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Friday, February 10, 2017

Everyday Diversity

I think most all of us would agree that it is crucial to share books with kids that reflect the diversity of our world.  Even when we live in mostly homogeneous areas, it is vitally important to share books and materials that offer positive and regular images of many kinds of people.

Check out the blog Everyday Diversity, which highlights books that are easy to incorporate into storytimes with many different kinds of themes, and which prominently feature people of color.  Remember, you don't have to have a program specifically about diversity in order to include books that include it!  They should just be part of the mix!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Build a Better World Resource

Cardboard.  Cats optional.
The other day Kim, the youth services librarian in Clear Lake, and I were chatting about programs using cardboard to build cool things.  I was reminded of Caine's Arcade, a charming film about a kid who made a whole arcade out of cardboard, and the filmmaker who discovered it and took it seriously.  The Global Cardboard Challenge was inspired by that project, and kids all over the world are unleashing their imaginations and making cool games and other creations out of cardboard.

If you are still looking for a low-cost, engaging, imaginative and fun program that riffs off the Build a Better World theme, take a peek at these resources!