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Art Therapy for Tweens

Starting off the new year can be both exciting and exhausting for children and adults. One way to alleviate the transition of getting back into the routine of returning to school after winter break, is a program we call “Art Therapy!” This program is for children ages 10 and up along with their older sibling and/or adult caregiver. Every month Children’s Librarian, Jennifer Chang leads the Art Therapy program at Cupertino Library. She is always thoughtful when selecting the art project for the month so that it appeals to both tweens and their adult caregiver. Attendees have been able to paint a bird bath dish, bookmarks, coasters, and canvas watercoloring.

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Calming Kits for Toddlers and Caregivers

The toddler meltdown! We’ve all seen it in the library whether it is in storytime, in the stacks, or at the checkout stations. How can children’s librarians assist little patrons and their adult caregiver in a time of need like this but in a subtle and gentle way? Calming kits! Children’s librarian, Elizabeth Bartholomew and I explored different options of what could be included in calming kits and drew inspiration from elements that we’ve seen on social media, at other libraries, and of course on Pinterest. We wanted to come up with something simple and helpful that young children and adult caregivers could utilize anywhere, not just at the library.


More Than Just a Board Book

When I began my career as a children’s librarian, I inherited the board book collection for a couple of reasons but mainly because board books often have the reputation that they are possibly the easiest collection to manage in youth services. Most of them are straightforward and teach basic concepts like abc’s, 123’s, colors, and shapes. However, almost a decade later I’ve come to realize that although most board book stories may be simple they are more than just the “basics” and provide depth beyond the handful of words that are printed on the cardboard pages.


Maybe your next Mock Award Program should be a Mock Batchelder

It’s that time of year, when the smell of Pumpkin Spice is everywhere and squirrels are trying to get into the attic that thoughts turn to the question, ‘What are the best books of the year?’ This is the time of top ten lists and best books, and everyone is guessing what titles will win the top honors. Questions like, ‘Are you going to attend the Youth Media Awards at LibLearnX?’ are starting to appear. The slight panic of not having read enough to guess the winners while staring at a your TBR pile creeps in. Instead of trying to predict all the awards, maybe focus on the Sibert, Pura Belpré, or a personal favorite, the Mildred L. Batchelder. Consider delving into the world of translations for children this award season and offering a Mock Batchelder program!