Trauma-Informed Care

It’s hard to find a photo to go with this topic. Snuggling cats just make me feel better.Many of us have learned about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how the toxic stress encountered in childhood can affect people mentally and physically for the rest...

Tips for Helping Kids Develop Language

Another Facebook goodie, this time from an IFLS librarian with an extensive and impressive early childhood background, Jenna Gilles-Turner.  I found this article about how to support and develop kids’ vocabularies and abilities to express themselves in one...

Scaling the Walls of Social Isolation

image of someone climbing a wall from PixabaySometimes I end up spending more time on Facebook than I intend to, and often it leaves me feeling yuckier than before I started.  BUT.  Sometimes I find an article that sort of rocks my world, and today I found...

Media Mentor Course

Laughing Evolution.  Flickr, Petras GagilasYou’ve probably read about it from another source, but sometimes I have to see things many times before I follow up, so I’m just making sure!Many librarians in IFLS-Land participated in a whole series of...

Everyday Diversity

I think most all of us would agree that it is crucial to share books with kids that reflect the diversity of our world.  Even when we live in mostly homogeneous areas, it is vitally important to share books and materials that offer positive and regular images of...

Build a Better World Resource

Cardboard.  Cats optional.The other day Kim, the youth services librarian in Clear Lake, and I were chatting about programs using cardboard to build cool things.  I was reminded of Caine’s Arcade, a charming film about a kid who made a whole arcade out...

Blogging Class Scholarships Available

Learning new things is exciting, and it is even more exciting when you know those things will help you provide better service to the folks in your community.  And when you can get to do it for free?  Even better!  Check out the following opportunity:As...