Posted on December 31st, 2013 No comments
World Read Aloud Day is an opportunity to celebrate reading, writing and sharing with your entire community.
You can download the World Read Aloud Day Community Activity Kit to help plan a celebration in your community leading up to March 5, 2014. The kit is full of resources, read aloud tips, bookmarks, certificates and a reading minute challenge.
Reading aloud to children every day puts them almost a year ahead of children who do not receive daily read-alouds regardless of parental income, education level or cultural background. (source: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research)
If your library will be participating, you can even register your library to let them know about activities you’ve planned.
From the World Read Aloud Day website:
Every year on the first Wednesday of March LitWorld‘s advocacy campaign for the human right of literacy calls worldwide attention to the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.
World Read Aloud Day is about taking action to show the world that the right to read and write belongs to all people. World Read Aloud Day motivates children, teens, and adults worldwide to celebrate the power of words, especially those words that are shared from one person to another, and creates a community of readers advocating for every child’s right to a safe education and access to books and technology.
By raising our voices together on this day we show the world’s children that we support their future: that they have the right to read, to write, and to share their words to change the world.LitWorld is a 501(c)3 non-profit literacy organization fostering resilience, hope, and joy through the power of story.
Posted on October 1st, 2013 No comments
If you like to dress up for Halloween or are planning a Halloween costume-themed program at your library, take a look at Jackie Reeve’s 21 Children’s Book Characters Born To Be Halloween Costumes at BuzzFeed.
Each character has a link to DIY (Do It Yourself) instructions for making your own handmade costume, including characters from these books:
- Harold And The Purple Crayon
- The Paper Bag Princess
- If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
- The Hobbit
- Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!
- Pete The Cat
Find all the rest at 21 Children’s Book Characters Born To Be Halloween Costumes.
Posted on August 28th, 2013 No comments
For great tips on getting boys interested in reading, take a look at Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read, written by Dawn Wacek (director of the Rice Lake (WI) Public Library.)
Here’s an excerpt from the article (with emphases added by me):
- Our next programming idea was aimed a little younger, and perhaps this was why we had more success — we started a Lego Club. While this program wasn’t exclusively for boys, you wouldn’t have guessed it from the crowd who showed up: primarily boys in middle grades, who showed up in droves. Each month included a theme for building which made it easy to tie into books and reading. Medieval castles? Plenty of books on that. Rockets and Outer Space? No problem. And, regardless of theme, we could always display the Lego books — those on building as well as Beginning Reader or Ninjago stories.
- For teens, over time we’ve built an incredibly popular teen space by adding a Wii and an Xbox. We have games for the teens to play in-house, or to check out. We subscribe to Gamepro, Game Informer, GameStop and Nintendo magazines and leave those out in the teen space. We host Halo nights and teen movie nights, and the crowd hanging out in our library after school is 40+ teens, two-thirds of them boys. While they might not always be reading, they look at books and magazines in between their turns on the games or computers, they teach each other how to play new games, they recommend new materials and programming ideas to us. And they use our library every day we’re open. We count this as a success. Plus, when these boys do decide to read, they (now) know us well enough to actually ask for help.
Make sure to go to Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read to get inspired by what’s worked for Rice Lake & 3 other libraries, plus download Dawn’s PDF of RLPL’s favorite books, series and authors to share with boys of a variety of ages.
Hat tip to Indianhead Federated Library System’s Keeping Up with Kids: IFLS Youth Services blog
Posted on July 31st, 2013 No comments
Campbellsport Public Library and Ripon Public Library added a twist to regular book clubs. Campbellsport calls it The Roaming Readers Walking Club and Ripon calls theirs Roaming Readers – The Walking, Book-Talking Club — consider starting one at your library too!
Here’s how Campbellsport describes their program:
Walkers of all ages and abilities are invited to meet at the Library every Friday morning at 8am to go on a 30 minute walk around the village. The American Heart Association confirms that regularly walking briskly for 30 minutes has unlimited health benefits. They claim if you walk with others it can keep you motivated, improve your accountability and help you meet new people with similar goals. See their website at http://www.heart.org for a full list of advantages of walking with others.
Participants of this program will be asked to sign a waver of liability.
This program will begin Friday, April 5th. It is a free drop-in program.
The Campbellsport Public Library’s walking club meets at the public library at 8:30 am.
We walk for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
Join us for a walk and conversation. We have a great time!
Consider joining us. This is a free drop in program.
If the rain does not stop in time for the walking club meeting tomorrow, walkers are still invited to the the library to walk the stairs!
What awful weather for our inaugural event for Roaming Readers this morning! What is Roaming Readers you ask?
It’s a new walking club that meets on Friday mornings at 8:30 A.M.
Walk & talk with others about your past, present & future reads during a brisk morning walk on the Northwestern trail. Trailhead originates in the library parking lot.
Come rain or shine! Indoor walking available for rain days.
We hope to see you next week!!
Photo credit: Carsten ten Brink via Flickr
Posted on July 30th, 2013 No comments
Now that many public libraries are wrapping up your Summer Library Program, it’s a chance to review what worked and to think about what you’d like to do next year.
To help you plan your 2014 SLP programs, I asked Winnefox member libraries to share who was their library’s best Summer Library Program performer in 2013, and got these great reviews:
- “We still have one to go, but were thrilled with The Science Alliance program “Close Encounters of the Chemical Kind” given by Bill Bosworth. Lots of audience participation, he stayed late to talk with families, just all-around great.” [Linda @ Green Lake PL] Linda @ Ripon PL also “really enjoyed Science Alliance” and posted photos of their program.
- “I would put in a huge plug for a ‘pop-up’ program for adults/older kids by Green Acres Boxer Rescue of Wisconsin — program about being a foster parent for boxer dogs (but all breeds and cats, too, are in need of foster parents and they addressed that wonderfully). Our program was by Ann, Brooke, and Cane (a lovable mutt, for sure).” [Vicki @ Princeton PL]
- “Pamela Corcoran: Not only did she do a fabulous job teaching the children how to watch a puppet play, she did an extemporaneous teaching on how to build the set and do your own plays. We may just take her up on that! She sparked a lot of interest here. Her play was heartwarming and endearing.” [Julia @ Oxford PL]
- “Noelle Tarrant, of Zoozort, does a remarkable job of presenting wild animals to a large and curious audience. Her commitment to making it a hands-on experience for everyone was quite remarkable. This program is highly recommended by librarians Linda DeCramer & Mandy Canovan! (Don’t miss the photo of Linda holding the giant python!)” [Linda @ Ripon PL]
- “Conductor Jack of the Zinghoppers - “Chugga-chugga-whoo-whooo! Conductor Jack is coming to town from Tennessee! A master musician and innovative educator, Conductor Jack combines poetry, folk music & vaudevillian comedy in shows for children and families. Voted Nashville’s No. 1 Kids Entertainer by Parent Magazine in 2009 and 2010. Conductor Jack hosts a dance party with no rules other than to get up, dance and sing along! Perfection for kids and caregivers! Link to Ripon photos.”[Linda @ Ripon PL]
- “Great Scott (Scott Obermann) and the Magical Archaeology Adventure. Scott provided the best merger of performer-artistry with the Summer reading program theme that I have ever seen! His presentation was polished, professional, engaging, educational, inspirational, HUMOROUS and involved a great deal of audience participation. Link to Ripon photos.” [Linda @ Ripon PL]
- “… my best event wasn’t a performer. My best event this year was “Kids Craft Day”. We set up 4 stations. Kids could stop in anytime between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Our 4 stations included; origami, cupcake decorating, flower pot decorating and planting a flower, and t-shirt tie dying. This was a huge success and a lot of fun!” [Christy @ Brandon PL]
Posted on May 31st, 2013 No comments
Reading out loud improves reading skills, and reading to a dog gives kids a chance to read to a non-judgmental listener. For many children, it allows a rare chance to experience stress-free reading.
Considering starting a “Read to a Dog” program at your library?
Over at the WisPubLib discussion list, Arin C. Wilken (Mondovi PL) asked,
Any of the smaller libraries out there ever run a “Read to a Dog Program”? How do you run your program and what kinds of legal and administrative things need to be considered before undertaking something like this?
You can read all the tips and advice he got, to help you set up one of your own.
Or already have one, but want to re-brand it with a new name?
Over at the ALA Think Tank Facebook group, Marge Loch-Wouters (La Crosse PL, and Menasha PL alumnus) asked,
Hey, libraries that have a ‘read to a dog’ program with kids…what do you call your program? We feel meh about our “Read-to-Rover” title and want something more fun.
Here are the ideas she got, that you might consider “borrowing” for your library as well:
- ARF (Animal Reading Friends)
- Bow Wow Reading
- Dog Tale Time
- Doggy Tales
- Outside of a Dog: A Well-Lit Place for Kids to Read
- Paw Pals
- Paws for Reading
- Paws for Tales
- Paws to Read: Love on a Leash
- Pawsitive Reading Partners
- Puppy Dog Tales
- Puppy Tales
- R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs)
- Read With the Welcome Waggers
- Reading Buddies
- Reading with Rover
- Ruff Readers
- Ruff Ruff Read
- Sit, Stay, Read
- Tail Waggin’ Tutors
- Tale Waggers: Read to a Dog
- Tales to Tails
- Wags & Tales: Read to a Dog
• LOLcat Builder
Posted on February 28th, 2013 No comments
Need inspiration for storytime programs? Watch the Fingerplays, Rhymes and Songs videos King County Library System provides for kids at their Tell Me a Story page.
You’ll find there a huge alphabetical list of fingerplays, rhymes and songs — just click on the ones in red to watch a video clip.
You can also see all their videos at YouTube. Here’s a sample of what you’ll find there:
Are you including STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in your library programs? Now I’ve heard of another education initiative called STEAM that incorporates the Arts into STEM too.
Amy Koester at the Show Me Librarian blog sez:
I want librarians to resolve to STEAM in 2013, and I’ve added a new page to this blog — All Things STEAM — to help you do so.
Visit the page for some ideas, then set a goal of integrating STEAM into your programming calendar.
Maybe that means including a non-fiction title in every story time; maybe it means adding more of a building/engineering slant to your craft programs. Maybe it means you offer a full-blown STEAM program once a quarter, or once a month.
Set a goal to STEAM in 2013.
Go to All Things STEAM to find Amy’s program ideas & how-tos, and links to the go-to resources she uses for inspiration! And I totally <3 her preschool program “Strength and Materials with the Three Little Pigs.”
photo source: I F***ing Love Science on Facebook
encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors and showcase the outstanding technology they offer for teens and their families, from services such as online homework help and digital literacy-focused programs to resources like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more.
There are tons of way your library can participate in Teen Tech Week: you can offer special programs or activities, or simply encourage teens and parents to come to the library and check out tech resources.
And if you register your library as a TTW participant (it’s free) you’ll get access to:
- a free webinar on makerspaces with Hilary Kolos from Dreamyard
- materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more
Great stuff you can use at your library for TTW:
- Event and Activity Ideas Toolkit (includes ideas like Old School Tech, Search Engine Battles, Teen Choice Awards, and more)
- Publicity Toolkit (a sample press release and sample letters to the editor)
- 25 easy ways to get teens to celebrate Teen Tech Week
Plus, here are ideas for programs from those offered by libraries during TTW 2012:
- Teen Geek Out event that incorporated Wii games, an open internet lab period, database demonstrations, ereader and tablet demonstrations [Rum River Branch at the Anoka County (MN) Library System] [Note: Winnefox libraries can borrow our Wii or Xbox 360 game system here]
- Teen Tech Challenge, a five question interactive quiz that encouraged teens to find resources from the library website, including how to access OverDrive, search the Florida Electronic Library, find articles available through the library database and explore the library’s blog. All teens who entered the challenge were eligible for a $25 gift certificate to Best Buy. [New Port Richey (FL) Library]
- Teen Technology Leadership Conference, in which teens instructed their peers on new technologies, including hands-on time for other students [Tomahawk Creek Middle School Library, Midlothian (VA)]
- craft program creating wallets from re-purposed computer keyboards [Indian River Library in Chesapeake (VA)]
Teens’ use of technology increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. The Pew Internet & American Life project found that 93 percent of teens go online, with many using social networking sites, finding news and information, sharing content they create, and looking for information on health. Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.
• Teen Tech Week™ website
• Nearly 1,400 U.S. libraries celebrate Teen Tech Week™ at the Visibility @ Your Library blog
• YALSA announces 2013 Teen Tech Week
Join the fun on February 2nd by celebrating Take Your Child to the Library Day! It’s a great way to welcome and encourage families to become regular library users by celebrating and showing what you have to offer.
Download the free Take Your Child to the Library Day Program Guide authored by Patti Sinclair — the Wisconsinite who’s also the editor of the Collaborative Summer Library Program manual — to get these programming freebies:
- events & activities examples
- trivia & game templates
- shelf talkers
- storytime ideas & book lists
Connecticut librarians Nadine Lipman and Caitlin Augusta initiated the first Take Your Child to the Library Day on February 4, 2012. This annual celebration is set to take place on the first Saturday in February.
• Take Your Child to the Library Day website
• Take Your Child to the Library Day Program Guide provided by Upstart
• Take Your Child to the Library Day Facebook page
• Take Your Child to the Library Day Launches, School Library Journal, 24 Jan 2012