We are excited to finally share our column in YAACING Summer 2014! YAACING is published by the Young Adult and Children’s Services (YAACS) arm of the British Columbia Library Association and if you’d like to catch up on our past columns you can find them here:
While so much has happened since we wrote this up (including meeting so many of these amazing folks!) we stand by the awesomeness of the work they do. Please check out our most recent round-up of Youth Services gold!
Awesome People Doing Awesome Things
We love discovering awesome storytimers and love it even more when we find out we’re practically neighbours. Leah, a Children’s and Family Literacy Librarian from Victoria, BC is both of these and therefore our Storytimer of the Season! You can check her out her blog Time for Storytime, or peruse her amazing Pinterest Boards like the one she created for our Summer Reading Club theme Funny Business.
We love a good joke but there ain’t nothing funny about solid professional development and these last couple of months have definitely delivered. If you have not yet read Amy’s piece on Professional Development in Youth Services we’ll wait. She follows this rallying cry with a presentation on Effective Advocacy for Youth Services which she delivered at PLA 2014.
When it comes to advocating for what we do one of the best tools is information. The folks at CLEL can always be counted on for great information like this series of posts on Developmental Milestones. It never hurts to have articles like this one on the benefits of investing in preschool and NPR’s look at what constitutes “high-quality” preschool when talking to caregivers or library administration.
Next up some quick and very cool early literacy goings on: Marge and Brooke talk about their Early Literacy Area and how it evolved here and here. We love how Ingrid posts early literacy tips behind her desk like “You don’t have to finish every book, you know.” And finally an early literacy section wouldn’t be complete without Lisa’s too-cute-for-words Early Literacy Kits she put together for families to take home.
For a slightly older crowd Sara Bryce provides her usual dose of humour and smarts in this piece on differentiated programming (aka literacy for all) and Rebecca talks about the neato storytelling launchpad she discovered in Storybird.
Getting into some high tech talk we begin with LittleeLit’s article on Children’s Librarians as Digital Media Mentors. Lindsey and Ehlam share some of their research for your viewing pleasure in their look at App Collection Development in Public Libraries. Before starting to build an app collection be sure to consult LitteeLit’s ECRR App List and Claudia’s newest list of favourites. Already got a rocking digital collection but wondering how to market it? Look no further than ALSC’s blog post on the topic! We’ll leave you with a thinker, an article on how digital reading might better serve disadvantaged young ones.
Onto the last area of all things professional development: books, books the wonderful things! Shaking things up when it comes to their collections Storytime Katie shared an update on her Picture Book City and Libraryland Lisa talked about revamping her library’s Parent-Teacher collection. The success of a collection is often dependant on its access and there is a great post on the ALSC blog about adapting books for kids with disabilities. We love Beth’s Pop Culture reader’s advisory posts in which she takes The Big Bang Theory (for example) and then suggests lots of spinoff reads. For kids who are just a little too young for all the cool series Jean Little Library has put together a great list of readalikes. One of our new favourite places to hear about picture books that really work is Rebecca’s Reading Together posts which will melt your heart because she reviews them with her three year old daughter.
First we’ll start by highlighting programming resources for the early years. Claudia at Never Shushed amazed us with two preschool storytimes about rabbits and mustaches that are jam packed with letter awareness activities, bubbles, creative craft projects, and a hysterical app. Elizabeth at Born Librarian rewrote her storytime rules into positive guidelines. We also loved this Boats Storytime by Anne’s Library Life because it perfectly models how an iPad can be one of many tools in your storytime toolbox. A new-to-us blog, Colored Construction Paper Scissors and Glue, wrote a perfect storytime to share on Earth Day about recycling. Want more science storytimes? Check out this series of STEAM storytimes called Wonderworksby Cultivate Wonder. And the award for cutest felt stories ever goes to the ladies at Library Village because every single one of them is amazing!
We’re always looking for ways to incorporate early literacy tips for caregivers in storytime, so we were thrilled to find Cen of Little eLit singing the Talk Sing Read Write Play Song. Another person who reached out to daycare providers and caregivers is Marge from Tiny Tips for Library Fun who hosted an amazing book-based program encouraging creativity and innovation. At Jbrary we’ve been talking about planning multilingual storytimes and we loved this rhyme from the Philippines shared by Storytime Stuff that includes sign language. Even better is this Spanish/English storytime by The Loudest Librarian with both books and songs in both languages. And we are constantly wowed by Steve from Beyond the Book Storytimes who finds new and engaging ways to tell stories such as The Little Red Hen, Three Ways. To round out the storytime sphere, Katie at Storytime Secrets wrote up 10 Creative Ways to Share Nursery Rhymes at Storytime and shared how to use recorded music in storytime.
Not sure what to read at your next storytime? Lots of us have recommendations! Abby the Librarian shared her 5th post in the series What To Read at Babytime. We shared our favourite storytime picture books from 2013 which was inspired by Falling Flannelboard’s Perfect for Storytime series. If you’re looking for ways to reach preschool families outside of storytime, we recommend checking out Storytime Katie’s STEAM series called Explore the World starting with magnets. Or check out Miss Meg’s totally rockin’ Pete the Cat Party! Abby the Librarian is also on the STEAM train with her Preschool Lab series such as the one she did on growing things. Lastly, Storytime Secrets is collecting all sorts of science and math ideas for you to try out with the young ones such as this Preschool Storytime Starter on Light and Electricity.
On to school age programming resources! If you’re doing school age programming and you want to share it with others, please check out Thrive Thursday to participate in a weekly link round up. If you’re looking for research to support your afterschool programs, please read this report by the Afterschool Alliance. On the blog front, there were lots of ideas for springtime programs. Head outside and paint a pair of shoes as Rebecca models with her daughter on Sturdy for Common Things. Angie at Fat Girl Reading shared a character scavenger hunt and a poet-tree program for all the kids dropping by on spring break. Looking to go stealth? Head over to Bryce Don’t Play and check out her Spring Break Selfies. Anne at So Tomorrow shared the Dr. Seuss Celebration she hosted in March which includes a “roll a Lorax” game and a “One Fish, Two Fish” fishing game (and if you want something for the little ones, try this Rhyming Storytime by Fairy Twins Book Time). And the STEAM Queen, Amy from The Show Me Librarian, showed us how to combine art and money in one program. One of our favourites was this Peep-A-Palooza! by Getting Giggles featuring peep dioramas made by kids of all ages.
Not surprisingly, National Poetry Month was well promoted at libraries this year! Mel encouraged kids and families to write their own poem with an amazing display. Amy shared two easy programs to pull off in a dash – blackout poems and book spine poetry. Over on Hushlander you can find this 1st Grade Storytime promoting National Poetry Month, while Intentional Storytime had her mother-daughter book club write false apologies in the form of poems. In time for Easter Abby the Librarian explains how to hold a Poetry Egg Hunt. Folks are already looking ahead to the summer! Claudia at Never Hushed breaks down how to do a summer reading outreach visit, while Marge at Tiny Tips for Library Fun celebrates the end of weekly prizes during SRP.
Lastly, we’d like to highlight some of our favourite school age programs we spotted this season. Lisa at Thrive After Three wrote about a 4-week Geronimo Stilton program that gets kids playing, creating, and reading! Another book-based program comes from Librarian Out Loud who shared her Fancy Nancy program for her K-2 book club. Laura at Literacious also drew on a popular character and threw a Fly Guy Party. We think Life Size Chutes and Ladders by Anna at Future Librarian Superhero would be an excellent way to host an intergenerational program. And we love how Piper Loves the Library got her local Starbucks to donate materials for these Reading Super Stars wrist cuffs. On the tech front, Storytiming tells you why you shouldn’t be afraid to learn how to code and gives you the tools to run a coding program. To wrap up, Lisa at Libraryland shared her Kindergarten Literacy Night featuring a very familiar pigeon!
In Teen Land, libraries across the continent participated in Rock the Drop in honour of Support Teen Literature Day. Some lucky teens got to attend a life size Angry Birds program run by Allison’s Library. Storytime Katie wrote a recap of her presentation at PLA that encourages teen librarians to go Beyond Duct Tape Wallets. Another way to connect with teens – host a Super Smash Brothers Tournament like Literary Commentary. We all know teens love food, so Librarian Out Loud put a twist on her manga club and developed a Teen Anime Cafe. Looking ahead to summer, there are so many great passive programs for teens such as a Post-It Note Art Show and a Periodic Table Word Generator thanks to From the Liberry Of…We think it’s safe to say that there has been no shortage of passion, dedication, and innovation in children’s and teen programming these past few months!
Thank you so much to everyone for blogging about these wonderful programs! Have you seen something on the internet that knocked your socks off? You know the drill, give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org!