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Friday, January 4, 2013

More Great Ideas from Eau Claire

Staff at LEPMPL were very generous about sharing some ideas and photos while I was on duty for posting in the Wisconsin Library Association's Youth Services Shout-Out Blog.  I really appreciate it, and in case you don't subscribe to that blog, here's a round-up of the rest of the posts about IFLS librarians being awesome:

A program about iPad and iPhone Apps that are especially useful for people on the autism spectrum was well-attended and appreciated.  Here's that post.

Play is a crucial step in developing early literacy.  Take a look at what they are doing in Eau Claire to encourage this--even if you don't have the space or budget to do it up this big, there are some great ideas from Shelly Collins Fuerbringer in this post.
A grandmother and grandchild enjoy being mail carriers, and talking about what those red flags are for

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Intergenerational Gingerbread House-Making

Thanks to Dayna Lovell for this guest post!  If you have something cool going on at your library, drop me a line.  I'm always looking for great things to share.

What do you get when you mix 15 boxes of graham crackers, 10 pounds of icing, ten-plus pounds of assorted candy and pint-size milk cartons? Eighty-five mini gingerbread houses!

As part of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library’s School’s Out Specials (S.O.S.) series, children were treated to an opportunity to make a gingerbread house on this school half-day. 

Youth Librarian Dayna Lovell did the planning and shopping and recruited volunteers from both the Young Adult Advisory Board and the Friends of the Library. Volunteers led participants to work stations, kept count, and replenished supplies as needed. They were also available to answer questions and give guidance on the construction process.

Not only did eighty five gingerbread houses get made, forty-five people participated, along with 4 adult volunteers and 2 teen volunteers. One of the best aspects of the program was having the teen and adult volunteers working together. This lent the program an inter-generational flavor. The Friends volunteers gave very positive feedback about both the teens and the opportunity to assist with this type of programming. They have asked to help with future craft programs. 

So don’t forget the seniors in your community. Many can be valuable assets, providing extra hands and the experience of older adults, teens and children collaborating together.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Mark your calendars for DPI webinars!

Mark your January 2013 calendar for three free webinars from DPI

Summer Library Programming with BadgerLink
3:00-4:00pm Tuesday, January 8
th, 2013
Hosts: Kara Ripley, DPI BadgerLink Training Librarian; Carin Bringelson, TeachingBooks.net; Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, DPI Public Library Consultant

Go “underground” with BadgerLink and TeachingBooks and get ideas for the 2013 Summer Library Program including science experiments, activities, and other novel resources.

3:00-4:00pm Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
Hosts: Barb Novak, DPI Reading Specialist; Nancy Anderson, DPI School Library Consultant;
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, DPI Public Library Consultant

Extending from Common Core in School and Public Libraries Part 1 (view archive), Barb Novak will offer further insights on the Speaking, Listening, and Language components of Common Core .  In addition, Novak will explore Standard Level 5: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations and how it relates to library programs and services.

3:00-4:00pm Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
Hosts: Barb Novak, DPI Reading Specialist; Nancy Anderson, DPI School Library Consultant;
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, DPI Public Library Consultant

In this final webinar in the Common Core in School and Public Libraries series, Barb Novak will review the definition and application of text complexity.   Novak will present a three-part model for text complexity and offer analysis of literature and informational text samples.

No need to register—just click the link on the scheduled meeting day and time.   Sign in with your first name/library name.  Webinars will be recorded and archived for later viewing.