November/December Youth News

November/December Youth News

YouthShare: News You Can Use

by Katelyn Patterson

 

Summer Reading Program Updates

What better time to plan your summer than in the dead of winter! You are probably aware that theme of the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program manual is “Build A Better World.” I am quite excited about this theme as I think there are lots of possibilities, especially for STEM programs. Kwame Alexander will be the 2017 National Summer Reading Champion. You can find information on the 2017 Teen Video Challenge here.

CTLS will be offering a combination Summer Reading Program workshop and Youthshare at several locations around the state. We are currently working out dates and locations and will be sharing those soon.

The Texas State Library and Archives will be providing a webinar on the Teen Manual on January 5th. You can learn more about that here.

I will highlight an activity from this year’s manual here every month. Keep an eye out for our announcement of dates and locations for our face-to-face workshop to help get you prepared for your best summer yet!

Haul Out the Holly?

It’s that time of year again! “When the world falls in love,” sings Frank Sinatra. Does your library get festive around this time with decorations and special programs? Even though we are in the throes of the (my personal favorite) holiday season, I would like to give you an alternative perspective to consider. In the future, consider going holiday free.

I know what you are thinking. No Santa visit? No special storytime? No Christmas tree in the lobby? No fun Christmas craft? Yes, that is exactly what I am suggesting.

To state why very succinctly, these kinds of programs exclude individuals, specifically those whose religion doesn’t celebrate the day or those who practice no religion at all. And despite the argument that Christmas has become largely secular, this belief varies greatly from individual to individual.

Perhaps no one in your community has made a complaint about this before. Consider that no one has complained because they don’t bother coming to programs in December because they expect to be excluded. Perhaps you don’t know anyone in your community that might be offended by these symbols. Though we strive to know our communities, there is no possible way we can know everyone and their preferences. Perhaps you want to reflect what the majority of your patrons want. While it is most likely safe to assume that only a handful of individuals in your community might be excluded from a special Christmas program, we have always been in the business of fighting for inclusivity for everyone. Simply revisiting ALA’s Library Bill of Rights reminds us of this. In fact, for every plan/program/decision that gets made at your library all year round, take a moment to ask yourself and others on staff, “How could someone be excluded by this choice?”

There are ample opportunities for our patrons to revel in the joys of the holidays. Some radio stations play nothing but Christmas carols. Decorations are at every turn. Special holiday events are happening every day during December in our communities. I know because my calendar is full!

Instead, consider focusing on the broader themes of the season. Decorate with snowflakes or have an adult coloring program with these beautiful snowflake coloring pages from Dover. Offer cookies, hot cocoa, and cider. Or have a program on making upcycled gift wrap, cards, and gifts.

Consider making the library a welcoming place for everyone during the holidays. For some, the public library might be the only place they can go to be free of the festivities.

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It is snowing in the library!

It is snowing in the library!

This week I got to make some great bookart holiday decorations that I wanted to share.

First I made this totally secular (hmmm….) tree. Very simple, though a little monotonous and time consuming. This tree took me about 45 minutes. But it is the perfect activity for when you need to turn your brain off.

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These are the instructions I followed.

Then I got to make these lovely snowflakes from weeded books. I was told how to do this so I took pictures and will include the steps here.

First, close your eyes, bite your lip, and then squeal a little bit while you tear some pages out of a book. Using a paper cutter or scissors, make them square. Like so…

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Fold that in half to make a triangle.2016-11-30-19-11-58

 

And fold that in half again making a smaller triangle.2016-11-30-19-12-15

 

Now fold that triangle into thirds. So fold #1…2016-11-30-19-12-32

 

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Now visualize a line that would make a smaller triangle. Here I have drawn it for you.

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Cut along that line.

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Discard everything but the triangle that is left.2016-11-30-19-49-33

 

Now get creative and cut out a design. Anything goes really as long as you don’t cut all the way through.2016-11-30-19-50-43

 

Unfold and you have your snowflake!2016-11-30-19-45-30

And here is one other decoration that would be great that I haven’t tried yet. These appear to be newspaper that has been cut, folded, and spray painted. They are lovely!

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A Declaration in Support of Children

A Declaration in Support of Children

Children’s literature may be the most influential literary genre of all. Picture books, chapter books, middle-grade and young-adult novels all serve the most noble of purposes: to satisfy the need for information, to entertain curious imaginations, to encourage critical thinking skills, to move and inspire. Within their pages, seeds of wisdom and possibility are sown.

Therefore we, the undersigned children’s book authors and illustrators*, do publicly affirm our commitment to using our talents and varied forms of artistic expression to help eliminate the fear that takes root in the human heart amid lack of familiarity and understanding of others; the type of fear that feeds stereotypes, bitterness, racism and hatred; the type of fear that so often leads to tragic violence and senseless death.

Our country is deeply divided. The recent election is a clear indication of the bigotry that is entrenched in this nation, of the prevalence of systems…

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October YouthShare News

October YouthShare News

YouthShare: News You Can Use

by Katelyn Patterson

Ellison Machine Swap

Both CTLS Ellison machines and die sets will be returned to CTLS at our upcoming Membership Meeting. If you are interested in borrowing these for your library, let us know! If someone from your library will be at the meeting, you can pick it up there. If not, we can arrange something else for the near future. Let me know if you are interested in borrowing the Ellison machines or any of our other loanables.

Knowvember


Election season is upon us! A time where reliable information seems scarce and everyone seems to be fact-checking. I can’t think of anyone better equipped to ensure an informed electorate than our librarians! Here is a round up of ideas for helping your community get the information they need to be informed voters.
How will you be serving your community this election season? Are you a voting site? I would love to hear your plans.

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September YouthShare: News You Can Use

September YouthShare: News You Can Use

YouthShare: News You Can Use

by Katelyn Patterson

Starting Year 3 of Bots & Books

I am so excited to announce that we will be able to continue our work on the Bots & Books grant during fiscal year 2017, thanks to funding from the Texas State Library and Archives and the Institution of Museum and Library Services. For those that are unfamiliar with this grant, we are getting public libraries all around the state the equipment and training they need to begin offering robotics programming to their youth patrons. So far I have been fortunate to work with 27 libraries around Texas. This year, I am pleased to add the following libraries to our grant:

  • Beeville
  • Bulverde/Spring Branch
  • Cameron
  • Cedar Park
  • Del Rio
  • Dilley
  • Garden Ridge
  • Kingsville
  • Lake Travis
  • Lampasas
  • Library at Cedar Creek Lake/Seven Points
  • Livingston
  • Tye Preston/Canyon Lake
  • Wells Branch

SRP Wrap Up

Summer is over and you are figuring out the stats, right? Well, don’t forget to report your successes to your local media! Don’t just include total number of participants, but any percentage increase from the previous year, if it applies. And speaking of local media, check out this short clip of Barb Langridge from ABookAndAHug.com booktalking about great summer reads during the local news. What better way to get in front of your community!

Please take a moment to take the TSLAC End of Summer Survey to give your feedback. And in early October TSLAC will be sending every main and branch library a packet with a USB drive containing the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program manual and artwork for the early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs for those of you who wanted to get started early.

New Youth Services Discussion List

As we begin a new fiscal year at CTLS, I wanted to kick off our new Youth Services Discussion List. Of course, I will share with you any youth related news or events that are coming up that might be helpful, like some of the links or upcoming CE opportunities you will find below. But this is not just a place for me to shout from the rooftop. My hope is that this list will be a place where anyone involved in providing library services to youth can come to ask questions, share ideas, and encourage each other. Think of it as a Pubyac or ALSC-L specific to Texas youth librarians and staff. You can subscribe here if you are interested in joining the discussion.

Additions to the Professional Collection

We are always striving to provide you with quality resources to help your library thrive. In addition to grants and workshops, we also have a Professional Collection of books and other materials that you can check out for free on topics from readers advisory to collection development to customer service to library management. Here are a few materials we recently added that you should check out!

The Very Ready Reading Program from Demco helps you learn how to best incorporate early literacy tips directly into storytime for caregivers to continue on their own. We have purchased all three curriculum for you: Birth-24 Months, Ages 2-3, and Ages 4-5. Each curriculum has several ready-to-go storytime programs with songs, rhymes, and books, as well as printables for presenters and caregivers.

One of the goals of our Bots & Books grant is talking about how we can tie STEM activities to literacy. Cross-curriculum is a school of thought that, to increase understanding and retention in students, we should be teaching more than one subject at once. The National Science Teachers Association recommends the following books for doing just that. The One Minute Mysteries series offers short stories with problems to solve using either math or science. We have purchased all three in the series: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science, 65 MORE Short Mysteries You Solve With Science, and 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math. These are great for children 8-12.

Similarly, the Picture Perfect Science series provides ready-to-go lessons that include suggested science-related picture books that are tied to inquiry-based science lessons. We have purchased all three in the series: Picture Perfect Science Lessons, Grades 3-6; More Picture Perfect Science Lessons, Grades K-4th; and Even More Picture Perfect Science Lessons, K-5th. Though these were written with teachers in mind, they are filled with great ideas you can use if you are wanting to incorporate more STEM activities into your storytime.

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Youth Continuing Education Opportunities Coming Up

And just like that,#publibchat is a thing!

And just like that,#publibchat is a thing!

May I introduce, the magic that is the Internet. A while ago I posted about how I wished there was a Twitter chat for public librarians and… [cricket sounds]. Several months later, a public librarian from Massachusets ran across my post and said she had been considering the same thing. A couple of weeks later, we have a website, a Twitter account, and a survey out to gather feedback for putting a monthly chat together.

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So, ya. There it is. I am so incredibly excited about this and so grateful that Elizabeth contacted me to get it going.

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So if you are a public librarian on Twitter and are interested in connecting with and learning from others, please keep this on your radar. Please fill out our survey to give us some feedback about how you would like to see this go down. And make sure to join in the discussion when we have our first chat!

August Youth Services News

August Youth Services News

I wrote the following for the CTLS Newsletter. The entire newsletter can be accessed here.

 

YouthShare: News You Can Use

by Katelyn Patterson

Libraries Helping a Healing Nation

Tragedy struck again right here in Dallas since last month when I talked about the occurrence in an Orlando night club. The Dallas Public Library was committed to supporting their community in the days that followed and even helped to preserve the tributes left as a memorial to the fallen officers during a rain storm.

Libraries and supporting organizations all over are playing their part to help communities trying to understand our current national climate. Recently Storytime Underground, a collective of Youth Services Librarians, made public comments about the importance that the library reflect these events and movements to help our communities cope and understand. The Oakland Public Library has a wonderful page of resources called Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resources Series. Earlier this year, WebJunction provided a 2 part post on Racial Equity in the Library: Part 1: Where to Start and Part 2: Diverse Collections, Programming, and Resources.

And of course, book displays and booklists are being created for the same reasons. I particularly want to point to the We Need Diverse Books Summer Reading Series. In addition to the wonderful graphic design, each post simply and briefly states the title’s similar themes (friendship, relationship with grandparents, searching for family, etc.).

Similarly, as we get closer to November, patrons may want to know where to get the best information on the candidates and the election. Library Journal recently reviewed several Free Resources for an Informed Electorate that you may find useful.

August is Read a Romance Month

Did you know that August is Read a Romance month? At the recent Romance Writers of America conference in San Diego, a presentation was made showing just what a huge impact the Romance genre has on the publishing industry. Do you see romance flying off the shelves at your library? Here is an excuse to introduce the genre to others who haven’t dipped their toe into it.

Library Extension


My new favorite Chrome Extension is called Library Extension. By installing this to the Chrome browser, anytime you browse for books online at websites like GoodReads, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, Library Extension will let you know if the book or ebook is available at your local library. Borrow and Place a Hold buttons will even take patrons directly to that title in your catalog. They support many libraries (I looked up a few CTLS members) and if you don’t see your library, contact them to let them know! Right now it only works with Chrome but will soon be available for Firefox, too. This is a great way to drive traffic to your site and catalog and could be a great extension of service.

School Library Journal TeenLive Conference

On August 10th, School Library Journal is offering their 5th annual TeenLive Conference, formerly called SummerTeen, which is a free, completely virtual conference discussing teen materials and programming. Keynote speakers are Meg Medina, author of Burn Baby Burn, and Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Raven Cycle. Register to “attend” the event here or follow #SLJTeenLive on Twitter.

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