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Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Thanks to Patti Blount in Durand for sharing news about this upcoming webinar from Lee & Low Books and the Anti-Defamation League:
Monday, August 13, 2018
The books are lovely reminders, beautiful to look at, of how fundamental play is for children, and full of simple and easy-to-obtain suggestions of materials that you can use to intentionally support their development by having them available for them to explore. The books hone in on the importance of letting kids explore and problem-solve, and setting up an environment that allows for that. They also give examples of things teachers/caregivers have done to support and challenge kids to try more things.
I highly recommend taking a look at these books! Whether you consider using loose parts in your play areas, or think about how to use them in play groups, story times, or other programs, there is a lot of potential for awesome exploration and fun.
Friday, August 10, 2018
By Friday, maybe you need just a little spark of inspiration to help the fire in your belly. Check out Jason Reynolds' commencement speech at Lesley University. It's only about 10 minutes long, but it is remarkable, and it made me a little weepy (this could be due to sleep deprivation, but I think it was truly moving).
Tuesday, July 31, 2018
|My alma mater, Carleton College, busy looking picturesque (photo credit: Pixabay)|
At any rate, many teens are in the thick of thinking about this, stressing about it, working on it, being pressured about it, or possibly not pursuing it for lack of someone to tell them they could consider it. In researching something else, I came across the Harvard College College Admissions Campaign. They are working with other colleges and universities, high schools, and others to promote some pretty amazing goals:
2. Increasing equity and access for economically disadvantaged students
3. Reducing excessive achievement pressure
It seems like public librarians might be able to do some things to help achieve these goals, even if it is being aware of resources to share with kids and parents who are freaking out! Harvard has collected several of these, too.
What do you do about the college admissions process in your library?
Monday, July 30, 2018
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Chances are, you have something to share with this audience! Time is getting short, but you have till August 3 to propose a session at this conference, and each presentation will receive one free registration (a $300 value!).
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
|Photo by Julian Lozano on Unsplash|
|Photo by Julian Lozano on Unsplash|
Christy from Pepin recently shared a fun idea for a challenge for kids in the library. The goal: have a 3 minute conversation with library staff without saying "yes," "no" (or yeah or nah).
The kids are having fun with it. If they fail, they get a small prize - Star Wars collectible pictures, erasers, keychains - if they complete the three minutes they get a larger prize - flashlight, battery pack for cell phone. Out of 12 tries, I've had 2 make it for the full three minutes. One young lady (9 years old) practices at home and then comes in to try, but she hasn't made it yet. I do limit them to one try per day.
The trick is to get them comfortable and just talking to you and then you ask another question that they just automatically answer with a yes or no. Then the look on their faces as they realize what they said. They are really thinking hard for most of the time and understand that other answers "indeed", "affirmative" and such are acceptable. We'll do it through the end of August. I didn't have anyone try in June, but now that they've discovered it I think we'll have several continue to try.