We’ll Link to That: Summer 2017

Guess what’s here? It’s the Summer 2017 issue of the YAACS newsletter! YAACS is the Young Adult and Children’s Services arm of the British Columbia Library Association.  Each quarter we write about something different in our column We’ll Link to That! Catch up on old posts by browsing our Professional Development page. This quarter we decided to share some new-to-us youth services blogs you should add to your RSS immediately.  Read on!

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It’s been two years since we shared some new and new-to-us blogs focused on youth services. We’re always on the lookout for fresh content we can add to our blogroll and share with others. Here are some of our favourite new blog finds that we highly recommend adding to your RSS feeds!

  1. Everyday Diversity:  This blog, written by Anna from Future Librarian Superhero, has storytime picture book reviews featuring racially diverse characters in modern, every day situations. It’s a great way to learn about new books to feature in storytime – she even includes theme ideas!

  2. Storytime Station: If you do toddler storytimes, this is a can’t miss! Find toddler storytime plans and be amazed at the way the extension activities bring the stories to life. We especially loved the Kid-Friendly Storytime Car Wash.

  3. Felt-tastic Flannelboard Funtime: Mr. Keith shares his brilliant and intricate Kawaii style felt stories. He also shares early literacy display ideas and songs that are sure to get a chuckle from the caregivers.

  4. Tales for the Tiny: Julie did an amazing Flannel Friday guest post on our blog, so we were thrilled when she decided to start a blog of her own! Her innovative and creative ideas have given us so much inspiration. Check out her Mini Masters of Library Science Program and Hula Hoop for babytime to get started.

  5. RadicaLibrarian: Katelyn digs through all the news, research, and updates so you don’t have to! She has a monthly round-up of articles related to children’s librarianship called Youth News that is a goldmine of information.

  6. Storytime Ukulele: We have the unique pleasure of working with April, the blogger and uke-enthusiast behind Storytime Ukulele and now you do too! Her blog fills a major gap for all those uke-strumming library folks out there and we love how she arranges songs by tune and often includes her own beautiful felts.

  7. Ontarian Librarian: Where to begin with this blog? Karissa is a fellow Canadian and shares programs for kids, teens and new adults. Her posts are full of gorgeous pictures, robust resources, and instructions. She’s committed to sharing ideas, has a maple leaf in her header image, and loves E.E.Cummings. Where shall we address the fanmail, Karissa?!

  8. Lightsome Librarian: Allison transitioned from a storytime librarian into school-age librarian and couldn’t help but notice the blogosphere for school aged programs and services is not as developed as it is for the younger crowd. She has set out to change this! Check out her awesome list of resources, themed school-age programs and special events.

  9. K Librarian: Kathia or the K Librarian has created a site rich with resources which would be helpful for new library staff or for seasoned practitioners looking for a new craft or book to share. Bonus: she has several videos of songs and rhymes in Spanish!

  10. Lady Librarian’s Literacy, Lifestyle and Lookbook Log: We love alliteration and this blog certainly delivers! Heather is a new children’s librarian and she’s got lots of great themed storytime ideas, with several books to choose from. Also, her felts are to die for! We love her version of Little Mouse, which you can find here.

Have you discovered any blogs or websites that are particularly helpful to children and teen librarians? Shoot us an email at jbrary@gmail.com and let us know!