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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Target Early Childhood Reading Grant

Target Early Childhood Reading Grant

Deadline: April 30, 2013

Reading grants are awarded to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations, supporting K-3 reading programs such as weekend book clubs and after-school reading events that foster a love of reading. Each Early Childhood Reading Grant is $2,000. Your library must be within 100 miles of a Target store* in order to apply for a Target grant. The application is available online.

Toddlers in Rice Lake enjoy materials purchased as part of a different early literacy grant
Last year, several Wisconsin public libraries received grants for projects.  Several organizations (like Reach Out and Read) that are attempting to get books into the hands of young children also won grants.  IFLS librarians:  if you want to apply but are struggling with what to apply for or how to write a winning proposal, let me know!  I'd be glad to help. (langby @ ifls.lib.wi.us)

* If my calculations are correct, the only library in the IFLS system that doesn't fit this requirement is Park Falls. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Summer Library Program Idea Sparks

The Summer Library Program we had nearly a month ago is fading a little bit in my memory, so we better get on top of reporting on it some more!

Becky Arenivar from Prescott kicked off the whole workshop with a wonderful presentation about activities, games, and other things you can do to make your craft-based program work for a broad audience, including craft-averse kids, or those who only want to spend a few minutes doing a craft/art project.  She talked about adding in games:  Pin the Parrot on the Pirate; Digging for Treasure (in brown paper made to look like mud); throwing snowballs at a balloon alien; scavenger hunts; and more.  These games give more active kids something to do, and are surprisingly popular with a wide range of ages.  If you have a puppet-making project, make sure to have a stage so kids who finish early can get started on producing their own shows!  Becky says over the past few years she has become more adept at choosing projects that don't take too much preparation time.

These ideas fit in well with those suggested by Marge Loch Wouters in an excellent webinar produced by Wisconsin's Public Library Development team last week!  Check out those ideas (and some other great ones from Sharon Grover and Shawn Brommer) by viewing the webinar Fresh Practices for Youth Services Librarians on the Public Library Development's Youth and Special Services page, here.

Finally, Jenna Gilles from Fall Creek would have been there to present her Prezi on great books/activities for the Summer Library Program if it hadn't been for the nasty weather.  Take a peek at her ideas here.

I'm so glad we work with such amazing, smart and energetic colleagues!