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Friday, June 26, 2015

Changing-Table Initiative of ALSC

3 of the posters available to download and print
In order to help encourage parents and caregivers to talk, sing, play, read and write with their young children, the Association for Library Service to Children created some gorgeous posters that are available to librarians, community partners, and anyone who has a place to put them!  They were originally designed to go above changing tables, but you could probably put them in other places where you know caregivers with young ones will see them.  Check them out.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SummerTeen Free Virtual Conference

Just what you need to keep you going this summer--a FREE conference that requires no travel.  School Library Journal is sponsoring a free virtual conference about serving teens, SummerTeen on August 13, starting at 10 am Central Standard Time.  It includes sessions on gaming with teens, working with teen volunteers, and author sessions with authors like M.T. Anderson and Susan Kuklin, talking about a range of important teen and readers' advisory topics.  There will even be exhibits!

If you register, you also can access the archive, so even if you can't make it that day you can take part.

Thanks to Patti Blount from Durand for passing on this information!

Monday, June 22, 2015

When In Doubt, Go to the Library

I had the opportunity to attend National History Day festivities in College Park, Maryland last week.  Wow, if you ever need some great inspiration about some amazingly dedicated, smart, interesting, and enthusiastic teens, this is a terrific place to get it.  It was fun to listen to the side conversations about historical minutia while waiting in the dining hall line.  It was incredible to watch the documentaries and performances done by the national finalists--truly amazing what kids can do.  And it was super-fun to see the buttons and t-shirts on the folks from Iowa.  Their quote:  "When in doubt, go to the library."  An homage to Hermione, of course, but also to the librarians and collections that supported brilliant work on the part of students.