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Friday, September 17, 2010

SLP--2012?! Seeking Ideas by December 1


Remember those coolio manuals that everyone loves to use to plan the Summer Library Program? Well, guess how those manuals come about? Amazing, creative, smart librarians like you (yes, I mean you!) contribute ideas.

The manual editor, Patti Sinclair, is looking for your ideas on the themes Dream Big--Read (for the children's manual) and Own the Night (for the teen manual). Specifically, here are some things she's looking for:

Dream Big--Read Manual

  • School visits and other promotions (skits and puppet show scripts are especially welcome)
  • Decorations, bulletin boards, props, etc.
  • Family programs, especially emphasizing literacy
  • Original puppet shows for 1 or 2 people
  • Outreach ideas for underserved populations
  • Bilingual storytimes

Own the Night Manual

  • Setting the scene (displays, making an inviting teen area, what to display besides books)
  • Using teen volunteers (what sort of programs are good ones for teens to take charge of?)
  • Social networking to promote
  • Podcasting
  • Blogs
  • Program ideas

Send suggestions to: Patti Sinclair trishsinclair @ sbcglobal.net by December 1!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Gaming for a Cause in Park Falls

Matthew White, the youth services librarian in Park Falls, has been doing some great work to establish connections with the teens in the area. He has a new teen area, and has been working with a group of kids on a Teen Advisory Board. His board, BookForce, is working on a 24-hour video game extravaganza through Extra Life to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network--specifically, St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield.


On October 16, they will head to the library for 24 hours of gaming. They are asking friends, family (and fellow librarians now) to sponsor them for $1/hour--if you are interested in finding out more, check out their donation page or contact Matthew at whitem @ ifls.lib.wi.us.


Anyone else have any great ideas? I was talking with my own teen today, and we thought it would be fun to have a gathering of teen advisory boards, so the kids could swap ideas about what kinds of things they are doing, and librarians could see how other boards work. Whatcha think of that??

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

SLP Exploits




Keep those SLP stories and photos coming, people really like to see what you are doing, and that is the whole purpose of this blog.

In Amery, a prize that kids really respond well to is having their picture in the paper! "Top Readers" in the SLP program get their photos in the paper every year, and kids are very excited to be in the elite group. This year, over one hundred made the cut. The library staff has honed their kid-organizing skills over the years, and the photo shoot goes very smoothly. We reproduced a small sampling of the photos.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Reading in the Doghouse Gets Menomonie Press!

Librarians at the Menomonie Public Library play host to a certified therapy dog every week, letting kids read to the dog to increase their confidence through reading to a non-judgemental, patient listener. Their program, Reading in the Doghouse, received some great press Sunday in the Dunn County News.

Great stuff! I love to see libraries' fabulous programs get the recognition they deserve!
There are a few librarians in IFLS-land that do a Read to the Dog program--I highly recommend contacting Debbie in Menomonie, Dawn in Rice Lake or Tricia in Balsam Lake if you are thinking about starting a program of your own.

Monday, September 13, 2010


The ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee has created a booklist to assist members who may be receiving requests for book titles on Islam, Muslims and the Qur’an in response to a planned public burning of the Qur’an by Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida.


The list is a mixture of fiction and nonfiction; and is divided by preschoolers, elementary school students and teenagers. The Committee expects to refine the list in the weeks to come, so please check back for updates.