Bugs Bugs Bugs

Patti from Durand sent over some photos from their program with Bruce The Bug Guy–they shared expenses with Colfax and Bloomer to bring him, so they saved money, and they had over 85 people attend.  Looks like a fun intergenerational program!

Meaningful art with children

Process Art in action, from Authentic Parenting Blog, another great resource!I found an archived Infopeople webinar about giving young children meaningful art experiences at the library, Creative Spaces and Family Engagement.   Bridget Alexander is...

Libraries and Homelessness

Last week on the same day I ran across two pieces on libraries serving people who are homeless.  One came from Katie Morsch, director of Our Neighbor’s Place shelter in River Falls.  It’s a Reuters article about libraries on the front lines of...

Autism Books

Thanks to a donation from Navigating Autism, a Wisconsin organization dedicated to assisting families affected by autism, I received 3 books (all paperback) that are not presently held in the MORE system.  IFLS Librarians:  If you would like these items for...

Schneider Family Award Blog Tour

Schneider Family Book Award SealKathie Schneider is a library advocate, retired psychologist from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, author, disability advocate, and dog enthusiast (to name only a few of her attributes!).  We are lucky to have her in our...

Two Great Nuggets

Golden nugget squashI attended an American Libraries Live session on Kid and Teen Friendly Libraries yesterday, and gleaned two worthwhile nuggets from it:ADVOCACY:  Even if your library board or director doesn’t require it, be sure to submit regular...

Hawkins Summer Fun

Arlene from Hawkins had a successful program earlier this summer.  Menomonie author Jeanne Styczinski, who wrote Mama, how Does the Wind Start to Blow, presented a program about her book and being an author/illustrator.  Arlene says she did a terrific...

Emergent/Early Reader Popular Series

Jenna Gilles from Fall Creek recently crowd-sourced a list of popular series for emergent readers and kids starting the journey with chapter books.  Here are the highlights (series that were recommended by several librarians).The Most Popular:(recommended by...

Surprising Prizes

Experiential Prizes are a cool idea, and research shows that they can be more effective than trinkets and toys.  Jenna Gilles-Turner, in Fall Creek, has challenged kids to read for chances to be the one to get to SLIME Jenna at the Summer Library Program party!...

Storytime University

I know for a fact that you are all busy as can be right now, providing great service to the kids in your community.  From what I hear, libraries are FULL to bursting, and many of you are heading outside the library and doing some terrific outreach, too....