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Thursday, June 30, 2016

FREE Teen Online Conference from SLJ

Are you reading the posts about people's inspiring trips to ALA, hearing incredible authors speak and getting inspired for the work they do?  Are you feeling a little jealous?  Well, SLJ has put together an online teen conference for FREE, where you'll have access to some of that cool stuff.  The cost is reasonable, for sure!  And you'll get to hear authors like Maggie Stiefvater and Meg Medina, along with getting ideas about college and career readiness, using snapchat, mental health in YA literature, and serving the underserved.  I signed up!  I hope you can find time to attend, too:  August 10.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Poster Love

kids playing with homemade marble runs
Playing in Prescott
Jenna Gilles-Turner from the Chippewa Falls Public Library created some beautiful posters with engaging photographs and quotes and tidbits of child development information (including several about the importance of PLAY).  That's pretty great in and of itself.  The even cooler thing is that she shared the whole batch of them with us, so we could in turn share them with all of you.  These are lovely!  They are available on the IFLS website at https://iflsweb.org/youthposters.

Thank you, Jenna!  I hope to see some of these posters in other libraries in the coming months and years.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Bracing Infographic for SLP-Weary Librarians

clover flower
from Pixabay
Oh my goodness, summer is here, your library is full, your calendar is even more full, and you may be a little tired already, especially when you look at what is coming.  Sometimes it is good to remember WHY you are doing something.  The State Library of Virginia used some funds from the Institute for Museums and Libraries and did a study of SLP participants in that state to look at the effects of the program.  They created an infographic with the results of the study, and I think it might make you feel ENERGIZED about the work you are doing!  Take a peek!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Early Childhood Webinars from Tech Soup

The Early Learning LabFrontiers of Innovation, and New Profit, along with partners Joan Ganz Cooney Center and TechSoup, are working together to build the technology capacity of the early childhood education field.
In partnership with these organizations, TechSoup will be hosting a series of webinars about technology and innovation for early childhood literacy organizations and researchers. If you work with young children at a nonprofit or library, this free webinar series is for you.  The next webinar, Media Mentors, Building Literacy Skills for the Digital Age with Lisa Guernsey, Michael Levine, and Chip Donohue, will be on June 16, 12:30-2:00.  For more information about the series, check out the Tech Soup blog post.

And in case you've lost track or are new to the block, check out the IFLS resources on Media Mentorship!

Walking Boldly Toward Biases

Several people I know attended the Public Library Association Conference this past spring in Denver (and hearing their tales of amazing sessions made me wish I had managed to attend, and filled with resolve to at least attempt it in 2018).   One session that several people spoke very highly of was a Big Ideas talk with Vernā Myers, talking about dealing with our biases, not by pretending we don't have them, but by recognizing them and then doing things to challenge them.  Disappointed not to hear the speech myself, I was excited to learn there is a TED talk (viewed by over 1 million people).  I highly recommend taking a look at it--it is relevant and important!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Inclusive Summer Programs

graphic about inclusiveness
I really appreciated this ALSC Blog post about making library programs inclusive for everyone.  Leslie Mason (the author) has some simple and practical tips for making sure that kids with disabilities can feel welcome and participate in your programs.  I highly encourage you to take a peek--many of the tips are not complicated, nor do they require a huge outlay of money or time.  Just a little shift to make sure that your space is accessible and your programs easier to participate in for a wide variety of kids.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

STEM Activities, Kits, and Tip Sheets

drop of water

The Wisconsin Water Library at UW Madison  has STEM and Literacy Together Kits to use for story time. The kits include traditional storytime elements (reading, songs, art activity), along with a water-related STEM aspect.

Available for request:

Once Upon a Pond (all about ponds in Wisconsin) - Call no. 071246

Jump Around with Frogs (Wisconsin Native Frogs and Toad) - Call no. 281686)

Does it Sink or Float? (Buoyancy) - Call no. 232434

They are available to request here, though some sleuthing indicates they are not on the regular catalog.

If you are looking for some more great STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) resources for younger kids, you might want to check out the US Department of Education's Tip Sheets:  Talk, Read and Sing about STEM.  Or check out the IFLS Early Childhood Exploration Kits and School-age STEM kits (which you can reserve by sending an email to Leah at langby @ ifls.lib.wi.us)