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Friday, March 20, 2015

Young Children and Technology at Home, Part 3

As  this publishes, I'll be at a training with the folks from Little eLit, learning even more about this topic!

One of the things Devorah Heitner mentioned in her webinar last week was to help parents be aware about the digital footprint they are creating for their young children.  Be aware of what you are posting about your children online.  What photos?  What stories?  As soon as they are old enough, ask children for permission to post photos and stories and accomplishments.  Be thoughtful about the footprint you are creating for them, and help model for them that thoughtfulness for when they are old enough to create their own.

Related to this, Devorah recommended that parents consider having a documentation-free week.  Try going to the playground without taking photos sometime and see what that's like!  She's not suggesting giving up documenting those moments altogether, just taking a break from it to see how it changes things.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Build Your Own Unleashes Creativity and Fun

Alisha from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library recently needed to come up with a quick program for a no-school day, and here's what she came up with:

"I needed to plan a program quick, so I asked library staff to bring me any random things they had sitting around and didn’t want anymore.  The kids could dig through the “junk” and build whatever they wanted.  I didn’t know if this was a program the kids would get into, but those that came loved it and didn’t want to leave at the end of it.  I loved seeing their imaginations at work and what treasures they made out of other people’s garbage.  Very creative."  

At the program, kids could also build smaller creations to see how well they'd fly in the wind tunnel she made a while back (for a different program).  Here's where she found the instructions for making hers.  And she generously offered to lend her wind tunnel to other librarians who are able to drive to Eau Claire to pick it up and drop it off.

Monday, March 16, 2015

52 Weeks of Teen Programming

The Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association has yet another terrific resource for all of you busy librarians out there!  52 Weeks of YA Programming was created by a team of YSS members who have had successful teen programs and were willing to share about them.  I'm pleased as punch that 8 of the contributing members are from IFLS (Ashely Bieber, Cole Zrostlik, Becky Arenivar, Katherine Elchert, Colleen Zertler, Kerri Ashlin, Krissa Coleman and Georgia Jones). Way to go YSS, and YSS members!  For a weekly reminder of the program, check out the YSS Blog.