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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Colfax Reaching Out with Technology

Lisa Ludwig, director at the Colfax Public Library, got a grant from Dunn Energy to purchase an iPad and several autism-related apps for it.  She is working with the local parent's autism support group and the school to promote the iPad.  One of Lisa's goals is to help her community learn about technology and embrace it, and she is excited to reach out to a specific group that can really benefit from iPads.  It will be helpful for families to be able to try out this expensive equipment before deciding to invest in it.

Way to go, Lisa!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Gadgets Gizmos and Goo, Oh My!

I posted this over at the Youth Services Shout-Out Blog (Wisconsin Library Association's Youth Services Section blog), but it was so great I had to post here, too!

There's a discussion on an ALSC listserv about science programs, and Nicole from the Cheshire Library in Connecticut shared her fabulous program:  Gizmos Gadgets and Goo.  Not only is that a terrific title with some great programs associated with it, but Nicole has put together a blog with posts about each program, complete with recipes, video clips, presentation ideas, and more.  AMAZING resource.  Take a peek.

Photo credit:  By ttcopley from flickr

Monday, August 20, 2012

Meet a Librarian--Deb Nelson

Deb Nelson works in the children's department at the Menomonie Public Library, and they are lucky to have her there!  Deb's kind, humorous and dedicated self comes across very well in her answers!

How long have you been working at the library?   I will be starting my 9th year in October.

What other jobs or life experiences do you think have helped you develop into a youth services librarian?  Mainly, being a mom to four children and reading STACKS of books (no exaggeration), but the 13 years of in-home daycare helped an awful lot too.

What’s something you really like doing at your job?  I love planning the storytimes…there are always so many ideas to choose from.  I love the well-planned storytime that NEVER is implemented the way I have it in my head. But I know I work with kids…no more needs to be said!  I also thoroughly enjoy making bulletin boards in the library.  Those, on the other hand, are never well-planned, but are always a work-in-progress and I love the challenge.

What age group do you find especially fun to work with and why?  My favorite preschoolers are the 4’s.  They’re so innocent yet, but always so eager to share all their stories with me. ..owies and new shoes seem to be the most popular subjects!  They’re truly spreading their wings for the first time and I’m so happy for them and with them. 

Tell us about a book you’ve read recently (kids or adult) that you really liked—why was it so good?   Well, I’ve just started this one, but I can tell I’m going to like it.   Quiet:  the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  My strong suit is not conversation so I’m getting a better understanding of, and a little validation for, my other strengths.

What is an activity you find reliable to help kids get back on track when their attention is wandering during storytime? Amazingly, just a simple directive activity…”Touch your toes.  Touch your knees.  Touch your hips, (always with a wiggle and a shake).  Touch your shoulders, etc.”   I always vary it, though, with my voice and/or how my fingers will touch.  One time they might crawl slowly, the next time my fingers might jump, or I throw the really hard ones in like ankles or elbows, or nostrils and even criss-cross across your back!

What gives you fuel when you are needing inspiration?  PINTEREST!  Love the visual ideas that people are so willing to share.  I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “Why didn’t I think of that” and “Hey, I think I can do that.” 

If you would like to share a little of yourself for one of these--please let me know and I'll be glad to send you some questions!!