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Friday, August 5, 2011

American Sign Language Packets, Book Club Guide

Summer is winding down, and maybe you have an eye to fall! Here are some resources that may help you with fall programs.

The Illinois Service Resource Center has put together American Sign Language Literacy Packets available for viewing and/or downloading on our website. These packets are based on seven popular picture books (such as Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar, Marcus Pfister's Rainbow Fish, and the classic tale I Know an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly). Each packet includes a description and demonstration of the ASL signs necessary to read the book; three literacy activities - with all related handouts and manipulatives - are also included in each packet. They are available as an e-book or a pdf. Pretty cool! Take a peek!

Also, if you are thinking about book groups for the fall, the Multnomah County Library in Oregon has a great resource online with discussion questions, ideas about best practices, etc. More peeking is in order.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

We love performers!

Remember to sign up for the 2011 Performer Showcase! With budget dollars shrinking, it is more important than ever to see what you are getting--you don't want to waste your scarce resources on a bust. September 22, 1-3:30 at the L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, we'll squeeze in 10 performances by musicians, animal educators, storytellers, a magician, a juggler, and probably some others I've forgotten. There should be something for everyone, and for most budgets.

You can also get some great ideas from each other--share about terrific performers by sending me a note and a photo, and I'll post. Post to the IFLS youth services listserv (members only: youthservices @ lists.iflsweb.org) if you want to bring up a discussion about a performer you want an honest opinion about, or if you have had a bad experience you want to warn others to avoid!

A few weeks ago, Jenna Gilles in Fall Creek had GREAT response to Ken Lonnquist, singer from Madison (and a performer at our showcase a few years back):

We collaborated with Beaver Creek Reserve to bring Ken Lonnquist from Madison. He was absolutely fantastic! Very inviting, interactive, and a joker to boot! He was a HUGE hit with adults as he wasn't afraid to throw some adult humour into his glib and songs! We had a smallish crowd, so he was very relaxed, impromptu, and made numerous songs up on the spot. Very Very Entertaining. We had a few trouble-makers and he took it all in stride.

What have been your best and worst programs this summer?? Tell all!