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Friday, December 19, 2014

Fred Rogers Wisdom

As I've been delving into the early childhood world more and more in the past year, I have heard innumerable references to Fred Rogers.  I grew up in the early years of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood, and have fond memories of watching his show as a preschooler (except the puppets, ugh, I hated that whiny cat) .  His calm demeanor and friendly nature made me feel like I had a real rapport with him.

The Fred Rogers Company has a Professional Development Newsletter that touches on some important things to remember about the needs of young children.  It includes quotes and video clips from Fred Rogers, along with astute observations and reminders by the newsletter creator, Hedda Sharapan.  You can sign up to have it delivered to your mailbox, or you can also search the archives by topic for subjects you are interested in.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Absentee Readers' Advisory in Fall Creek

Thanks to Jenna Gilles-Turner for the guest post!

Boys reading
I have been trying to help youth even when I am not in the library. I have come up with various ways to help kids find books on our shelves and with reader's advisory. I've come up with some "If You Liked XYZ, Now Try ABC" bookmarks - I have Judy Moody, Geronimo Stilton, Star Wars, and Magic Tree House because these are our most popular series. I stick one or two in the books on the shelves and also have them available on my desk.

I am also working on reader's advisory paint stick labels. They will be stuck near popular series and authors and include 3-6 other series or authors they might enjoy. Not all are found in our library so if somebody has not made use of the MORE catalog, they might be encouraged to do so. I also have bookmarks with adult and child-friendly reader's advisory websites that people can use when we are closed. They have been flying off our circulation desk. They are nothing fancy, but folks seem to appreciate them.  If you'd like to see them, you can contact me at jgilles @ fallcreekpubliclibrary.org.

Down the road, I will do something similar with the juvenile non-fiction section, too. Our everybody non-fiction and young adult non-fiction sections are too small for this.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Storytime Resources on IFLS Blog

Superhero storytime at LEPMPL
We've been doing some sprucing up of services to preschoolers in our system during the past year or so, and as part of that I have added some useful resources to the IFLS website about storytime.  Look there for suggestions of storytime templates, blogs, resources, kits to borrow, and more!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Make some maker supplies!

Thanks to Jill Patchin at the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire for this information/blog post:
Strawbees in action (from Strawbee's kickstarter page)

We recently purchased a new die for our machine to make Strawbees, which will allow us to create the stuff in this video . As you can see, it is really cool and could be used with all ages including adults. We could host “maker” programs, or teachers or parents could collect their own plastic and straws, die cut them, and make their own stuff. This is the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) movement and so exciting!

The #2 and #4 lids seem to work the best so far. You can save up your lids before your next trip to Eau Claire!