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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Springy Display in Ladysmith

I'm starting to feel like I'm in a children's fantasy book, where some Spirit of Winter or White Witch has made it so we will never have Spring.  If I went into the Ladysmith Public Library and saw this cheery display, I'd have new hope. 
Heck, just seeing a picture of it gives me hope.  How about you?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute

In case you haven't seen this yet, this is a terrific opportunity for librarians in rural areas to get connected and inspired by your counterparts in other parts of the state!  Take a look!

Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute
Sunday, Sept 8 - Wednesday, Sept 11, 2013
Heartwood Conference Center • Trego, WI

The Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute will provide professional development and networking for librarians who serve babies, children, and teens in smaller public libraries. The Institute will target librarians who have no graduate degree in librarianship and/or work in rural library communities.  There is no fee for Institute participants; the costs are covered through an LSTA grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

A complete description of the Institute including a letter of support from Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Superintendent, can be found at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/files/pld/pdf/YS_Institute.pdf

Applications are due by Wednesday, May 8, 2013. Twenty-five applicants will be selected, preferably representing all 17 public library systems. Applications must be completed online at https://forms.dpi.wi.gov/se.ashx?s=56301B2D2B5640E4

Questions should be directed to:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt
Public Library Youth and Special Services Consultant Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
125 South Webster Street / PO Box 7841
Madison, WI 53707-7841
P: (608) 267-5077 F: (608) 267-9207
tessa.schmidt@dpi.wi.gov

Monday, April 15, 2013

Preschool Superhero Party in Eau Claire

I'm not sure where this idea originated, but the fun-loving staff at the Eau Claire Public Library took it and ran with it!  I'm just going to give you some captioned photos so you can experience the fun by feasting your eyes.  These pictures made me smile and smile!
Saving the baby by walking it over a lava pit (note the extreme care this superhero is taking with the baby)

Every superhero needs a mask and cape, so kids had a chance to decorate their own

They're superheroes! That's why the library staff gets so much done!

Enthusiastic superheroes


Alisha demonstrates her super-human strength by holding a giant boulder above her head

A young superhero shows his strength