Thursday, December 29, 2011
Okay, folks, it has been a while since we had much coming from you for the blog!
Help me keep this blog vibrant by sending in some things for me to post. You don't have to make it look pretty or even take time to make sure it is written well, I'll spiff it up for publication.
I'm looking for your little ideas, your new year's resolutions, your program ideas, your favorite book you used in storytime last year... It doesn't have to be something big and impressive to be useful to your fellow librarians. Photos are a bonus, but please send me content even if you are photo-less.
Thanks, and happy new year! I hope 2012 is healthy and full of things you love.
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Click on this Wordle so you can see a full-size, readable link and print it. The larger the title, the more frequently it was listed in a Best of the Year list. Sources consulted include: School Library Journal, Hornbook, Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and New York Times.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Adapted from a posting to PUBYAC:
A couple weeks ago, after hearing about Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, Nadine, a children's librarian from Connecticut, came up with the idea for a special Take Your Child to the Library Day, and chose the first Saturday in February as the annual day for her library. At least half the libraries in Connecticut have joined her, with activities and crafts, a performer, or just publicizing the day. This might be a fun thing for libraries in Wisconsin to try, too!
The first annual "Take Your Child to the Library Day will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Who wants to join in the fun?
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
From Shelly, Youth Services Manager:
and a number of other fun spots that encourage parents to play with children and build those literacy skills they need before they enter school . Kids have been having a great time with the cash register, play food and scale. The "main play" will change every few months. Right now it is the market, but the Play and Learn Cafe is coming in January, complete with a 4-piece kitchen set that we are very excited about. We are slowly adding activity areas throughout the room and hope to move into the main library on a small scale. The response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Magnet board with picture magnets and letters related to the book Eating the Alphabet--they plan to change featured book and magnets each month.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Thanks to a few gentle suggestions from librarians who use story kits, I've been working on evaluating, weeding, updating them. There's still a ways to go, but you'll find some fresh books in:
- Cats and Mice
I created new mix CDs with music from a variety of artists for several kits this year--some of these kits also got new books or activities:
- Around the World
- Nature Trip
- Outer Space
Wowza! I tried to look at titles, activities, and music that will meet the needs of younger children, since the storytime demographic seems to be shifting downwards a bit. If you haven't used kits before and you want to give them a try, or if you'd given up on them because they are outdated, it might be worth taking a peek at them again! You can find a listing of story kit contents here. To reserve, send me an email at email@example.com
Monday, November 21, 2011
Mark your calendars NOW for the SLP workshop. I still have room for librarians to present a super-cool idea for a program, promotion, decoration, or other fabulosity. Please contact me firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.
Dream Big/Own the Night: 2012 IFLS Summer Library Program Workshop
Spend the morning with Marge Loch-Wouters and the afternoon with each other, getting inspired and Dreaming Big about the upcoming summer (and beyond!)
9:00-12:00: Marge Loch-Wouters
12:00-12:45: Lunch (bring your own or purchase lunch for $5)
12:45-2:15: Ideas for Dream Big/Own the Night from IFLS librarians
2:30-3:30: Idea Swap! Bring along an idea you're thinking about or have used in the past
Looking for ways to put the fun back in your summer and a spring into your programming step for the rest of the year? Join Marge Loch-Wouters, as she takes you on an eye-opening journey into ways to
· Make the most of scarce time, money and staffing to create summer wonder and fun for kids, teens - and you - at your library
- · Examine ways to transform and evolve your summer library program
- · Explore fun ways to enhance your program mojo year-round.
- · Set priorities
- · Engage in stealth programming
- · Be a strategic programmer
*Snow date: February 9.
*Snow date: February 9.
Register by January 26:
Register by January 26:
Marge Loch-Wouters is a storyteller, children’s librarian, blogger (http://tinytipsforlibraryfun.blogspot.com/), and the Wisconsin Library Association’s 2010 Librarian of the Year!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
After all titles have been submitted, we will rank order the nominations and submit the United States’ top ten list to the IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Committee.
CRITERIA: BOOKS SHOULD BE
• be excellent for reading aloud to and with children
• be suitable for any age between 0 – 11 years
• be books that have or will last the test of time and are seen as
representing the best in picture books of the United States
• have been published first in the United States
• have been written originally in English
• be of good quality and a high standard of publishing
• have text and illustrations that work well together
• reflect a positive message
• be in print (and therefore available for purchase)
Aim of the Project:
To create a list of picture books from around the world that have been selected and recommended by librarians. These can then be used:
• By countries wishing to purchase books from other countries and are looking for ‘favorite’ titles to help build and develop their collections
• By “Sister Libraries” as a way of exploring the children’s literature of their ”Sister Library” country http://www.ifla.org/en/news/videos-by-sister-libraries
• As an opportunity to encourage interaction and growth within IFLA
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Have you ever had kids who really are sad to leave the library? They start to wail and dig their heels in, leaving parents frazzled, kids sad and upset, and the librarians wondering what to do. In New Richmond, Georgia and Cynthia followed up on a terrific idea they found on a blog.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Last week I attended the webinar Teaming Up with Teens @ Your Library, presented by Diane Tuccillo and Kelly Johnson. The webinar was sponsored by Web Junction and YALSA, and Diane and Kelly presented some terrific ideas!
What is your favorite thing to do with teens? (yes, I mean you!)
Friday, October 28, 2011
Teens in Park Falls raised $375 for St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield by doing what they love best. On October 15, they played video games for 24 hours in the library, and raised pledges for the Children's Miracle Network as part of Extra Life 2011.
The intrepid youth services librarian Matthew White his teen team Book Force survived on junk food and video games for 24 hours and were able to make a real contribution to the community at the same time. Matthew is very excited about this project, and would love to see it initiated in other libraries. He'd be happy to talk with you about it if you contact him at white @ parkfallslibrary.org.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
The library worked with Joan Simon, Media Specialist at the Prescott High School, to organize and promote the author event. Joan runs a student book club at the high school and chose Nightshade as the club's October selection. This not only created a ready-made audience for the author event, but assured that the teens came with lots of questions.
Andrea spoke about her writing for 15 minutes, then answered teens' questions for the next 45 minutes. She is young and cool and loves interacting with teens. The teens were so excited to meet the author of a popular book and were full of questions about the book and about her writing process. One teen even brought cupcakes, a sign of real devotion!
We also ran a book poster/book cover design contest during Teen Read Week and promoted it simultaneously with the author event. Contest entries were hung in our meeting room during the event for everyone to see.
Although our audience was small, the energy level was high and the teens were very comfortable asking questions.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
As many of you know, there is nothing quite like a visit to another library to get your thinking cap activated! I participated in the field trip sponsored by the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association last week. Yippee for Shelly Collins Fuerbringer who bravely drove through city traffic and suburban rush hour to get us everywhere!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
In order to keep track of their own projects: what worked, what didn't work, what they want to try again, and what the heck they did 10 programs ago, they have created 2 blogs--which is super, since all of us can keep track of what they are up to, also!
There is one blog for teens: Library CPR for Teens (Creative Programs Recollected)
And another blog about storytime:
Storytime Plans: The Good...The Bad...And What Doesn't Work at All. (Storytime Plans by Georgia and Cynthia for Preschool and Toddler Storytimes)http://cynthiaandgeorgia.blogspot.com/
To give you a tease, here is one of their inspired creations, to help parents understand what is expected of them during storytime:
The "Ready for Storytime Song" (to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle")
Choose a spot where they can see,
Making eye contact with me.
Keep your child off the rug,
Pick them up and give a hug.
If they need a chance to chill,
Please come back, when they are still.
Sitting on your lap or floor,
They’ll enjoy the stories more.
Dance and Sing, Read and Rhyme,
Ready now for StoryTime .
by Georgia Jones & Cynthia Hanson 9.28.2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
Patti says she got inspired to try out the trade show by Barb Sorenson, the late past director of the Amery Public Library. When she is there, she meets authors and vendors, attends sessions (including one about hosting book-related events even if you don't have an author), and loads up on freebies. Though it is expensive to attend ($200 for the library's membership to MBA and $50 for the show), it is also exciting, and the payoff is great, according to Patti. She came home with what she estimates as $2000 worth of books, plus great display items --a 6-foot dragon to celebrate the new book in the Inheritance series by Christopher Paolini, for one thing! She promises to send photos once she receives it. Best of all is the chance that every librarian dreams of, rubbing elbows with long-admired authors for kids, teens and adults.
Eau Claire Memorial's reading specialist Annis Williams, who many of you know as a presenter at IFLS workshops, attends the trade show every year with a few teens--members of the Teen Literacy Initiative group. For the group, it is a great chance to do all of the above.
Next year, the show is in early October. If you want to talk to people who have direct experience with attending, contact Patti (PBlount@durand.k12.wi.us) or Annis (email@example.com)!
Friday, September 30, 2011
The famous Hudson storytime mascot Baby Bear got his own garden this year, too. Storytime kids planted flowers and master gardeners tended it.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
So, how exciting to discover that there is a group called Flannel Friday, that allows youth services librarians to share their super-cool, creative, beautiful ideas for flannel boards. You might want to get right in there and share, or you might want to check it out for an extra burst of inspiration every Friday! Take a peek.
It's nice because if I'm at home and see a flannel I think would be fun or something I think we ought to have at work I don't have to mess with an e-mail and a link, I just pin it to my board. Then I can find it again easily to show people at work...It's way nicer than bookmarking
something...often I get lost in the list because I can't quite remember what the bookmark was called, plus I can't get to them at work. I can troll through other people's pinboards for inspiration and sometimes a pin will lead back to a blog I want to follow or a website that has stuff I want. And some boards are collaborative where several people can post things to them...it might be a good tool for a department or a library system to share ideas visually amongst their members.
Oooh! Great idea! I'm not sure we should do this as a system, or if you should all just do this individually and share with each other informally, but it sure seems like it has some terrific potential. What do you think??
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
What is the absolute best avenue to getting teens involved and engaged at your school or public library? There is no better way than offering opportunities for active and involved teen library participation. In this webinar, you will explore ways teens can take part in your library, such as advisory groups, volunteering, short-term projects that use teen's special skills, and partnering with adults. You’ll also get tips on planning, organizing, conducting, and evaluating teen participation. When you team up with teens at your library, it's win-win!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), invites all teens to get out the vote for the Teens’ Top Ten. Teens can vote for their favorite books from the last year in the annual poll at http://www.blogger.com/. Voting is open through September 16.
The 25 nominees for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten are available at http://www.blogger.com/, along with a toolkit for librarians to promote the Teens’ Top Ten to the young adults visiting their libraries. The final 2011 Teens’ Top Ten list will be announced during Teen Read Week, October 16-22, 2011.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
For more information about the project, application requirements, etc., you can check the IEEE's website, or send an email to Amy Killebrew at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted between October 1 and November 15.
I am considering applying for a grant to create kits here to lend out to libraries to use with homeschool groups, after school programs, and the like. Do you think this is a good idea?? We'd do some training on how to use the kits as part of the project.
Let me know what you think! I won't go to the trouble of applying for the grant if I don't hear from you that this is a good idea.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Interrupting Chicken written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein and published by Candlewick Press.
That Cat Can’t Stay written by Thad Krasnesky, illustrated by David Parkins, and published by Flashlight Press.
My Brother Charlie written by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete with Denene Millner, illustrated by Shane W. Evans, and published by Scholastic Press.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The teens earned a library buck for every half hour of reading. At the party, the teens used their library bucks to bid on items that were hidden behind three doors (like Let's Make a Deal). We had great stuff and funny stuff. The highlight was a pig dog toy that oinked when you squeezed it - oh, the laughter! We also did Minute to
Win It challenges in between rounds of bidding. To conclude the evening, everyone had a "library buck" in a drawing so everyone who participated even though they couldn't make the party had a chance for gift cards from Target and local businesses. Julie and Shelley had as much fun as the teens!