Thursday, November 14, 2019

Free Continuing Education - Archived YSS Webinars

For the past few years, our youth services section has been partnering with library systems to create great content for your learning.  YSS Powerhouse Presents feature YSS member panels addressing issues and trends in youth services. We create the content and our system partners provide the tech support and sponsor the webinar for their system members.  They then share the archived webinar with us for our website.

The following webinars are available:

§ All in the Family - family oriented programs and Services
§ Beyond Storytime - play based programming for all ages
§ Collection Connections - tips on weeding, selection, working with salespeople and creating a diverse collection
§ Outreach and Community Partnerships - ideas on relationship building, outreach strategies and addressing barriers
§ School Age Programming - on & offsite programs, tips on successes and pitfall avoidance
§ Serving Homeschoolers including slides, Pinterest board and survey
§ Storytime 101: Rethinking the Basics - tips and tricks to engage preschoolers and their caregivers
§ Teen Outreach: Getting Out to Get Teens In - do's & don't in connecting to teens
§ Teen Programming:Teen Services, OK? Better Than OK! - tips on programs, services and volunteers
§ Transforming Collections - tips creating picture book subject collections and tween collections
§ Transitions and Transformations - change is hard...or stimulating. Three youth folks trace their transformations and transitions.
To access the webinars, stop here.

And don't forget to visit the main WLA website for news and updates of conferences and other opportunities.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

From Random to Ready-to-Find: Reaping the Rewards of Board Book Organization

Do you get a sense of dread when a parent seeks a very specific board book—and you have to locate it amid the often unorganized or random collection at your library?

I don’t anymore, since my library reorganized and labeled our board book collection about a year ago, and our community and staff have been enjoying the benefits ever since. As in many libraries these days, our board book collection is very popular and vital to our community. It includes more than five thousand books between our one central library and our bookmobile and is one of the most heavily utilized of all our collections.

Read more about this library's board book reorganization project on the ALSC blog HERE

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Literacy Promotion in Laundromats: Reaching Families in Everyday Spaces

The post Literacy Promotion in Laundromats: Reaching Families in Everyday Spaces appeared first on ALSC Blog.

"For years children’s librarians have capitalized on the potential of reaching families in everyday spaces, like local laundromats. Families spend an average of 2.5 hours during each visit to the laundromat—a place where they routinely visit about once a week. Over the past five years, Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation, has been leading a partnership with the LaundryCares Foundation to transform laundromats across the country into playful, literacy-rich environments for children and families. These “Family Read, Play & Learn” spaces are designed to meet families where they are and encourage parents to engage in language-rich activities like talking, reading, and singing during laundry time. Each space provides a set of high-quality tools and resources, including a book shelf, an assortment of bilingual children’s books, furniture, engaging laundry-themed posters with parent-child conversation prompts, and a variety of other early literacy toys and materials. These kits have been purchased by laundromat owners and early literacy groups nationwide who are committed to helping children learn and believe in the power of their space to make a positive impact on the families they serve.

A before and after picture of laundramats
Dr. Susan Neuman, Professor of Childhood and Literacy Education at New York University conducted a pilot evaluation of the “Family Read, Play & Learn” spaces throughout laundromats in low-income communities in New York City. In the first phase, researchers compared three “treatment” laundromats—which included the “Family Read, Play & Learn” spaces—to three “control” laundromats that did not include the spaces. The research revealed that children engaged in 30 times more literacy-rich activities in laundromats with our literacy play spaces compared to the control sites. In the second phase, librarians from New York, Queens, and Brooklyn Public Libraries were brought in to conduct weekly story times at the laundromat. By adding librarians to the space, there was a significant value added to these spaces. Researchers found that during story times led by librarians, the average stay per child increased to 47 minutes, representing a substantial amount of sustained engagement in early literacy activities.

As evident in the research, an integral part of this initiative involves bringing community supports and literacy programming to these laundromat spaces, inviting local libraries and librarians to conduct family story times at these spaces. Our goal is to install these spaces into thousands of laundromats across the country.. and our hope is to partner with libraries across the country to promote children’s literacy development—one laundry load at a time.

Libraries, please join our national movement! Too Small to Fail and the LaundryCares Foundation are seeking to partner with librarians to lead story times in laundromats within their local communities. This is an incredible opportunity for librarians to form new community partnerships and reach children in some of the most underserved communities in our country. If you are interested in joining our national movement, please contact Kari Kurjiaka at kkurjiaka@clintonfoundation.org. To learn more about Too Small to Fail, please visit www.toosmall.org or www.laundrycares.org/kits for information about the “Family, Read, Play & Learn” spaces.

Today’s guest blogger is Kari Kurjiaka. Kara is a Program Associate at Too Small to Fail.

If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at alscblog@gmail.com."

Monday, November 11, 2019

Get to Know Your YSS Webpage - Part 2

This is one in a series of Monday posts to familiarize you with the Youth Services Section's (YSS) webpage. Hosted as part of the Wisconsin Library Association website, the webpage has a host of helpful resources free to anyone (although if you aren't a member we hope you'll join to help us continue our work!). And now we present....

Teen Power- 52 Weeks of YA Programming
YSS members around the state pooled their considerable talents a few years ago to bring you weekly, IRL-tested, do-able programs for teens. Each program listed includes some or all of the following:
  • participant age range
  • estimated budget
  • materials needed
  • program description
  • helpful links (if appropriate)
  • favorite parts of the program
  • things to change or practical tips
  • pictures
To access this great resource, click here. Once at the document you can download a copy for your files.


Click these links to find more YSS resource blog posts (as they are published weekly)
Part 1 - Free CE- Archived YSS Webinars
Part 3 - In a Minute! YSS Board Meeting Notes
Part 4 - Coding Power - 12 Months of Coding Resources
Part 5 -  Bravo - Children's Books Awards Committee/Burr Worzalla Award
Part 6 - Follow the Leaders - The YSS Board
Part 7- Knock-Knock - The YSS Hompepage Address

And don't forget to visit the main WLA website for news and updates of conferences and other opportunities.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

WEMTA Conference Proposal Deadline Extended

Our colleagues in WEMTA write:

Get ConnectED #WEMTA20 and submit a Session Proposal for our annual conference March 22nd-24th 2020 at the Kalahari Resorts & Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells. Session proposals are due November 17th and primary presenters receive discounted registration. This year we have special Bring Your Administrator pricing. More information available on our website.   

 (Hint: You can check out this earlier WLA Youth Services Section blog post for ideas on programs you might propose!)

Friday, November 8, 2019

2020 WAPL Conference - Call for Proposals

Now is the time to look past impossibilities and obstacles and focus on possibilities…

We’re looking for library staff who believe in infinite possibilities! The Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries (WAPL) Annual Conference Programming Committee seeks program proposals for the next public library conference to be held April 29 – May 1, 2020 at the Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center in Oshkosh.

With a theme of Infinite Possibilities, the goal of this year’s conference is that attendees will leave believing that there are infinite possibilities when they are given guidance, encouragement and wisdom. Rather than focusing on impossibilities and weaknesses, we want this conference to be all about possibilities, strengths and strategies to make the most of our work as library staff. We want you to think big picture, but we also want to hear practical and effective strategies, ideas and projects from your corner of the library world that at one time were only “possibilities.”

We encourage small librarians and staff to step up and share how they have led their library by considering possibilities instead of obstacles. We encourage youth and adult services staff to step up and share stories of collaboration and techniques that have led to possibilities in their community. We encourage library directors, trustees, system and support staff, and managers to step up and share how they have turned impossible situations into possibilities despite budget issues, feeling unheard when advocating, building projects, times of uncertainty, and more. We encourage topics such as technology, inclusivity, staffing, fundraising and outreach. We want to continue the important conversation about diversity in staffing, serving, programming and cultivating connections. We encourage library staff and leaders of color to lead these conversations and other programs as well.

Proposals for presentations, panels, workshops and business meetings are welcome. Sessions will run either 45 or 60 minutes in length with a maximum of four presenters.

Please use the Program Proposal Form to submit a program.

Submission deadline is December 31, 2019! 
Acceptance or rejection notifications will take place no later than February 14, 2020.

Please contact us with any questions. We're looking forward to an excellent conference!



WAPL Conference Programming Co-Chairs
Eva Kozerski, Black Creek Village Library
Angie Bodzislaw, Spooner Memorial Library

Thursday, November 7, 2019

WI Children's Book Award Committee wants YOU!

Hello YSS members!
Are you an adult who loves reading children's and teen books?  Would you like to critically discuss excellent youth books with your peers?  If so, please consider applying for WLA's Children's Book Award Committee (CBAC)!  The CBAC, as a long-standing sub-committee of YSS, annually bestows the Burr/Worzalla Award and Notable Children's Author/Illustrator Award upon Wisconsin's best and brightest book creators.

The CBAC is looking to fill 2 vacant committee seats starting in 2020.  We are seeking a diverse group hailing from all areas of our delightful state.  The committee will meet three times, in person, during the Spring of 2020 to deliberate and decide.  If you are interested, please review the committee duties and submit the following via email to CBAC Chair Aimee Schreiber (a.schreiber@wrlsweb.org):
  1. Name, Job Title, Library, and City
  2. Are you a current member of WLA and YSS?
  3. Please describe your professional library work experience, including any reviewing experience and/or WLA committee work.
  4. Please detail your reading preferences, including any areas of special interest.
  5. Why should we consider you for a position on this committee?
Applications are due by end of day, Sunday, December 8.  If you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to contact Aimee via email.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

FREE ALSC Webinar: Child Care is Everywhere

More than half of children under 5 years attend child care and high quality programs can have lasting positive effects, including improved cognitive and social abilities. 

Learn about several different library programs that develop and support high-quality child care, such as Growing Providers, BPL’s initiative to support community members in opening their own home-based child care centers, BPL’ss "Nanny and Me,” a certificate-bearing child/caregiver program in early literacy practices, 

NYPL’s targeted nanny family literacy workshops for caregivers to network and support each other while learning new skills, and the Free Library of Philadelphia’s “Literacy in Early Learning Spaces” program for family and licensed child care centers.

Learn more HERE

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Girls Who Code - 100 Clubs and Counting!!

We're so excited to share this milestone with you:  Girls Who Code officially has 100 free coding Clubs in Wisconsin!  

However, we're not just sharing the good news. It is a call to action - let's keep this momentum going and give even more Wisconsin girls the opportunity for a career in technology. Please join the many libraries in Wisconsin who have Girls Who Code clubs and gain access to all of the following:
  • Girls Who Code's completely free coding curriculum & tutorials!!
  • Options for both 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade clubs.
  • $300 Clubs fund for each Clubfree t-shirts, and free fiction books for our 3-5 grade Clubs.
  • 6th-12th grade club members work together on a group project that positively impacts their community. 
  • No computer science experience required to facilitate a club!
Just submit the Club Application and you'll get access to all of our free resources and curriculum. The application is non-binding, so even if your club doesn't launch this fall you can sign up to access Girls Who Code club lesson plans and tutorials!  If you'd like to learn more, feel free to sign up for one of our informational webinars as well.  Please help us spread the word - we are just getting started!



Megan Cindric


Regional Partnership Coordinator - WI, MN
Pronouns: she/her/hers



Monday, November 4, 2019

Get to Know Your YSS Webpage - Part 1

This is the first in a series of posts on Mondays over the next few weeks to familiarize you with the Youth Services Section's (YSS) webpage. Hosted as part of the Wisconsin Library Association website, the webpage has a host of helpful resources free to anyone (although if you aren't a member we hope you'll join to help us continue our work!). And now, in no particular order, we present....

Free CE - Archived YSS Webinars
For the past few years, our youth services section has been partnering with library systems to create great content for your learning.

YSS Powerhouse Presents feature YSS member panels addressing issues and trends in youth services. We create the content and our system partners provide the tech support and sponsor the webinar for their system members.  They then share the archived webinar with us for our website.

The following webinars are available:
  • All in the Family - family oriented programs and Services
  • Beyond Storytime - play based programming for all ages
  • Collection Connections - tips on weeding, selection, working with salespeople and creating a diverse collection
  • Outreach and Community Partnerships - ideas on relationship building, outreach strategies and addressing barriers
  • School Age Programming - on & offsite programs, tips on successes and pitfall avoidance
  • Serving Homeschoolers including slides, Pinterest board and survey
  • Storytime 101: Rethinking the Basics - tips and tricks to engage preschoolers and their caregivers
  • Teen Outreach: Getting Out to Get Teens In - do's & don't in connecting to teens
  • Teen Programming:Teen Services, OK? Better Than OK! - tips on programs, services and volunteers
  • Transforming Collections - tips creating picture book subject collections and tween collections
  • Transitions and Transformations - change is hard...or stimulating. Three youth folks trace their transformations and transitions.
To access the webinars, stop here.

Watch for these upcoming resource blog posts (which will be linked as they are published weekly)
Part 2 - Teen Power - 52 Weeks of YA Programming
Part 3 - In a Minute! YSS Board Meeting Notes
Part 4 - Coding Power - 12 Months of Coding Resources
Part 5 -  Bravo - Children's Books Awards Committee/Burr Worzalla Award
Part 6 - Follow the Leaders - The YSS Board
Part 7 - Knock-Knock - The YSS Homepage Address

And don't forget to visit the main WLA website for news and updates of conferences and other opportunities.