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Friday, May 7, 2010

Summer Library Program PSA Update

Okay, after scratching my brow and consulting some more tech-savvy people in the IFLS office, I realize that I spoke too soon in promising the copies of the Summer Library Program video public service announcements. We haven't figured out how to do it yet.

On a brighter note, I did find out that you can download the PSAs from the website: http://www.cslpreads.org/. Just go to the page, and there is a place at the bottom of the page to log in. You can register, and then log in, and you will have access to the PSA.

I hope this helps!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Make Waves/ Make a Splash PSAs

If you are looking for an easy way to promote your Summer Library Program, you might be interested in a DVD of a Public Service Announcement that can be played on local television stations, at your library, and possibly at the school. The videos are aimed at kids and teens, are very engaging (I especially liked the teen one), and they last 30 seconds each.

If you are an IFLS library and you would like to have a copy of the PSA, please contact Leah at iflsyouth@gmail.com or langby@ifls.lib.wi.us. We'll make copies as requested.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

It's the Little Things

We just received a note from a mother who brought up a simple idea that would help her and her family enjoy the library more. She has a 3 year old who can't reach the sinks in the restroom, so his mom needs to hold him up to the sink, and try to wash his hands that way. This is difficult for his mom, and very uncomfortable for the boy.

What if we had small stepping stools in our bathrooms to allow for shorter people to reach the faucet? This family isn't asking for a full re-model of the bathroom, but a little thing like a stepping stool could make a big difference to them. There are fancy retractable stepping stools if space is an issue and budget is not, but I've seen regular old stepping stools in bathrooms, too.

Making our libraries family-friendly is sometimes all about the little things.

Privacy Week

This week marks the inaugural Choose Privacy Week, a celebration of our right to privacy and an opportunity to engage libraries, librarians, and the general public about the importance of this issue in our increasingly public world. Sponsored by the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Choose Privacy Week is made possible in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute.

To help kick off this week, they created a 20-minute video featuring Neil Gaiman, Cory Doctorow, ALA President Camila Alire, University of Chicago professor Geoffrey Stone, and others. It's a wonderful introduction to these issues, and a great way to kick off Choose Privacy Week.

To find out more about Choose Privacy Week, get resources for programs and educational opportunities, check out the website, http://www.privacyrevolution.org/. resources for programs and educational opportunities.

True Stories of Censorship Battles

Thanks to Hollis Helmeci, the new director at the Rusk County Library in Ladysmith, for this information. The authors of an upcoming ALA Publications book, True Stories of Censorship Battles in American Libraries are collecting stories for their book. If you have had a successful OR not-so-great censorship struggle in your library, they would love to hear from you. They are welcoming essay submissions or will do an interview with you. For more information on what they are looking for, you can check out the website, www.librarycensorship.com.

Great Books, Great Workshop

Imagine being in a room filled with the best books written for children and teens in the past year, and people talking excitedly about them. If you were at the IFLS/CESA 10 Great Books workshop last week, you know how fun that can be!

We had an entertaining series of booktalks about selections from CCBC Choices by Cooperative Children's Book Center librarians Carling Febry, Merri Lindgren and Megan Schliesman, along with time to examine the books. If you don't know about CCBC Choices or can't find your copy of the 2010 version, please contact me and I will be glad to get you another one!

In the afternoon, we were entertained by the lively and hilarious Kathleen Baxter, who inspired many to booktalk nonfiction--especially disgusting nonfiction! Georgia Jones, Come Into Delight blogger, wrote about it here and here. If you weren't there and you want to take a look at the handouts and book list, you can find them on the Continuing Education page of the IFLS website under Workshop Handouts.

School Bus Visit

What a great idea for a program. At Menomonie Public Library's regularly scheduled storytime, they had a super-cool visitor a few weeks ago--a school bus! Says Debbie,

The 17 boys and 3 girls loved their “field trip” (to the parking lot where the
bus was parked!)

Climb on, sit on a seat, say hi to Mr. Tom, then climb back down the BIG steps (only 1 little boy put up a fuss when it was time to get off-had to be carried off), then watch the flashers and stop sign turn on. Then Mr. Tom started the engine to drive away…ears got covered. We made their day.