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Friday, July 25, 2014

Meaningful art with children

Process Art in action, from Authentic Parenting Blog, another great resource!
I found an archived Infopeople webinar about giving young children meaningful art experiences at the library, Creative Spaces and Family Engagement.   Bridget Alexander is passionate about creating opportunities for young children to explore, experiment, and create art in ways that are deeply satisfying and developmentally appropriate, to boot.  Many of you have heard about "process art."  The webinar gives a great explanation of why it is important to give kids opportunities to experience the chance to create freely, and also gives some terrific ideas of projects and materials that lend themselves to this sort of experimentation.

She also referred to a Pinterest Board created by librarians in Lisle, IL, full of terrific ideas for process-oriented art.

Take a look and be inspired!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Libraries and Homelessness

Last week on the same day I ran across two pieces on libraries serving people who are homeless.  One came from Katie Morsch, director of Our Neighbor's Place shelter in River Falls.  It's a Reuters article about libraries on the front lines of dealing with homelessness.  The libraries cited in the article are from bigger cities, but I know from many of you that this is not a situation that is unique to cities.  I found it interesting to read about some of the things libraries are doing to better accommodate the needs of people who need to carry their belongings around with them.

On the same day, I found an inspiring blog post in the ALSC blog about a library in Salt Lake City that does early literacy storytimes at a shelter in the area.  I'd love to hear about it if any of you are considering doing something like this!

In the meantime, check out this 40-minute video created specifically for librarians by a director of a homeless shelter.