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Friday, May 16, 2014

Summer Reading Lists from ALSC

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has updated and released three Summer Reading lists. The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. 
Lists are available for K-8 students. Each is available to download for free on the ALSC website in color and black and white.  Lists can be customized to include library information, summer hours and summer reading programs for children before making copies available to schools and patrons. The lists are available at: http://www.ala.org/alsc/2014-summer-reading-list.
“Summer reading helps prevent the summer slide that affects many children each year,” said Starr LaTronica, ALSC president. “By encouraging children to stay engaged in reading throughout the summer at home and at their library they will be more prepared for the next school year.”

The Summer Reading List was compiled and annotated by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee and School-Age Programs and Services Committee through a 2013 Carnegie Whitney Grant funded by the American Library Association Publishing Committee. The 2014 list was updated by ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee.

NOTE:  It's not intuitive to get these to print well, but I figured out a method and made a little screencast of myself doing it, in case you need some help. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Storytimes that Fit!

Caregivers and babies (The Commons Getty Collection)
One of the sessions I attended at the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries conference last week was by Ashley Theim-Menning about the importance of addressing the developmental milestones of the children attending storytimes.  One of her main points was a passionate argument for providing programs for infants and toddlers, and another was the importance of basing your programs on the developmental milestones of the children in your "target" audience.

I know that in small communities, it often is not practical to have a distinct storytime for each age group, but Ashley had some great suggestions for making your all-ages storytimes into a better fit for everyone by explaining to caregivers ways they can modify any activity to fit the needs of their child.

And where to find out about developmental milestones?  She suggested a few sites:

Zero to Three

Center for Disease Control

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development