Universal Design for Learning

Last week, I attended an excellent webinar put together by DPI about Universal Design/Universal Design for Learning, and how these concepts can inform our work as librarians to make our libraries more welcoming and inclusive of everyone in the community.  The...

Enriching Early Literacy Programs

Play time after toddler storytime in BloomerLibrarians in IFLS-Land!  As part of an LSTA grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, we have been doing some work in the early childhood realm. Here are a few resources to check out:Watch for a re-cap...

Diversity in Books for Youth

Unless it is about the latest blockbuster film, weighty information about literature for teens and children doesn’t always make its way into popular media.  But CNN, Entertainment Weekly, and several other mainstream publications have been running articles about...

Libraries Doing Good Stuff

I’m in charge of content for the YSS Blog this month, which means I’ve been collecting great posts from some of the librarians in our system who are YSS members.  In case you don’t follow that blog, I want to draw your attention to a few posts...

Free Audiobook Downloads

Free Summer Listening: SYNC A FREE summer program that gives away 2 audiobook downloads each week for the summer starting May 15 and ending August 14. SYNC audiobook titles are given away in pairs–a Young Adult title is paired with a related Classic or required...

Summer Library Program Idea Swap Report #3

Some cool ideas that came up for programs for younger kids: Changing it up, taking the train set away for the summer, replacing with scientist dress-up station, with lab coats, goggles, beakers, lab supplies for creative play and exploration Creating a hydroponic...

March Madness for Books!

Bulletin Board of the K-2 bracketsThe folks at the Augusta Library had fun with a March Madness bracket for BOOKS this year.  The library staff chose their favorite books and set them up in brackets against each other, and then let the elementary school kids...

SLP Idea Swap Ideas!

I need a reminder that summer really is coming some day, so here is another installment in the SLP Idea Swap update.  At the SLP Idea Swap we talked some about the structure of the reading part of things.  Here are some ideas that folks shared:In Fall Creek,...

SLP Idea Swap Take-Aways

SuminagashiWe had a fun gathering last week at the Summer Library Program Idea Swap.  Folks brought questions and ideas and shared some fun stuff!  I’ll dole out some of those ideas over the next few weeks.  Here are a few I contributed:For...