Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bedtime Book Craze

There's a new sleep book in town, and it's getting huge press. The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep is an Amazon self-published story written by a psychologist and claims to be incredibly effective at getting kids to go to sleep. It's now at the top of Amazon's best-seller list, and Publisher's Weekly reports that Random House may have bought the rights to the book in a seven-figure deal! There's more info in this post from SLJ. Will you buy the book for your library? 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Read-Alouds for the School Set

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During the summer and into the school year, my library gets a lot of questions from parents (and teachers!) looking for great read-alouds to share with their kids. They've read just about as much Magic Tree House as they can stand, and they're looking for something new. School Library Journal has compiled a list of great read-aloud chapter book recommendations from librarians across the country. The books span a wide range of ages and literary tastes. You can access the list here. Which books do you like to recommend?

Monday, August 24, 2015

52 Weeks: Week 25 Life Size Games

Brought to you by the Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section52 Weeks of YA Programming is a collection of teen programs submitted by YSS members across the state.

Week 25: Life Size Games Submitted by YSS Member Linda Jerome

Friday, August 21, 2015

Social Services Symposium

"I'm a librarian, but I need social worker skills."   
"I want to help this patron find a place to sleep and eat tonight."   
"I don't know what to do to help this family."

Sound familiar?  If so, you may be interested in the upcoming Social Services Symposium for Public Library Staff. Regional speakers from the social services field will discuss and dissect the complicated issues that public services staff experience on a daily basis, will offer practical suggestions, and will address the need for self-care when serving vulnerable communities. 

Registration and information about the symposium is available here

Social Services Symposium
Friday, September 11, 2015
Great Wolf Lodge, WI Dells
Registration fee: $10

This event is sponsored through funding from Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction by the Federal Department of Museum and Library Services and by the First Business Bank Foundation, Madison, WI.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Supercharged Storytimes

Thanks to Krissy Wick from Madison Public Library for submitting this post!

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At 2014’s ALA Conference in Las Vegas, I went to a session led by the Information School of the University of Washington. They were talking about a phenomenal project called Project VIEWS2. It was essentially saying that through proper training of staff and intentional planning and implementation, storytimes do make a positive impact on the early literacy development of young kids. The audience (myself included) was beyond excited. This is huge for Librarians serving youth – actual research that proves what we do works!
And now, library youth staff across the state of Wisconsin are going to have an opportunity to participate in this program. Wisconsin (more specifically, the DPI) was recently selected by OCLC to be one of five state library agencies to participate in a second pilot program using the Project VIEWS2 research called Supercharged Storytimes. This fall, up to 100 Wisconsin youth library staff will have the opportunity to participate in this awesome (and free) online professional development opportunity!
Stay tuned to the Wisconsin Libraries for Everyone blog for more information about how you can apply to be a part of the program.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

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You went to college, maybe got a library school degree, and now you're resigned to spending your life paying back student loans, right? Maybe not! Take a look at the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program - it's designed to give those with student loans a break if they work for a government or nonprofit organization. There are qualifiers for things like the type of loan, type of organization you work for, and amount of time you work, but library services are included!

The deal is that after 120 qualifying loan payments, the remainder of your loans are forgiven. The best part is that this is a retroactive program, meaning any previous qualifying payments you've made can still count toward your total (assuming they were after October 1, 2007).

The program's website, including all the information you need to learn about qualification, is here. While it may seem like an information overload at first, keep reading! It is totally possible get to a point of understanding. You can also work with a company such as Innovative Loan Solutions, which will help you through the entire process.

Monday, August 17, 2015

52 Weeks: Week 24 Sidewalk Graffiti

Brought to you by the Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section52 Weeks of YA Programming is a collection of teen programs submitted by YSS members across the state.

Week 24: Sidewalk Graffiti Submitted by YSS Member Penny Johnson

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

SummerTeen with SLJ

Looking for ways to freshen up your teen programming and YA collections? School Library Journal is hosting a day-long web conference featuring sessions on teen services and programming, talks from publishers on great new books for teens, and panels with information on tackling tough teen issues. They'll even have speakers like M.T. Anderson and Jason Reynolds.

The conference is coming up in just a couple days on August 13th, and you can register here:

Monday, August 10, 2015

52 Weeks: Week 23 Teen Bands Night

Brought to you by the Wisconsin Library Association Youth Services Section52 Weeks of YA Programming is a collection of teen programs submitted by YSS members across the state.

Week 23: Teen Bands Night Submitted by YSS Member Rebecca Van Dan

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

YSS Powerhouse Presents! Fall Webinars

Collection Connection, Tuesday, September 22, 1-2 pm, hosted by Wisconsin Valley Library Service
We’ll cover a lot of ground about this crucial library service today!  YSS members and library practitioners Shelly Collins Fuerbringer, Sharon Grover and Emily Passey will discuss nuts and bolts like selection, dealing with salespeople, and weeding; the importance of diversity in a collection; and ideas for improving access to your collection (displays, lists, and more).  Bring your questions for these collection gurus!  Register here:

Outreach and Community Partnerships, Friday, October 2, 9-10 am, hosted by Indianhead Federated Library System
We all know that outreach and community partnerships are a powerful way to reach more families and kids, position ourselves as Literacy Leaders in our communities, and learn from our collaborators. YSS members and veteran collaborators Monica LaVold, Sarah Cornoyer, Georgia Jones and Cole Zrostlik will share some of their successes and challenges in this area and take your questions, too.  Register here: