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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Supporting STEM for our youngest library visitors

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)--you've heard of it and about how important it is, and hopefully you have thought about some simple ways to support the development of STEM skills in your library.

Lego Programs are a natural tie-in.  Many libraries in the IFLS region take advantage of this easy, popular and creative program.  If you are thinking about starting a program like this and need some ideas or inspiration, let me know.  I can tell you about a dozen librarians in the area who can help you get started.  Jenna from Fall Creek had a blog post recently about some great things she overheard at Lego programs.  Here's my favorite:  "I love LEGOS. More than pizza. No. Yes. Well, more than hamburgers."

At a recent idea swap, Julie from Cumberland told us about a multi-age camouflage storytime.  She read some nonfiction books about the topic, and then the kids created critter with googly eyes (anything with googly eyes is a hit, she says), and then hid them in new-fallen leaves she had collected before the program.

On the googly eye theme, I found a fun idea for working on math and googly-eyed monsters on the No Time for Flashcards blog, and another Halloween math idea, too.

The ALSC blog had a recent post about very popular science programs for the storytime crowd.

What are you doing in this area??

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Apps for Autism Workshop Coming Up!

Dayna Lovell at the L. E. Phillips Memorial Public Library is combining two grant projects to present one terrific program on Thursday, October 25 at 6:30.

A year ago, the library received a grant from the Presto Foundation that allowed them to purchase I-Pads for circulation and in-house use.  The library is also participating in the 2012 LSTA Autism Grant.  Since apps on I-Pads are a powerful tool for many people on the autism spectrum, Dayna is doing her research so she can present a good program about the possibilities!

Parents and caregivers are invited to hear about some of the applications, and then there will be time to try them out on the library's I-Pads.  Please pass on the information about this program to the teachers and parents in your community!

For information and registration, stop at the Youth Services desk on your next visit to the library, call 715-839-5007, or e-mail ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Teen Top Ten, National Book Award Finalists Announced

Wow, what a great bonanza of book suggestions!  Time for a book display?  Time to do a little reading to see what you think?  See what you think of the following:

Teens Top Ten is announced every year during Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA) Teen Read Week.  Teens have a chance to vote on their favorite books from a list of nominees (selected by teen book groups).  You can see a list with short annotations, too.   There has been lots of buzz about many of these titles, how many have you read?  How many are in your collection?  These are books that reading teens have voted on--if you don't have them, maybe you should...

#1:  Divergent by Veronica Roth
#2:  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
#3:  Legend by Marie Lu
#4:  Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
#5:  What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
#6:  Across the Universe by Beth Revis
#7:  Cinder by Marissa Meyer
#8:  The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
#9:  Where She Went by Gayle Forman
#10:  Abandon by Meg Cabot

The National Book Award has listed its group of finalists for Literature for Young People for the 2012 Award, too.  It looks like I have a few books to add to my reading list!

Alexander, William.  Goblin Secrets
Arcos, Carrie.  Out of Reach
McCormick, Patricia.  Never Fall Down
Schrefer, Eliot.  Engdangered
Sheinkin, Steve.  Bomb:  The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon