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Treasures Unlocked with LOC Digitized Children’s Books

Who’s celebrating the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week? The Library of Congress! They’ve launched a new collection: Children’s Book Selections that include seventy-one treasures. What will you find? Classic and lesser-known works published in the United States and England before 1924. These historical and rare books span many generations and topics. Themes include learning to read, reading to learn and reading for fun. They are all available for you to read, share, and reuse how you like. What to look for? Highlights include examples from England’s golden age of book illustration. From Randolph Caldecott and Walter Crane, as well as works from American illustrators, like W. W. Denslow and Peter Newell. This delightful collection offers a record of the past. Books are available for download in multiple formats.   In Peter Newell’s The Rocket Book, rhyming text accompanies illustrations that incorporate holes in the center of each page. See…

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Summer Reading and Learning is a Year-Round Community Effort

Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) conference in Atlanta.  It was a great reminder that Summer Reading/Learning is always on the top of not only our minds, but the minds of our partners in the community who share the pleasures of working with children when the regular school year is not in session.  It seems we’re always in the midst of planning, conducting, and evaluating summer programs.

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Candlewick “Light the Way” Grant: Meet our Previous Winners

If you are wondering if your project would be a good fit for the Light the Way Grant you are not alone. I am going to share a bit about some of our most recent winners and a few pointers on what we look for when we are reviewing applications to help you create a successful application. What are we looking for? Unique & innovative programs Specific details about the population and its needs Thorough details about the proposed program with clear explanations of how the program fills the population’s needs in a way that isn’t currently being met Project coordinator has made community partnerships, but those partnerships only partially fill a need; we are looking for a demonstration of efforts to connect with others in the community in order to expand services Very specific timeline and budget A Few of Our Amazing Winners: New Carrollton Library, Literacy & Library…

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Incorporating Writing into Library Programming

While attending ALA annual in Washington DC this past June, I was fortunate enough to attend a presentation titled Writing Boxes: How libraries can create diverse, welcoming, intergenerational programming to inspire writing as an integral part of supporting literacy and family engagement. I left the program inspired and ready to infuse more writing exercises into my passive programming in my children’s room. Most exciting of all was when presenter, Lisa Von Drasek, shared that the curriculum she developed for use in libraries serving youth was going to be shared for free online through permissions from The University of Minnesota. You can download the free e-book or purchase a physical copy here.

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Art Programs in the Library: Traditional and High Tech

Arts programs in our schools are perennially  on the chopping block. Too many school districts in the US have had to eliminate or reduce art education.  Some of the cuts are budget related, others are tied to curriculum standards. In a recently published paper, The Brown Center Chalkboard concluded that  “… that a substantial increase in arts educational experiences has remarkable impacts on students’ academic, social, and emotional outcomes.” My library has picked up the arts mantle and offers a broad range of art programs for people of all ages.  We offer a variety of programming including in house programming, self directed art in the makerspace, and outsider instruction.   In House Crafts    The Youth Services Department offers drop in preschool crafts every few weeks where families can bring their preschoolers to make a variety of crafts at their own pace.  We also host recurring programs including school age…

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Have You Noticed the Tweens?

When I first began as the Children’s and Teen Librarian at a small, rural library in Tennessee, I felt a bit overwhelmed. It wasn’t planning storytimes and programs for the littles that felt dauting. What felt like the most challenging area for me was planning programs for a group of kids that were not quite children anymore but not teenagers yet, either.

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Fall Fun Preschool STEAM

The past sixth months, I’ve been finding my programming “legs” at a new branch.  With my team’s help, we had some wildly successful summer school age programs, but, with school now back in session, I wanted to offer some additional programming for our younger friends. A colleague of mine from Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Fairview Park Branch, Jennifer Haag, had presented on Preschool STEAM at an Ohio Library Council Chapter Conference a few years ago.  It was a wonderful presentation, offering a full year of monthly program plans.  So, to dip my toes in the water, I chose ONE of her programs—October—to try this year. Quite simply—it was a lot of fun. The families and staff performed all the science experiments together, and then participants had the opportunity to spend time at Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math stations throughout the room.   Which liquids will dissolve candy corn and peeps—water,…