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Friday, February 24, 2012

Take Time to Learn Some Great Stuff!

Thanks to Channel Weekly for alerting me to these excellent, free continuing education opportunities!

1. CCBC Shorts

Are you working on your book tie-ins for this summer’s “Dream Big, Read” and “Own the Night” children’s and teen library program themes? Don’t be in the dark! Cooperative Children’s Book Center Librarians (CCBC) Megan Schliesman and Merri Lindgren put the spotlight on great books to use with readers ages 0-18. You can watch the archived 30 minute webinar.

*On a related note: For the Summer Library Program workshop a few weeks ago, I put together a book list of titles related to the theme that have received starred reviews in the past 10-12 months.

2. Board Books in Libraries: Helping Librarians and Caregivers Develop Emergent Readers

Allison Kaplan, faculty associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS), discusses emergent literacy and the use of board books in early literacy programs in a webinar hosted by SLIS. Information from current research on literacy and brain development as well as information from Every Child Ready to Read (Association for Library Service to Children, 2011) was provided. Webinar viewers will gain an understanding of developing programs for children from birth to age 4. The archived webinar can be found here: http://bit.ly/zyNcdP

*Flickr image from rolfkolbe

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Children's Choice Nominees

Children's Book Week is coming up, May 7-13. Encourage kids to read the books nominated for the Children's Choice award, and then VOTE, starting March 14!

2012 Digital Toolkit is another resource, featuring everything you need to help spread the word.

Winners will be announced live on May 7 in NYC. For the first time this year, footage of the entire ceremony, featuring award presentations by Marc Brown, Mary Pope Osborne, S.E. Hinton, and many more, will be available in its entirety on the CBC site on May 8. You could host a viewing party!

children’s choice book awards 2012 finalists


Bailey by Harry Bliss (Scholastic)

Dot by Patricia Intriago (Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan)

Pirates Don’t Take Baths by John Segal (Philomel/Penguin)

Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack, illustrated by Henry Cole (Peachtree)

Zombie in Love by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Scott Campbell (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster)


Bad Kitty Meets the Baby by Nick Bruel (Roaring Brook/Macmillan)

A Funeral in the Bathroom: And Other School Bathroom Poems by Kalli Dakos, illustrated by Mark Beech (Albert Whitman)

The Monstrous Book of Monsters by Libby Hamilton, illustrated by Jonny Duddle and Aleksei Bitskoff (Candlewick)

Sidekicks by Dan Santat (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)

Squish #1: Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm (Random House)


Bad Island by Doug TenNapel (GRAPHIX/Scholastic)

How to Survive Anything by Rachel Buchholz (National Geographic)

Lost & Found by Shaun Tan (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic)

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Racing in the Rain: My Life as a Dog by Garth Stein (HarperCollins)


Clockwork Prince: The Infernal Devices, Book Two by Cassandra Clare (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown)

Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins)

Passion: A Fallen Novel by Lauren Kate (Delacorte/Random House)

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster)


Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid 6: Cabin Fever (Amulet Books/Abrams)

Christopher Paolini for Inheritance (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

James Patterson for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life (Little, Brown)

Rick Riordan for The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, Book 2) (Disney Hyperion)

Rachel Renée Russell for Dork Diaries 3: Tales from a Not-So-Talented Pop Star (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster)


Felecia Bond for If You Give a Dog a Donut (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins)

Eric Carle for The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse (Philomel/Penguin)

Anna Dewdney Llama Llama Home With Mama (Viking/Penguin)

Victoria Kann for Silverlicious (HarperCollins)

Brian Selznick for Wonderstruck (Scholastic)

Children and teens may enter their votes individually, or you can tally and enter kids' votes from your classroom or library as a group.

Last year, over 500,000 children and teens voted for their favorite books. Encourage all the young readers in your life to make their voices heard and help us reach 1 million votes this year!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Library Spa--guest post

Guest post from Dayna Lovell, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

Girls Night Out: Mother-Daughter Natural Spa Program

The second annual Girls Night Out natural spa program was a success. Nine teens, eleven adults and two (unexpected) younger girls had a great time, first working together to make spa products from (mostly) common kitchen ingredients, then cleansing, exfoliating and moisturizing. The twenty-two total was a manageable group. I fear had we had the thirty-two expected the program would have suffered.

This year’s menu included:

Two exfoliants; Cornmeal and orange, and Brown Sugar scrub

Two masques; Egg white, lemon and witch hazel, and Chocolate –This smelled good enough to eat!

Toner; Apple cider vinegar and witch hazel

Moisturizer; Rosewater, beeswax and sweet almond oil

This year’s “Take-out” was bath bombs, which we also made.

I have stations set up ahead of time with the ingredients, bowls and other equipment needed. I invite the group to divide itself according to what each pair is interested in working on and everyone goes to a station and gets to work. Stations are arranged in order of the menu, so once all the products are made, everyone begins visiting the stations and trying each item.

We had guests this year. Tammy Sauk is a mom of four and a sales representative for Lemongrass Spa Products. Tammy brought samples, and gave “hand spas” before the program while we waited for everyone to arrive. She brought product to sell and generously raffled a product package at the end of the program. A surprise visit from a WEAU reporter brought screeches from some of the girls who were already trying the chocolate mask. Everyone was good-natured about the visit and it made for a nice little news story: http://www.weau.com/news/headlines/Library_hosts_a_Girls_Night_Out_139069234.html


· There is a lot of set up and clean-up for this program, but the happy participation and rave reviews from both the girls and adult women make it well worth it. I always hear that they would like more programs like this; ones that create a special “date” time for girls and their caregivers. My number one piece of advice is to have plenty of help. I enlisted one of our pages this year and she did a great job.

· Invite guests who tie-in well with your program. You might even find someone like my Lemongrass Spa Products representative to do the bulk of the program. I would recommend offering something that participants get to make themselves. They love this part and they are reinforcing math skills!

· Take plenty of pictures. You’ll need a helper for this and any photo release forms you are required to have signed.

· I discovered an excellent resource for recipes this year, in addition to the many print resources in the IFLS system:


This is literally an index of spas. However, they post an abundance of recipes and only ask for proper citation.

· Recycle! I saved so much money this year by having co-workers save plastic Gerber baby food containers. I soaked them in a diluted bleach solution and then ran them through the dish washer. These served as both mold and take-home container for the bath bombs and for taking home “left-overs.”

· Provide the recipes used and a list of resources used, citing all your sources.

· Get a massage yourself, or at least put your feet up once everyone goes home!