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Friday, January 19, 2018

Working with Young People in the Digital Age webinar

A few years back, IFLS did a big project trying to get ourselves up to speed on new media, and how to help parents navigate the overwhelming avalanche of information and products.  One of the things we did was hold a workshop on the topic with a morning presentation by Erin Walsh.  Erin was AMAZING.  Thoughtful, interesting, warm, funny, and incredibly engaging.  

I'm so excited that she is going to be giving us another taste of her wisdom during the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference on Thursday, January 25!   In this interactive and energizing webinar, Erin Walsh will use brain science, stories, and humor to explain how technology is changing the ways that young people grow up, socialize, and make decisions.  Erin will help librarians understand the key ingredients for thriving in the digital age and provide practical tools and strategies that help youth build on their strengths

For more on media mentorship, see the IFLS website!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Low Cost, High Impact Teen Programs webinar

One of the things I hear most often from librarians is that they are desperate for great ideas about teen programming, especially great ideas that won't break the budget.  As part of the Youth Services Track of the Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference, I'm excited to moderate a session with Jen Lemke, who will be talking about amazing, reasonable, and super-fun programs to engage a teen audience.  1:00 pm CST on Thursday, January 25.  Register here for that awesome session (which will be recorded)!  And remember that there are 19 relevant webinars!  Don't forget to check out the whole line-up.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Family Engagement Webinar Coming Up

Last spring, I posted a few times about the great new resource from the Public Library Association and the Global Family Research Project--a tool kit and a call to action for libraries to engage with families.  There are some really terrific and practical ideas in this tool kit for making libraries more relevant and responsive to the needs of families.  If you haven't done so, check out the resource, Public Libraries, a Vital Space for Family Engagement.  You won't regret it!

I'm so excited to report that we will have two authors of that resource as part of the Wild Wisconsin Winter Webinar Conference!  Margaret Caspe and Elena Lopez will join us (from opposite coasts!) to talk about the importance of family engagement and introducing some important things to consider when doing it, as well as highlighting some libraries right here in Wisconsin who are doing it.  Join us on Thursday January 25 at 2:30 Central Time for this practical webinar!  Register here.

There are 19 AMAZING webinars this year as part of the Wild Wisconsin Winter Webinar Conference.  The conference is sponsored by all 16 library systems in Wisconsin, as well as the DPI.  All sessions will be recorded, and all are free to access! 

Friday, January 5, 2018

Jacqueline Woodson the New Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Jacqueline Woodson is the new Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a position appointed by the Librarian of Congress (with input from librarians, booksellers, educators, and children's literature experts).  I am so excited to see what she does with her platform of "Reading = Hope x Change (What's Your Equation?)", which encourages young people to think about – and beyond – the moment we’re living in, the power they possess, and the impact reading can have on showing them ways in which they can create the hope and the change they want to see in the world.  Read more at the Every Child a Reader site!

And it's not too late to take the Reading Without Walls Challenge, proposed by the 2016-2017 Ambassador, Gene Luen Yang.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Smart Phones and Social Media and Teens

person holding a smart phone with various social networks
Photo credit: Pexels
The Atlantic Monthly published an article this fall by Jean Twenge, author of the book iGen:  Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy--And Completely Unprepared for Adulthood (and What That Means for the Rest of Us).

It raises some important issues and cites several studies that point to  the decline in teens having jobs, drivers' licenses, and time spent in face-to-face interaction, and the increase in their use of smart phones and social media.  Many of the studies seem to draw a correlation between time spent on social media and reported unhappiness, and there has been a significant rise in teen depression and suicide, particularly for girls.  While I know teens who are extremely irritated by adults making proclamations about how "all teens today" are one way or another (particularly with regard to use of smart phones and social media), this seems like a trend that is important to pay attention to. 

Are we talking with teens about social media use--not in a judgmental way, but in an open-ended way that recognizes the benefits, but asks them to reflect on how it is making them feel?  Providing them with compelling opportunities to interact face-to-face or be involved in no-screen activities?  Giving parents of younger children information about this stuff, including the importance of kids learning to self-regulate and moderate their own media use?  (Check out the Media Mentor materials created by IFLS a few years ago).  Many libraries are playing this role.  What do we need to do next?  What do you think?

Monday, December 18, 2017

Tips for Getting The Most Out of the CSLP Manual

drawing of a tool box
Use your toolbox!  (image from Pixabay)
Remember when we used to get a thick juicy manual full of lots of pages, helping us figure out what to do for the summer library program?  Those days are not actually gone, the pages are just digital now.  I sent out directions for accessing the manual back in November, please let me know if you don't have those or have lost track of them, or are having trouble.

If you are looking for some suggestions on the best way to get the most out of the online manual, check out this video, created by Luke Kralik, Organizational Coordinator for the CSLP.  It has 4 basic suggestions for ways to get the most out of the tool, and then takes you through the steps to make it happen. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Circle of Security

blue and teal swirl--logo for Circle of Security
Circle of Security International Logo
I learned about Circle of Security as an approach to parenting and parent education the other day at a meeting, and I just had the chance to poke around and see what it is all about.  There are some great short animated videos.  Check them out!  Basic points include:

  • It is important to "be there" for children, no matter what emotion they are expressing--and to work against our own fears and insecurities and discomfort with their strong emotions to recognize that it is normal and healthy to have feelings like anger, fear, sadness, and exuberant happiness.
  • Providing kids with a "circle of support" allows them to explore, but also to come back for comfort, and to know that they will always have someone bigger, stronger, wiser, and kind helping them navigate and setting boundaries for them.  
  • Remembering there is no such thing as "perfect parenting" and that if we do well enough most of the time, it is enough!
  • Relationships and connections are where it is at!

I recommend checking this out as parents and grandparents, aunties and uncles, friends, and also as people who parents turn to when they are feeling overwhelmed by the ins and outs of parenting.