Blogger Emily Bayci

Surviving School Age Storytime (and having fun with it)

School age storytime is one of my (million different) favorite parts of the job. I am a firm believer that stories should be read for people of all ages and particularly school aged children. They don’t get read to as much and can really be a fun audience that takes stories in a new perspective. Here are some of my tips for surviving school age storytime and having fun with it.

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Register for Spring 2017 ALSC Online Courses

Register for Spring 2017 ALSC Online Courses

ALSC encourages participants to sign up for Spring 2017 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, April 3, 2017. Two of the courses being offered this semester are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options. Learn more about online courses at the ALSC Online Education site. Demonstrating ALSC Competencies 6 weeks, April 3 – May 12, 2017 Instructor: Rachel Reinwald, Youth Services Librarian/School Liaison, Lake Villa District Library Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy 4 weeks, April 3 – 28, 2017, 1.2 CEUs Instructor: Angela Young,…

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Sharing Sky Stories – Sun, Moon, and Stars

Logo for Sky Tellers

Ever heard the story of the frog sisters on the Moon? Maybe the one about Coyote scattering the stars, or the magical fishhook in the sky that pulled the islands out of the ocean? Storytelling (digital and live) is a natural program tool for libraries. Traditional sky lore has multi-cultural dimensions that can enrich your programs with stories of the sun, moon, and stars from around the world.

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Register for Spring 2016 ALSC Online Courses

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) encourages participants to sign up for Spring 2016 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, April 4, 2016. Two of the courses being offered this semester are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options. For more information on ALSC online learning, please visit: www.ala.org/alsced The Caldecott Medal: Understanding Distinguished Art in Picture Books 6 weeks, April 4 – May 13, 2016 Instructor: KT Horning, Director, Cooperative Children’s Book Center, University of Wisconsin- Madison It’s Mutual: School and Public Library Collaboration…

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Fall programming for kindergarteners to tweens!

Building a Mystery (not the Sarah McLachlan song) Have you ever attended one of those murder mystery programs for adults? Now you can make one for your tweens and teens at the library. To run a good murder mystery program at your library you need to put your creative librarian hat on and let your imagination run wild. It is easy to spend money on a pre made mystery kit, but if you have the time, make your own. Create the mystery setting in your library, have a librarian go missing and set the crime scene. Caution tape and a duct tape outline of the body make for great props. Perhaps the librarian was found under a crack in the floor, or downstairs under a stack of books. Make sure evidence is planted and there is an estimate time of death. Identify what staff member will be the victim and…

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ALSC Online Courses – Fall 2015

ALSC encourages participants to sign up for Fall 2015 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, September 14, 2015. One of the courses being offered this semester is eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options. For more information on ALSC online learning, please visit: www.ala.org/alsced It’s Mutual: School and Public Library Collaboration 6 weeks, September 14 –October 23, 2015 Instructor: Rachel Reinwald, School Liaison/Youth Services Librarian, Lake Villa District Library Storytelling with Puppets 4 weeks, September 14 – October 9, 2015, CEU Certified Course, 2.2 CEUs Instructor: Steven…

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ALSC Online Courses for Summer 2015

Summer has a way of sneaking up on you, doesn’t it? ALSC is giving you a little extra time to get ready for our new semester of online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, July 13, 2015. Two of the courses being offered this semester are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs) by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options. For more information on ALSC online learning, please visit: http://www.ala.org/alsced NEW! It’s Mutual: School and Public Library Collaboration 6 weeks, July 13 – August 21, 2015 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy 4 weeks, July 13 – August 7, 2015 CEU Certified Course, 1.2…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Happy Holidays, Happy Professional Development

Happy holidays from ALSC! Know what makes for happy holidays? The encouragement and enthusiasm of learning alongside your peers in an ALSC online course. Registration is now open for the winter 2015 ALSC online course season. Topics include children with disabilities, STEM programming, using puppets, and storytime. Classes start Monday, January 5, 2015. Three of the courses being offered this semester are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the IACET. ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options. For more information on ALSC online learning, please visit: http://www.ala.org/alsced Children with Disabilities in the Library 6 weeks, January 5 — February 13, 2015 CEU Certified Course, 3 CEUs Science, Technology,…