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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Save the Date!

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Save the date for the annual Youth Services Workshop--November 8 from 9:30-3:30 at the Chippewa Valley Technical College's Energy Education Center in Eau Claire.

Join us for a wonderful day of swapping ideas and thinking deeply about youth services, with some special attention to serving preschoolers, the summer library program, and outreach.  We'll hear from Brooke Newberry (Winding Rivers Library System), a nationally recognized expert in service to babies, toddlers, and preschoolers and their families; then from Kristi Helmkamp (Beloit Public Library) and Alicia Woodland (Appleton Public Library) about their summer programs and outreach for school age kids and teens.  You'll have a chance to do some hands-on play with outer-space-related projects with NASA-trained educator Marguerite Blodgett (Boyceville Public Library) and have discussions about topics of interest to you!  Watch for more details and registration information, coming soon, but make plans in your schedule now so you can join us for a terrific day.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018


a toddler is playing with colorful blocks, balls, and scarves
A child enjoys a play time in Bloomer 
The importance of play in the development of young children is so critical!  It is great to see so many libraries develop spaces and programs that encourage play.  I love hearing about and seeing playful elements in story time, STEAM programs, and more.  It is such a great way to learn, explore, develop language skills, problem-solve, and cooperate. 

I came across this article (thanks to a post to an email list I'm on by Saroj Ghoting) in the journal Young Children:  Public Libraries Harness the Power of Play.  It looks at the way libraries that have been trained in Every Child Ready to Read have incorporated this information into their services.  One of the biggest things they note is that there is a lot more intentional opportunity for PLAY in the libraries that have this information. 

If you want more information about Every Child Ready to Read, or want to borrow the IFLS Every Child Ready to Read kit, please let me know!  And if you just want to talk about play, and how to incorporate it into what your library is provi

ding for kids of all ages, I want to hear about that, too!