Monday, December 27, 2010
"I just came across the It Gets Better project on Youtube last night. A must see for librarians who serve teens. Every community has gay teens, and with bullying and intimidation of gay teens on the rise, it is even more important that libraries remain safe places for all teens, regardless of sexual orientation. Dan Savage started the project in response to media coverage of several recent suicides by gay teens, and Youtube has received hundreds of videos from people all over the world reiterating the message - "it gets better." Positively inspirational!http://www.youtube.com/user/itgetsbetterproject"
Look here for more information about the It Gets Better Project.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Talk to Janine at Rice Lake if you want some ideas about how to make this work at your library.
I can't get this guy and his sticky fingers to go right-side-up. But he looks too happy to leave off, so here he is!
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
- Libraries on MORE can find the book on the staff side of the interface and put a hold on it.
- Libraries not yet on MORE can send a note to me and I'll make sure it gets checked out and sent to you.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Here's a smattering of cool stuff people have sent me in the past month:
- Marcia Dressel from the Osceola Public Schools sent a reminder about the Federal Trade Commission's website, which provides brochures on a variety of topics. Some youth-related ones include avoiding scams in scholarhips and student loans and internet safety for kids, tweens, teens, and parents. You can order the brochures in bulk for free.
- Hollis Helmeci from the Rusk County Library found Wonderopolis to be a fun site: "Have you seen this site? It is bizarrely wonderful. There is a considerable focus on kids doing things—and teaching skills—so it might be a good thing for the blog."
- For teens who are interested in reading and writing, there is a new social network site that allows them to share their work, find out about new authors, and connect with other people who are passionate about reading and writing. Thanks to Kim Durland here at IFLS for sending along the information about Figment.com: Write Yourself In.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Two very popular free programs from the Cooperative Children's Book Center for teachers and librarians are scheduled to run again this year via the POLYCOM system (available at public schools). Talk to your contacts if you are interested in viewing them!
Outstanding and Award Winning Books for K-5 Librarians and Teachers
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
3:45 – 5:15 pm
Be among the first to find out about the American Library Association award winners announced January 10, 2011 at this session that will highlight outstanding books for children in grades K through 5 published in 2010.
Join librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on this tour through selected 2011 ALA award winners and Notable Children’s Books , as well as some of the books in CCBC Choices 2011, the CCBC’s own best-of-the-year list.
Outstanding and Award Winning Books for Older Children and Teens Grades 6 - 12
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
3:45 – 5:15 pm
Find out about some of the outstanding books of the 2010 publishing year for older children and teens in grades 6-12 at this session that will highlight selected 2011 American Library Association award winners (announced January 10 , 2011) as well as selected ALA 2011 Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks, and titles from CCBC Choices 2011.
Librarians from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) will be your guides on this trip through some of the ALA and CCBC titles for Grade 6-12 classrooms and libraries.
All books will be shown via live video connection throughout the presentation. Target audiences are teachers and librarians for grades 6 and up.
Monday, December 6, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Based on my own observations, I agree. We usually have to pry our elementary and middle-school aged boys away from the computers or board games, but if I suggest a book they at least have a look at it. So far, the response to the club has been good, with 8 or so guys participating and reading 2 books so far.
Their excitement for the club is based mostly on whether or not they like the current book. I started with The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt (since he visited the area for the Chippewa Valley Book Festival) and got a lukewarm response. The Invention of Hugo Cabret was a much bigger hit. They loved reading it and had a lively discussion for almost 45 minutes.
We are taking a break for the holidays but will be starting back up in January. I hope my next selection is as popular as the last one! If anyone has any suggestions for a group of boys in 3rd-7th grade (quite a challenge, I know…) I’d be happy to take them!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Several libraries sent me their internet and unattended children policies. I've posted them on our website, and you might want to take a look and see how yours stacks up.
If you want to share yours, too, send it along!
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
2. After Mary’s mother becomes Unconsecrated, Mary claims that she no longer believes in God. In what other things does Mary have faith? Does Mary’s faith ultimately lead to positive results for her? How is her faith challenged throughout the book?
3. Sister Tabitha takes Mary in to live with the Sisterhood after her mother dies. After Mary tells Tabitha she has no choice but to join the Sisterhood, Tabitha takes Mary to a hidden clearing in the Forest of Hands and Teeth where Mary is almost attacked by the Unconsecrated. As she does so, she says, “There is always a choice.” What does that mean, especially given the choice Mary’s mother makes? Discuss a situation in your life where you felt as though you didn’t have a choice about your actions. Looking back, did you have another choice?
4. Throughout the book, one of the major struggles Mary faces is in dealing with her desire for Travis. In what ways does this forbidden attraction complicate other problems in the book? Is Travis right when, near the end of the story, he tells Mary that she would not have been happy, even with him?
5. Mary’s brother Jed is at first angry with her for her failures to protect their mother from the Unconsecrated. At a certain point in the book, Jed must also make a difficult decision about someone he loves. How does this decision change his opinions about what Mary did? How does Mary respond to Jed’s choices in that situation?
6. Gabrielle, the Outsider, plays an important part in the story. Why do you believe she was allowed to become Unconsecrated? What does this reveal about the real motives of the Sisterhood? How does the choice made by the Sisterhood to cast out Gabrielle affect the safety of the village? Discuss, generally, how the structures of life in the village made it more difficult for them to survive the final attack by the Unconsecrated.
7. How do the characters of Jacob and Argos affect the escape of the main characters from the village? Was bringing them along the right choice? Was bringing them along avoidable?
8. As the story progresses, the Roman numerals used at the beginning of each chapter become important. For example, Mary finds a note Gabrielle has written with the Roman numeral XIV – fourteen – written on it. In Chapter XIV, Gabrielle, now Unconsecrated, leads the army of Unconsecrated in the final attack on Mary’s village. Discuss other places in the story where this meta-textual device is used to heighten tension or create anticipation or foreshadowing. Why do you think Carrie Ryan chose to use the chapter numbers in this way? Have you read another book that used a similar device (for example, Quentin’s gibberish in Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians)? How do devices like these keep you involved in the story?
Monday, November 22, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
"Fantastic magicians, they kept the kids (and adults) completely entranced, and had a wonderful rapport with the audience. Robert promoted reading by telling the kids he learned his skills from the books he checked out from the library. We highly recommend them and will be having him return for our Summer Library Program."
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Some libraries create lists and displays to distribute at the library (or the senior center or other locations). Here are some good resources for finding books to put on your lists:
Monday, November 15, 2010
We’re celebrating our 5th year of hosting our wildly popular American Girl Book Club. This year we are having adventures focusing on the “Girls of the Year” stories. In October we read “Lanie”, the book featuring the 2010 American Girl of the year. Since Lanie loves nature and promotes recycling, conservation, and good stewardship of our resources, we decided to include in our program a series of nature stations. The girls went on a nature walk, listened to and identified bird songs, and learned about Monarch butterflies and their life cycle. Each girl brought a photo of nature and we titled them to display in the library this month. Our community room was “fluttering” with excitement. With several different activities for the girls to participate in, we kept them involved and excited throughout the entire morning.
Friday, November 12, 2010
- Correcting children's behavior in front of parents--how to handle if it if parents are offended, what to do if parents continue to ignore the fact that their child is jumping from the bookshelves, etc. If a child's safety is concerned, this is easier ("I'm afraid you'll get hurt if you run down the hall like that")
- Approaching caregivers whose children's behavior is disruptive or dangerous--how to explain what is expected of them as caregivers. Dealing with people who are working on the computers and aren't keeping an eye on their kids. (One small library staff talks to the kids, tries to redirect them, and then if parents still aren't supervising their children, staff encourages them to come back at a different time when they have someone else to supervise).
- Many of these issues can be helped by a good Unattended Children Policy. I will be collecting policies to share. If you have one, please feel free to send it to me. If not, please watch for more on this issue or contact me for help. If you want to
- How to encourage parents at storytimes to participate in the storytime instead of texting on their phones, using their laptops, or visiting with each other. We came up with a few things: 1. Say one or two sentences during your welcome each time to remind people that storytime is for connecting with their children. 2. Incorporate a "turn off your cell phones" verse into your hello song or fingerplay. 3. Hand out something at each storytime with the fingerplays and songs so parents have something to follow and keep them engaged.
- How to handle varying expectations parents have for their children's behavior--how to respond to parents who are complaining about the behavior of other children. Great suggestion: remind people that there is a range of behavior that is acceptable in a library, and suggest other times they might come that are less busy.
- How to keep kids safe from adults who might be, well, not-so-safe? First, don't be afraid to call the police if someone is in the library who shouldn't be there as a condition of their parole. Second, the consensus was that it is okay to approach people when you have concerns about how they are behaving around children.
Wow, lots to discuss! Anything you have to add?
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Jenna Gilles, youth services librarian at the Fall Creek Public Library had a Grossology 101 program last month which was attended by 58 people. That's almost 5% of the entire population of Fall Creek, folks!
They made "snot soap" in small batches--Jenna had discovered in trials at home that small batches are the way to go. They also had smell challenges (items in film cannisters for kids to smell and guess what they were), taste challenges (fake blood and other disgusting-looking stuff), and touch challenges. Board games, a book display of gross and scary things, and Halloween Music with eerie sounds rounded out the mood.
Jenna used these books to prepare for the program:
The everything kids' gross puzzle & activity book : hours of disgusting fun! / Beth L. Blair & Jennifer A. Ericsson.
Gross me out! : 50 nasty projects to disgust your friends & repulse your family / [authors, Joe Rhatigan & Rain Newcomb] ; illustrated by Clay Meyer.
100% pure fake / Lyn Thomas ; with photographs by Cheryl Powers and illustrations by Boris Zaytsev.
On the other side of the system, Georgia Jones in New Richmond has had great luck with a Gross Book Club. Attended mainly by elementary age boys, many of whom are reluctant readers, this book club is showing them the treasures available in books at at the library! Last month, in honor of Halloween, they made fake blood.
This month, according to Georgia, they "explored the world of poop. The non-fiction books we shared had information on the history of toilets and sanitation as well as microscopic pictures of ......yup, poop. The craft of the day was decorating toiletpaper with stamps and ink. Rather festive, actually!"
Any gross stuff in your neck of the woods??
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
New books in the IFLS collection--contact Leah if you want to borrow them (they aren't catalogued yet!):Risky Business: Taking and Managing Risks in Library Services for Teens. By Linda W. Braun, Hillias J. Martin, and Connie Urquhart. ALA, 2010.
A collection of thoughtful essays about the various ways that being a teen librarian is inherently risky, and how embracing that risk can improve service to teens. Chapters on technology, collections, programs, and careers all have some philosophy and some concrete examples to help you think about things in new ways.
The Hipster Librarian's Guide to Teen Craft Projects. By Tina Coleman and Peggie Llanes. ALA, 2009.
A collection of craft projects that are low-cost and appealing to teens--particularly girls.
ALSO: Webjunction has a Young Adult Services area, with suggestions on programming, outreach, collection development, gaming, and more. There are links to articles, archived webinars, and much more. If you are looking for ideas about a particular topic, this is a good place to start.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Terry Ehle, the youth services librarian from Two Rivers Public Library, will be our main presenter. If you attended the IFLS webinar about creating dynamic displays (find it here) you know that Terry is a fabulous presenter full of terrific ideas to make the summer sparkle for kids, teens and families. We'll have time for an idea swap and a little information on the hows and whys of evaluating your program, too.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Audrey, Wait! By Robin Benway
Audrey’s ex-boyfriend writes a hit-song about her after they break up.
The New Policeman and The Last of the High Kings by Kate Thompson
Irish music and dance, Tir na nOg—the land of the fairies, and much humor in these books.
Beige. By Cecil Castellucci.
Katy reluctantly leaves Montréal to spend time with her estranged father, an aging Los Angeles punk rock legend.
Good Enough. By Paula Yoo.
Patti Yoon, a Korean American girl, tries to please her parents by doing her best to get into YaleHarvardPrinceton, but she is distracted by a boy and by her passion for the violin.
Born to Rock. By Gordon Korman
High school senior Leo Caraway, a conservative Republican, learns that his biological father is a punk rock legend.
Yellow Flag. By Robert Lipsyte.
When Kyle reluctantly succumbs to family pressure and takes over driving the family racecar, he struggles to keep up with his trumpet playing.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. By Rachel Cohn and David Levithan.
Nick, member of a rock band, meets Norah and asks her to be his girlfriend for five minutes in order to avoid his ex-sweetheart.
Candor. By Pam Bachorz.
The teens in Candor are all model citizens, due to the subliminal messages played in the ever-present, piped-in music. Except the Mayor’s son, who uses his inside information for his own purposes.
Gilbert and Sullivan Set Me Free. By Kathleen Karr.
Inmates of a 1900s women’s prison stage a production of Pirates of Penzance. Based on a true story.
The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket, with music composed by Nathaniel Stookey, illustrated by Carson Ellis, performed by the San Francisco Symphony.
This is a hilarious introduction to the orchestra, with humor that will appeal to teens, great music, and useful information.
The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth. By Jaime Adoff
A collection of poems about music and musicians.
Punk Rock Etiquette: The Ultimate How-To Guide for DIY, Punk, Indie, and Underground Bands, by Travis Nichols
Graphic novel format, informative, and hilarious.
John Lennon: All I Want is the Truth. By Elizabeth Partridge.
Highly acclaimed biography of the Beatles legend.
This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie. By Elizabeth Partridge.
Fascinating reading, even for people who aren’t fans of this folk hero’s music.
Meet the Musicians: From Prodigy (or Not) to Pro. By Amy Nathan.
Profiles of members of the New York Philharmonic.
Rock and Roll Soldier: A Memoir. By Dean Ellis Kohler and Susan VanHecke.
During the Vietnam War, Kohler was asked by his captain to form a rock and roll band to keep up morale of his unit.
We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World. By Stuart Stotts, with an introduction by Pete Seeger.
Slim book that introduces the backstory of this powerful song.
There are some great opportunities to help you keep up with the huge number of titles for children and youth--all without leaving your desk. Check out the following offers of webinars from other systems and from vendors:
The South Central Library System, together with the Cooperative Children's Book Center, has a monthly series of 1/2 hour webinars on recommended books, CCBC Shorts. They are archived on the CCBC website. Past themes have included: great new picture books, books and boys, read-alouds, book club ideas. The CCBC librarians have a lot of great insight about books, so take a listen at your convenience.
Booklist, in cooperation with Orca Publishers, is sponsoring a webinar called Reaching Reluctant Readers: Using High Interest Fiction to Engage and Inspire on Tuesday, October 19 from 1-2 pm. Even if you can't come at that time, if you register, they'll send you a link to the archived webinar.
Patti Blount from Durand send me a notice about a Librarian's Preview webinar from Scholastic about upcoming new titles. Editors and authors will be online to give plugs for their new books on Tuesday, October 19 at 12:00 noon.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The Great Stories CLUB (Connecting Libraries, Underserved teens, and Books) is a book club program designed to reach underserved, troubled teen populations through books that are relevant to their lives. All types of libraries (public, school, academic, and special) located within or working in partnership with facilities serving troubled teens in the United States and its territories are eligible to apply for a CLUB grant. 150 libraries will be selected to develop a book discussion program for troubled teens based on the three theme-related titles and will be given copies of the books to share with participants. Participating libraries will also receive access to an online toolkit to support the program. Small cash grants ($100 to $200) will be awarded to up to twenty-five sites for the support of program-related expenses.
For complete information on the Great Stories CLUB, including guidelines, book titles and descriptions, application instructions, and feedback from past participants, visit the ALA Web site.
If you'd like to talk to a librarian who has implemented Great Stories CLUB projects in the past, talk with Chris Byerly at Frederic and Elaine Meyer at Amery!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Sometimes it can be a challenge to work with teens. Some libraries have a hard time attracting them to their library, their programs, their teen advisory boards. Once they are there, it can be tricky to figure out the best way to harness their energy and ideas so you can create something really great together. It can be terrifying to run with one of their ideas--but it can also be amazing.
After rehearsing all summer, the play was produced for sold-out-crowds earlier this month. Cast members ranged in age from 6 years old to adult, and most of the major roles were played by teens. The costumes (in hilarious steampunk style) were created by a 16-year-old.
Sneaking up on a lovesick Benedick
Bare bones in terms of experience and facility, the production they pulled off was fabulous! The kids were excited to be there, very focused, very willing to prepare. Most of all, they were working hard because they were working on an idea they came up with themselves, with a director who was exactly the right combination of confident and humble.
Friday, September 17, 2010
- School visits and other promotions (skits and puppet show scripts are especially welcome)
- Decorations, bulletin boards, props, etc.
- Family programs, especially emphasizing literacy
- Original puppet shows for 1 or 2 people
- Outreach ideas for underserved populations
- Bilingual storytimes
Own the Night Manual
- Setting the scene (displays, making an inviting teen area, what to display besides books)
- Using teen volunteers (what sort of programs are good ones for teens to take charge of?)
- Social networking to promote
- Program ideas
Send suggestions to: Patti Sinclair trishsinclair @ sbcglobal.net by December 1!
Thursday, September 16, 2010
On October 16, they will head to the library for 24 hours of gaming. They are asking friends, family (and fellow librarians now) to sponsor them for $1/hour--if you are interested in finding out more, check out their donation page or contact Matthew at whitem @ ifls.lib.wi.us.
Anyone else have any great ideas? I was talking with my own teen today, and we thought it would be fun to have a gathering of teen advisory boards, so the kids could swap ideas about what kinds of things they are doing, and librarians could see how other boards work. Whatcha think of that??
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
The ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee has created a booklist to assist members who may be receiving requests for book titles on Islam, Muslims and the Qur’an in response to a planned public burning of the Qur’an by Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida.
The list is a mixture of fiction and nonfiction; and is divided by preschoolers, elementary school students and teenagers. The Committee expects to refine the list in the weeks to come, so please check back for updates.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
"In November we are having a Bunch of Munsch storytime. So, I wrote Robert Munsch about it and to support him for his recent “coming-out” about emotional issues. I also asked him where I could get a copy of Put Me in a Book besides Scholastic Canada (Sue and I couldn’t find it available in accounts we have). So guess what??!?!?! He sent a copy of the book with his signature and a “Thanks for writing” message. (No letter was included.) HOW FREAKING SWEET IS THAT?!?!?!? During the storytime, I plan to read the book and then get a group photo with the book to send to Munsch as a thank you. How generous of him, right?!?
Okay, before I explode with joy, off I go!"
May you all have moments that make you want to explode with joy this week, too!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
- Teens predicted the ending--the one who is closest will win a mockingjay pin t-shirt.
- Peeta, Gale and Katniss teams created banners to display in the library
- Two district teams answered trivia questions and the winning team got to make a trip to the cornucopia which was filled with a bunch of donated stuff. There was a tie and the breaker was one member from each team was chosen to shoot (with a disc shooter) the apple in the pigs mouth (obviously a picture).
- Colleen read the last chapter of Catching Fire before midnight, when the local bookseller sold the books.
How is the Hunger Games trilogy going over in your neck of the woods? What kind of discussion is it encouraging? (Please comment).
My daughter and I broke down went halvsies on it last week--I was 249th on the list. She gobbled it up this weekend, but I'm being disciplined and coming to work instead of reading it...
Friday, August 27, 2010
- Prioritizing, with the help of feedback from the people I serve
- Making a schedule for myself (which can get completely skewed by what comes in the door, I know, but somehow this helps me stay calm and sometimes keeps me from obsessively checking my email)
- Looking at our long range plan to see if there are some guides there to help me decide what is most important
What do you do?? Please comment so everyone can learn from each other.
Thursday, August 26, 2010
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
The big day is here! Your teens have been reading the 2010 Teens' TopTen nominations since last April, and now they can tell us which books are their favorites. Voting for the 2010 Teens' Top Ten is available -and this year, it's even easier for your teens to vote. Just have them go to the Teens' Top Ten homepage at www.ala.org/teenstopten! (If you still want to use a separate link,that's available too at www.surveymonkey.com/s/teenstopten2010.)
Voting is open now through September 17. We'll announce the winners at www.ala.org/teenstopten during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23.
Calling all Middle Grade Teachers and Librarians! Little, Brown Books for Young Readers is looking for galley groups to read and review our middle grade titles. Do you serve Middle Grade readers? Do your readers like to share what's on their minds? Would they like to tell US what they think? Then send an email to LBYRGalleys@hbgusa.com and we'll send you more information. You’ll be glad you did!
Associate Director, School & Library Marketing
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Hachette Book Group USA
Friday, August 20, 2010
In the meantime, we collected information from people about favorite and hardest parts of the summer in a previous blog post and got some great answers.
On the favorites end, we got LOTS of happy comments about performers, programs, new teen programs, and increased participation. Oh, and some good gardens. And a new library that is making people's jaws drop. On the not-so-fun end, we heard about heat, humidity, unruly daycare groups, low participation rates at tween programs, and more about heat and humidity.
What did you like best this summer? What was hardest for you?
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
One our best programs this summer was our 'Pokemon Summer Academy' that we held for kids in 2nd -7th grades. Kids played an ice breaker game where they had to guess which legendary Pokemon character they had on their nametag. We served pizza and played some paper-based games based on their knowledge of Pokemon characters. Kids looked at each others' cards, and some even traded some cards. Other kids brought their DS machine to battle each other and show off their favorite games.
Often the program seemed to be running itself. It was just a happy bunch of kids speaking the same language and having fun.The biggest hit was was that we had the Wii game Pokemon Battle Revolution and kids connected their DS's to the Wii so they could battle each other. Those who didn't have a DS played on a team. While kids waited for their turn to play, some kids decorated 'Pokeball' cupcakes using a variety of colored frostings & decorations. Many kids asked when we would be doing this again. Definitely would do again!