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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Child Development Webinar!

I'm excited about this upcoming webinar, which I found out about from the Growing Wisconsin Readers blog.  I feel like I need more information about child development, and I'm thinking of ways to bring that information to our system.  Check it out:

The California State Library Early Learning with Families (ELF) 2.0 Statewide Initiative presents a webinar:

Date:  Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Start Time:     2PM Central

Presenter:  John Hornstein Ed.D., Brazelton Touchpoints Center

§ What do library staff need to know about the basic developmental tasks of early childhood?
§ How can we use this developmental knowledge to help us more effectively interact with family members in supportive and constructive ways?
This webinar will build upon and expand the conversation begun with Dr. Hornstein's April 10, 2014 webinar,  Foundations of Early Childhood Development: It’s All About Relationships. In this second webinar we will review the basic tenets of child development from the Touchpoints perspective – identifying the major developmental tasks of infants, toddlers and preschoolers within the context of their relationships and culture. The discontinuous nature of this developmental process will also be explored. We will then examine how library staff can respond to families by focusing on parent-child relationships, and supporting parental mastery as might occur in various library-based scenarios.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be better able to recognize developmental themes of:
§ Infancy
§ Toddlerhood
§ Preschool
§ Support parent-child relationships
§ Support parental mastery
This webinar will be of interest to any and all library staff who interact with families of young children.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, September 3, 2014 webinar, go to https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=422.

Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Register Now button (at the top and bottom of webinar information page). If registering with less than 30 MINUTES from the start of the webinar you can join directly from the thank you page by clicking the Join Nowbutton. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Monday, August 18, 2014

Paint Bomb Art

The artists and their finished explosively awesome art
Christy in Pepin sent in another great post about making Exploding Paint Bombs at her summer storytime.  The basic instructions are here, but Christy had a few extra tips for librarians considering doing this at home.
The work in progress
1. We used an "assembly line" to do this.  I filled the baggies with vinegar mixture and paint color of their choice, zipped them shut, gave the child a baking soda packet and sent them down the paper to a dad who opened the baggie, had the child drop in the packet, shake the bag and toss it onto the paper.

2. You can use a little tape to keep the baking soda packets closed.
3. The more vinegar mixture the quicker it reacts.  I had premixed the vinegar and water. It wasn't warm by fun time, so temperature may change the speed of the explosions.   I measured the first baggie (3/4 cup) and after that just guessed. 
4. Once the baking powder packets go in the baggie shake just a bit.  Watch them.  As soon as they start to expand put them down.

5. Keep a safe distance just in case they explode toward someone and paint them. 

We did have a quick reaction baggie so one of the boys got some paint mixture on his arm, while another had it on both legs.  Dad & I took each of them into the library and immediately washed them off with no staining to their skin.  I didn't check my grandson's shorts for paint - they were black, but his sandals washed clean.  Once back outside everyone had fun again--it was touch and go for a minute after he got sprayed.  The volunteer was also a good sport about needing to get new sandals.  After the first spray he just took them off. Maybe being barefoot for everyone might be the last tip.

For a video of the excitement, check Pepin's Facebook Page.