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Friday, July 25, 2014

Meaningful art with children

Process Art in action, from Authentic Parenting Blog, another great resource!
I found an archived Infopeople webinar about giving young children meaningful art experiences at the library, Creative Spaces and Family Engagement.   Bridget Alexander is passionate about creating opportunities for young children to explore, experiment, and create art in ways that are deeply satisfying and developmentally appropriate, to boot.  Many of you have heard about "process art."  The webinar gives a great explanation of why it is important to give kids opportunities to experience the chance to create freely, and also gives some terrific ideas of projects and materials that lend themselves to this sort of experimentation.

She also referred to a Pinterest Board created by librarians in Lisle, IL, full of terrific ideas for process-oriented art.

Take a look and be inspired!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Libraries and Homelessness

Last week on the same day I ran across two pieces on libraries serving people who are homeless.  One came from Katie Morsch, director of Our Neighbor's Place shelter in River Falls.  It's a Reuters article about libraries on the front lines of dealing with homelessness.  The libraries cited in the article are from bigger cities, but I know from many of you that this is not a situation that is unique to cities.  I found it interesting to read about some of the things libraries are doing to better accommodate the needs of people who need to carry their belongings around with them.

On the same day, I found an inspiring blog post in the ALSC blog about a library in Salt Lake City that does early literacy storytimes at a shelter in the area.  I'd love to hear about it if any of you are considering doing something like this!

In the meantime, check out this 40-minute video created specifically for librarians by a director of a homeless shelter.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Autism Books

Thanks to a donation from Navigating Autism, a Wisconsin organization dedicated to assisting families affected by autism, I received 3 books (all paperback) that are not presently held in the MORE system.  IFLS Librarians:  If you would like these items for your collection, send me (langby @ ifls.lib.wi.us) a brief (2-sentence) story about something going on at your library this summer.  Pictures are highly encouraged.  I'll send the books to the first responders.

Here are the titles:

A Brief Guide to Autism Treatments by Elisabeth Hollister Sandberg and Becky L. Spritz (Jessica Kingsley, 2013)

A Friend Like Simon by Kate Gaynor, Illus. by Caitriona Sweeney (Special Stories Publishing, 2009)

What It Is to Be Me!  An Asperger Kid Book, by Angela Wine, Illus. by David Crary. (Fairdale Publishing, 2005)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Schneider Family Award Blog Tour

Schneider Family Book Award Seal
Kathie Schneider is a library advocate, retired psychologist from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, author, disability advocate, and dog enthusiast (to name only a few of her attributes!).  We are lucky to have her in our region.  Ten years ago, she used her inheritance to start a new award given yearly by the American Library Association. The Schneider Family Book Award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.

To celebrate the anniversary of the award, a group of bloggers is sponsoring a blog tour of posts about the award, discussing it in general or highlighting a favorite award-winner.  Take a look at these posts, and you'll maybe find some new blogs to follow, too!

July 6, 2014     Nerdy BookClub  

July 6, 2014     Kid Lit Frenzy  

July 7, 2014      NonfictionDetectives  

July 10, 2014    There’s a Book ForThat 

July 11, 2014    Kathie Comments    (Kathie Schneider's blog)

July 14, 2014    Librarian in CuteShoes 

July 15, 2014    The Late Bloomer’s BookBlog    (one of my favorites, includes an interview with Cynthia Lord)

July 16, 2014    Read, Write, and Reflect  

July 17, 2014    Read Now SleepLater  

July 18, 2014    Unleashing Readers  

July 20, 2014    Maria’s Mélange 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pepin Slide Show Highlights Early Literacy Practices

One of the photos (of a girl enjoying a book) that grace the Early Literacy slide show on Pepin's website
Christy from Pepin has been inspired to share information on her website about the 5 early literacy practices with a lovely slide show, illustrated with photos from her library.  Check out her friendly suggestions to read, talk, sing, play and write with young children!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Two Great Nuggets

Golden nugget squash
I attended an American Libraries Live session on Kid and Teen Friendly Libraries yesterday, and gleaned two worthwhile nuggets from it:

ADVOCACY:  Even if your library board or director doesn't require it, be sure to submit regular reports summing up your activities, programming statistics, initiatives, outreach projects, etc.  If you don't tell them, how will they know all the good stuff you do?  And if they don't know all the good stuff you do, how will you ever convince them that you need more staff and resources (or at least that you can't afford to lose any)?

TEENS as LEADERS:  Consider changing your Teen Advisory Board into a Teen Leaders Board.  Make sure that you are giving them opportunities to really lead and advocate for the library's teen services.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hawkins Summer Fun

Arlene from Hawkins had a successful program earlier this summer.  Menomonie author Jeanne Styczinski, who wrote Mama, how Does the Wind Start to Blow, presented a program about her book and being an author/illustrator.  Arlene says she did a terrific job--as a Kindergarten teacher, she knows how to effectively interact with kids.
Jeanne Styczinski reading her book to a rapt audience

After the author visit, there was ooey-gooey science fun, with bubbles, recycled newspaper creations, and more.
Bubbles are fun for all ages!