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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Take Your Child to the Library Day

Adapted from a posting to PUBYAC:

A couple weeks ago, after hearing about Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, Nadine, a children's librarian from Connecticut, came up with the idea for a special Take Your Child to the Library Day, and chose the first Saturday in February as the annual day for her library. At least half the libraries in Connecticut have joined her, with activities and crafts, a performer, or just publicizing the day. This might be a fun thing for libraries in Wisconsin to try, too!

The first annual "Take Your Child to the Library Day will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012. Who wants to join in the fun?

For more ideas and resources, check the Facebook Page or the blog.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

I was inspired by the Best YA Books of 2011 Wordle I posted about a few days ago. It seems like a great Reader's Advisory Tool, and so I spent longer than I should have figuring out how to make Wordle work so I could create one for Picture Books. I used the lists of School Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Hornbook, Kirkus and New York Times. Titles that appeared on more than one list are larger--the more times, the larger the text. Click on the Wordle to get a larger printable (and readable!) version.

Hand this to people who are looking for a good gift book! In the next few days, I'll try to make them for Juvenile Nonfiction and Fiction, too. Now that I have it figured out, it shouldn't take as long!

Wordle: Best Picture Books 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Child Poverty on the Rise

This probably not a big news bulletin to any of you, but it might be affecting the way people use the library and what sorts of things your community needs. According to the Census Bureau's Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates, poverty rates for people 18 and under rose in every county in the IFLS area since 2008.

Percent of Children Under 18 Living in Poverty:

Some changes are fairly drastic--nearly 10 percentage points in Rusk County, and more than five percentage points in Barron, Eau Claire, Polk and Price Counties. That adds up to a lot of kids.

Are you seeing more kids in your library as a result? Fewer, as families struggle with transportation or worry about fines? Are you finding ways to help kids through tough times? I'd love to hear about what you are up to.

Have you considered working with the Department of Public Instruction to provide a free lunch site during the summer at your library? Informational webinars start this week to find out more.