don their fanciest attire and shake, wiggle, and giggle--and enjoy snacks, of course.

The great thing about this program was, once in full swing, it basically ran itself.  Kids love to dance--either with each other or a grown up--so in terms of staff responsibility, the main concerns were crowd control and shaking your groove thing.

To create a prom-like atmosphere, a few select accessories and crafts were planned and/or assembled ahead of time. 

  • Wee corsages!  (Fake flowers + ribbon + hot glue = super cute fancy accessories for the entire crew!)
  • "Fancy" beverages! (sparkly ribbons and double-sided tape make even the simplest water bottles look mighty fancy)
  • DIY Crowns!  (Why choose one king and queen when EVERYONE can be royalty?!)
  • Create Your Own Scepter Station! (Craft sticks, die-cut shapes, crayons, and washi tape--oh my!)
  • Balloons!  Oh, the balloons!
  • A super sweet, dance-tastic playlist!
  • Photo ops!
  • Snacks!  (We kept it simple and kid-friendly: string cheese, popcorn, cookies, and water.)

This program was fun, easy, and loved by attendees of all ages.  It'll definitely a recurring offering in the library's programming schedule.



Monday, November 12, 2018

Amazing UW-Madison iSchool Spring 2019 Youth CE Classes

The spring slate is here and there are some great youth content CE classes (yes, earn CEU/LEU credit!) prominently featuring YSS members!

Managing Children's and YA Collections - everything you need to know to do great selection/weeding for youth materials is in this 5 week how-to course beginning Feb 18 taught by the brilliant Shelley Collins-Fuerbringer, YSS member and Youth Services Manager at LE Phillips Library, Eau Claire. ($165 - 10% discount if registered before Feb 3)

Babies in the Library- all the things to do great service to under-2's and their caregivers taught by the also brilliant Brooke Newberry, YSS member and Collaborative Consultant for Winding Rivers Library System. ($200  - 10% discount if registered before Jan. 20). This session is repeated in both spring and fall!

Creating the Summer Library Program of Your Dreams - thoughtful consideration and tips on ways to grow and evolve your summer library program in this 4 week class beginning Jan 28 co-taught by the brilliant Sue Abrahamson, YSS member and Children's Librarian at Waupaca Public Library  and Marge Loch-Wouters, YSS member and consultant ($125- 10% discount if registered before Jan 7).

YA Literature with LGBTQ+ Content - info on finding, getting to know, selecting and displaying YA lit with LGBTQ+ content in this 4 week class beginning Feb 18 taught by the brilliant Dr. Christine Jenkins, author of the 2018 book, Representing the Rainbow in Young Adult Literature: LGBTQ+ Content since 1969. ($125 - 10% discount if registered before Feb. 3).

Stop by the UW-Madison iSchool CE page and see all the amazing course...and invest in yourself!!

Friday, November 9, 2018

Grants Database Available Through Demco

Looking for a way to fund a program or learning space at your library or school? Great ideas but small budget? Did you know that Demco offers a free grant search database? They do!

Look for grant opportunities in four different categories:
  • Early Childhood
  • Library
  • STEM
  • Technology

If you're a YSS member and you've been awarded a grant this year, we'd love to hear about it. Send your submissions to Aimee Schreiber at the email listed in the blog header.

If you're a YSS member who is willing to mentor or review another YSS members grant, email Sarah Cournoyer, YSS Chair, at sarah(at)beaverdamlibrary(dot)org.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

2018 Teens' Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 7-13, 2018) here on the Teens' Top Ten site.
  1. Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Dutton/Penguin. 9780525555360.
  2. One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Delacorte/Random House. 9781524714680. 
  3. Warcross by Marie Lu. G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin. 9780399547966.
  4. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Random House. 9780399549731. ​​​​​​​
  5. Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Flatiron. 9781250095251.
  6. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster. 9781481438254. 
  7. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. S├ínchez. Knopf/Random House. 9781524700485.
  8. Paper Hearts by Ali Novak. Sourcebooks Fire. 9781492653363.
  9. Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Little, Brown and Company. 9780316341684.
  10. Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. Viking/Penguin. 9780425290330.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Books

Last Friday, the New York Times announced the winners of the 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Books. 

  • Dreamers, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • Florette, written and illustrated by Anna Walker
  • Ayobami and the Names of the Animals, written by Pilar Lopez Avila & illustrated by Mar Azabal
  • The Forest, written by Riccardo Bozzi & illustrated by Violeta Lopiz and Valerio Vidali
  • A House That Once Was, written by Julie Fogliano & illustrated by Lane Smith
  • Our Car, written by J. M. Brum & illustrated by Jan Bajtlik
  • She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein, written by Lynn Fulton & illustrated by Felicita Sala
  • The Funeral, written and illustrated by Matt James
  • Run Wild, written and illustrated by David Covell
  • The Visitor, written and illustrated by Antje Damm

  • To take a closer look at this year's winners, be sure to check out the original article, which includes both images from the winning titles, as well as commentary from the judges about the work.

    Want more?  Take a peek at The Horn Book article discussing the winners!