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Friday, May 3, 2019

Adulting in Hudson

There are so many parts of becoming an adult that are intimidating or overwhelming, and without support it can feel downright impossible to figure out.  Enter:  the Hudson library!  They're in the middle of a 4-session series, bringing in community experts to help teens learn to navigate finances, simple sewing/laundry/cooking tasks, etiquette, starting college, and basic car maintenance. 

The sessions have been well-received and well-attended. I know some other libraries have tried this with less success, so I asked Shelley (at Hudson) how they publicized.  They've used several strategies.  Posting on Facebook has reached parents of teens, and their new Facebook strategy of seeking more engagement has meant that people are paying more attention to their page.  They also put up humorous posters around the library (see example below).  Using humor seems to have been a key ingredient in their success!
Adulting for Teens at the Library poster.  Quote:  Nutrition:  I hate it when I'm trying to eat a salad and it accidentally falls in the trash and I have to eat pizza instead.  Session one:  What's in Your Wallet?  Hopefully Money.  Session Two:  Random Acts of Adulting and Dinner Etiquette.  Session Three:  Supercharge Your College Experience.  Session Four:  Avoiding Car-tastrophe.

Adulting at the library for teens.  Laundry:  I can't believe there's no fold button on the dryer.

Adulting at the library for teens.  Cars:  You Know you're a bad driver when Siri says, 'In 400 feet, stop and let me out.'

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Dav Pilkey on Simple Changes to Protect Freedom to Read

Dav Pilkey, author of the perennial favorite series Captain Underpants, along with several other books, put together a short, sweet, and simple video about how people who don't like a book can make a little, tiny change and protect others' right to read and still express their opinion.  Check it out here!
Book cover:  The Adventures of Captain Underpants now in Full Color by Dav Pilkey, featuring an illustration of a bald person, arms akimbo, wearing only a pair of underwear and a red cape

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

More on Screen Time

young child looks at a laptop screen with a picture of another young child on it
Photo by bruce mars from Pexels
There is an excellent article in The Hill by Dr. Jenny Radesky, a pediatrician who helped to write the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines about screen time and media use.  The World Health Organization recently released a suggestion that parents limit young children's screen time, including no screen time for children under the age of two.  The AAP guidelines are not quite so strict, but both recommendations emphasize the importance of prioritizing social interaction, play that lets the child's mind take the lead, and getting enough sleep. 

The article by Radesky points out that though children are getting too much screen time, this is not something we should be wagging our fingers at parents about, but looking to make some systemic changes in the design of our digital environment, which is designed to prolong engagement.  As she said, "We are basically asking each family to figure out how to be a gatekeeper to the most enormous, unregulated playground their child has ever entered."  A much greater impact can occur when we change the environment to make it more healthy.  Check out the article for some specific suggestions and resources. 

If you are looking for resources and ideas about Media Mentorship, remember the resources pulled together as part of an LSTA grant in 2015 (kept updated with new resources).

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Resources about Latinxs in Children's Literature

stack of 11 books
Image credit:  Pixabay
Props to Olivia Langby* at the Waukesha Public Library for this recommendation for a couple of great resources of book reviews and other tips related to literature by and about Latinxs. 

Latinxs in Kid Lit has book reviews about books you may have missed hearing about, or maybe you haven't heard about them from this perspective.  There are also suggestions for using books, and some other program ideas that are relevant and useful.

De Colores:  The Raza Experience reminds me of Debbie Reese's useful and important blog American Indians in Children's Literature.  It contains critical reviews of books for children and teens, calling out problematic aspects that some reviewers might overlook--and also highlighting positive aspects that some reviewers might not notice, as well.

*Yes, in case you are wondering, it is extremely thrilling to be able to geek out about libraries and youth services with my daughter!