July #YouthShare: News You Can Use

July #YouthShare: News You Can Use

July YouthShare: News You Can Use

by Katelyn Patterson

Save the Date for Showcase!

Please save the date for our annual Central Texas Performer Showcase to be held at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday, November 3rd. Registration to attend will be sent out closer to the event, but mark your calendars so you can see before you hire!

Tell Us About Your Summer

We are getting reports in from around Texas about how everyone’s summer reading programs are going including photos of packed programs and favorite performers and speakers. For example, Clifton is on course to have a record setting number of participants this year! Please let us know how your summer is going. Who have your favorite performers been? Please send me an email and let me know if it is ok to share with others. Thank you!

No Kid Hungry

Low income families are hit hard during the summer when children lose access to school meals, reporting that grocery bills can be up to $300 higher every month. Federal summer meal sites can help ease the burden. Through an organization called No Kid Hungry, you can help connect patrons to these local sites by

  • Texting: Text ‘FOOD’ or ‘COMIDA’ to 877-877 to find a site near you
  • Locating a Summer Meal Site on a map: Go to NoKidHungry.org/SummerMealsto find a site online
  • Calling for more information: Call 1-866-3HUNGRY to find a site and learn more

Youth Mental Health First Aid

As librarians we are always learning new ways that we can be a resource to our communities. For many who struggle with mental health illness and substance abuse, the library could actually be a lifeline. For instance, librarians at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s McPherson Square Branch are currently struggling with a very serious overdose problem. The librarians there are becoming first-responders by administering Narcan to overdose victims, a medication that can block the effects of opioids. A youth services librarian at the Wilton Public and Gregg Free Library in New Hampshire recently spoke with American Libraries Magazine about becoming trained to help youth that are struggling with mental health issues.

The training she took is called Youth Mental Health First Aid and I was able to attend one in New Braunfels this month. Offered by the organization Mental Health First Aid, this was an all day training about how to recognize the signs and symptoms of someone struggling and how to effectively reach out to them to get them the help they need. The training that I attended was aimed specifically at youth, but they have programs for adults, too. You can search for a training near you on their website.

The training was provided at no cost. The instructors are local and provided active crisis intervention during the Wimberley Memorial Day Floods of 2015.

I feel better equipped to recognize a struggling adolescent and how to handle that situation. We will put the manual in the CTLS Professional Collection for those interested in learning more, but I recommend the training for the scenario and peer practice that is provided.


June #YouthNews

June #YouthNews

June YouthShare: News You Can Use

by Katelyn Patterson

Save the Date for Showcase!

Please save the date for our annual Central Texas Performer Showcase to be held at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday, November 3rd. Registration to attend will be sent out closer to the event, but mark your calendars so you can see before you hire!

SRP, Here We Go!

It is that time again! The months of planning will pay off as you kick off your summer reading program. I know you will all have a very busy and successful summer. Don’t forget the importance of the work you are doing for your community. Without quality programming during the summer months, the summer slide can have consequences that reverberate throughout life. Children can lose one to three months of learning and disadvantaged children are disproportionately affected. As informal learning environments, public libraries are in a wonderful position to give children what they need to succeed and have fun, memorable summers. Focus on the fun, they will continue to come back for more, and you will be setting them up thrive.

Personal Note

Many of you reached out to me after my father’s passing earlier this month. I cannot tell you how much it meant to me to get your emails and notes in the mail with your kind words. Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in other’s lives. I am so proud to work with all of you and appreciate your support.


May #YouthNews

May #YouthNews

May YouthShare: News You Can Use

by Katelyn Patterson

Save the Date for Showcase!

Please save the date for our annual Central Texas Performer Showcase to be held at the Georgetown Public Library on Friday, November 3rd. Registration to attend will be sent out closer to the event, but mark your calendars so you can see before you hire!

SRP Manual Highlight

For this, our last month of highlights from the SRP manual, I wanted to share a simple bounce rhyme from the Infant chapter of the Early Literacy manual. Bounces are so wonderful for many reasons: caregiver and child interactions, bouncing is fun, and bouncing emphasizes rhythm. This is a great bounce rhyme to always have handy! It is called Dump Truck and can be found on page 33 in the Infant chapter of the Early Literacy manual.

Dump Truck

Dump truck, dump truck, bumpin’ down the road (bounce baby)
Spillin’ gravel as you travel with your heavy load (bounce baby)
Bumpety bumpety bump (bounce baby)
Dump truck, dump truck, dump truck, DUMP! (tip baby over)

Chipotle Reading Rewards

Do you have Chipotle restaurants in your community? Did you know they have a Reading Rewards program? Libraries can apply and will get free kids meal cards sent to them. Food coupons for incentives you can feel a little better about!

Future CSLP Themes

If you know me, you might have an idea of how excited I am about the upcoming CSLP themes. In 2018, the theme will be music with the slogan “Libraries Rock”. And in 2019, the theme will be space to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon. It also probably won’t surprise you that I have already started a Pinterest board for both: music and space.


  • The Bank Street College of Education’s Center for Children’s Literature has given their awards. See what won!
  • Karen Jensen has done a lot of research on adding screenprinting to her teen makerspace. Here is what worked for her.
  • National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang announced the Read Without Walls challenge, encouraging readers to explore books about characters who look or live differently than you, topics you haven’t discovered, or formats that you haven’t tried. See the announcement and check out the resources here.
  • Now that so many of us are incorporating play and sensory materials into our children’s areas, here are some Best Practices for Cleaning Play and Learn Spaces.
  • Lego-Infused Literacy
  • Check out these beautiful Build A Better World bookmarks made and being shared by a librarian from Minnesota!

Elizabeth Murphy, youth services librarian at the Austin Public Library, retired at the end of April. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors! (Katelyn is going to miss you!!)

ALA’s Youth Media Awards 2016

ALA’s Youth Media Awards 2016

Though I wish I could go to ALA and their Midwinter meeting, I am always happy to watch the YMA announcement in my pjs!

Below are this year’s results. Winners get cover art. I compiled this from ALA’s not-so-pretty-to-look-at press release.

Newbery- Most outstanding contribution to children’s literature. It went to a picture book… that also got a Caldecott honor… and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator honor! This was the only big surprise to me this year.
Last Top on Market Street by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson

Honor Books:
The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan

Caldecott- most distinguished American picture book
Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear illustrated by Sophie Blackall

Honor Books:
Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews
Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford
Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award- recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia
513k8wyd4gl-_sy344_bo1204203200_Honor Books:
All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
The Boy in the Black Suit, by Jason Reynolds
X: A Novel, by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
Trombone Shorty,
illustrated by Bryan Collier

Honor Books:
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña 

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
by Ronald L. Smith

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement,  
illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Jerry Pinkney

Michael L. Printz Award
Bone Gap
by Laura Ruby

Honor Books:
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez
The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Schneider Family Book Award- books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. This award has a winner for each age division.
Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, written by Laurie Ann Thompson, illustrated by Sean Qualls for ages 0-10
Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt for ages 11-13

and The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten for ages 13-18

Alex Awards- 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences
All Involved by Ryan Gattis
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
Girl at War by Sara Nović
Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

Andrew Carnegie Medal- children’s video
Weston Woods Studio’s for “That is NOT a Good Idea”

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award- author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
Jerry Pinkney

Margaret A. Edwards Award- lifetime achievement in writing for young adults
David Levithan

May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award- recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.
Jacqueline Woodson

Mildred L. Batchelder Award- an outstanding children’s book translated from a foreign language and subsequently published in the United States.
The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy by Beatrice Alemagna, translated from French by Claudia Zoe Bedrick

Honor Books:
Adam and Thomas by Aharon Appelfeld, iIllustrated by Philippe Dumas and translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M. Green
Grandma Lives in a Perfume Village by Fang Suzhen, illustrated by Sonja Danowski and translated from the Chinese by Huang Xiumin
Written and Drawn by Henrietta, written, illustrated and translated from the Spanish by Liniers

Odyssey Award- best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States
The War that Saved My Life, produced by Listening Library, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, and narrated by Jayne Entwistle.
Honor Books:
Echo produced by Scholastic Audio/Paul R. Gagne, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and narrated by Mark Bramhall, David de Vries, MacLeod Andrews and Rebecca Soler.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award- honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
The Drum Dream Girl illustrated by Rafael López, written by Margarita Engle

Honor Books:
My Tata’s Remedies = Los remedios de mi tata, illustrated by Antonio Castro L., written by Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford
Mango, Abuela, and Me, illustrated by Angela Dominguez, written by Meg Medina
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras, illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh

Pura Belpré (Author) Award
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir,
written by Margarita Engle

Honor Books:
The Smoking Mirror, written by David Bowles
Mango, Abuela, and Me, written by Meg Medina, illustrated by Angela Dominguez

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award- most distinguished informational book for children
Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras,
illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh

Honor Books:
Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans, written and illustrated by Don Brown
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club, by Phillip Hoose
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March, written by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock and Susan Buckley, illustrated by PJ Loughran
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

Stonewall Book Award- Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. This award had two winners.
George by Alex Gino

and The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

Honor Books:
Wonders of the Invisible World, written by Christopher Barzak and
Sex is a Funny Word: A Book about Bodies, Feelings, and YOU, written by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth, illustrated by Fiona Smyth

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award- most distinguished beginning reader book
Don’t Throw It to Mo!, written by David A. Adler and illustrated by Sam Ricks

Honor Books:
A Pig, a Fox, and a Box, written and illustrated by Jonathan Fenske
Supertruck, written and illustrated by Stephen Savage
Waiting by Kevin Henkes

William C. Morris Award- debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Honor Books:
Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas
Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

YALSA Award- nonfiction for young adults
Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin

Honor Books:
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle
First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson
This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain



November is #PictureBook Month

November is #PictureBook Month

Picture Book Month is an initiative to celebrate the wonders picture books offer! Every day in November their website will have a new post from a picture book champion on why they think picture books are important. Here is the calendar of participants for November 2015. Here is a wonderful little video compiling some of the previous thoughts from big names in children’s books on why picture books are important.

Their site has lots of resources such as a curriculum, suggested ways of celebrating, activities from specific authors, and printables like posters and shelftalkers. I love free resources and extra ways we can encourage families to read together! Personally I see this as a great resource for a social media push. How could you use these resources at your library?

Free, Online Tutorials on Storytime Basics

Free, Online Tutorials on Storytime Basics

Are you a new librarian taking over storytime for the first time? Or maybe your children’s librarian is out and you are filling in? Or maybe you just need a refresher on some storytime basics? Then check out this wonderful series by the Early Literacy Facilitators, part of a project called iLEAD, Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD): The 21st Century Technology and Leadership Skills Institute, from the Utah State Library to use participatory technology to develop skills in library staff.

They give tips on everything from what to wear during storytime to best book placement to vocal inflection to singing! There are 19 short videos and I have included their promotional video below. And I love that they are big Mo Willems fans! 🙂

Thank you for sharing your work, Early Literacy Facilitators!