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Friday, August 31, 2012

All-Ages Fun in Dresser

Tiffany Meyer enlisted some wonderful community experts and partners, along with her own creativity, to make the Summer Library Program in Dresser a great success.  There was a pop-up planetarium, a local herbalist taking kids on a lawn walk to spot common useful herbs, someone who helped kids make ice cream, a master gardener, and more!
 A rock expert brought in lots of fossils, geodes, and more, and kids got to take home a souvenir!

 Hard to go wrong with chalk and spray bottles--they also made paper and ice paintings this hot summer!

 Dresser Olympics, a gold medal winner!

Making bubble wands engages a variety of ages

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Teens, Tweens and Social Networking

Thanks to Tessa Michaelson Schmidt for sharing this FREE and RELEVANT webinar opportunity!  If you are planning to attend our excellent workshop about Futureproofing your library that morning, don't worry if you can't get back to your library in time, the session will be archived!

Title:  Teens, Tweens and Social Networking

Presenter:  Laura Solomon

Format:  Webinar

Date:  Thursday, September 13, 2012

Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific
1PM Mountain
2PM Central
3PM Eastern

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge.  Please note: we have changed hosting services fromWebEx to Adobe Connect, so we advise you to test your browser before the webinar: http://intesolv.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm .  For more webinar tips, see: http://infopeople.org/webinar/tips.

For more information and to participate in the Thursday, September 13, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/teens-tweens-social-networking.

We often have assumptions about how teens and tweens use the Internet.

·         Are those assumptions true?
·         Are teens interested or concerned about their online privacy? 
·         What kind(s) of social media should your library use?

Learn the answers to these questions and many more, as well as discovering if your library can effectively engage (or not) with young people in social media. 

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

·         Know which social media tools are currently popular with teens and why
·         Be able to name at least two methods by which teen control their online privacy
·         Understand how many teens use cell phone and how libraries may be able to integrate them into programming
·         Be able to list at least one major obstacle to connecting with teens on social networks

This webinar will be of interest to library staff who work with teens and youth, as well as those responsible for library social media work.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived


Monday, August 27, 2012

Another Local Author!

Eau Claire school librarians are an amazing bunch.  Rebecca Hogue Wojahn, who has written several well-received nonfiction titles for kids, has a new novel, to be published next week!  Malcolm at Midnight looks like a great read for middle grades:

Malcolm, a smaller than average rat, loves life at McKenna School and the secret society of classroom pets that keep children out of trouble, but when Aggy the iguana disappears Malcolm must use all of his ratty persistence to prove his innocence and save her.

For more about the author and the story, see the interview by Rob Reid on his blog, The Heart of a Child.