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!!)

#TXLA16 Robotics presentation

#TXLA16 Robotics presentation

Just got word that my proposal for a session on robotics programming at the 2016 Texas Library Association Annual Conference  has been accepted! The session, Bleep! Blorp! Books! Robots in the Library:  How to Sustain a Robotics Program @ Your Library, is tentatively scheduled for Thursday of the conference, April 21st. Headed to Houston in the spring!! 😀

All Ages High Contrast Storytime Titles

All Ages High Contrast Storytime Titles

I helped pull together a list of books for a high contrast/monochrome/black & white storytime theme and I thought I would share the list here. I didn’t focus too much on board books because there are many examples of high contrast books for babies. Tana Hoban and Roger Priddy have several. But we wanted to make sure there were plenty for toddlers and preschoolers that would also present good storytime material. Several of these books are wordless (Suzy Lee) or don’t lend themselves to a large storytime crowd (Hervé Tullet). This list gave us plenty to work with for reading aloud and also for having available for check out immediately after.

Board Books

Hello Baby series by Roger Priddy

Several different titles from Tana Hoban

Several different titles from Peter Linenthal

Picture Books

Wave by Suzy Lee

Shadow by Suzy Lee

The Zoo by Suzy Lee

Mirror by Suzy Lee

Please Mr Panda by Steve Antony

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen

Round Trip by Ann Jonas

Freight Train by Donald Crews

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle

Night of the Gargoyles by Eve Bunting

Help We Need a Title! and several other titles from Hervé Tullet

The Red Shoes by Sun Yung Yoo

Unspoken by Henry Cole

Flashlight by Lizi Boyd

Ish (and several other titles) by Peter Reynolds

Yellow Umbrella by Jae Soo Liu

The Girl and the Bicycle by Mark Pett

The Boy and the Airplane by Mark Pett

And some for the older crowd…

Picture This by Molly Bang

Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman

Some of these are better than others for the theme, but all of theme have high contrast or a pop of color that plays into the text. And there was plenty to work with! This theme will lend itself well to simple black and white crafts after storytime, too.

Battle of the Picture Book Barcodes

Battle of the Picture Book Barcodes

The Rodman Public Library in Ohio was inspired by Travis Jonker of School Library Journal’s 100 Scope Notes blog. In March he created a gallery of creative picture book barcode placement.

Rodman Public Library has created the Battle of the Picture Book Barcodes letting anyone (not just library card holders) vote for their favorites. What a cute and easy way to engage the public! Check it out and go vote!

via Rodman Public Library.

Breastfeeding Support @ the Public Library

Breastfeeding Support @ the Public Library

Going to go ahead and start with this… breastfeeding at the library is NOT an offense. You should NOT ask a mother to cover up or leave. Check your state’s breastfeeding laws, but if you are in Texas our Public Health Provisions, section 165.002 states  that “a mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.”

Breastfeeding is becoming more and more common. There are campaigns supporting and encouraging breastfeeding in public. And the health benefits to baby and mother are becoming more known and talked about with new mothers. If you are a library that supports children and families, you will run into this. You should know how you plan to respond if there is a situation. When it comes to children, we tend to have a list at the ready of what they are allowed and not allowed to do. You can go to this area. You cannot have food or drink. You must be quiet.

Families with children are some of our best patrons! Instead of being so restrictive, what if we tried to make a welcoming and nurturing environment? I took one of my children to a birthday party at a bounce house place recently. I was surprised to find in the bathroom a lounge area with soft lighting, comfy seating, and a nice diaper changing table with a basket of supplies (wipes, extra diapers) in case someone forgot. It made me think, why can’t a public library offer a similar environment to our new mothers? I can hear the complaints about someone taking all of the supplies or living in the lounge area already.

Sure, implementing something like this could create issues that would need to be addressed. If someone was abusive of the supplies, make them available upon request. But think of the goodwill you will have from some of your best, most consistent patrons? A comfortable, welcoming place to feed their children’s minds and their tummies? Yes, please!

Let us consider how we as a public institution can be supportive of breastfeeding mothers. As a breastfeeding mother, I can say that it is not as intuitive as one might think. The first three months can be very hard and discouraging. It is no wonder so many women decide to stop breastfeeding after first giving it a shot. Lactation consultant services are typically pretty expensive. It would be wonderful to provide that service to low-income families. The Pensacola Public Library in Florida offered a class on breastfeeding. The Oakland Public Library in California hosted a series of events for new mothers that included a clothing swap, an introduction to baby sign language, and a chance to ask questions to a lactation consultant. And the Lincoln County Public Library in Kentucky hosts a regular Breastfeeding Support Group.

What has been your experience with breastfeeding in the public library? Have you been approached with a complaint about someone breastfeeding? How did you handle it? Has your library provided supportive services before? How did it go? Please share with me!


Texas Teen Book Festival Dates have been announced!

Attend the 2015 Fest

Join us for a FREE one-day festival celebrating young adult literature!

SATURDAY, September 26, 2015
8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
St. Edward’s University
3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Schedule coming soon!

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter at @TXTeenBookFest #TTBF15

Authors & Panels

Coming soon, but check out our exclusive 2014 interviews on our blog.


You may bring 3 personal copies to sign for every 1 title purchased at the festival. CASH, CHECKS (made out to BookPeople), and CREDIT CARDS will be accepted.


St. Edward’s South Congress Market of Ragsdale will be open all day for attendees to dine and purchase food and drinks. Menu to come.

Writing Contest

A new component for this year’s gathering is the Texas Teen Book Festival Writing Contest, sponsored by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books! More information HERE.

St. Edward’s Admission & Tours

Visit the St. Edward’s Admissions Tent outside of the Main Building for more information and campus tours.  The Admissions Office will also have a booth in the Exhibitor Hall.


Have fun!
Connect teen readers to local and award-winning authors
Encourage interaction between aspiring writers and established authors
Bring together teens who enjoy reading and to encourage struggling readers
Support, promote, and celebrate recreational teen reading
Promote life-long reading

Event & Parking Map

TTBF Event Map

via Attend the 2015 Fest |.