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Thursday, January 7, 2016

AAP Media Recommendations

Child watching television
Most of us are aware that the American Academy of Pediatrics is coming out soon with new guidelines related to children and media.  The actual guidelines aren't available yet, but the AAP has released a preliminary announcement giving an inkling about some of the main points.  NPR did an interview with David Hill, chair of the AAP Council on Communications and Media to delve into the topic a little more.  Hill suggested it might be good to think about media consumption like we think about diet--it is important to pay attention and consume healthy amounts and content.  But he also points out the need for more research, and points to a recent study that indicates that electronic toys that blink and light up and make noise decrease the quality of the parent-child interaction.  All the more reason for librarians to step into the breach and share information with families about the importance of RELATIONSHIPS and INTERACTION related to all media!  Just a reminder that we have some good resources for helping you start these kinds of conversations.  Please let us know if you use them!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Polar Express Comes to Eau Claire

Thanks to Sam Carpenter at LEPMPL for this blog post!

LEPMPL had a Polar Express Party while kids were out of school. We put together two inexpensive games to help them feel welcome and get the wiggles out before we started the show:  "ornament bowling" and "marshmallow toss."

The ornament bowling consisted of 2-liter bottles filled with water and a bit of dish soap that created bubbles when the "pins" were knocked over. Two 2-liters had about 2 inches of water inside and one had 4 inches--it was fun to watch the older kids try to knock THAT one over! (It was also fun to blow my train whistle every time they succeeded, although Jill may disagree). The "ornaments" were just balls of varying sizes--I was reminded what educational value games can have watching the younger kids slowly figure out that the bigger, heavier balls had a greater chance of knocking pins over.

The marshmallow toss was made of coffee containers wrapped in construction paper and bean bags covered in white fleece. I enjoyed dressing these simple materials up to match the party theme/movie:  I hope the attention to detail said "We care about you" to all who attended! I used the "mugs" in a book display in order to extend their life a little and am thinking indoor bowling may make a comeback if we stick with the CSLP exercise theme . . .

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference 2016 Youth Track

The Wild Wisconsin Winter Web Conference has a youth track this year!  Here's a chance to hear (and ask questions of) some nationally-known librarians, with no treacherous driving required.

Highlighting the youth track:

Developing Library Leaders with Gretchen Caserotti
Wednesday, January 20, 2:30-3:30 pm
Youth services librarians are in a natural position to become administrators.  Learn about making the transition from front-line staff to management.
Register here

Punch Up Your Teen Programming:  Knock-Out Ideas Under $30 with Heather Booth
Thursday, January 21, 10:30-11:30 pm
This session will address the program qualities that teens respond to and how to employ those qualities in low-cost, high-interest events.
Register here

Press Play:  Injecting Play into Library Programs for Kids with Lindsey Krabbenhoft and Dana Horrocks
Thursday, January 21, 1-2 pm
Explore ways to infuse programs for children ages 0-12 with playfulness.  Discover resources and methods to employ this important element of learning into your children's programming.
Register here

Road Maps and Sign Posts:  Planning Ahead for a Successful Storytime with Melissa Depper
Thursday, January 21, 2:30-3:30
Consider intentional ways to turn standard storytime practices into even richer opportunities for dialog and engagement.
Register here