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Friday, December 21, 2012

Unexpected Journeys

hobbitfeet From Exploring Tolkien’s Symbolic Language to Making Furry Feet, Teachers and Librarians Gear up for ‘The Hobbit’
Hobbit feet in Prescott

Becky Arenivar of the Prescott Public Library and Jessi Peterson at the public library in Eau Claire were on the same wavelength last week, planning events to celebrate the Hobbit.  They are so organized that their parties coincided with the hype about the opening of the movie version of this classic book.  But, as Jessi points out, there'll be two more movie installments--plus September 22nd is Hobbit Day, Bilbo and Frodo's birthday, so that would be a fun time for other libraries to do something similar.
Shooting Mirkwood Spiders (with marshmallows) in Eau Claire

Becky was actually interviewed by School Library Journal about her Middle Earth Faire for an article on Hobbit events.  
Photo: Had so much fun at the Middle Earth Faire last Saturday, but it's time to move on.  The next new thing at the library is our Giving Tree fundraiser.  We're taking donations (in any amount!) towards renewing our subscription to USA Today.  The Giving Tree fundraiser allows us to provide resources (e.g., a national newspaper) that our budget just doesn't have room for.  Donation details are on our website and at the library.  When you donate, you get a snowflake to add to our Snowy Day display.  Let's make a real snowstorm with donor's snowflakes!
Pin the beard on Gandolf in Prescott       
The program in Eau Claire unfortunately coincided with a giant snowstorm, but the people who attended had a great time, and played for a long time.  They had stations where folks could write their name in Elvish, a hobbit name generator, a rune translating activity, One Ring origami, Zentangle Smaug scale decorating, 13 Dwarves Ninepins, and a "smoke-ring"  bubble blowing challenge. The biggest hit was the Mirkwood Spider Shot,where they used marshmallow shooters to try hitting spiders dangling from the ceiling.  

Rune translation in Eau Claire  


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Round-Up of IFLS-Related Cool Stuff

Time for a round-up of the awesome IFLS-related posts I've been putting in the Youth Services Section Shout-Out Blog.  Remember, you can always send me your ideas for posting in the YSS blog, or this one, too!  Here's the round-up:

Playing Games in the Library:  Alisha Green from LEPMPL contributed to this post, along with McFarland librarian (and past IFLS SLP workshop presenter) Geri Cupery, about super-fun game days at the library.

What Comes After Preschool Storytime:  Jodi Bird from Menomonie tells us about After School Adventures (for 5-8 year olds) and Book Stew (for 8-11 year olds), their answer to kids who are graduating from preschool storytime, but still wanting a regular program at the library.
Balloon volley-ball in Menomonie's After School Adventures Club

Collaboration Pep-Talk:  Becky Arenivar from Prescott came up with the idea and did most of the work on a "collaborative" post about easy collaboration tips.

Supporting Early Literacy on the Cheap:  Jodi Bird shows some cool, cheap, easy, space-conserving ways they have carved out a place for early literacy play in Menomonie.
Flannel board for every day use in Menomonie

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

28 New Websites Added to Great Websites for Kids

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, has a Great Websites page, a terrific starting point for looking for good resources and things to feature.  The 2012 Great Web Sites Committee added 28 new selections, which can be found at http://gws.ala.org.

"Great Web Sites for Kids are those considered the best web sites for children ages birth to 14, outstanding in both content and conception. As applied to web sites for young people, “great” should be thought to include sites of especially commendable quality, sites that reflect and encourage young people’s interests in exemplary ways. Our selection criteria can be found at:  http://www.ala.org/alsc/greatwebsites/greatwebsitesforkids/greatwebsites."
If you happen across a site that you think we shouldn’t miss in 2013, you can make suggestions at http://gws.ala.org/suggest-site.
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Monday, December 17, 2012

Resources for Dealing with Tragedies

All of us are reeling after the tragedy last Friday.  You might have some parents or kids looking for help in dealing with the stress, grief, fear, and other feelings that are roused by such a horrific event.  Here are a few tip sheets and bibliographies that might be useful to you as you try to sensitively answer those questions. A display might be a good way to get the information out there to people who don't want to ask.

Do you have other books that you would recommend?


Bibliography from the Cooperative Children's Book Center, dealing with grief and loss

South Central Library System set up a resource about helping kids deal with tragedy

Center for Children's Books Bibliography about coping with death

Boston Public Library Bibliography: Times of Grief and Sadness

Tip Sheets:

 Child Mind Institute:  Helping Your Child Deal with Frightening News

Child Mind Institute:  Going Back to School After a Tragedy

National Association of School Psychologists tip sheet

National Association of School Principals tip sheet (also in Spanish)
Love and Logic tip sheet for dealing with tragedy