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Friday, March 4, 2011

Summer Library Program Resources

Clip Art from the CSLP manual, all rights reserved.

Clip Art: I got a call today from a librarian who was having trouble with the CSLP clip art (the disc that comes in your manual). This year, the disc is a DVD, because they put some super-cool videos on them. If you don't have a DVD reader on your computer, you will need a CD. Let me know if this is the case for you and you need me to make you a copy of the non-video files.

Postcards: Also...I got a message from Mark Arend in the Winnefox System: "One of our smaller libraries is getting postcards from around the world through this program" (A website that allows you to sign up to exchange post cards with people from around the world).

Star Wars: Maybe you were excited about the Star Wars costumed characters coming to the library for free that Terry Ehle described at the Summer Library Program Workshop this year. She used http://www.rebellegion.com/. I found another WI group, and their MN counterparts, as well.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Martha Speaks Book Club

I got this from the blog hosted by the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association.

Bring the excitement of MARTHA SPEAKS to your library! The MARTHA SPEAKS Read-Aloud Book Club creates a fun environment for young kids to read and talk about books, and to learn about the many positive roles dogs play in our lives. A limited number of Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club kits are available for distribution to public libraries. These kits are free of charge. Please emailmailto:readaloudbookclub@wgbh.org to receive your kit.The Martha Speaks Read Aloud Book Club introduces children ages 4 to 7 to an engaging collection of dog-themed books and activities designed to foster their love of words and books. For more information visit http://pbskids.org/martha/parentsteachers/bookclub.

Email readaloudbookclub@wgbh.org to receive a full kit containing:

*Leaders Guide
*Community Guide Pages
*Ten Books
*Sign-up Sheet, Flyer, Poster
*Martha Speaks Stickers and Pencils
*“Paws” stamp

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Science Fun at the Library!

Colleen Crowley, the children's librarian at the Chippewa Falls Public Library, sent a note about a great project they are doing in Chippewa Falls:

Librarians do not need to be experts at scientific theory to guide scientific inquiry with children. Opportunities to have fun with children exist every day using household materials as well as standard science equipment. The Chippewa Falls Children's Dept obtained funding through the Rutledge Foundation to pursue science programming on a continuous basis.

One of the first programs we did was a two-hour science Saturday program on February 19.52 children, plus their parents came and tried out 9 different experiments and activities. The program's success was due mainly to the volunteers-local National Honor Society students that were recruited to guide the children through the experiments. The library
plans to do more science programming during the summer reading program, as well
as in the fall. If you would like to know more about these programs, please
contact Colleen Crowley at the Chippewa Falls Library.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Autism Spectrum Workshop

Imagine what it would be like if the flickering of flourescent lights was physically painful. Or if unexpected changes in your routine left you feeling absolutely panicked. Or if an automatically flushing toilet terrified you. Or if you couldn't read social cues. Or if your child had some self-soothing behaviors that drew the disapproving glances of others.

Sometimes going into a library can be a big hurdle for people on the autism spectrum, for reasons we just don't understand. Sometimes, once folks are there, it can be difficult to communicate effectively with them.

With 10 percent of the population somewhere on the spectrum--which is very broad-- you certainly have some people using your library (and maybe even on your staff) who have autism. Take the chance to educate yourself about autism so you can be better prepared to serve everyone in your community!

IFLS is having a workshop on Thursday, April 7 at IFLS from 9:30-3:30 that will help librarians understand autism and figure out concrete ways to adapt services to be more welcoming to people on the autism spectrum. Register by March 31. Check out the flyer for more information.

If you want some great information right away, take a few minutes to peruse the excellent resources gathered by the Scotch Plains and Fanwood Memorial Libraries in Connecticut have put together in their site: Libraries and Autism: We're Connected.

Monday, February 28, 2011

New Kits Ready!!

We have two new kits available for IFLS libraries to check out. They are specifically designed for using with school age kids, they supplement our Mathmania and Science kits. Here they are:

A Flip Video Kit. This kit has 2 Flip Video cameras and accessories. If you have considered making a movie about your library, having kids make their own book trailers, or having your teen advisory board create content for your library's website or facebook page, this is a great kit for you! The software and equipment is very intuitive and easy to use.

Puppet Show Kit. 8 puppet scripts. More than 25 gorgeous puppets. Props (not so gorgeous). And a full-sized, portable puppet stage! This kit would work great for doing an all-day puppetry workshop with tweens, and ending with a show for younger kids. Or for use for a couple weeks--have a few rehearsals and perform. Preference will be given to libraries using this kit to perform with kids, but if you want to use it to put on a show using your staff, let me know! (Available after March 3)

Both kits were created with funds from a 2010 LSTA grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services. They can be borrowed by sending an email to langby@ifls.lib.wi.us or calling the IFLS office!