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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Keeping Up with New Richmond!

If you know Georgia and Cynthia, you know that Keeping Up with New Richmond can be tricky--they are a busy, creative bunch over there. So busy and creative, that sometimes they have a hard time keeping up with themselves! (The happy teen hanging out in the library at the left would probably agree)

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

Midwest Booksellers Association Trade Show

Patti Blount and Avonelle Lamphere are regulars at the Midwest Booksellers Association Trade Show every fall. Even though they aren't booksellers (they are librarians at the Durand Community Library), for thirteen years they have found enough reason to attend this event. (Here's Patti and some cohorts at a Jess Lourey book signing event in a photo taken by Publishers Weekly)

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 (awilliams@ecasd.k12.wi.us)!