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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Cool Stuff Round-Up!


A few weeks back, I put out a call for cool SLP promotion/ideas.  I heard from 4 libraries with great info about their SLP (and beyond!).  If you have stuff to share, I'd love to hear about it!

Barron is having a Summer Reading Program Launch on June 21st!  We have signs, facebook posts, website updates, and we are in the paper to promote our programs.  We have several different programs available all summer long!  Lisa Kuebli.

Some of you know we are fortunate to have a little stage in the Boyceville library and kids love it! We get the entire elementary school to walk over here one grade at a time and help us perform a skit to promote the summer reading program. Laurie did a really fun job of decorating this year, see  alien spaceship below with fun twinkle lights. The kids love being on stage, we get them to read a line or two and they get really excited about signing up.    
umbrella painted silver with additional elements to make it look like an alien spaceship or a satellite
Boyceville decorations
 
4 people standing on stage, 2 with green alien masks, one with an astronaut helmet, and one librarian wearing a Universe of Stories t-shirt.
Kids on stage in Boyceville


In Durand,  we recently set up a box of free discarded children’s and regular library books to use at the Laundromat.  We got permission by the owner to place the box in there.   We set up with the idea in case they are bored at the laundromat and they are discarded so we won’t worry if they take them. 

Bruce Area Library is partnering with the Bruce Public School this year, in a way. We have at least three teachers from the school helping to make our program a success. The Board of Directors chose Sarah Solberg, a Title 1 teacher, to head the program for the summer and she created the flier that I shared with you. 

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Healing Library Kit Resources

Orange logo, 3 interlocking circles with a heart in one circle and text in the other 2 circleswith text that says:  The Healing Library:  Children's Books, Conversation, Community, Caring.
Healing Library is a company that creates kits for purchase to help families process a traumatic event or situation.  They have made resources (activity sheets, discussion points, booklists, and more) available for free so that libraries can create and customize their own kits.  They worked with a licensed clinical social worker and a librarian to create these kits--and you can access them for your own use, either for creating kits or for readers' advisory on challenging issues.  The topics available for free include:

Divorce
Death of a Loved One
Death of a Pet
Alzheimer's and Your Family


Monday, June 3, 2019

Teens and Parents Weigh In on Screen Time

Two young teenagers who present as white boys sit on a brick curb.  One is leaning over looking at his phone, the other is sitting up, looking at his phone.  A person with long hair sits on a bench in the background, also looking at a phone.
Image from Pexels


Pew Research Center has a new survey report out about the way teens and parents view screen time.  I read the overview , and here are a few things I thought were interesting:


  • More than half of parents feel like teens are distracted from in-person conversations by their phone.  But guess what?  More than half of teens feel like parents are distracted from in-person conversations by their phone, too.
  • Just over half of teens feel like they spend too much time on their phones, while 36% of parents do.  At the same time, teens are less likely to be distracted at school by their phones than parents are to be distracted at work.
  • Nearly 90 percent of teens report that excessive time online is a problem facing people their age.
  • Forty-nine percent of girls and 38 of boys report feeling anxious when they don't have their phones with them, but more than half report cutting back on screen use.
  • Fifty-seven percent of parents place limits on teen use of screens, and 86 percent of parents feel very confident in knowing the amount of screen time that is good for their children.

Does this fit with what you've observed of teens and parents in the library?  Do you hear a lot about concerns related to screen time for teens?  And who do you hear it from?  Parents?  Teachers?  Grandparents?  Teens themselves?