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Last Build Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:01:15 +0000


Class Visit Idea Round Up

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:01:15 +0000

We get class visit requests often here in Nevada County, CA. We have nine school districts, nine special or charter schools, and 4 private schools scattered around our rural county, where 68% of residents live in unincorporated areas. It makes it really special for kids to get to the library, so I feel a lot of pressure to make their school visit great. The image above is an easy one – make a special display focused on the classes’ interests or recent project. I spent a while researching good class visit templates, but unlike storytimes, there aren’t a lot of them out there. So here are a few ideas. I’d love to hear what you do in the comments!   Preschool and Kindergarten visits: My goal with these is to get kids feeling like the library is a place for them. I have some quick sketches featuring different things you...

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Host a Babywearing Dance Party at Your Library!

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 11:00:53 +0000

We’ve all heard of toddler and preschool dance parties, but babywearing dance parties are starting to be a huge hit too! Don’t believe me? Just check youtube. On a gray Tuesday morning, a group of grown-ups and their littles attended a high energy babywearing dance party at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. Librarians Dori and Erin led the fun while wearing stuffed kangaroos and shimmying to some great tunes. The playlist was a mix of popular dance tunes for the grown-ups and favorite storytime tunes for the kiddos. Scarves, egg shakers, and noise makers were on hand as dancing props, and an early literacy tip was shared between each song so that everyone could have a breather and learn something new at the same time. Thinking of hosting your own babywearing dance party? Here are a few tips: Make sure you have enough space. Consider having...

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Early Literacy Gift Ideas on a Budget

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:01:09 +0000

Do you want a child to have the gift of reading, singing, playing, writing and talking over the holidays? Of course the given is for a librarian to give books around the holidays, but you can take that a step farther. Here are some fun and cost efficient early literacy gift ideas. Bubbles: Kids of all ages love bubbles. Blowing bubbles helps exercise facial muscles for speech and looking at bubbles helps promote eye tracking for babies. And watching kids play with bubbles can be fun for adults. Pretend Play Props: Play food, pretend tools, costumes, puppets and cars all encourage dramatic play, a key element of early literacy. Dramatic play is where kids can assign roles and act them out. This helps stimulate a child’s imagination while helping to build the child’s general knowledge and vocabulary. It also is a safe way for children to imitate what they see adults doing....

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Treat Yo Self

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 05:01:27 +0000

November and December can get stressful with holidays, staff vacations, winter weather, annual wrap-ups, and the end of the year ahead. While many of us have a tendency to simply push through, taking time to introspect on ways you can relieve stress and be a happier, more positive coworker and public service provider is an important part of serving your staff and community. Listen to Parks and Rec staff Tom Haverford and Donna Meagle, and treat yo self. We’ve all heard tips related to self-care: don’t check work email at home, take your lunch breaks, get up and move around every hour. These are all important (and you should follow them!) but there are lots of other, more in-depth resources to help you manage stress and be your best self. Take a look at a couple here: Self-Care Starter Kit from the School of Social Work at the University of...

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Books from Birth!

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:59:04 +0000

  Wouldn’t you love for your young child to receive a free book in the mail once a month! Prince George’s County, MD, a diverse suburb of Washington, DC, has approximately 60,000 children under the age of five. The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, (PGCMLS) is dedicated to ensuring that each of these children enters kindergarten ready to read. County Executive, Rushern L. Baker III selected PGCMLS to sponsor the  Ready 2 Read Books from Birth Program to improve our county’s educational outcomes. Mr. Baker, with full support from the County Council, increased the Library budget to make Books from Birth possible. We are excited and honored to offer a program in conjunction with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. It is designed to encourage literacy and kindergarten readiness by getting books into the hands of every young child in the county.  By simply registering their young child on our website,...

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Interview with Patrick Sweeney of Every Library

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:01:24 +0000

Patrick “PC” Sweeney is the Political Director at Every Library, a 501c4, dedicated to  helping libraries with campaigns, elections, and any political arena where library funding is at stake. Patrick’s first library job was a school librarian, and claims it was the best job he ever had. Nichole Brown conducted the following interview with Patrick on November 8, 2017, where we discussed advocacy and children’s services. NB: Tell us about EL’s recent campaign on November 7th. PS: EL worked with nine libraries on ballot initiatives and seven won! Some of the highlights are that the Rochelle Park, NJ establishes a new library system….   NB:  … that means some jobs are opening up? PS: (laughs) Yup they got the funding! Also, Moniteau County was going to have to close libraries with this ballot measure the citizens were able to prevent that from happening. Our website has all the details. NB: Congratulations...

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Meet Your ALSC Board: Mary Voors

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:01:33 +0000

Learn more about ALSC Board member, Mary Voors, through this month's installment of Meet Your ALSC Board.

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Intellectual Freedom in the Age of Fake News Or…When is an Apple a Banana?

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 05:01:26 +0000

 CNN recently launched a “Facts First” campaign to remind people that facts do exist, and that, “An apple is not a banana.”(  Apparently, no matter how often someone might suggest it, an apple is not another name for a banana, a different form of a banana, or a substitute for a banana . . .So why is CNN running this ad? Perhaps because one recent poll found that 46% of Americans believe that the “mainstream media” report fake news, i.e., that they do not tell the truth about events and issues. (, accessed Nov. 13, 2017). How did we get here? One explanation could be that the concept of “truth” has been conflated with the idea of “agreement”.  Kids already seem affected, not by what is true, but by the level of approval they receive for postings on social media. False information slinks in. And frequently, falsehoods have what...

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Rethinking Summer Library Programs….in November

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:01:37 +0000

Summer 2017 may be over, but Summer 2018 planning has only just begun…we know it to be true!  Our Summer Library Programs may be just 10 weeks out of the year, but program planning is perennial.  We design our summer library programs to be engaging and impactful, and we care deeply that the kids in our communities have a positive experience.  But let’s face it–it takes time to do that effectively. So, earlier this month, 60 passionate Youth Librarians in Wisconsin got a jump-start on rethinking their summer library programs.  And it was at their annual YS workshop where I had the pleasure of facilitating a lively discussion about accessibility and inclusion for youth with disabilities in summer library programs. Before redesigning your library’s summer program, it’s important to consider the big picture at the very beginning of planning.  What is your overall goal in providing this summer library program...

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Notable Children’s Recordings – a year in the life of a committee

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:01:31 +0000

Learn more about what life is like on the Notable Sound Recordings committee and how you can suggest titles to be considered for this recognition.

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