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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Programming Splash!

Looks of wonder and delight at the parachute
The youth librarians had something for everyone during Eau Claire Schools' Spring Break week. A special beach party for the babies, a Fancy Nancy program, a program about fishing, a special cow-poke storytime, jewelry-making, and a Hunger Games event.

Not only did they have a host of cool events, they remembered to take photos, and then Jill figured out how to make a super-slick slide show of their events, complete with sassy captions. For the whole show, see here.

How do you share the happy buzz from your successful programs?


Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wisconsin Youth Services Showcase

Our new State Youth Services and Special Needs Consultant Tessa Michaelson Schmidt has created the Wisconsin Youth Services Showcase. It's a monthly showcase of ideas and people in our state doing fabulous things. (Psst--you are all doing that) One of our own flock is already being featured!

From Tessa: The Wisconsin Youth Services Showcase is a website developed and hosted by the Public Library Development Team at the Department of Public Instruction. The Showcase is designed to highlight the ordinary and extraordinary endeavors of Wisconsin youth services librarians and serves as a positive spring­board for identifying and connecting with library peers across the state. Showcase items change monthly.

Ta-Da! Photo by happykatie on flickr


For the month of April, the Showcase features these library people and places:

Geri Cupery / E.D. Locke Public Library in McFarland

Amanda Struckmeyer / Middleton Public Library

Tiffany Wait / Shorewood Public Library

Colleen Zertler / Menomonie Public Library

Marge Loch-Wouters / LaCrosse Public Library

Sarah Cournoyer / Horicon Public Library

Want to see your name up in lights? Click on “Share an idea from your library” to submit something for next month’s Showcase today!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Free webinar on technology and early literacy

I found this in Channel Weekly, it looks like a worthwhile free webinar coming up, especially if you are trying to make decisions about how to incorporate technology into your children's room! Register on the day of the event.

(photo by Leonid Mamchenkov)

FREE INFOPEOPLE WEBINAR: LEVERAGING TECHNOLOGY TO SUPPORT EARLY LITERACY IN THE LIBRARY

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 2:00 p.m. CDT

* Thinking of enhancing early literacy environments in your library?

* Wanting to learn more about technology for young children?

* Can't decide what type of early literacy technology to add to your library?

This webinar will review the benefits of technology for young children, the types of technology available, and how to incorporate the technology into your library. Find out how libraries can play a role in enhancing early literacy technology experiences and the importance of promoting technology for all ages. This webinar may be of interest to all library staff serving children and youth, as well as library managers.

For more information and to participate in the Tuesday, April 24, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/support-early-literacy . If you are unable to attend the live event, find the archive listing at: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived.