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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Award-Winning Storytime Collaboration in Bloomer

kids playing with scarves at storytime
Kids enjoy scarves at a Bloomer storytime
You may have already heard that the G.E. Bleskacek Memorial Library in Bloomer won a Standing Up for Rural Schools, Libraries and Communities Award, along with their partner, the Bloomer Area School District.  They won the award for an outstanding collaboration between the library and the early childhood speech and language pathologists.  Here's what Kathy says:

I initially met with the superintendent and two other district staff members to talk about how the school and library could work together to reach common goals. One of the recommendations that came out of it was this joint storytime.

Meggan Bixby and Lynn Hammond are the Speech and Language Pathologists who help plan out our sounds and themes for the fall and spring. Either Meggan and Lynn or both are at each storytime during the school year. They meet with their students individually before or after storytime.

My goal is covering the five practices, their goal is to have their students with speech IEP’s interact with kids who do not have speech IEP’s and at the same time introduce them to the public library in the hopes that their families will use our services and materials.

Our storytime structure is:

·         Introduction to sound of the day
·         Welcome Song
·         Speech teacher’s introduce sound to kids and parents. Give hints about correct pronunciation and how parents can work on the correct sounds with their children.
·         Book
·         Song
·         Book
·         Song
·          The sound bag is a game in which children try to guess what is in the bag by clues the teacher gives them, a fun phonological awareness game (speech and early literacy are such a great combination).
·         Book
·         Craft at the table
·         Playtime

·         Hand out Homework- It is a double sided sheet. I supply the literacy side, the teachers supply the back sound of the day blurb. Here's an example of one.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Amazing Librarians!

librarians laughing and playing a theater game
Learning theater games takes trust and an ability to laugh!  Luckily, librarians had both at the SLP workshop!

Last Thursday was our annual Summer Library Program (and Beyond) Workshop.  We had an inspiring keynote talk from Sharon Grover and Marge Loch Wouters.  We had outstanding breakout sessions from a bunch of system librarians (and one generous teen) about everything from dealing with rough stuff to re-thinking prizes to theater games to performers.  We practiced our elevator speeches on each other.  And we had terrific conversations and connections happening all day long. It truly makes my heart sing to see everyone laughing hard together, taking each other seriously, sharing generously with each other, and acting as amazing resources for each other.  Everyone, presenter or not, has so much to offer to their colleagues--I love seeing that in action.  I could never hope to work with a more devoted, passionate, smart, insightful and open-hearted bunch of people.

Couldn't be there and looking for the list of resources?  It's here (this includes a link to Marge's blog post which wraps up the resources from the keynote, but also some resources from the breakout sessions).

librarians at table talking
Listening and creating elevator speeches together