Thursday, April 2, 2020

Infographic to help parents with tech time during COVID-19

Looking for another way to provide virtual support to your families? 

Why not share this super snazzy infographic from Rebekah Willett, UW-Madison iSchool professor, who is part of a research project that put this together for families?

**Edited from yesterday's post to address a minor typo in the infographic.**

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

New WI Availability of Harry Potter eBooks/Audio

Image by sipa from Pixabay

Sara Gold,  WiLS Community Liaison and Service Specialist writes:

"Pottermore has extended an offer to the WI Digital Library, making the audio and ebook versions of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone available for unlimited checkouts with no waiting until April 30th. The titles are available through a title search and will be curated into the Always Available collection by the end of today (4/1/20)." 




Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Digital Storytimes - You Do You!

Katherine Schoofs, Aram (WI) Public Library does a Snuggly Storytime
Many of us are doing storytimes; sharing a book; or talking directly with our kids and families through the use of Facebook Live or youtube. If you are doing these storytimes, it's really important to remember, there is no right way. 

Find what you are comfortable with, what fits your kids best and what you think connects books and you to the kids in whatever format or style. Your presence is reassuring and your sharing and connection remotely is the most important thing.  You can do it live; you can record it ahead. You decide. 

If you want to see sample storytimes or find resources to inspire you, there is no better place than Jbrary's Storytime Online Resources post which is constantly updated with new links and sample digital storytimes. You can also find links at the end of this post under "Online Storytimes" that can help you decide what you are going to do. 

No matter what you do, make it your own and DO NOT FEEL PRESSURE. Even a reassuring few words to the kids can make a huge difference. You are an important grown-up in their lives - a "helper" that Mr. Rogers encouraged children to seek out.

I love the comment Jess, a librarian, put on an earlier COVID-19 series Youth Services Shout-out blog post: She wrote: "I did a live story and craft last week and have now slowly settled into a routine of prerecording and posting a video for the younger kids once a week and a video for the older kids once a week and likely a song and sign once a week. I think my biggest struggle has been just not feeling efficient. It takes me just as much time to plan a 15 minute segment as my usual 45-60 minute programs. And also comparing what I'm doing to other librarians.

So, things I tell myself about every half hour when I'm "clocked in":
It is ok if what I'm doing looks different from what other librarians are doing.
It is ok if what I am doing takes me longer than usual.
It is ok to take more breaks in my day and to remember to just breathe.

I can't stop, because I honestly feel that library work is important to my community. And I know I'm not the only librarian who is passionate about this. So whatever little things we can do to keep our heads and carry on are really important. Definitely take care of yourself and of those around you so we can keep doing the beautiful, magical things we do in the world!"


So you do you and it will be wonderful!


Quick links to other YSS COVID-19 series post
Programming Resources
Permissions (Books, Authors and Music)
      Music Permissions? Look No Further  3/27/20; updated 3/31/20
Online Storytimes
Kids Resources
Professional Development
WI Online Program Data
Taking Care of You

Monday, March 30, 2020

Ear Ticklin' Listening/Viewing for Kids at Home

Librarian Bookends on Facebook (and at their blog) has been doing amazing work pulling together the children's lit community in schools and libraries. For the last week, they have been posting a Author/Illustrator/Celebrity Read-Alouds virtual "fridge magnet" listing daily online events.
Image courtesy of Librarian Bookends

Audible
launched 
free stories for kids and teens while school is out.


Tumblebooks is making their online ebook, math and other library content free until August 2020. Contact them directly at info@tumbebooks.com

PBS WI in collaboration with WI DPI is adding free 5am - 5pm educational programming channels  starting Monday March 30


Teaching Books 
"Free for your students, families, and colleagues to use to enrich PreK-12 literacy connections, TeachingBooks is happy to give you unlimited access to our brand new Book & Reading Engagement Kit: Home Edition.

Open through September 15, you can freely invite your students and families to delve into the world of children’s and young adult books. Encourage them to experience read-along performances of favorite titles that are translatable into 100+ languages. Invite them to virtual storytime with 1,000+ complete book readings. And with our new reader’s advisory, insightful interviews with thousands of authors, and discussion questions for most books, virtual book clubs are well equipped, too.

TeachingBooks is currently licensed by more than 50,000 schools and libraries, offering readers of all ages this vast, professionally curated collection of resources about children’s and young adult books. Please enjoy and share throughout your community the open-access link:  TeachingBooks.net/HomeEdition.

If you wish a more customized approach to seamless access during this unprecedented time, please see the "Open Access and Use" section of the Home Edition kit
 where you can request buttons and links to post on your websites, social media, or anywhere your students look. Or for school communities, set up access for your institution through Clever or ClassLink by asking your technology director to reach out to us, and we’ll get back to you asap."




Quick links to other YSS COVID-19 series post
Programming Resources
Permissions (Books, Authors and Music)
      Music Permissions? Look No Further  3/27/20; updated 3/31/20
Online Storytimes
Kids Resources
Professional Development
WI Online Program Data
Taking Care of You

Saturday, March 28, 2020

Free Children's/Teen Professional Journal Access

If your library is closed and you wish you had access to journals for reviews or articles,  we have great news for you!
Image by 024-657-834 from Pixabay
The following professional journals and review sources for youth literature and services are granting free access during the COVID-19 crisis:

"All Booklist and Book Links content on www.booklistonline.com is now freely available until further notice.The COVID-19 threat is unprecedented and will continue to cause extreme disruption, both personally and professionally,” said George Kendall, editor and publisher of Booklist Publications. At Booklist, published by the American Library Association, we want to help minimize these disruptions where we can for all library staff along with their students and patrons. With that in mind, we hope the following information and resources will be helpful.”

'We appreciate our readers and understand you are facing major challenges and disruptions,' Kendall said. 'Please do not hesitate to contact us and let us know how we can help.'

Free online access includes:
-More than 25 years of recommended print and audiobook reviews, features, interviews, spotlights, and classroom connections
-Booklist and Book Links replica digital editions, which can be read on desktop or mobile devices
-Advanced search functionality
-Readers’ advisory and collection development tools

For an enhanced online experience and to read digital editions on mobile devices, sign in to your existing online profile or complete the free profile form. Note that a profile is not necessary for reading online content, but having one will allow you to save, share, and download your work.

To learn how to put Booklist Online to work, please view this informative video tutorial.

For additional questions about Booklist Online, please check out our extensive FAQ or email info@booklistonline.com."



Quick links to other YSS COVID-19 series post
Programming Resources
Permissions (Books, Authors and Music)
      Music Permissions? Look No Further  3/27/20; updated 3/31/20
Online Storytimes
Kids Resources
Professional Development
WI Online Program Data
Taking Care of You

Talking to Kids About COVID-19

Three short great resources that just came across our feeds:

How to Talk With Children About COVID-19: An early childhood education expert provides tips about how to explain the ongoing pandemic to children. Smithsonian Magazine (thanks ALSC for the link!)  3/26/20




Quick links to other YSS COVID-19 series post
Programming Resources
Permissions (Books, Authors and Music)
      Music Permissions? Look No Further  3/27/20; updated 3/31/20
Online Storytimes
Kids Resources
Professional Development
WI Online Program Data
Taking Care of You