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Friday, July 17, 2015

Author award speeches online

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If you are a fan of book creators, which most book people are, you might find it thrilling to read the inspiring and important words of authors and illustrators who have won important, national awards.  The Association for Library Service to Children has posted the Book and Media Award acceptance speeches.  Take a peek!  Though it isn't quite the same as being there and hearing and seeing the speakers live, it is still fun to see what they are saying--and to learn how much many of them appreciate libraries and librarians!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Media Mentor Learning Opportunities!

I urge you to take advantage of 4 opportunities for learning more about becoming Media Mentors to the families and caregivers in your community!

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The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC),  a division of the American Library Association has written an accessible, important White Paper on the issue:  Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth.  They have also compiled a list of strategies libraries across the continent are using to share information with families about new media.

ALSC is sponsoring a FREE webinar --not just free to members, free to everyone--on Tuesday July 21 at 11 am (Central time).  Blogger, Little-eLit Contributor, and smart librarian Amy Koester (Skokie, IL) will be discussing the ALSC White Paper, including both research and recommendations pertaining to children and media; and apply principles of supporting families in their unique needs from within traditional library services.

And thanks to an LSTA grant from the IMLS, we are holding 2 workshops this fall that will help you feel more confident in this role.  Watch for additional follow-up opportunities, too!

New Media, Early Literacy & Libraries with Carissa Christner, Madison Public Library and Little eLit Contributor.  Friday, September 18, 9-4 pm.  NWTC Conference Center, Rice Lake.  Flyer.  Register.

Media Mentors workshop with Erin Walsh (Mind Positive Parenting) and Chip Donohue (Erikson Institute) on Tuesday, October 6, 9:30-3:30 pm.  Florian Gardens, Eau Claire.  Flyer.  Register.  Please invite community partners to this workshop!