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Friday, November 30, 2012

Stealth Programming with Gerbils

Rice Lake Public Library had a try at "stealth" programming this fall.  Ashley, youth services manager, says that their library gerbil hosted a book club. 

"Kids got a "Carmel's Book Club Card" and for every 5 books they checked they got a stamp.  When their card was full they won a free kids meal at Perkins (donated).  I also made a gerbil prize wheel that the kids loved- and I did too:)"

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Video Contest


2013 is the first year Wisconsin will participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program(CSLP) Teen Video Challenge.  There are cash prizes, both for the winning entry's creator and the library they use!  Instead of simply putting up a flyer in the library, try talking to the school's film club, or passing on information to a specific teen you know who is interested in film-making.  When I saw this contest, I immediately thought of a teen I know, and passed it on to him.  He's really excited to make a video, and I bet it's going to be good--this kid makes lots of films.  Even if you don't know a specific kid to pass it on to, ask around.  Someone will know!

Also, if you want to borrow the IFLS Flip video cameras to let kids experiment with making this film at the library, let me know!

Last week everyone should have received an email about this with an entry form, but the are also available here.  A pdf of the flyer is available here.  More information about the contest, including promotional resources and video creation resources, can be found at: http://cslpreads.org/challenge-overview.html

For the contest, teens should create a video promoting Summer Reading at the public library, including an interpretation of the 2013 CSLP teen slogan "Beneath the Surface," to win $275 and a $125 award for the library.  Any teen, aged 13 -18, can enter the CSLP 2013 Teen Video Challenge in the state where they reside. Videos can be created individually or as a team. Each participating CSLP member state will select one winner.

The deadline is Friday, February 1, 2013.  The state winner will be selected by March 1, 2013.  The national winners will be selected in April 2013. 

Curious about what teens might make?  Take a look at the 2012 winners for inspiration: http://cslpreads.org/programs/young-adult-program/teen-video-challenge/2012-teen-video-winners.html

Monday, November 26, 2012

IFLS Well-Represented in We-Lead!

Ashley Bieber

The Wisconsin Library Association's We-Lead Initiative chose their latest group of participants well.  We know this because half of the new protégés are librarians from IFLS libraries.  Not only are we home-region proud, we also know that these women are smart, dedicated, capable, and well-equipped to help lead our profession in new directions. 

Both of them will have a chance to work one-on-one with a mentor who has been active with WLA, and will receive a stipend to attend the Annual Conference (and various other leadership training opportunities) for the next two years.  Sweet deal!  Congratulations to two deserving people!  Are you jealous?  Apply yourself next time around!

Ashley Bieber is the Youth Services Manager at the Rice Lake Public Library.  She is paired with Roxane Bartelt, the recently retired Head of Youth Services at the Kenosha Public Library.  She's going to be involved with a new member committee for the Youth Services Section of WLA--so if you haven't yet joined the group, Ashley will be sure to help you get acclimated!

Kim Korbel is the Director at the G.E. Bleskacek Family Library in Bloomer.  Her mentor is Matt Rosendahl, who many of us remember from his days as director at Luck and Milltown, now the Director of Learning Resources at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical Colleges.  Kim will be getting involved with the Outreach Services Round Table.  

kimberly korbel
Kim Korbel