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Friday, June 21, 2013

3 Great Early Literacy Opportunities!

1.  Some of you have already contacted me about the Early Literacy Minigrants being administered by the state this year, to help you create a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program or develop an early literacy space in your library.  In case you haven't seen it yet, take note!  Priority will be given to libraries that serve a total municipal population of less than 10,000 and who serve children birth through age six with potentially limited exposure to early literacy experiences.

The application process opens on Monday, June 17, 2013 at 9:00am and closes on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 4:00pm.  For more information about the mini-grants, view http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/files/pld/pdf/2013_GWR_Mini-grant_info.pdf.  
The information sheet and other documents related to Growing Wisconsin Readers are available at http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/pld_ys-sn under “Initiatives.”

2.  The Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association and the Public Library Development Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction are pleased to announce the joint hosting of an early literacy preconference at the 2013 Wisconsin Library Association annual conference.  The preconference will be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 12:30-5 pm at Hyatt on Main and KI Convention Center in Green Bay, WI. 

Jim Gill, celebrated musician and author, will serve as the keynote speaker as well as offer additional breakout sessions on the topic of music and play for young children.  Other breakout sessions include: Bringing Every Child Ready to Read 2 to Diverse Audiences; Early Literacy Library Spaces; Developing an Early Literacy Collection: Books That Work for Kids, Parents, and Librarians; Engaging Early Literacy Storytimes—Flannelboards, Puppets, Props, and More!

Mark your calendar now for this amazing pre-conference, and watch for more details and registration information, coming soon!

3.  IFLS will be applying for an LSTA grant to help our libraries with early literacy efforts.  Look for more information, and an invitation to participate, coming to your email box next week!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Digging in to Decorations in Somerset

 What do you do with a bunch of kids who are hanging around in the library when you've got so much to do--like decorate your space for the summer library program?  Hmmmm....well, if you are Mariah in Somerset, this is a match made in heaven!  She put the kids to work:

 They created a fabulous dinosaur that is hanging over the computers:
And the library isn't actually in a cave...but it sure looks like it!  The other end of the building is above-ground, with hanging raindrops and rainbows, and then who can forget the worm wall?
All the kids who signed up for the summer program write their names on a worm and find it a happy home in this great habitat, which also includes a hedgehog that started life as a book and some other great details that are hard to see in the photo.  It looks like fun, doesn't it?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Games and Fun in Luck

Gamers converge in Luck

Colleen Allen from Luck had her first successful board game night earlier this summer.  Here's what she had to say:  

"I must say,  I love having a job where I can do things I love and invite other people to join in on the fun.  And call it "work."
There were 10 of us last night and everyone was eager to return next week.
Threee teen boys joined an adult and played a cooperative game called Pandemic.  The young set played Connect Four and  Mastermind.  The other adults played Forbidden Island, another cooperative game (sadly, we, the players, lost to the Island), Blokus, and Qwirkle.

We are only hosting an official board game night once a month (because I didn't want my adult volunteers to burnout) but they plan on coming weekly and playing with whoever shows up, and the boys said they were coming back.  Hurray!"