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Friday, May 15, 2015

The Invitation Is For YOU!

Here's another reminder that the invitation really is meant for YOU.  You can apply for the Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute here, by May 29!

Two years ago, I was lucky enough to be involved with the Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute, 3.5 days of intense learning and connecting for a group of 25 rural librarians who serve youth.  The participants learned about a whole variety of topics related to youth services, and I believe that every single one of them left feeling energized, empowered, and better connected to the wider world of librarians. And in the years since, the group is still communicating with and supporting each other.  Pretty amazing.  Here's one telling comment from a past participant:

In the beginning of last year, I was struggling with stepping up and speaking out. I can tell you that I now have the ability to confidently share my ideas and concerns with my library board. I have learned to organize my thoughts and bring supporting reasons for them.

More comments available here.  And did I mention the price for this Institute?  FREE!  I highly encourage you all to apply!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Media Mentors White Paper

The Association for Library Service to Children just released a white paper entitled Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth.  It has some helpful background, and a strong argument that libraries are uniquely positioned to act as Media Mentors for the families in our communities.  It's worth reading if you have the time.

Either way, be sure to mark your calendars for 2 workshops that will help you develop your skills as a Media Mentor:  New Media Training with Carissa Christner at WITC in Rice Lake on September 18 and Media Mentor Training with Erin Walsh and Chip Donohue on October 6 at the Florian Gardens in Eau Claire.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Read-Aloud Awards

Winners of the MSUM Read Aloud Awards selected by over 21,000 regional children.

The children have spoken and for the eleventh year have chosen the best books that were read out loud to them in Minnesota State University Moorhead’s Read Aloud program. 

The 2015 winner of the Wanda Gág ReadAloud Book Award for the preschool to eight-year-old category is Sam & Dave Dig a Hole written by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen and published by Candlewick Press. The Wanda Gág honor book for 2015 is A Perfectly Messed-Up Story written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell.

The 2015 winner of the Comstock ReadAloud Book Award for the 9 to 12-year-old category is What to Do When You’re Sent to Your Room written by Ann Stott, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin and published by Candlewick Press. The Comstock honor books for 2015 are The Bambino and Me written by Zachary Hyman and illustrated by Zachary Pullen; Gifts from the Enemy written by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Craig Orback; and Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story written by Margot Theis Raven and illustrated by Petra Brown.

The winners and honor books are determined after the Read Aloud Committee examines feedback from readers, which includes responses from children to each of the books. Each book in the competition is read aloud to various groups of children numerous times.   The intent of the program is to increase literacy and promote reading aloud to children and to recognize outstanding authors and illustrators each year.  

The awards program is administered by the staff of the MSUM Livingston Lord Library’s Curriculum Materials Center (CMC), which holds a large collection of children’s books and resource materials for in-service teachers. The book award project is partially funded by the Solomon G. Comstock Memorial Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation and the Wanda Gág Book Award Fund of the MSUM Alumni Foundation.