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Friday, February 6, 2015

GLBTQ Outreach in Eau Claire

Many thanks to Ashley Bieber of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library for this guest post.

This fall I was contacted by an employee of Q2, a group for LGBTQ youth in the Chippewa Valley about ways the  library could support LGBTQ teens.  I was more than happy to be contacted by the group, as I shamefully had no idea that they even existed, and outreach to teen community groups had become a mainstay on my "when all my other stuff is done" to-do list.  I arranged with the employee to meet me at the library to take a look around at our Teen Lounge and the materials and services we offer.   

When we met we didn't have any sort of agenda or plan about what was going to happen.  She generally asked me about different books, magazines, and movies that we might carry and programs we typically offer.  I was excited to point out all our great fiction and non-fiction books concerning sexuality and gender, and all the great books we have about the teenage experience in general.  I wanted to make sure they saw the library as an ally and know I was open to ideas that could support the needs of Q2 youth.  We discovered we had a lot in common in terms of reaching teens and actually have them participate in our activities.  I was surprised to learn at that time they had mostly middle school transgender youth attending Q2. 

After learning their group regularly meets on Tuesdays, we decided it would be great if during one of their meetings they could walk down to the library to meet me and take a look around.  I made a great display of books I thought might be of interest and also created a document about the library, privacy, intellectual freedom and different book awards they might be interested in.  Unfortunately, no one attended group that night.  I sent the documents to the center with the employee.  She apologized for the zero attendance, but as a teen librarian I am all too familiar with having no teens show up to an organized activity.  Group attendance is hit and miss for them, just like our library programs.

We haven't attempted another try at having them to the library again, but I'm glad the staff at Q2 know that the public library is another safe place that they can suggest to their teens.  Additionally, the groundwork has been laid for future collaboration, and we're both more familiar with each other's organizations.  

Ashley shared the handout about privacy and intellectual freedom with me, please let me know if you'd like to see it.  Looking for more suggestions for working with LGBTQ youth and families?  Check out the Infopeople archived webinar:  Rainbow Family Connections with Jamie Campbell Naidoo.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Big Fun Playdate in Prescott

Homemade block play

Many thanks to Becky Arenivar for this guest post!

So many webinars, but so little time!  It’s hard sometimes to make space in our busy schedules for another webinar, but they can really pay off big time and I have the cute kid pics to prove it.

After attending Read, Play, Grow in Sept. 2015 with Rachel Payne, I was inspired to hold an Early Literacy Play Date at the Prescott Public Library.  I used Rachel’s wiki almost exclusively for activity ideas and instructions.  I did go to Pinterest for ideas and instructions for Baby Sensory Bags and did some googling when my tunnels kept falling over, but planning time was greatly reduced due to Rachel’s amazing resource.

Homemade marble drops

We had great attendance and the event was so much fun!  We invited home daycare providers and teachers from local daycare centers.  We also e-mailed invites to all families in our 1000 Books database.  We promoted the event as a way for parents and caregivers to learn about low-cost and easy activities they could do at home that would promote brain development in children from birth to age 5.   To that point, we provided print outs of the activity instructions for parents to take home.
This event was so successful that we are planning on having at least two Early Literacy Play Dates per year.  Rachel’s wiki has dozens of activities, so it will be my go-to resource for future Play Dates.

Inspired creative play

Note:  If you wish you could be so inspired, check out the recording of the webinar!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Reading Goals Results

Thanks for bearing with me as I try to figure out the best way to manage the Reading Goals project.  I was pleased with the results, but found my form to be a little unwieldy and time-consuming to manage.   Hopefully I'll figure out a way to make this easier on myself next time.  Any suggestions are welcome!

We had fourteen librarians participate in January.  I have put the list below, with author and title, and color-coded according to how it was recommended (Enthusiastically recommended, recommended, and recommended for certain kids)

Or, check out the kind of messy results with all the notes and everything, here

Applegate, Katherine.  Ivan:  The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla.  Illus. by G. Brian Karas. (2014)

Bailey, Linda.  If Kids Ruled the World.  Illus. by David Huyck.  (2014)

Baldacchino, Christine.  Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress.  Illus. by Isabelle Malefant.  (2014)

Beck, Carolyn.  One Hungry Heron.  Illus. by Karen Patkau.  (2014)

Becker, Aaron.  Quest.  (2014)

Bee, William.  Worst in Show.  Illus. by Kate Hindley (2015)

Benson, Jennifer Gervase.  The Three Little Girls and the Magical Unicorn.  Illus. by Theresa Stites.  (2014)

Berger, Samantha.  A Crankenstein Valentine.  Illus. by Dan Santat (2014)

Biddulph, Robert.  Blown Away.  (2015)

Bluemle, Elizabeth.  Tap Tap Boom Boom.  Illus. by G. Brian Karas.  (2014)

Bolden, Tanya.  Beautiful Moon:  A Child’s Prayer.  Illus. by Eric Velasquez. (2014)

Bryant, Jen.  The Right Word:  Roget and His Thesaurus.  Illus. by Melissa Sweet (2014)

Campbell, Scott.  The Hug Machine.  (2014)

Coudray, Phillippe.  Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas.  (2013)

DiPucchio, Kelly.  Zombie in Love.  Illus. by Scott Campbell (2011)

Garton, Sue.  I Am Otter.  (2014)

Gay, Marie-Louise.  Any Questions?  (2014)

Gehl, Laura.  One Big Pair of Underwear.  Illus. by Tom Lichtenheld.  (2014)

Gillingham, Sara.  How to Grow a Friend.  (2014)

Godin, Thema Lynne.  Hula-Hoopin’ Queen.  Illus. by Vanessa Brantley-Newton (2014)

Good, Jason.  Must. Push. Buttons.  Illus. by Jarrett Krosoczka (2015)

Halpern, Shari.  Dinosaur Parade.  (2014)

Herthel, Jessica and Jazz Jennings.  I Am Jazz.  Illus. by Selagh McNicholas.  (2014)

Jackson, Ellen.  Tooling Around:  Crafty Creatures and the Tools They Use.  Illus. by Renne Benoit.  (2014)

Judge, Lita.  Born in the Wild:  Baby Mammals and Their Parents.  (2014)

Klausmeier, Jesse.  Open This Little Book.  Illus. by Suzy Lee (2013)

LaRochelle, David.  It’s a Tiger.  Illus. by Jeremy Tankard.  (2012)

Liniers.  The Big Wet Balloon.  (2013)

Ludwig, Trudy.  Gifts from the Enemy.  Illus. by Craig Orback (2014)

McEwen, Katherine.  Bear Hug.  (2014)

Meschenmoser, Sebastian.  Mr. Squirrel and the Moon.  Trans. by David Henry Wilson.  (2010 Germany, 2015 US)

Nichols, Lori.  Maple.  (2014)

Novak, B.J.  The Book with No Pictures.  (2014) (noted twice)

Offil, Jenny.  Sparky!  Illus. by Chris Appelhaus (2014)

Pilutti, Deb.  Ten Rules of Being a Superhero.  (2014)

Ray, Mary Lyn.  Go to Sleep, Little Farm.  Illus. by Chris Neal (2014)

Reading with Pictures:  Comics that Make Kids Smarter.  Josh Elder, ed.  (2014) 173 pp.

Rocco, John.  Blizzard.  (2014)

Rockliff, Mara.  The Grudge Keeper.  Illus. by Eliza Wheeler (2014)

Rose, Nancy.  The Secret Life of Squirrels.  (2014)

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.  Uni the Unicorn.  Illus. by Brigette Barrager (2014)

Rubenstein, Laura.  Visiting Feelings.  Illus. by Shelly Hehenberger (2013)

Ruzzier, Sergio.  Bear and Bee.  (2013)

Salas, Laura Purdie.  Water Can Be.  Illus. by Violeta Dabija (2014)

Saltzberg, Barney.  Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep.  (2014)

Sayre, April Pulley. Raindrops Roll.  (2014)

Shannon, George.  Hands Say Love.  Illus. by Taeeun Yoo.  (2014)

Swenson, Jamie.  If You Were a Dog.  Illus. by Chris Raschka (2014)

Thiele, Bob.  What a Wonderful World.  Illus. by Tim Hopgood (2014)

Thomas, Jan.  Is Everyone Ready for Fun?  (2014)

Thomas, Jan.  Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy.  (2014)

Tongas, Chris.  Dojo Daycare.  (2014)

White, Teagan.  Adventures with Barefoot Critters.  (2014)

Won, Brian.  Hooray for Hat!  (2014)

Woodson, Jacqueline.  Show Way.  Illus. by Hudson Talbott (2005)