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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Embracing Diversity Resource

Burnaby Public Library in British Columbia, Canada is collecting songs and rhymes in many languages so everyone can learn them. Videos of 30 songs and rhymes in 15 languages are available through the Embracing Diversity: Sharing Our Songs and Rhymes website (www.embracingdiversity.bpl.bc.ca).

You can find resources for using the rhymes in programs, hear some great stories and songs.  I'm not sure how easy they would be to reproduce in a storytime forthose of us with no familiarity with the language, but it seems much easier to consider if you can see someone performing it.  Or maybe there is a way to incorporate the actual videos in your program.

Here's the cool thing:  they are hoping to include more songs, more languages, more voices!  More songs and rhymes are available on the Embracing Diversity Vimeo channel (http://vimeo.com/channels/embracingdiversity), and we need your help to make this collection grow. It’s easy --  videorecord yourself performing a children’s song or rhyme and add your video to Vimeo using the instructions found at http://www.bpl.bc.ca/kids/embracing-diversity/add-your-own-video.

This would be a fun project to do with library staff or community members whose first language was not English.  Borrow the IFLS flip videos and upload them to your own website, too! (To borrow the cameras, contact Leah at langby@ifls.lib.wi.us)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Do Banned Books Help Your Spelling?

Thanks to Hollis Helmecci (Ladysmith) for drawing my attention to this great post from the Office for Intellectual Freedom's blog.

Several of the biographies of the finalists at the Scripps National Spelling Bee included their favorite book.  Blogger Jonathan Kelley (OIF Program Coordinator) noticed that the resulting list includes quite a few that have been challenged or banned over the years.  Hmmmm....interesting trend!  It might be a fun book display:  The Favorite Books of Spelling Bee Finalists....

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A few more ideas gleaned from the WAPL school age programming idea swap:

Early release days are a great time for programs--see what odds and ends (craft supplies, old prizes, those little balls you bought for SLP 8 years ago) are in your storage closet or basement and let the kids dream up inventions or sculptures to make with them.

After School Adventures in Rice Lake:  Every Thursday, one of the school buses stops at the library and drops kids off for a rotating series of creative programs--legos, art projects, computer programming, and more.

Here's an idea I got in a hallway discussion from Jennifer Thiele, the director of the Marinette County Library:  use your public performance rights for movies to show movies for kids on the autism spectrum (or other kids for whom the movie theater is too overwhelming).  Don't serve snacks, since many kids on the spectrum have limited diets, and it is one less thing to worry about for parents.  Make it clear that you don't expect kids to be totally silent while watching.

Photo credit:  Aha!  by farleyj

Monday, June 4, 2012

Free Webinar on GLBTQ Youth

I got this in a PUBYAC post--it seems like there would be some relevant information for librarians in this webinar, too.  You can only register right before the webinar, so mark your calendar for Wednesday if you have time.  I'll try to "attend" and sum up some of the points in a future blog post.

On June 6, 2012, at 1 pm CST, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will present the Webinar, "Understanding and Overcoming the Challenges Faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,Questioning and Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth in Schools and Communities." Presenters will discuss the importance of changing perceptions, practices, and culture to address the needs of these underserved youth. Future webinars will discuss LGBTQI youth and their families and LGBTQI youth in juvenile justice settings.

Registration is available online the day of the event