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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Teen services webinar

According to grassroots reports, a perennial issue for many librarians in our system is trying to keep teens involved at the library. And yet, did you know that IFLS has the third largest teen programming turnout statistics compared to other systems? Just thought you might like to know that.

More useful is the information that an upcoming FREE webinar from Webjunction and YALSA(ALA's Young Adult Library Services Association) is tailor-made to address these issues:

Teaming Up with Teens @ Your Library Webinar--Tuesday October 25, 1:00.
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!

To learn more and register, please visit www.webjunction.org/events/webinars/#oct25

The webinar will be presented by Kelly M Johnson, office manager & T.A.G. staff liaison, Ketchikan Public Library (AK); and Diane Tuccillo, teen services librarian, Poudre River Public Library District (CO), author of Library Teen Advisory Groups (Scarecrow, 2005) and Teen-Centered Library Service: Putting Youth Participation into Practice (Libraries Unlimited, 2010).

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fall Offerings Reminder!

There are some pretty great things coming up on the IFLS calendar, and several of them are really well-suited to my youth services pals. All offerings are in Eau Claire due to some logistical challenges--hopefully you'll find something worth the travel-time. Take a minute to consider the following options:

Using Technology in Programs for Kids and Teens

September 22, 9:30-12:00, LEPMPL Eau Claire Public Library

Super-cool explanation of how to use Scratch and other free tech tools to jazz up your programs for kids and teens, and some ideas about how to overcome barriers to using technology in your programs. Flyer here. Registration here. Register by September 18.

Performer's Showcase

September 22, 1:00-3:30, LEPMPL Eau Claire Public Library

Wow! 10 performers in 2.5 hours! Come enjoy this group of all-new performers and make plans for this year's programming. Flyer here. Registration here. Register by September 18.

Time Management and Difficult Conversations

October 6, 9:00-3:30, Unity Church, 1808 Folsom, Eau Claire

Learn some new tips for managing your time and priorities in the morning, and then get some help with those difficult conversations (with patrons, colleagues, community members, family). Jeff Russell is a highly regarded presenter, and this workshop will leave you feeling more equipped for the challenging year ahead. Flyer here. Registration here. Register by October 1. Note: It's fine if you only want to come for one of the sessions, just register and then send me a note at langby@ifls.lib.wi.us.

Enriching the Early Literacy Environment: Storytimes and Spaces

October 20, 12:30-4:30 pm at LEPMPL Eau Claire Public Library

Georgene Kunz will help us think about storytimes, spaces, and every day interactions with children and families and how we can foster the development of skills that will help kids once it is time to learn to read and do math! Co-sponsored by LEPMPL. Flyer here. Registration here. Register by October 14.

Wow! What a lineup! To see what else we are offering this fall, take a peek at the whole schedule. And look for more youth services idea swap meetings, coming in 2012.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Chippewa Valley Reads

Joseph Bruchac is coming to Eau Claire! Storyteller, musician, and prolific author of books for young people and adults, Bruchac will be the guest this year for Chippewa Valley Reads, with 3 presentations at area schools and a free public performance on Saturday, October 22 at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.

One of the goals of Chippewa Valley Reads is to encourage the whole community to read titles by a well-regarded author. Joseph Bruchac is an Abenaki Indian, and he works hard to preserve traditional culture. He writes for a wide age range--from authentic re-tellings of traditional Native American tales to novels about confronting scary monsters, from short stories and poems to high fantasy to resource guides for teachers and parents to biography and memoir. There is something for everyone in his repertoire, and in his public presentation.

Help promote this fabulous opportunity to see an accomplished, entertaining, and well-known author LIVE. Promote some of the many titles he has written--there are multiple titles in the MORE system. Check here for a set of bookmarks to help you with that promotion. This would be a great way to introduce yourself to the school librarian in your community--pass on the bookmarks. There's also some great information on Bruchac, including reading guides, a terrific video interview, and more on TeachingBooks.