I have had a very hectic year personally. Multiple family emergencies have taken a lot of my attention and extra time. I have had to let #publibchat slide for a few months while I work through all of this. Luckily I haven’t let this get me down too badly. I know I will bounce back when the time is right. In an effort to get my professional self together more, I am migrating this blog over to katelynpatterson.org. If you are following on RSS, please update your feed! I hope that very soon I will be able to offer more there.
Thanks for following and for moving with me!
Source: #publibchat: April #publibchat: Privacy, moderated by Alison Macrina
I am very excited to announce that our April #publibchat will be all about privacy, just ahead of ALA’s Choose Privacy Week in early May. Even more exciting is that Alison Macrina (@flexlibris) of the Library Freedom Project will be moderating our chat! Alison is a librarian, internet activist, founder and director of the Library Freedom Project, and a core contributor to The Tor Project.Library Freedom Project is a partnership among librarians, technologists, attorneys, and privacy advocates which aims to address the problems of surveillance by making real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries.
Please join in on Thursday, April 27th at at 9pm ET / 8 CT / 7 MT / 6 PT to discuss the public library’s role in privacy and how we can protect our patrons.
This is a chat not to miss! Please share widely and join us for the discussion.
I have always loved Laurie Berkner’s song Moon Moon Moon and when I recently started helping out a pajama storytime, I knew it was time to figure out the chords on my ukulele. I recorded a quick video and have posted the lyrics with chords for either guitar or ukulele below. This is posted with permission from Laurie Berkner.
Moon Moon Moon by Laurie Berkner
Moon Moon Moon, shining bright
Moon Moon Moon, My nightlight (chk… turn it on!)
Moon Moon Moon
I can see
Moon Moon Moon
You’re taking care of me
Look up! It’s the moon.
Look up! It’s the moon.
Look up! It’s the moon up in the sky.
It’s big and round
And I have found
C G C
That it looks just like a pizza pie.
Shared with permission from Laurie Berkner. Thank you, Laurie!
Reprinted from the CTLS monthly newsletter.
YouthShare: News You Can Use
by Katelyn Patterson
SRP Manual Highlight
Chapter 9 of the Teen Manual is called Beyond the Library Walls and has many good suggestions for easy projects for patrons to make and then donate to a good cause.
This immediately reminded me of the wonderful work done at the Bee Cave Public Library and their participation in “# 25000 Tuques”, the global charity project to collect hand-knitted hats for Syrian refugees arriving in Canada. Bee Cave collected hat donations and held a knit-in to see how many hats could be made at the library. Over their participation for the last two years, they have donated 896 hats! Amazing work, Bee Cave!
Starting on page 141 is a section called For the Love of Cats and Dogs. There are four different animal toys to make out of old t-shirts that could be donated to local animal shelters or city animal control. My first suggestion is to contact the shelters to ask what is needed to make sure your donation is welcomed! Next, get your teens to work on these easy projects. Use old SRP theme shirts you have, ask the community to donate shirts, or visit a thrift shop to purchase some for cheap.
I chose to make this dog rope toy from page 142. It was easy and fun to figure out. You could make them as small or large as you want. You could easily get more than one toy out of one adult t-shirt.
Check out my SRP2017 Pinterest board where I am saving ideas from the manual and elsewhere. I created an SRP2017 Spotify playlist with suggested music from the manual and other on theme songs and you can access that here.
Please share with me how you plan to use the theme!
Have any plans to celebrate the eclipse in your community? Here are some resources that might be helpful!
- Though here in Texas we will only see a partial eclipse, timeanddate.com can tell you based on your location when you can expect to see the maximum eclipse possible. For instance, the maximum we will see here in Austin will be 68% coverage at 1:10pm, though the entire event will take about 3 hours. Consider scheduling a community viewing event around your local viewing information that can be found here.
- Remember it is dangerous to look directly at the sun. This grant is providing solar viewing glasses to public libraries. See how you can be involved here:
- The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Provides Public Libraries 1.26 Million Solar Viewing Glasses for the 2017 Solar Eclipse, BOULDER, Colo.–December 16, 2016– The Space Science Institute (SSI) was awarded a grant from the Moore Foundation that will provide 1.26 million solar viewing glasses and other resources for 1,500 public libraries across the nation. They will serve as centers for eclipse education and viewing for their communities. The libraries will be selected through a registration process managed by the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) and its NASA@ My Library project. The project team includes staff at SSI’s National Center for Interactive Learning. The Project Director is Dr. Paul Dusenbery (Director of NCIL). Andrew Fraknoi (Chair of the Astronomy Department, Foothill College), Dennis Schatz (Senior Advisor, Pacific Science Center), and Douglas Duncan (Director of the University of Colorado’s Fiske Planetarium) are co-directors. View The Full Press Release >>
Please share with us if you are planning anything!