Tuesday, January 22, 2019

CCBC Announces The 2019 Charlotte Zolotow Award Winner!

*drum roll please*

Congratulations to Marla Frazee for her award winning picture book, Little Brown!

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Two honor books were also named:

Honey by David Ezra Stein and Saturday is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum

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For more information on the winning title, the honors, and the committee's additional Highly Commendable titles, check out the full press release here

Monday, January 21, 2019

"BE" at the ALA Youth Media Awards Announcements, Monday January 28!

Caldecott! Newbery! Coretta Scott King! Pura Belpre! Legacy! Michael J. Printz! Schneider Family! Alex! Margaret A. Edwards! Odyssey! Sibert! Stonewall! Geisel! Plus, this year for the first time, children's book awards from American Indian Library Association(AILA)Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) will be included in the announcements!

All these awards and more will be announced at the gala American Library Association Youth Media Awards (YMA) press conference Monday January 28 beginning at 10am CST (8am PST)) sharp! The announcements are always done on a Monday at the ALA Midwinter Conference (this year in Seattle) as a culmination of all the award committees' hard work and decision-making over the previous few days (after a BIG year of reading and reflection)!

Wait, you won't be at ALA Midwinter? No problem at all.

You can watch the live webcast here  (sponsored by Baker and Taylor) and experience the electric excitement or follow the hashtag #alayma. You also can join I Love Libraries pajama party with prizes and fun happening during the livestream.

Read more about all the awards and the webcast here.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Meet the Board: Susie Menk, Secretary

It's a new year and we have a new YSS Board!  This series will introduce each board member with some enchanting questions and even more enchanting photos.

Susie Menk, Secretary

Name & Library
Susie Menk, Manitowoc Public Library

What was your favorite childhood book?
Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter
Light a Single Candle & Gift of Gold by Wisconsin author Beverly Butler

In what format do you like to read? EBooks? Print? Graphic Novel? Audiobook? Why?
I read print and e-books, but lean more toward e-books because at my age the ability to change the font size is huge!  Audiobooks are also a favorite.  I love listening to books when walking or making car trips!

What do you like to do in your free time to recharge?
I like to read of course!  Rubber stamping with my sisters, walking, visiting my family and spending time with my grown-up children keeps me busy. 

What are you reading right now?
I am working my way through the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan on audiobook and I am starting the print version of Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak.  I have Marissa Meyer’s Renegade series on hold right now too!

What is your biggest goal for YSS in 2019?
I have found the connections made through YSS and the idea sharing we do to be SO helpful. My hope is that we can continue to reach out to other youth librarians and make their work easier by pooling our resources and ideas!

Anything else you’d like to share?
YSS has been great for me.  I have been involved in this group for the past few years and so many ideas that were shared at meet ups or in the YSS blog are now part of what we do at our library.  When I go to conferences it is always nice to meet up with fellow members and touch base.  The ideas and sharing that happen through this group are just AMAZING!  If you are a part of YSS—way to go!  If you aren’t—please join.  It is totally worth it! YSS ROCKS!

Contact Susie: smenk@manitowoc.org

Friday, January 18, 2019

Call for WLA Program Proposals - Due March 1, 2019

Libraries promote growth, education, diversity, and community and campus engagement; continuously striving to better their communities and all those they serve. The 2019 WLA Annual Conference is an opportunity for us to share our expertise, knowledge and ideas to enrich our libraries, communities and ourselves.

The 2019 WLA Conference Committee invites you to share your experience and creativity with the Wisconsin library community at our annual conference, to be held on October 8-11, 2019, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells. We are seeking an array of programs that will appeal to a wide library audience.

We already have a great lineup of speakers, but we seek your help to provide a relevant, timely and intentional learning experience at this year’s conference. You can help by offering your knowledge and expertise for a conference session.

Our Wisconsin library community includes staff from academic, public, school and special libraries, as well as trustees, students and other library professionals.
Consider sessions related to topics such as:
  • Advocacy/Promotion
  • Building Collections
  • Building Inclusivity
  • Civil Discourse/Community Conversations
  • Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Environments
  • Fostering Community Relationships, Community Collaborations and Partnerships
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Library Issues and Challenges
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Practical Programming
  • Security/Safety
  • Self-Care/Time Management
  • Serving Diverse Populations
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Workplace Creativity

Don't let the above topics limit you! Feel free to suggest any program you'd like to present, as long as it adheres to the Program Proposal Guidelines.

Submit your proposal here.


Please feel free to contact us with questions.

WLA 2019 Conference Program Co-Chairs
Mark Jochem
Pamela O'Donnell
Roxane Bartelt

Wild WI Winter Web Conference is Almost Here!

The Wild Wisconsin Web Conference (#wwwc19) is just around the corner. Invented by Jamie Matczak, this 7th annual event is chock full of learning from your desk or the hygge-cozy confines of home. The online learning is sponsored by 15 WI library systems!

Fifteen incredible sessions over two days (Jan 23 and Jan 24) will inspire, inform and intrigue you. From youth services to management, leadership to marketing, these are sessions perfect for everyone no matter what size library you work in.

But don't delay. Register today for this free learning!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Meet the Board: Sarah Cournoyer, Past-Chair

It's a new year and we have a new YSS Board!  This series will introduce each board member with some enchanting questions and even more enchanting photos.

Sarah Cournoyer, Past-Chair

Name & Library
Sarah Cournoyer, Youth Services Librarian at Beaver Dam Community Library

What was your favorite childhood book?
Once I began reading, I enjoyed series. I read my way through the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Chronicles of Narnia.

In what format do you like to read? EBooks? Print? Graphic Novel? Audiobook? Why?
I read in all formats now. I like eBooks because they are convenient to carry since they are on my phone or Kindle. I like print because there is no glare and sometimes the font is an integral part of the story that doesn’t come across in an eBook. I also enjoy listening to audiobooks because that is generally a shared reading experience with my husband or family. Plus, audiobooks are great for listening to on the go.

What do you like to do in your free time to recharge?
 I’m an avid knitter who likes to listen to music, garden, and hang out with family and friends. I also like to find time to be in nature or to be still and renew my busy mind.

What are you reading right now?
 I’m reading The War Outside and The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle in print, as well as listening to Lamplighter by D.M. Cornish with my husband.

What is your biggest goal for YSS in 2019?
 YSS’s Membership Committee completed a multi-year project to survey our members and non-members serving youth in libraries across the state in late 2018. Using that data to inform our efforts as the YSS Board is something we’ll be focusing on for 2019.

Anything else you’d like to share?
I’m super excited about a new book that arrived Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year. As soon as it is cataloged, I’ll be reading it. It inspired me to include a poem at every storytime for spring.

Contact Sarah: sarah@beaverdamlibrary.org

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Self Care in the New Year

As a former YS librarian, and now as a school librarian, self-care is a topic I have been thinking about more and more. Two years ago I set self-care goals for myself that I wanted to do each day. These goals included actions such as packing a salad for lunch, drinking at least 60 ounces of water throughout the day, and scheduling time each day for a walk.  I just found the note of my goals, and even without seeing this note for more than a year and a half, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had incorporated all of those goals into my daily routine, even without referring to my note as a reminder.

Katie Scherer wrote a great piece about Self Care for ALSC blog. Read her thoughts HERE.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Pop-Up Story Times

Recently, mentalfloss.com shared an article about how Chicago Public Library is holding weekly story times in various laundromats throughout some of the more underserved areas of the city.  How brilliant is that?!

We all know the importance of stories and early literacy skills--preaching to the choir, aimirite?--and we all know that, for some families, making it to the physical library for scheduled storytimes and programs just isn't a feasible option.

If staff and resources allow, why not meet families where they are, increasing both the convenience and accessibility of your program?

Similar "Wash and Learn" programs have appeared in a number of other cities around the nation, including St. Paul, New York City, and Detroit, all thanks to the collaborative efforts of Libraries Without Borders and the LaundryCares Foundation.

Read the article HERE.

What other locations have you used for out-of-the-box/out-of-the-library storytimes?  Perhaps you've read at a local farmer's market?  Maybe you've collaborated with your local parks district to hold storytimes in the park?  Tell us in the comments below!                                                                         
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Monday, January 14, 2019

High School Hallway Transforms into Giant Books

A recent post from Kelly Jensen links to the Mundelein IL High School District 21 where the English Department hallways have been transformed with giant book covers.

Read more about the project and see the stunning results at this Book Riot post.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Talking Points about Early Literacy STEM

The ALSC blog's Overview of the Last Six Months listed the top nine most popular ALSC blog posts from that period. Though I read it often, there were a few listed that I had missed. One of the most useful as I plan the upcoming spring storytime season is STEAM and Storytime Tips by Guest Contributors Saroj Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz.  The early literacy talking points and the connections to reading, science, and math these points make are great starts for storytime scripts and creative fodder for making up your own. 

Do you incorporate early literacy talking points into your storytimes? Do you have handouts for caring adults? 

If you're a YSS member, we'd love to hear how you engage and empower parents around the many types of literacy and growing readers. Comment on this post or send a blog submission to Aimee Schreiber, the YSS Blog Administrator at the email shown in the header.