Youth Services

Keeping Up With Kids by Leah Langby

Managing Anxiety Positively

Managing Anxiety Positively

This weekend, I started getting texts from my daughter like, "I like the way you laugh with your whole body," and "I love you and your hardworking hands," and "Fred Rogers would be proud of the way you've lived your life."  I'm not sharing these texts to brag (though,...

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Thinking about Sustainability with Programs

Thinking about Sustainability with Programs

I read a really thought-provoking and inspiring article by Larissa Clotildes in American Libraries about environmentally friendly children's programming.  It was based on an even longer, even better guest blog post in Jbrary, Reducing Waste in Children's Programming. ...

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To Cancel or Not to Cancel?

To Cancel or Not to Cancel?

I am guessing that many of you are feeling anxious about the ever-changing and sometimes confusing advice about what to do in the face of COVID-19.  I'm sure especially folks who have programming coming up--programming you've worked hard to prepare and that your...

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Watercolor program in Ladysmith

Watercolor program in Ladysmith

Thanks to Valerie Spooner from the Rusk County Community Library in Ladysmith for this great idea that works with ALL AGES! I've been doing watercolor painting events every 3-4 months and they have been hugely popular with all ages and don't cost a ton of money. A...

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Collaborating to Offer Theater at the Library

Collaborating to Offer Theater at the Library

One of the exciting ideas that we discussed at the youth services gatherings was collaborating with local community theater for a program at the library.  In Hudson, the library is partnering with the Phipps Center for the Arts to have cast members from the children's...

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Fostering Readers

Fostering Readers

I came across an amazing resource, created by librarians and reading specialists in Oregon.  Fostering Readers is a website devoted to providing librarians with all sorts of great activities aimed at encouraging and developing emergent readers.  You can find ideas for...

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Simple Steps for Inclusion

Simple Steps for Inclusion

Oh, it is great to be back to regular posting to the blog!  I go through stretches of being overwhelmed by other things and losing track of it, or feeling like I don't have any content to share.  Here's a reminder that you can help with this!  Please send me ideas,...

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Comic Explaining the New Corona Virus

Comic Explaining the New Corona Virus

You are probably hearing some questions about COVID19 from kids and parents alike.  NPR's Malaka Gharib created a really great comic about the Corona virus with lots of great information for kids (and adults) packaged in a non-threatening and entertaining package!  I...

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Soft Censorship

Soft Censorship

I just read an article in SLJ about LGBTQIA+ authors who encounter "soft censorship" from school and public libraries.  Their books aren't banned.  Their appearances aren't picketed.  They just aren't asked to come in the first place, and their books are not purchased...

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