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PREPARING FOR CHALLENGES

From the Youth Services Shout-Out blog: “With ever more sophisticated non-localized group efforts to remove and ban books, it’s always good to be prepared when requests to remove books come your way. Some recent blog posts and an additional few thoughts can help guide you and prepare you…”

SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS

From the ALSC blog: “Our department’s end goal was to reach more kids through partnerships with teachers. We visit 60 classes a month and reach 1100 students. Most of the visits are to preschool through 3rd grade classes. Upper elementary students are difficult to schedule time with. In order to get into the classrooms we needed to connect with the teachers. That is where the idea of a Teacher’s Brunch was born…”

BUILDING TOWERS

From Teen Services Underground: “This is a program I did for ZERO DOLLARS using supplies we already had. It took very little prep, and went over really well…”

RESOURCE ALERT

There’s a new storytime blog for your radar – Storytime Solidarity. Check it out!

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NEXT YS MEETUP

Just a reminder, the next YS meetup(s) will take place on Wednesday, November 10. Sign up for the morning or afternoon session today!

SUMMER READING SYMPOSIUM

Registration is now open for the first ever CSLP Summer Programming Symposium on December 2! All library staff that are interested in summer programming should consider attending this free, online event that will cover programming ideas, outreach/partnerships, and promotion/marketing. You can find more information, including the day’s schedule, on the CSLP website.

EXTREME WEEDING TIPS

From Teen Services Underground: “I don’t have a huge YA section, but I have kept books that haven’t gone out because I loved them 20 years ago, or maybe because they fit a themed display (that obviously wasn’t very popular.) But by not weeding our collections, even if we technically have room for everything, we are doing the collection a disservice. Here are a few tips I have learned over the years that have helped me…”

SNAKES STORYTIME

From Adventures in Storytime: “The whole snake thing has been a running joke for a couple of months now, and it was a theme I had not done before, so I figured why not, plus I found a couple of cute songs/rhymes to go with it…”

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SUMMER READING REPORT

Last call for summer reading reports! If you haven’t already submitted your summer reading report, please take a minute to do so now. These reports not only benefit the state, but also help NCLS evaluate how to best meet the needs of our libraries.

FALL STORYTIME IDEAS

From rain to leaves to squirrels, Jbrary is here with fall storytime ideas. (And just as a reminder, you can find an updated list of publisher permissions for virtual storytimes here.)

HOMESCHOOL PROJECTS

From the ALSC blog: “Are you a project person? I am! Whether it’s scrapbooking, knitting, or making cards, I like to have a variety of projects to work on. In looking at my homeschool programming choices, it’s obvious that my “project personality” extends to the Library as well. I enjoy creating month-long series of programs, which culminate in some sort of project.”

IN-PERSON PROGRAMMING REMINDERS

From Teen Librarian Toolbox: “So at my library I have begun to program in person again. It has been a challenge for sure. The first program I did was a pirate themed scavenger hunt. I had no one sign up… Then I did a backyard clean up of the library for volunteering. It was eventful. We got locked in the courtyard. Oops… So I started to remember what in person programming was like. I have to remind myself that everything is different. Here are the things I told myself…”

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SUMMER READING DEBRIEF

The date has been set for the Summer Reading Debrief, and it’s…two dates! The votes were split so evenly, and I didn’t want to miss anyone, so we’ll have it twice. Join us on either September 10 at 11am or September 16 at 9am for a discussion about what worked for your summer reading program, what didn’t, and what will help for next year.

TAKE HOME KITS: BEYOND CRAFTS

From Teen Services Underground: “…why do take home kits have to involve crafts? The point is creating a program a patron can take home and do on their own, but crafts are only a part of what programming librarians do. That’s what inspired my series ‘Prompted’. This involved three sheets a month, a creative exercise, a list of writing prompts, and a list of art prompts.”

ALSC BOOKLISTS

The latest ALSC booklists focus on graphic novels, but you can find more of their (printable!) reading suggestions to share with your patrons here. Check it out!

SPOTLIGHT ON: PUPPETS!

This throwback Jbrary post talks about the benefits of using puppets in storytime and provides tips on how to do it well. Oh, you don’t have any puppets at your library? No worries – NCLS has got you covered.

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COLLECTION AND RA

Doing summer reading during a pandemic and a renovation helped one librarian learn more about the collection, re-evaluate shelving and displays, and highlight books that fly under the radar. Check it out!

THE STATE OF STORYTIME

From Storytime Katie: “Because we’re outside, I am only using books, songs, and rhymes this summer. No flannelboards, puppets, or props since a) they aren’t big enough to see with the distance; b) they’re easily blown away (no, seriously, I had a whole flannelboard on an easel that fell at an outreach storytime years ago); and c) it’s a lot to manage…”

COPYRIGHT UPDATE

Penguin Random House has extended their Open License to December 30. (Hat tip to Youth Services Shout-Out for the heads up!) You can keep tabs on all the publishers guidelines at the Children’s Book Council.

STORYTIME THEMES

From Jbrary: “We’ve all been there. You’re doing a storytime based on a theme and you’re drawing a blank on books. Depending on how long you’ve been in your role as a storytime presenter this problem can cause all levels of anxiety. Today I’m sharing my top five strategies for finding a storytime book based on a theme in hopes of empowering others in their search skills…”

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PASSIVE PROGRAM IDEAS

From the ALSC blog: “More of our patrons are getting vaccinated against Covid-19 and our library systems are slowly easing back to normal operating hours and codes of conduct. Children’s librarians are still walking a tightrope of safely providing services while dealing with the reality that our charges (children ages 0-12 years old) are not able to get vaccinated yet. Outdoor programming is great for families that can make it work for their schedules and register far enough in advance to avoid being put on a waitlist. However most of my families do not fit into that category…”

ZOOM PUPPET SHOW

From Jbrary: “Hmmm, I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to do something different than read the book? Wait, I pondered, doesn’t this book have an easy-to-remember plot and odd-shaped characters who would be theoretically easy to replicate? Hmmm, I ruminated, wouldn’t it be possible to make this book into a puppet show??!!”

WEEDING: COMPUTER BOOKS

From Youth Services Shout-Out: “While there is not generally a huge amount of computer/technology manuals in the children’s non-fiction, it doesn’t hurt to go over what to keep and what to throw on the discard pile. With the rapid changes in technology and the constantly updating information about applications and programs, we need to stay on top of this section and make sure our books are current…”

CATS STORYTIME

From Adventures in Storytime: “This book is great for keeping the younger or more wiggly kids engaged because it is short and sweet, has simple bold illustrations with bright colors, and is very interactive…”