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Youth Services Roundup

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…”

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BIG BOOKS!

NCLS has added six big books to the Warehouse! These oversized picture books are engaging and perfect for an outdoor storytime. We’ve also got flannel boards (and sets) and puppets. Check it out!

SUMMER READING

Just a reminder that if you have virtual programs, storywalk locations, or video booktalks to share you can send them to me, and I’ll add them to our collaborative summer page. Programs can be submitted here; storywalks and videos can be emailed.

THROW IT THURSDAY

From the Youth Services Shout-Out blog: “Have you ever looked through your biography section and said, “Man some of these are ancient!” Some people have a tough time getting rid of biographies because they want to make sure their patrons have access to information on anyone they think might be important. If you always think like that, your shelves will be overflowing! You have to throw some of them into the discard pile! Here are a few ideas to help you on your weeding way…”

FOR YOUR RADAR

Teen Librarian Toolbox takes a look at upcoming middle grade titles – enjoy!

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NEXT YS MEETUP

The next youth services meetup will be held Monday, June 7 at 11am. Join us to share ideas about programming, community engagement, opportunities for collaboration, and anything else on your mind. Sign up today!

PORTABLE SOUND SYSTEMS

From Youth Services Shout-Out: “With summer hard upon us, many libraries are not only continuing virtual programs but also taking advantage of the warmer weather to plan live outdoor programs again. While a robust presenter’s voice is nice in the outdoors, a portable sound system can help immensely in saving energy, vocal chords and making it easier for the audience to actually hear…”

EARLY LIT WEBINARS

Just a reminder that NCLS is hosting two early literacy webinars this spring, presented by Jill Burket Ragase, professional library trainer and former youth services librarian. Storytime Starters will be held tomorrow (5/20) and Board Books 101 on June 17.

FOR YOUR RADAR

Teen Librarian Toolbox takes a look at new and upcoming titles for teens and tweens. Check it out!