Tuesday, July 17, 2018

ICYMI: It's Lit! The Evolution of YA

Have you been keeping up with The Great American Read on PBS?  It's an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading.  

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In addition to enjoying the episodes on PBS, folks can join a book club, share stories about their experiences with reading, vote for their favorite titles, engage on social media, and learn about books and literature through a fun series of video essays entitled It's Lit!

So far there are only 4 videos, but one of which discusses young adult literature.  SO!  In case you missed it...

Another sweet offering from The Great American Read are these super rad downloadables!  There are posters, memes, book facts, and book quotes galore!  My personal favorites are the vintage travel posters based on famous novels.  *insert swooning and heart eyes here*

Monday, July 16, 2018

Let's Go to School This Fall

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Ed Department is rocking out youth content in their online courses this fall. These courses are great for any youth staffer at any education level. You learn a ton from experts in the field to expand/refresh your knowledge. Plus you earn CEUs!

Here are the youth centered offerings (10% discount for early registration).

Babies in Libraries 
Sept 17-Oct 28 (6 weeks)
Brooke Newberry, a noted early literacy library specialist, guides you to best practices with service to babies and their grown-ups in this wildly popular and oft-repeated course. Learn about development, programs, collections, partnerships, spaces, and more!

Programming for Tweens
Sept 17- Oct 21 (5 weeks)
Amanda Struckmeyer, a noted Tween expert who has worked in both public and school libraries, brings her A game to help you create amazing programming for 8-12 year olds.

Youth Services 101 
Sept 24-Nov 18 (8 weeks)
Perfect for library associates, assistants or directors at small libraries who work with kids but want to know more about what's behind great service. The course content is based on what Master's degree students learn...so you'll be in the know. Taught by Marge Loch-Wouters

Coding Together, Learning Together: Starting a Coding Club at Your Library 
Oct 22- Nov 18 (4 weeks)
Casey Ineichen has got you covered on the coding front. No previous tech knowledge is necessary to discover all the ways you can do coding with kids!

And hey, remember, these are just the youth-focused courses! Stop here to check out the nine other fall 2018 courses offered and learn, learn, learn!!

Friday, July 13, 2018

WLA Conference Sessions Announced!

The wait is over! WLA Conference sessions are here!
A schedule and description of sessions have been posted on the WLA website. Take a quick coffee break to scroll through and start planning your conference schedule. A few highlights include:
  • Hiring for Our Diverse Communities
  • Elder STEM: Boosting Curiosity and Engagement for Seniors, Right Where They Live
  • Building Relationships Between Your Public Library and Spanish-Speaking Populations
  • Is Anything Really Free On the Internet?
  • Never Neutral: Social Justice In Your Library
Plus, there are even details about some of the speakers and events, such as:
  • Mingle over a Beer with Matt Janzen at the Turtle Stack Brewery
  • YSS Escape Room Experience
  • Featured Speaker: Gretchen Caserotti, Library Journal 2010 Mover and Shaker
Pretty exciting, huh? Hotel and registration information is on its way, but until then, mark your calendar for October 23-26. See you in LaCrosse!
~ WLA 2018 Conference Committee

Thursday, July 12, 2018

What’s Early Lit for Kids Who Can’t See?

Over at the ALSC Blog earlier this month, Jill Rothstein addressed how to bring early literacy to children with low or no sight.  She highlights the importance of promoting early independent reading and writing in Braille, as well as considering pictures as spacial information to be decoded.

I found Rothstein's adapted activities for the 5 key practices (reading ,writing, singing, playing, talking) helpful in thinking about how to bring these practices into my library.  In particular, the information on obtaining or creating tactile books seems to be a budget-adaptable option to better serve children with low or no vision.

Read the full article HERE.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Teen Live Webinar

Join thousands of librarians on August 15 for our seventh annual SLJTeen Live! virtual conference without leaving the comfort of your home (or reference* desk).

This free, daylong event will feature high-profile and up-and-coming YA authors talking about their latest titles for teens. You’ll also have the chance to get advice from innovative librarians tackling timely issues relevant to your teens and services.

Read more and register HERE

Monday, July 9, 2018

Free Shakespeare in State Parks

The Summit Players, a group of young college and post college thespians, are touring Wisconsin State Parks over the next few months on weekends introducing adults and kids to the bard.

Each free show, this year featuring Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, has an interactive workshop for kids that begins 90 minutes before the 7pm Fri and Sat performances and 2:30 Sunday performances. There is also a discussion guide that can be downloaded.

Check out the schedule here.

And read more about this intrepid troupe here.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Webinar: Laying Out the Welcome Mat

Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community

Tuesday, July 17

In this free webinar, presented in collaboration with TechSoup for Libraries, learn how Halifax Public Libraries uses asset mapping to identify immigrant community needs and develop responsive programs and services.  Asset mapping encourages libraries to go out into their communities and uncover and assess the resources available to immigrants. The information they gather gives the insight libraries need to develop programming to serve these patrons and help them thrive.

Find out more and register HERE.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

4th of July Crafts

Happy 4th of July! In the summer we have "Kids Create: All Day Arts and Crafts" where we make craft projects available from 9am-8pm (our library's open hours for the day). Our library's teen volunteers prepared all the supplies needed for us to set these two 4th of July themed crafts out. They were very well received with many kids making more than one! Many kids come into the library only on Thursdays just to make the craft and because they can come anytime during the day, not just at a designated time like many of our programs. Many of these same kids do not have an abundance of craft supplies in their homes, so when they come to the library to make gifts for their family and friends, something that would be difficult without the supplies at home if the library was not providing them. These two crafts were winners for all ages! 

June is over, and we are now in the second month of SRP! Stay strong, library friends! 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Craft Stick Harmonica DIY

Super simple musical craft alert!

I just had a DIY Instruments program and the far-and-away winner was the Craft Stick Harmonica!  I used instructions found on the Housing a Forest blog.

It was simple, fun...and--chances are--you already have all the materials necessary on your craft shelves! 

Materials Needed:

  • craft sticks
  • paper
  • rubber bands or string
  • toothpicks
  • scissors

Each patron will need two craft sticks.  We used the wide ones, so I can't speak for the success of the skinnier ones.  Cut a piece of paper the same size as your craft sticks and sandwich the paper strip between the two.

Wrap a rubber band or some string around one end until it is snug.  Then, slide a toothpick--cut to the approximate width of the craft sticks--to the inside of the rubber band/string.  Repeat with an identical toothpick at the other end and wrap with a rubber band/string. 


Simply have the kiddos exhale or inhale to make a unique noise.  They can also try pinching the sticks together to see how the noises and vibrations change!  There was a bit of a learning curve, but once they figured out the technique, it was a symphony of buzzing and giggles.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

ALSC Changes Name of Laura Ingalls Wilder Award

Recently, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Board voted to change the name of the Laura Ingalls Wilder award to reflect current views of understanding and celebrating diverse cultures, particularly, Indigenous peoples.  The American Libraries post note:

"The [ALSC Awards Program Review] task force began its work earlier this spring, starting out by distributing a broad survey to members, nonmembers, and stakeholders such as writers, publishers, and librarians. Lindsay confirms that the resultant name change was part of an entire review to make sure ALSC is acting consistently across the organization. The Wilder Award was prioritized as the first award to be examined because Lindsay says ALSC had received member feedback on the name."

The new name for the award will be the Children's Literature Legacy Award.

Find more information and the full article HERE.