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Friday, July 11, 2014

Two Great Nuggets

Golden nugget squash
I attended an American Libraries Live session on Kid and Teen Friendly Libraries yesterday, and gleaned two worthwhile nuggets from it:

ADVOCACY:  Even if your library board or director doesn't require it, be sure to submit regular reports summing up your activities, programming statistics, initiatives, outreach projects, etc.  If you don't tell them, how will they know all the good stuff you do?  And if they don't know all the good stuff you do, how will you ever convince them that you need more staff and resources (or at least that you can't afford to lose any)?

TEENS as LEADERS:  Consider changing your Teen Advisory Board into a Teen Leaders Board.  Make sure that you are giving them opportunities to really lead and advocate for the library's teen services.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hawkins Summer Fun

Arlene from Hawkins had a successful program earlier this summer.  Menomonie author Jeanne Styczinski, who wrote Mama, how Does the Wind Start to Blow, presented a program about her book and being an author/illustrator.  Arlene says she did a terrific job--as a Kindergarten teacher, she knows how to effectively interact with kids.
Jeanne Styczinski reading her book to a rapt audience

After the author visit, there was ooey-gooey science fun, with bubbles, recycled newspaper creations, and more.
Bubbles are fun for all ages!

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Emergent/Early Reader Popular Series

Jenna Gilles from Fall Creek recently crowd-sourced a list of popular series for emergent readers and kids starting the journey with chapter books.  Here are the highlights (series that were recommended by several librarians).

The Most Popular:
(recommended by almost everyone)

book cover for Judy Moody

Elephant and Piggie  by Mo Willems (easy reader picture books)
Geronimo Stilton and Thea Stilton  by Geronimo Stilton (chapter books)
Judy Moody (also Stink) by Megan McDonald (chapter books)
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne (chapter books)

Also Popular:
(recommended by 3 or more librarians)
Longer/Chapter books:
**Graphic novels in green**
book cover for Bink and Gollie
A to Z Mysteries by Ron Roy
Baby Mouse by Jennifer Holm
Bakugan, Battle Brawlers (spinoff of Sega game)
Bink and Gollie by Kate DiCamillo and Allison McGhee
Bone by Jeff Smith
Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Cam Jansen by David Adler
Cupcake Diaries by Coco Simon
Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist by Jim Benton
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Katie Kazoo Switcheroo by Nancy Krulik
LEGO Ninjago
Lunch Lady by Jarrett Krosoczka
Main Street by Ann Martin
My Weird School by Dan Gutman
Nancy Clancy by Jane O'Connor
Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows
Secrets of Droon by Tony Abbott

Easy Reader Series:
Book cover for Mr. Putter and Tabby
Fancy Nancy easy readers by Jane O'Connor
Flat Stanley easy readers
Fly Guy easy readers by Tedd Arnold
Mr. Putter and Tabby by Cynthia Rylant
Pinkalicious easy readers by Victoria Kann
Young Cam Jansen by David Adler