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Applications Being Accepted for ALSC Light the Way Grant

The ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant opened on November 16th and will close on December 16th. The Programming and Services Recognition Committee invites you to apply! The grant is open to any project that seeks to engage an underserved population of children from birth up to the age of 14. Underserved children may include (but are not limited to) those who have learning or physical differences, those who are speaking English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional…

Kirkus Best Picture Books & Middle-Grade Books of the Year 2020 – Waking Brain Cells

Kirkus Best Picture Books & Middle-Grade Books of the Year 2020

Kirkus has announced their picks for the best 100 picture books and the best middle-grade books of the year. The books are grouped into categories for easier browsing in both lists. You can also se…

School Library Journal

Engaging Resources for Online Programs Pt. 3 Public Librarianship

Engaging Resources for Online Programs Pt. 3 Public Librarianship

In this post, I will expand on my previous two posts where I shared and discussed online resources that have helped in my library's continued dedication to provide programming via Zoom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

YSS blog

Making Digital Escape Rooms

Digital Escape rooms have boomed during this time of pandemic-induced virtual programming. Now that winter is coming and opportunities to engage our families with outside activities are dwindling, it's a perfect time to think about ramping up your escape room offerings. And we here at the YSS blog can help you! Check out this recent brief and very helpful guide for creating your own digital escape rooms by Cindy Shutts writing at Teen Librarian Toolbox. Her handy-dandy guide will help you up…

YSS blog

Books to Help Kids Cope with COVID Changes

The continuing nature of the pandemic and the infection surges happening not just across WI but across he country have definitely impacted kids. While a number of books were published as ebooks early in the pandemic (see posts below), their focus was often on explaining COVID to kids. ALSC has once more filled in a need with a recent blog post highlighting books that help kids cope with the many changes that kids and families have to deal with during times of change. While none of the books…

Throw It Thursday: Let's Get Ready to Discaaaard!

Ashley Borman, Technical Services Librarian at the Clintonville (WI) Public Library is back with her monthly column and has some great advice on making sure your collections are updated. Image by BUMIPUTRA from PixabayFootball season is well underway. What better time to talk about sports materials! This is one of those sections that requires continual maintenance, especially in the sports that are popular/important to your community. With the constant turnover of players and changing…

COVID-19

Signage with humor & kindness for reluctant patrons

The Big Mask Ask

Signage with humor & kindness for reluctant patrons

Programming Librarian

Visit Magical Lands with Summer Grab-and-Go Bags

Programming Librarian

ALSC Blog

19 Positive Summer Reading Activities During COVID - ALSC Blog

Adapt If COVID has taught me anything, it is to keep in mind the one-word slogan of Navy SEALS: Adapt. We are public librarians. We adapt. We adapted during the digital age to maintain our relevance. COVID is not going to stop us. Irrespective of where you are right now, summer reading has boiled down to three options: passive, curbside or virtual. We remain in the unique position of being able to touch the lives and hearts of our community. We have a responsibility to remain positive, and…

good coverage of considerations before deciding

We're Re-opening - Should We Do In-Person Programming This Fall?

Image by Viktor Ivanchenko from Pixabay A recent wispublib query asked: "As summer winds down, my brain is starting to plan for fall. I'd love to get perspectives on fall programming - are you planning to host any in-person programming through the end of the year? If so, what precautions/accommodations will you be putting in place?" Our guest post from Abby Bussen at the Muskego (WI) Public Library, in answer to the above question, breaks down what she has been thinking and working on as her…

Dealing with difficult patrons in COVID-19 times

We're Re-opening - You've Got This!

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Many of us have alot of worries and trepidation on how to deal with patrons who react negatively to requests to wear masks, keep their distance and accept limited service as libraries re-open. In this short 7 minute video from Leah Langby, consultant at the IFLS (WI) Library System, she reassures viewers that dealing with difficult patrons and situations is not new. We've been doing that in our public work with patrons since we began our jobs. Her…

Children's Books for Pandemics by Stephanie Trilling

Sometimes, during these tough times when it all just seems too much, it's good to take some time to laugh. Or if laughing is hard, it's good to appreciate someone's creativity! Lately, you may have seen some of the children's parody book covers that Stephanie Trilling has created during the pandemic on Facebook. SHe describes herself as a "multimedia parodist finding the best in a collectively bad situation." To see them all of her parody covers and keep track of the new ones added, head…

Reimagining Youth Services–Looking Down the Road | IFLS Library System

Keeping Up with Kids is Keeping Up and On

Leah Langby, writing for IFLS Library System's Keeping Up with Kids blog, often shares powerful content and wonderful resources that help connect the dots to better service. Here are three recent posts that point the way towards great work: John Lewis, Good Trouble and March, a short, moving tribute to John Lewis and the power of all of us in libraries to make "good trouble" Reimaging Library Service - Looking Down the Road explores a "School Library Journal series about taking COVID 19 as…

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You Still Can't Beat Free! - ALSC Blog

You Can’t Beat Free I can’t remember the first time I said “you can’t beat free” as a librarian — I think it was 2003. 17 years later, it’s still true. And public librarians – gosh – we can squeeze a nickle sideways, am I right? Well, if you’re done squeezing blood from a nickle, try FREE on for size! The Secret of My Success The secret of my success has been my ability to not just grant write, brainstorm and work with some amazing teams. More often than not, it’s my ability to locate free…

How to Do Halloween During COVID-19

The CDC just published holiday guidelines for communities experiencing various degrees of COVID-19 infections. It arrives in time for all of us to consider how we might be doing Halloween, Day of the Dead, Thanksgiving and other large celebrations. For Halloween, another super resource is a new website provided by a number of businesses in the Halloween game (Hershey's, costume associations and more). What's in it? The site provides a link to the Harvard Global Health Institute interactive…

Take-Home Programs for Children - ALSC Blog

Since March, we’ve all had to find new ways to reach our patrons. From Stay-at-Home Storytimes to virtual live animal programs, we’ve tried many different ideas for engaging our patrons at the Simsbury Public Library, CT. Our live Zoom programs continue to be popular, but we know that kids and families miss the hands-on learning they’d enjoy at an in-person library program. While we can’t completely replicate that experience right now, we can create craft and activity kits that allow…

YSS blog post with supportive tips

Working From Home During COVID-19

For many of us, it has been over a month since we began sheltering in place - working from home; parenting and schooling our kids from home; learning ALL.THE.THINGS. to program virtually or remotely; missing our other friends and family members we can't see in person. During that time we have had moments of grace and gratitude and stress and anxiety as the pandemic wreaks havoc on what once passed for normal in our lives and world. Many of us are now facing reduced hours and furloughs…

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Ideas for remote engagement of families

"Creating Community Fun" - Engaging Kids Outdoors

Sue Abrahamson Youth Services Manager at the Waupaca (WI) Area Public Library shared some easily do-able, outdoor-centric activities that they've had success with. Weekly Sidewalk Math, at various levels of complexity, can be found chalked outside around the library. The problems change weekly. Our Summer Library Program has become a community challenge instead of an individual one. Can Waupaca read 5,000 books this summer? Drawings for local Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificates boost our…

Neighborhood picics puts librarians, books and kids together

Creating Community Fun - Summer Book Picnics

Anne Kissinger, Children's Library Supervisor at the Wauwatosa (WI) Public Library, shared a fun program they developed to make sure books got in the hands of kids (and grown-ups) while the library was closed. She writes: "We wanted to share one of our programs with you that is seeing success (moving books off our shelves and into the hands of children) and super easy to pull together. The program was first marketed through our Neighborhood Association's blast, then Facebook." Here is the…

ALCSC blog

Taking Children Reading to Dogs Virtual - ALSC Blog

Like so many of us, March rolled around and stay-at-home orders forced us to quickly adapt the way we provide library services. Storytimes and book clubs went virtual, staff created engaging videos, and we hired presenters to film music and fitness videos that we could share online. After a hearing from participants of our popular, Children Reading to Dogs programs; one of our children’s librarians brought the idea to our Engagement and Program services department to see if it was possible…

YSS blog

How Do You Hold Your Picture Book for Virtual Storytime?

In an August post to the alsc-l listserv , Saroj Ghoting, Early Literacy consultant and storytime advocate shared an interesting perspective. Please read on: "I would like to share with you 2 excerpts (both in the video I link to, I edited them together) of a way of holding a book in an online storytime. This is done in Toledo Public Library. Jan Connell who is my contact there, and she is copied on this email. I am grateful to the Toledo Public Library staff for giving me permission to…

Grab and Go bags ideas shared

September 2020

Read as a PDF HereDownload Hello neighbors! We have made it another month. Katherine did a question on our Instagram (make sure you’re following us @thecardigannewsletter) about how you all are doi…

Recharging Your "To Go" Services

Image by Pintera Studio from Pixabay Alot of us have been doing grab and go bags and book bundles over the summer. Perhaps we need a little inspiration and some new ideas. Check out these three recent resources to recharge your creativity! To-Go Library Services - ALSC blog- The Darien CT library crew share their ideas on Grab and Go and Book Bundles As mentioned last week in our post on the Cardigan Newsletter, their latest issue has a google doc of grab and go ideas that is a goldmine…

Tips for Doing Teen Virtual Programming

Those clever bloggers at SLJ's Teen Librarian Toolbox always have great content. In the most recent post in the continuing series "Cindy Crushes Programming," Cindy Stutts provides 11 practical ways to consider your teen programming during the pandemic. Wise - and helpful - words! One tip: "Do programs you care about within reason: This makes the work easier. I got back into Animal Crossing this year which made my life easier. I was able to do a whole series of programs around it. I add…

YSS blog gathers resources

Creating Accessibility in Your Virtual Programming

[Updated 4/23/20] Now, more than ever, it's important to consider accessibility when we are doing so much of our programming virtually. There are a number of resources that are being shared during this time of library closures including: Using Your Library's Virtual Presence to Reach Users with Disabilities Webinar - Free Friday April 24 11AM CST Sponsored by ASGCLA Is your library working towards improving online accessibility to customers with disabilities? Have you developed new programs…

Yss blog post with 3 webinars with tips and ideas

"How to Do a Virtual Storytime" Webinars

For many of us, doing virtual storytimes is a new skill that we are working on. But, no worries. Two state level agencies and a university have your back with great practical webinars and resources with tech tips; fair use information; and practical approaches to help you -whether programming during the pandemic or after. And remember everyone, as you think about virtual storytimes, you do you. Make the length, content, and experience one that fits YOUR community and YOUR bandwidth…

Youth Services Shout-Out: YSS Blog: Storytime Goes Digital - Guest Post

Storytime Goes Digital - Guest Post

Today's guest post is from the ever fabulous Abby Bussen of Muskego Public Library! Let me start by saying this: I am NOT an expert on doing digital storytimes—I just livestreamed my very first one ever, so I am sure I will continue to evolve and learn as this becomes my weekly practice. I chose to do a full storytime with a slightly modified format. I did this because my storytime kiddos know exactly what’s coming next and research proves that kids routines are beneficial for all kids…

YSS blog post helping you navigate copyright and fair use in digital programming

Want Permission? Current Info on Publishers and Authors

Pixabay image [Updated 4/23/20] Publisher and author permissions as well as information about fair use in using books in online programs has been updating fast and furiously. So far, the best go-to resources I've seen are: This Google Doc curated by Leah Langby, Library Development and Youth Services Consultant at the IFLS Library System in WI with information and links on copyright and information on public domain. School Library Journal has a constantly updated easy to read list of…

YSS blog post with musical permissions info

Music Permissions? Look No Further

Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay There has been alot of confusion around music permissions for online storytimes. What can be shared? Are musicians and media companies granting the kinds of limited permissions that book publishers are? As in all questions that have popped up over the past two weeks, someone is working on that! The someones in this case are CLEL (CO Libraries for Early Literacy) and specifically Jessica Frederickson. The group reached out to a host of musicians and gotten…

YSS blog post on thinking beyond "just doing an online storytime"

Digital Storytime, Screen Time and Intentionality - Oh My

Today's guest post is from Sue Abrahamson, Head of Youth Services at the Waupaca (WI) Area Public Library. In reply to someone hesitant to do digital storytimes because of recommendations on limiting screen time for young children in Storytime Underground on Facebook, Sue wrote : "There is a tsunami of digital resources pressuring families right now. It is not developmentally appropriate for a young child to be expected to sit in front of a screen for a 25-45 minute storytime! The best app…

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Beyond E-Storytimes: Virtual Services and Programs for Youth

"Staying cooped up at home has led to creative thinking throughout the library world. Youth departments in public libraries are leading the way with live and prerecorded e-storytimes for patrons. E-resources are being shared via social media and email. Now that your library has these services situated, what next? Gather some fresh ideas about virtual services and programming BEYOND e-storytimes and rhyme videos. Attend to your patrons social-emotional needs by responding in a trauma-focused…

Perfect for Virtual SLPs

5 Prize Ideas for a Virtual Summer Reading Program

In our Town Hall, many librarians shared ideas for how to manage prizes for a virtual Summer Reading Program. Some of these ideas work for a completely virtual summer, whereas some might be more…

YSS blog

"Grab-&-Go" Activity Kit Ideas

Looking for content to put inside “grab-&-go,” "take-&-make” and other activity bags for kids and families? Thanks to Erin Isabell, Youth Services Manager, Platteville (WI) Public Library who asked the original question on pubyac listserv and of her cohort colleagues from the WI 2019 Youth Services Development Institute, we have the following kit ideas. The ideas have been slightly edited for brevity. Image by Trang Le from Pixabay Quarantine time capsule Recipes for simple things to make at…

Virtual and Offline Programming for Summer and Beyond

Librarian Bookends Facebook page image This is a "best of" post combining some of our earliest resources shared at the beginning of the pandemic (remember back in the old days of mid-March?!?!). As libraries closed and staff scrambled to settle in working from home and staying close to family, the YSS blog pushed out information to help connect everyone to resources. Now, as libraries prepare to re-open, many of us are looking for ways to continue to connect virtually and offline especially…

YSS blog

Digital Escape Rooms - the Holy Grail

Image by Clockedin dk from Pixabay Looking for ready-made escape rooms for youth, teens and families developed by libraries all over the country on just about any theme you can imagine? Then please look no further. As one librarian who saw this doc exclaimed: "This is the Holy Grail of escape rooms!!" The curators of this multi-page, multi-link-to-escape-rooms write: "These Digital Escape Rooms and other activities are compiled here by Sun Prairie (WI) Public Library Youth Services…

Technology, copyright, best practices, diversity & more

Virtual Storytime Services Guide

VIRTUAL STORYTIME SERVICES RESOURCE GUIDE Virtual programs are a valuable way to connect with our communities regardless of crisis. As libraries of all types expand their digital collections and explore virtual programming, we offer this guide as a resource to those seeking to offer or improve storytime services from afar. While this guide primarily focuses on virtual storytime, it also includes helpful resources and suggestions for other online library experiences and virtual children’s…

SLP Virtual & Offline Program Ideas for Teens/Tweens

Looking for summer ideas for teens/tweens? This fabulous hour-long webinar, by our own YSS chair Katherine Schoofs, has answers. Presented earlier in May, the archived recording, slide deck plus amazing additional material from Katherine - including answers to questions posed in the chat - is now available! Described as "Providing programs for teens & tweens during 2020 requires ingenuity, creativity, flexibility, and good-natured courage. You are invited to attend this webinar to learn…

Teens

Teen Summer Programming During the Pandemic

Image by Miroslava Chrienova from Pixabay Teen Services Underground is a great resource of crowd-sourced information for library staff working with teens. Recently, six of their "agents" (teen librarians) shared how each of their libraries are uniquely doing their service and summer programs for teens. It's worth the read! Stop here to read the blog post Teen & Tween Virtual & Offline Programming YSS blog COVID-19 series: Keeping Up Your Spirits 10/4/20 Tween Virtual Program Ideas 10/1/20…

Socially Distant Teen Services Webinar Available

The following message is shared by Angie Manfredi, the Iowa State Youth Services Consultant. "I know this has been a topic of much discussion, so I am sharing in case you want to share with your librarians. Since many of my librarians were asking about socially distant programming for teens, I recruited the teen librarian who is doing the YALSA Train the Trainer program with me to do a session on this. Her name is Tanvi Rastogi and she works at the Ames Public Library. She talked about how…

How to Set-up Discord for Teen Programming

Have Fun – Beyond the Numbers in 2020

Y.A. Awesomesauce blog

Great Picks for "Take and Make" Kits!

Y.A. Awesomesauce blog

How to Set-up Discord for Teen Programming

Collections

Youth Services Shout-Out: YSS Blog: Throw-it Thursday: For the Love of Board Books!

Throw-it Thursday: For the Love of Board Books!

Parents love board books. Small children love board books. But let’s face it. Board books get some of the roughest treatment in the library. Babies and toddlers aren’t the gentlest of creatures. These books get tossed around, pulled apart, and sucked on and chewed more than any other collection in the library (at least, this is true in my experience). Therefore, we should constantly be monitoring these items for condition as they are checked out and returned. They are practically…

Deciphering Reading Levels

Susie Menk, Youth Librarian at the Manitowoc (WI) Public Library will be writing a monthly blog post. Here is her first one! It's all about figuring out how to help families searching for specific reading levels for their readers. We all have them—small collections within a collection. Well, then again, maybe we don’t. I work at a medium sized library in the Children’s department. We often get complaints about all the different collections in the youth department. BUT what people don’t…

Keeping Up with Kids blog

More Tools for Collection Development and Promotion | IFLS Library System

Keeping Up with Kids blog

Throw It Thursday: No One Likes a Bully

Ashley Borman, Technical Services Librarian at the Clintonville (WI) Public Library is back with her monthly column and has some great advice on making sure your collections are updated. Hey, everyone. Sorry for my delayed post. My system recently transferred to a new ILS system, and you know how that goes. I spent a lot of time last week trying to figure out how to do my job in the new ILS and working on issues that arose from the migration. I completely spaced about it being the third…

Teen Librarian Toolbox

Middle Grade Fiction Tips

Teen Librarian Toolbox

The Problem with Diversity Labeling

In a thoughtful post on publisher Lee and Low's The Open Book blog, librarian Alexandria Brown explores why labeling books as diverse reinforces white supremacy. She sheds light on this issue and also suggests the many other ways libraries can support and highlight books by BIPOC creators. She writes: " If you plan to use labels with the words “multicultural,” “diverse,” or “POC” on them, are you using those terms correctly? How narrowly will you define multicultural? Will you include books…

Digital Review Copies: Free Books for Librarians - ALSC Blog

Librarians love free books and publishers are making more digital review copies available now than ever before. Find out how to access digital review copies in both print and audiobook formats.

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Is the Thought of Summer Stressing You Out? | IFLS Library System

Is the Thought of Summer Stressing You Out? | IFLS Library System

Is the Thought of Summer Stressing You Out? | IFLS Library System

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Summer Reading 2020 Recording & Follow-up

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Practical doable info

Summer Reading 2020: Planning in a Time of Pandemic - 1 LEU - Indiana State Library

Your library is closed, the future is uncertain, and summer is approaching swiftly. Don’t panic! In this webinar Beth Yates, ISL Children’s Consultant, will walk you through the major issues to consider when deciding what your library’s summer will look like. From tracking to programs to reaching patrons without internet, we will touch on it … Continue reading Summer Reading 2020: Planning in a Time of Pandemic – 1 LEU →

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2019 CHILDREN’S LIBRARY THEMES

If you happen to like this sort of run-down on themes, then you might want to check out my 2017 and 2018 posts. I mention Natasia throughout this post quite a few times. In case you’re unawar…

YSS blog

Take a Storywalk® Through Downtown with the Library

The following article does a great job exploring the origins of Storywalks® and highlighting some fun uses. In WI, many libraries have used walks and strolls at parks, in the downtown and around the library to engage communities! Photo courtesy Albany Public Library on Facebook The StoryWalk® ranks among the most ingenious ideas of the last 20 years. Its beauty comes from its simplicity. It literally refers to the idea of reading a story as you walk (or roll) along a path. StoryWalk® Origins…

ALSC blog

Bundle Up Books for Young Readers! - ALSC Blog

As we explore opportunities to serve our communities in this unprecedented time, a path my library has recently taken has been to create a quick access browsing collection. At the Wilsonville Public Library, we opened the building at the end of June with limited services. We are lucky that the configuration of our newly redesigned library allows patron access to the central area of the library. Since we are unable to open the library stacks to the public for browsing, we added this “grab and…

STEM

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Diverse Books

South Asia and Américas Book Awards Announced

The South Asia Book Awards for youth are announced annually in late spring. The awards are given to books featuring South Asian cultures that portray South Asia, the experience of individuals living in South Asia, or of South Asians living in other parts of the world. The countries and islands that make up South Asia are: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the region of Tibet. The award is administered by the South…

Celebrating Black Voices on Netflix

"...Netflix will begin streaming a 12-episode live-action preschool series that will use books to spark difficult conversations, give power ...

Hispanic Heritage Month 2020 - ALSC Blog

Two Weeks In! We’re two weeks in to Hispanic Heritage Month 2020. I’m sure you’ve had some amazing successes – but please do not give up! This is no time to kick back and plan for Halloween! I want you to consider – strongly – reading resources that focus on Hispanic-American art as well as the art of graphic novels. Graphic novels set themselves up years ago – decades at this point – as not just a form of storytelling, but an artful way to bring imagery to life. This month, why not…

Teen Books for Black Joy

SandraRosa, one of the contributors to Teen Services Underground, recently shared a great list of books featuring books by Black authors featuring Black characters. She writes, "When I was younger, I craved books about people who looked like me going on adventures, falling in love, and just living life. More and more books by Black authors featuring Black main characters are being published and it makes my heart sing.." Check out her whole list at this Teen Services Underground Blog post

How-to's

Mini-training videos on multiple topics

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Mini-training videos on multiple topics

The Cardigan Newsletter is Moving

Many of you have been receiving the very rich youth services newsletter, The Cardigan monthly. Started in November 2018 by Allie and Katherine, two Oklahoma children's librarians, the newsletter is committed to free and accessible professional development for children's librarians. They write: "Inspired by the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the Cardigan's content seeks to be inclusive, compassionate and inspiring." Now duo are moving away from the emailed newsletter to a website. Their…

Badgerlink Youth Resources Trainings

Self-care Guide During COVID - ALSC Blog

Self-care During Covid Self-care During COVID is critical. Through daily practice, you can help relax your body, increase mental focus and keep things in perspective. COVID and our efforts to keep safe can create stress and strain. Enjoy this handy guide, specifically designed for librarians for getting the most joy out of your every day. The Librarian’s Breath Who you are as a librarian is reflected by your breath. In addition to a refreshing breath mint, try the following three steps…

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What Kind of Collaborator Are You?

In the spirit of work at the national level through ALA’s State Ecosystem Initiative and the new Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit done through collaborative efforts of AASL, YALSA, and ALSC, WEMTA, WLA, and DPI are working together to support and foster communications and collaborations among Wisconsin public and school librarians in order to better support the communities we serve. Each quarter we will share a resource, strategy, or example with you that could be used…

IFLS Keeping Up with Kids Blog

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YS Blogs & Webinars

Home Page - Cooperative Children's Book Center

The Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) is a unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children's and young adult literature.

First video- virtual tours of 2 No. WI lyouth areas & services

Have You Heard the News?!

YSS officially has a YouTube channel! It's brand new, so there's only one video on there so far...but it's a gem! We've recorded and uploaded the YSS Virtual Library Tours of River Falls and Ladysmith, WI that occurred on August 20th of this year. Head on over to the YouTube channel to relive the fun...or experience it for the first time, if you weren't able to join us before! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJRmjHx5AZ3pdpfodwj6hdQ Don't forget to subscribe so you can stay up-to-date on all…

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Kids Lit

Banned & Challenged Books

-Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers — in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Top 100 Most Banned and Challenged Books: 2010-2019

The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has been documenting attempts to ban books in libraries and schools since 1990. OIF compiled this list of the most banned and challenged books from 2010-2019 by reviewing both the public and confidential censorship reports it received. This list draws attention to literary censorship but only provides a snapshot of book challenges.ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and…

Awards

2020 Wisconsin Children's Book Awards!

The winners of 2020 Wisconsin Children's Book Awards have been announced! The Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award for 2020 goes to Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach! This year's Notable Author/Illustrator is Kashmira Sheth! The committee has also selected 10 additional Outstanding Books of the Year: Birds of a Feather: Bowerbirds and Me written and illustrated by Susan L. Roth The Disaster Days written by Rebecca Behrens The Happy Book: and Other Feelings written and illustrated by Andy Rash Home…

South Asia and Américas Book Awards Announced

The South Asia Book Awards for youth are announced annually in late spring. The awards are given to books featuring South Asian cultures that portray South Asia, the experience of individuals living in South Asia, or of South Asians living in other parts of the world. The countries and islands that make up South Asia are: Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the region of Tibet. The award is administered by the South…

Signage with humor & kindness for reluctant patrons

The Big Mask Ask

Signage with humor & kindness for reluctant patrons

Programming Librarian

Visit Magical Lands with Summer Grab-and-Go Bags

Programming Librarian

ALSC Blog

19 Positive Summer Reading Activities During COVID - ALSC Blog

Adapt If COVID has taught me anything, it is to keep in mind the one-word slogan of Navy SEALS: Adapt. We are public librarians. We adapt. We adapted during the digital age to maintain our relevance. COVID is not going to stop us. Irrespective of where you are right now, summer reading has boiled down to three options: passive, curbside or virtual. We remain in the unique position of being able to touch the lives and hearts of our community. We have a responsibility to remain positive, and…

Mini-training videos on multiple topics

Digital Bytes

Mini-training videos on multiple topics

good coverage of considerations before deciding

We're Re-opening - Should We Do In-Person Programming This Fall?

Image by Viktor Ivanchenko from Pixabay A recent wispublib query asked: "As summer winds down, my brain is starting to plan for fall. I'd love to get perspectives on fall programming - are you planning to host any in-person programming through the end of the year? If so, what precautions/accommodations will you be putting in place?" Our guest post from Abby Bussen at the Muskego (WI) Public Library, in answer to the above question, breaks down what she has been thinking and working on as her…

Ideas for remote engagement of families

"Creating Community Fun" - Engaging Kids Outdoors

Sue Abrahamson Youth Services Manager at the Waupaca (WI) Area Public Library shared some easily do-able, outdoor-centric activities that they've had success with. Weekly Sidewalk Math, at various levels of complexity, can be found chalked outside around the library. The problems change weekly. Our Summer Library Program has become a community challenge instead of an individual one. Can Waupaca read 5,000 books this summer? Drawings for local Chamber of Commerce Gift Certificates boost our…

Neighborhood picics puts librarians, books and kids together

Creating Community Fun - Summer Book Picnics

Anne Kissinger, Children's Library Supervisor at the Wauwatosa (WI) Public Library, shared a fun program they developed to make sure books got in the hands of kids (and grown-ups) while the library was closed. She writes: "We wanted to share one of our programs with you that is seeing success (moving books off our shelves and into the hands of children) and super easy to pull together. The program was first marketed through our Neighborhood Association's blast, then Facebook." Here is the…

Dealing with difficult patrons in COVID-19 times

We're Re-opening - You've Got This!

Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay Many of us have alot of worries and trepidation on how to deal with patrons who react negatively to requests to wear masks, keep their distance and accept limited service as libraries re-open. In this short 7 minute video from Leah Langby, consultant at the IFLS (WI) Library System, she reassures viewers that dealing with difficult patrons and situations is not new. We've been doing that in our public work with patrons since we began our jobs. Her…

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Throw-it Thursday: For the Love of Board Books!

Parents love board books. Small children love board books. But let’s face it. Board books get some of the roughest treatment in the library. Babies and toddlers aren’t the gentlest of creatures. These books get tossed around, pulled apart, and sucked on and chewed more than any other collection in the library (at least, this is true in my experience). Therefore, we should constantly be monitoring these items for condition as they are checked out and returned. They are practically…

Children's Books for Pandemics by Stephanie Trilling

Sometimes, during these tough times when it all just seems too much, it's good to take some time to laugh. Or if laughing is hard, it's good to appreciate someone's creativity! Lately, you may have seen some of the children's parody book covers that Stephanie Trilling has created during the pandemic on Facebook. SHe describes herself as a "multimedia parodist finding the best in a collectively bad situation." To see them all of her parody covers and keep track of the new ones added, head…

The Cardigan Newsletter is Moving

Many of you have been receiving the very rich youth services newsletter, The Cardigan monthly. Started in November 2018 by Allie and Katherine, two Oklahoma children's librarians, the newsletter is committed to free and accessible professional development for children's librarians. They write: "Inspired by the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the Cardigan's content seeks to be inclusive, compassionate and inspiring." Now duo are moving away from the emailed newsletter to a website. Their…

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Teen Summer Programming During the Pandemic

Image by Miroslava Chrienova from Pixabay Teen Services Underground is a great resource of crowd-sourced information for library staff working with teens. Recently, six of their "agents" (teen librarians) shared how each of their libraries are uniquely doing their service and summer programs for teens. It's worth the read! Stop here to read the blog post Teen & Tween Virtual & Offline Programming YSS blog COVID-19 series: Keeping Up Your Spirits 10/4/20 Tween Virtual Program Ideas 10/1/20…