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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Super Heroes Being Super-Heroic

She-Ra, a real-life superhero
We had a terrific workshop this week, thinking hard about summer programs in the context of youth services programming all year long.  Fabulous keynote speakers Shawn Brommer (South Central Library System) and Sue Abrahamson talked us through some good approaches to thinking hard about the outcomes we desire for our summer programs and how to get there.  The afternoon was full of amazing break-out sessions with IFLS librarians, super-heroically talking about collaboration, outreach and promotion, stealth programming, using teen volunteers and more.  It was INSPIRING, I tell you, INSPIRING!   Check out the web page with links.

One of my favorite things that we did during the keynote was identify our own super power, write it on an index card, and attach it to ourselves.  There are some marvelous superpowers out there.  Here are a few I remember:

  • Children flock to me because I see them
  • I turn bad things into good things
  • I really listen to what kids have to say
  • Bridging
  • Enthusiasm
  • Listener
  • Creativity
  • Storyteller

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

10th Anniversary, Schneider Family Book Award

ALA's Schneider Family Book Award
Many of you already know that ALA's Schneider Family Book Award was conceived and is funded by the inimitable Dr. Katherine Schneider, who lives right here in the Chippewa Valley.  Kathie created the award, along with the folks at ALA, in order to highlight books for children and teens that artistically embody the disability experience.  Growing up as a blind kid, Kathie didn't find many books that did that, and as an adult, she decided to do something about it.

This year marks the 10 year anniversary of the award, and this year the UWEC McIntyre Library held a special event to commemorate the event.  One of the most amazing things at the celebration was a display of books with quotes from authors and illustrators about the effect the award had on them and on their career.  Here is one:

Winning the Schneider Family Book Award has truly been one of the biggest highlights of my career as a children's book author...The award has done so much to encourage both publishers and authors to tell the stories of people with disabilities, and also to lift up those books to a very high standard...I am so appreciative of all that Katherine Schneider has done to make this world a better, more understanding, and more inclusive place for all children"  Cynthia Lord, author of 2007's award-winning book, Rules.
It's pretty thrilling to have the person who is responsible for this right here in our midst, advocating for libraries and accessibility and animals.  Hooray for local super-heroes!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Early Literacy and Technology--Three Resources

Here are three things to help you feel informed about early literacy and technology:

1.  A FREE WEBINAR this week:  
Wednesday, November 19
11:00AM-12:00 PM (Pacific Time)

What's the best way to bring technology into a storytime? How do you evaluate apps for early literacy?    This free webinar will share best practices, resources, and ideas to help you easily and effectively bring technology to your library’s early literacy programming. We will hear from two guests with expertise in early literacy and childhood education.
  • Tanya Smith will share practical, research-based recommendations published by the Fred Rogers Center and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Lori Crocker (Douglas County Libraries, CO) will share practical examples of how to bring technology into library storytimes. 
  • Learn about free online resources like LittleeLit.com and Reading Eggs.
This webinar will be recorded and archived on the TechSoup for Libraries website. Please register to receive an email notification when the archive is available.

2.  ZERO TO THREE has developed Screen Sense:  Setting the Record Straight—Research-based Guidelines for Screen Use for Children Under 3 Years Old. This new free resource, written in partnership with leading researchers in the field of media and young children, is an authoritative review of what is known about the effect of screen media on young children’s learning and development.  It is designed to serve as a tool for guiding parents and professionals in making informed decisions about screen media use.

In addition to Screen Sense, there is a summary of the key findings, tips for how to use screen media with children under 3, and an infographic about 5 common misconceptions related to children and screen media. 
3.  Starting in 2015, look for a series of Tinker Times, chances to examine technology resources through the lens of various early literacy skills.  This program is a collaboration between IFLS and CESA 10, and will also be a great chance to get to know your colleagues from the early childhood world!