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Friday, August 13, 2010

Programming Is for Everyone!

The Wonder Weavers performed storytelling at the Amery Public Library for the Polk County Adult Development Center. As you can see, their participatory storytelling was a hit!

Amery often brings in performers for the Adult Development Center. The participants are always appreciative, and it makes the library a welcoming place for everyone. Way to go!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Storyblocks--Storytime Resource

blocks If you are looking for ways to spice up your storytime, or if you have a new staff person or volunteer you want to train in the Wonderful Ways of Storytime, there are a lot of great resources out there. But there is always room for more, right??

The Colorado State Library teamed up with several public libraries in their state to form Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, and with the help of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, they created some fabulous videos of librarians sharing rhymes and songs that support early literacy! Check it out at http://www.storyblocks.org/. You'll probably find some old favorites there, but you will certainly also find some really fun new songs and rhymes to add to your storytime. I like that each video has a note from the librarian explaining how they feel it adds to early literacy skills, and giving tips on how to use it.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Book Giveaway!

Sometimes I feel like I am posting to a cold, empty world out there. To test this theory, I am going to give away some books that Maureen brought back from her adventures at the annual conference of the Romance Writer's Association (thanks, Maureen!). You can add them to your collection or use as give-aways.

Please send me a note (langby@ifls.lib.wi.us) and tell me your favorite thing and your least favorite thing about this summer (I'll post a compilation). If there are any titles you don't want, let me know. I'll distribute books to IFLS libraries first come, first serve. Here are the books (please excuse odd spacing):

Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter (paperback)

Only the Good Spy Young by Ally Carter (hardcover)--this one has multiple holds on MORE

Glimmerglass by Jenna Black (A Faeriewalker Novel) (paperback)

Blue Bloods: Keys to the Repository by Melissa de la Cruz (hardcover)

Blue Bloods: The Van Alen Legacy by Melissa de la Cruz (paperback)

Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder (paperback)