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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Free Early Childhood Nurturing and Development Webinars

A toddler from Bloomer enjoys a nurturing and developmentally rich environment at the library
Early Childhood Investigations recently announced the free  Start Kids Bright series of webinars (sponsored by the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education). The purpose of the Start Kids Bright Series is to highlight best practice for programs serving infants and toddlers. This year's series focuses on attachment, sensitive and responsive care, and meeting the needs of infants and toddlers in dual language environments.

While these webinars aren't directly targeted to librarians, the developmental information they hold will be helpful to librarians in thinking about conversations with families, programs, and possibly even collections.  It's always good to get out of the library box and hear what experts in related fields have to say, so I'm looking forward to these webinars, which will all be recorded for later listening:


Nurturing Secure Attachments for Infants and Toddlers: The Key to Optimal Emotional Development.  Presented by Dr. Alice Sterling Honig.  March 9, 1-2:30 pm (CST)

Why Infant Mental Health Experts Say Sensitive Care and Play Trump Early Academics.  Presented by Ruth Ann Hammond.  April 27, 1-3 pm (CDT)

Nurturing Bilingual Infants and Toddlers.  Presented by Karen Nemeth.  August 31, 1-2:30 (CDT)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Teen Fandom Party in Altoona

Teens enjoying stations
Thanks to Karissa Zastrow, the new Teen Programming Librarian in Altoona, for this guest post!

On Friday, February 26th, the Altoona Public library held a Teen Fandom Fest (ages 12-18) as an after hours event. We provided free pizza, cookies, soda, water, nacho cheese and chips, along with the supplies for the activities. The teens spent the evenings making Harry Potter wands, duct tape bow ties, buttons, bookmarks, sharpie mugs, and Anime drawings. 
More stations

Half-way through we started the trivia game where teams competed against each other to see who knew the most about the different fandoms. After a very competitive and fun trivia game, the winning team was rewarded with bragging rights and candy. The teens were encouraged to dress up and each dressed up teen was given a number. 

Who doesn't love an excuse to dress up?

Throughout the evening, other teens could vote on who had the best costume. The winner was given a Hot Topic gift card. At the end of the night we raffled off four Action City passes to four lucky winners, who had to be present. As the teens were leaving, both the teens and the parents commented on how much fun they had and how they hope we do it again. Overall, Teen Fandom Fest was a large success.

Animated anime workshop!