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Thursday, April 15, 2010

YALSA's Teen Top Teen Nominations Are In

YALSA's Teens' Top Ten nominations are here! This is the only booklist voted on and decided entirely by teens. Download all 25 and encourage your teens to start reading them so they’re prepared for the national vote, which will take place from August to September. We'll announce the winners during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23!

The nominations make great summer reads for kids! Find tips for incorporating them into your summer reading program by downloading the Teens' Top Ten toolkit at www.ala.org/teenstopten.

American Girls Addy Party

Thanks to Georgia Jones, who sent in this submission about a special event she hosted recently to celebrate Addy, the American Girl character. She also blogged about this event on her blog: http://comeintodelight.blogspot.com/, so go there for more photos and fun!

Here's what Georgia suggests:

1. Make some cloth napkins.
Cut up flour sack dish towels into four squares. The children can fringe the edges and then decorate with a stamp.

2. Make a terrific napkin ring using felt.
Pre-cut felt flower parts to make no glue, no cutting, no fuss, napkin rings. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/Flowernapkinring.shtml

3. When life gives you lemons—make lemonade.
Serve pound cake and lemonade for refreshments. Bring in different kinds of juicers that are “hand powered” so the kids can squeeze their own juice.

4. Play a game with a feather.
Sit in a circle. Drop a feather into the circle and everyone blows to keep the feather afloat (similar to the balloon game).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Power to School Librarians!

Budget cuts in school districts lead to some bad situations for school libraries--and the students and teachers who use them. This amazing letter by a first grader in Bloomington, Indiana was published in The Herald Times on April 6, and reprinted in a post to CCBC-Net:
Dear the government,

I don't like that you're firing our school librarians. I am a first-grader at Childs school, and I think that Ms. Williams is a great librarian. She reads wonderful stories, and her voice goes up when it is supposed to and down when it is supposed to.

She helps me find books and makes me interested in reading and makes books exciting for me. Ms. Williams makes us feel special. She knows each kid's name.

Childs school will never be the same without Ms. Williams in the library. Why are you firing our school librarians?

Anna W.

Upcoming Summer Library Program Themes

While you have been scrambling around getting ready for this year's SLP, the Collaborative Summer Library Program committee have been meeting to determine upcoming themes. Sometimes it is nice to have those themes percolating in the back of your head, so here is the list:

2011 Theme and Slogans:

World Cultures Theme
Children's Slogan: One World--Many Stories
Teen Slogan: You Are Here

2012 Theme and Slogans
Night Time Theme
Children's Slogan: Dream Big--Read
Teen Slogan: Own the Night
Adult Slogan: Between the Covers

2013 Theme
(no slogans chosen yet)

Behavior in Wauwatosa

Brendan McCarty, the new youth services librarian at Bloomer, sent this note:

Here is a relevant article I found about teen “misbehavior” at a suburban Milwaukee (Wauwatosa) library. I think it’s a useful article because, even though most libraries in our area don’t have the budget or personnel options available in Wauwatosa, it’s useful to view this as more of a community involvement issue, which seems to be what they’re doing in ‘Tosa. Also, as is usually the case with these sorts of Not In My Backyard issues, the comments section of the article offers its own unique insights:


What do youthink?

Monday, April 12, 2010

More Book Lists!

Thanks to Georgia Jones for helping to create this list of booklist sites! These will help with readers' advisory!

The Highland Park Public Library has a collection of reading lists, including family read-alouds, good books for kids in grades 1-6, and books for 1-8 grade on special topics, particularly character traits (self control, moral courage, etc) Skews toward advanced books.

Mid-Continent Public Library's list of children's series and sequels

http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/books/bibBio.aspThe Cooperative Children's Book Center has subject bibliographies about a variety of topics, divided by age group. Some of the topics include: family, grief and loss, science and scientists, wordless books, beginning readers, fantasy for 9-12-year-olds, picture books for older children and teens, the natural world, bullying...

Great Books for Youth in Preschool to Highschool--Workshop

April 28's workshop will feature some of the most fabulous presenters in the Midwest! Grab your chance to examine books selected by the Cooperative Children's Book Center as the best of 2009, and then listen to the smart folks from the CCBC talk about their favorites. After lunch, Kathleen Baxter will give a high energy talk about nonfiction and booktalks. Kathleen speaks all over the country, and is the author of several books about turning kids into readers with nonfiction. You will leave with some great ideas for collection development, readers' advisory, and school visits! And for IFLS librarians, lunch is included. Yes, there is a free lunch!

Just remember to register by sending an email to registration@ifls.lib.wi.us by April 22.

Gallery of Terrible Programs

Did you ever have a program that did NOT work? A movie program with a broken projector? Hundreds of people for a performer who didn't show up? An idea that seemed great when you thought about it, but wasn't so great once you had forty kids running around the room? Here's a chance to share our failures, and how we dealt with them!

Everyone is bound to have some terrible programs. The question is, how can we minimize the damage? What do you do when the performer is 15 minutes late? How do you recover from a really bad storytime? Please share your ideas!

2010 Starred Reviews So Far

Thanks so much to Marcia Sarnowski from Winding Rivers Library System for sending this excellent resource along! Many of you use the Starred Reviews I send out each month. Elizabeth Bluemle blogs for Publishers Weekly, and she has compiled a list of books that have recieved starred reviews from Booklist, The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal. There are no annotations, but if you are looking for lists of current titles, this may help you in your selection process.