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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Button-Making Challenge

Thanks to Sam Carpenter at LEPMPL for sharing this idea for a super-fun passive program!  Remember, if you don't have a button-maker, you can borrow one from IFLS, we have 2 tiny button-makers.

To celebrate National Library Week, the youth services staff in Eau Claire put together a button-maker challenge for each day of the week and encouraged people to show their completed buttons to the librarians.  Here was their challenge:

Sunday:  Do you have a dream?  Misty Copeland, ALA's honorary chair for the week, dreamt of being a ballerina.  Draw a picture of your dream or use the word "dream" on your button.
two boys with their arms around each other showing off their buttons.  One button reads:  I dream about stars

Monday:  The American Library Association's theme for the week is "Libraries Transform:  Libraries Lead."  Create your own library slogan or logo.

Tuesday:  Honor your favorite book or book character with a picture or a quote.
a person looks at a book of illustrations from Captain Underpants and works on making an illustration himself to put on a button
Wednesday:  What is your favorite color?  Design a monochromatic button.  Monochromatic means using only one color, but you can use different media:  pencils, crayons, markers, etc.

Thursday:  Design a button that honors Earth Day

Friday:  Use every color of the rainbow on your button

Saturday:  April is National Poetry Month!  Use two rhyming words, a haiku (3 lines of 5, 7 and 5 syllables), a simile (The library is like...), or a short poem on your button.



Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Focus on Youth Mental Health

drawing of a profile of a person with colorful squiggly lines in the brain area
Photo credit:  Pixabay
Check out this free community event--I know the presenters and they are smart and thoughtful!  I hope you'll consider joining me at this event:

Focus on Youth Mental Health:  A Free Community Event
Thursday, May 3, 6-7:30 pm
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Community Auditorium, Eau Claire

Mental health remains a top health priority in both Chippewa and Eau Claire counties.  This free community event will address the growing concerns for our youth in the Chippewa Valley, identify factors that can help protect youth from poor mental health, and provide resources to support youth in overcoming adversity.  The evening will begin with an engaging presentation by Angie Weideman (Chippewa Public Health Department) and Brook Berg (UW-Extension).  This will be followed by a panel discussion with local experts from the fields of healthcare, human services, and education.

The event is free, but registration is required.
Register here, or call 715-836-3636