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Friday, January 7, 2011

I heard about ALA's Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA's) newest blog, The Hub on a list serv, and have been very impressed with it! Lots of great book reviews, ideas and examples of teens expressing themselves about books, and pointers to information about teen lit on the web. I highly recommend taking a look at it.

Here's the official scoop:

The Hub is a blog about not just what teens are reading, but how we read and how we talk about what we read. We hope you'll visit The Hub http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/ daily for a peek into what the online world is saying about YA books. You'll find fresh originalwriting about what teens are reading, book reviews, introductions toother YA lit blogs, podcasts, videos, and more.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

SLP Planning

Kids reading together

First off, don't forget to register for the IFLS Summer Library Program Workshop, to be held on Friday, February 11 in Menomonie!

And for more inspiration, check out this free WebJunction Webinar, to be held February 15, 12-1: Library Reading Incentive Programs for Summer and Beyond. In this showcase of reading initiatives, presenters will share how they plan, promote, and carry out successful summer reading programs, and will discuss year-round efforts that encourage and support lifelong readership in the community. Panelist Melanie A. Lyttle, Madison Public Library (OH), will describe her library's use of social media to their program. Carol Evrard and Jenny Sitzman of Indiana's Spencer County Public Library will speak about their summer reading program; and Janet Ingraham Dwyer, State Library of Ohio, will talk about Choose to Read Ohio, a statewide initiative that encourages Ohioans of all ages to read and enjoy books together.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Kits!

Kids in Menomonie show how much fun an event about building and problem-solving can be

Thanks to some left-over funds from a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, IFLS has put together some fabulous new School Age Activity Kits!

The Kits are designed to enhance learning in a fun way, and most of them would work well with a range of ages (K-8th grade, depending on the way you use them). Two of the kits are ready now for IFLS librarians to borrow. They can be reserved by sending a message to Leah (langby @ ifls.lib.iw.us) and they will come through courier.

(This is very exciting! I'm only restraining myself from excessive use of exclamation points by exercising great discipline.)

Here are the kits we have:
Mathmania: Building set (Legos and Knex); Fractiles; Blockus game; Set Game; Ball of Whacks; Suggestions of problem-solving activities and games; Annotated list of books (fiction and nonfiction) to share.
Science: Magnet Kit; Microscope and several prepared slides; Balance scale; Activity suggestions; Annotated lists of books to share.
And Coming soon:
Puppet-show in a box: Everything from the a pop-up stage to scripts to props to puppets. All you have to supply is the puppeteers!
Flip Video Kit: Have kids make and upload book- and library-related videos to your library's website.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Youth Media Awards

Okay, I know at least some of you are book geeks like me! You are interested in who wins the Newbery, Caldecott, and other ALA Awards. Not just so you can be sure to have copies of them, but also because you just really want to know. And for those of you who, like me, don't have the cash to travel to Midwinter to hear the announcement live, you can participate in the excitement remotely.

ALA will provide a free live webcast of its Youth Media Awards. The number of available connections for the Webcast are limited and the broadcast is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Online visitors can view the live Webcast the morning of the announcements. Those interested in following the action live should bookmark http://alawebcast.unikron.com/. The Youth Media Awards will begin at 7:45 a.m. PST on Jan. 10, 2011 (that's 9:45 our time), but visitors should be able to begin logging on to the Webcast at 7:30 a.m. PST. To learn about YALSA's six literary awards, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists

For further discussion of this year's award-winners, remember the blog post from a few weeks ago about CCBC presentations, available at your school library, we hope.