Saturday, February 24, 2024

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Once or twice  a month on weekends, YSS posts round-ups of ads that are sent to us or that we come across. If you have a position opening up and would like to see it on the YSS blog, please forward the job ad link/descriptions to the YSS blog at the email address listed in the header above the day's blog post.

Here is a late February listing:

New Richmond Public Library       Youth Services Librarian (full-time)

The Friday Memorial Library is seeking applicants for a Youth Services Librarian. We are seeking applicants who are passionate about customer service; knowledgeable about materials and programs that appeal to children, teens and families; and able to work individually as well as part of a team.

This full-time position is responsible for providing a welcoming environment for children, teens, families and caregivers in the use of library services, facilities and equipment.

Candidates must have the ability to work enthusiastically and effectively with children, teenagers, and adults in the library and community. The ideal applicant will have knowledge of current trends and developments in the library profession and youth services, as well as the ability to develop and implement programs and services for library patrons of all ages.

A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 2 years youth service experience is required. A masters degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent is preferred. For more information, please see attached job description.

A range of daytime and evening hours with rotating weekend hours is required of this position. Pay for the position will be established based upon education and experience, the wage range is $25.67 – $33.00 per hour.

To be considered, please submit your cover letter and resume by 4:00 pm on Thursday, March 14 to Sarah Reese at

Friday, February 23, 2024

Oh No, THAT Didn't Work!

Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay
We all have program fails. While it can be discouraging, it's also a great way to figure out the why's and to forgive yourself and know - it happens to us all.

Recently Chelsey Roos shared some of her fails and how she recovered from each type. Her descriptions and solutions will resonate with anyone who does programming. She writes: "Almost everyone has a program completely fail at least once in their career. In library school, I learned how to build a good program, how to market a program, and how to incorporate elements of diversity into programs, but I didn’t learn how to recover when a program does an absolute belly-flop. Let’s look at three common ways a program might crash and burn (they’ve all happened to me!) and some ways you can salvage your time, supplies, or spirit in the face of program disaster." 

Please stop here to read the whole post. [Recovering from Program Failure. Roos, Chelsey. ALSC blog. February 19, 2024]

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Throw-It Thursday - Culturally Inapprorpriate Material

Ashley Borman is the Technical Services Librarian at the Clintonville (WI) Public Library

Culturally inappropriate materials have been a hot topic in the library world in recent years. Many
people think that there are many books that should not be available, even if they are considered
classics, due to the way they portray thoughts and ideas about people of color. Other people see
nothing wrong with these same titles, and cite the historical importance of those same materials. 

I will admit that I have not paid as much attention to this as I should have until somewhat more recently. I will not try to tell you what is the right or wrong thing to do. I am still trying to learn and understand the thoughts and reasonings behind some of the claims and statements I have seen and heard. 

I do hope that you consider what is best for your library and your patrons, before doing anything drastic. 

There are many articles out there that talk about racist and culturally inappropriate materials on both sides of this issue. I have included several of the articles I have read that may be of interest if you are trying to learn more about either side of the issue. These are by no means the best or most informative articles on the topic, but they do provide a bit of variety in people’s thoughts and ideas on the subject.

Resource Articles
  • Don’t You Shush Me (Blog of a high school librarian) - Addressing Problematic/Harmful Books in the School Library

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Chair's Corner - January 2024 YSS Board Updates

This month's January YSS board meeting update is from Cathy Pescinski, our YSS 2024 Chair and Teen Librarian at Shawano County Library.

The YSS Board met for our annual "retreat" in January. Out of respect for Wisconsin liking to winter anytime anyone has an in-person meet-up planned we chose to meet virtually. You can thank us for the lovely weather, because, Wisconsin, as it is known to do, decided not to winter since we chose to meet virtually. 

It was a great chance for some of our new Board members to meet the others on the Board and get some background on what we do throughout the year. We discussed upcoming events such as the YSS socials at WAPL in April and WLA in November and the 2024 Performer's Showcase.  Several ideas for webinars were discussed including tweens, reader advisory, teen mental health, sensory storytime, bilingual collections, and understanding manga, anime, and fan fiction. A survey will be coming for YSS members to gauge their interest in these areas and to see if there are other topics members would like addressed. 

We will be meeting monthly (except for summer). If you have any questions, concerns, or input you would like to add to our meeting or about YSS in general, don't hesitate to reach out to me at We are here to represent all of you and to develop meaningful resources for the membership. Also, if any of these activities sound interesting to you, please consider running for a Board position this fall! Reach out to any of us for more information, stop us and say hi at any conference, or drop in on one of the YSS socials.

[Note: Want to read the December 2023 board meeting minutes that the YSS board just approved at their January meeting? YSS members can access the 2023 YSS board minutes as well as previous years’ minutes at the YSS page of the Wisconsin Library Association website. Do you want to read the minutes but are not a YSS member? Please consider becoming a member by joining WLA so you can stay updated on all the YSS action.] 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

CCBC's Charlotte Zolotow Award Seals

Did you know that the Friends of the CCBC sell Charlotte Zolotow Award seals so you put them on the book covers of the Zolotow Award books?  

Well, they do!

Stop here to learn how you can purchase these seals.

And in case you missed it, stop here to see this year's winner!

Monday, February 19, 2024

Surveying the Reading Habits/Interests of WI Youth

The Wisconsin Public Library Consortium (WPLC) is looking for insights from youth services staff around Wisconsin about the reading habits and interests of young readers (school-age and tweens/teens). 

If you work with folks in these age groups in some capacity, we would appreciate your time filling out a survey. 

Information gathered will help inform collection development directions for Wisconsin's Digital Library. It will help WPLC understand what resources might be helpful to youth services staff in talking with youth and their families about the digital library. 

The survey should take under 10 minutes; responses by February 29th are greatly appreciated!

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

Once or twice  a month on weekends, YSS posts round-ups of ads that are sent to us or that we come across. If you have a position opening up and would like to see it on the YSS blog, please forward the job ad link/descriptions to the YSS blog at the email address listed in the header above the day's blog post.

Here is a mid-February listing:

Black Creek Village Library      Youth Programming Specialist/Library Services Clerk (part-time)

The Black Creek Village Library is currently seeking a Library Services Clerk and Youth Programming Specialist. The position is approximately 23-24 hours per week with a starting wage of $14.50. The Library Services Clerk and Youth Programming Specialist is responsible for frontline customer service to patrons in a fast-paced library environment, including reference and circulation activities, while working to complete routine duties as assigned. In addition, the specialist plans, implements, and promotes library programs for youth.



  • College degree in a related field preferred, a high school diploma or equivalent required
  • Experience working with children required
  • Technological proficiency required
  • Customer service experience preferred
  • Library experience preferred
  • Programming experience preferred
  • Marketing and social media experience preferred

The position description and application are available on the Black Creek Village Library website   Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and completed application no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, March 8, 2024. Black Creek Village Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Rachel Hitt, Library Director
Black Creek Village Library

Friday, February 16, 2024

New Toolkit from ALSC on Trauma


From the ALSC Update, January 31, 2024 newsletter, 

A new tool kit is available from ALSC's Early Childhood Programs & Services committee. The Tool Kit on Trauma was released this month and aims to inform librarians and library workers serving youth about various traumas experienced by young children, birth through age 8, to identify their impact on communities with young children, and to support families, caregivers, and educators working with young children who may have experienced trauma.


The tool kit lists resources that address trauma and youth, such as booklists, podcasts, websites, and more.

Access the Free Tool Kit

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Teen Inclusive Internship application is open!

Five Wisconsin public libraries will be chosen to participate in an LSTA grant-funded program to offer paid summer 2024 internships to recruit and hire teens that reflect the diversity of their communities. The teen interns will bring their skills, interests, and experiences to the library by working on a Connected Learning Project. Participating libraries will learn how to further engage and support teens while creating career pathways to increase diversity in the field of librarianship.

Wisconsin 2024 Teen Inclusive Internship - the application is now open. The deadline for libraries to apply is Friday February 23rd, 2024.  

Jeni Schomber 

Public Library Consultant 

Library Services Team 

Division for Libraries and Technology 

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 


New Email List for Gaming + Learning

A message from Chris Baker:

First off; I want to thank everyone for helping spread the word about our Wisconsin Games + Learning + Libraries Cohort. Only announced late last year, our WISELearn group already boasts 78 members, and has 42 affiliated resources that librarians can explore. The list of resources and valuable discussions will continue to grow throughout the year; you'll want to stay tuned!

Second; I want to invite everyone interested in periodic updates about Wisconsin's efforts in the Games + Libraries space to join DPI's new Games-Learning-Libraries E-mail List! WISELearn does not currently allow the ability for members to receive notifications about added resources or discussion posts – so this new list will allow me to share immediate updates about important new resources, discussion questions, collaborative opportunities, and information about other relevant games-based projects and initiatives – right to your inbox

As the Library Services Team continues to partner with groups like the Play Make Learn Conference and Field Day Learning Games to develop collaboration opportunities (past example linked) for Wisconsin librarians, this email list will the PERFECT way to be kept 'in the know' as soon as information can be made available.

Additionally, the list will serve as an effective troubleshooting and discussion space alongside the WISELearn Group. Even if you've already joined the Games + Libraries + Learning WISELearn Cohort, you'll want to subscribe to this email list; don't miss out! I won't use the list to announce every single new resource added or discussion post created, so you shouldn't expect your inbox to be overloaded*. I'm anticipating this group functioning similar to WisPubLib, but games + libraries focused. To join the list:

    1. (You don't need to include anything in the email subject or body.)

  1. You will receive an email asking you to confirm that you'd like to subscribe; follow those instructions to complete the process.

  2. I will approve your subscription; then, when appropriate, you can begin contributing & responding to questions and updates by emailing Emails sent to the group list (including in response to anything I send out) will be shared with everyone subscribed to the list.

*Note: I'll manage the list carefully to ensure we're only sharing relevant updates about discussions, opportunities, and resources of particular utility to those subscribed.

To pique folks' interest about what types of items I'll highlight with the list, I'll include info here about an excellent ready-made Dungeons & Dragons program resource that was added to our WISELearn group by expert DM Todd Gibbons; thank you Todd, for this stellar resource:

  • Dungeons and Dragons Introductory One-Shot: Book of Constructs
    • "This is a Dungeons and Dragons module meant to introduce new dungeon masters and players to the game. The module runs about 2-2.5 hours and accommodates a group of 3-8 players. This module does require the Dungeons and Dragons Player's Handbook to play."

    • "The game is formatted like an escape room to introduce players and the DM to the basic mechanics in a condensed amount of time. In the attached folder there are the module pdf, printout maps, props and premade character sheets to make it easy as possible to sit down and start playing. The setting is also open ended regarding the world and lore, so it makes a good introductory game to larger campaign or to insert to an existing one."

So... what are you waiting for? Join our WISELearn Group, sign up for the email list, and go download the free .zip file to begin working on a D&D program in your library space – today! 🙂

Game on, my friends; I look forward to collaborating with you all! 

Chris Baker, Public Library Consultant, Library Services Team 

Department of Public Instruction 

(608) 264-6709