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Friday, June 5, 2015

Music Music Music resource

Photo credit:"Discovering Music" by Craig Rodeway
Zero to Three recently put together a lovely PDF for parents and caregivers, talking about the effect of music on very young children, including suggestions for activities and ideas about how various ages may interact with--and benefit from--music.  Number one recommendation?  Sing and hum to babies and toddlers!  This might be an interesting handout or resource to share with families, especially if you have a music-related program for young ones.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Inclusive Summer Reading Programs

I came across a YALSA blog post with some simple, easy-to-replicate tips for making your Summer Library Program more inclusive and accessible for kids and teens with disabilities. If our goal is to help reduce the summer slide, kids and teens with disabilities are very important to include, since data shows that graduation rates for students with disabilities are significantly lower than those without.  It is good to know that you don't have to re-vamp your whole program to make it easier for everyone to participate, there are a few small tweaks that can make it easier to participate!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Read on Wisconsin Lists Announced

Read On Wisconsin logo
A committee of smart librarians and teachers came up with this terrific list of books to promote for children throughout the year, and the 2015-2016 list was just released.  Read on Wisconsin is a project of the Cooperative Children's Book Center.  Book discussion questions and other resources are available to help you use these titles effectively.  Take a look to see which books are on the list, and then start thinking about discussions, booktalks, and displays!