YOUTH SERVICES ROUNDUP

Happy Wednesday! Yesterday I got to meet quite a few of the librarians from Oswego County and tour Mexico Public Library (where we will be holding our Summer Reading session in just a couple of weeks!) I only had a minute to snap a few pictures, but these two ideas jumped out at me!

Everyone loves a take and make craft, and Mexico has paired theirs with a display of springtime titles (and a reminder that it’s okay to take books on display – I’m always surprised at how many patrons think they’re ruining a display by taking a book!)

I also love that they post examples of the crafts they’ve done during storytime. What a great way to give families a better sense of what kind of fun is in store for them!

QUICK AND EASY TEEN BOOK DISPLAYS

In a rut with your YA displays? Here are a few ideas to hopefully spark some inspiration!

http://yssevents.blogspot.com/2022/03/quick-and-easy-teen-book-displays.html

SPOTLIGHT ON MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH

Please take a moment to review this important information about maternal mental health. You are in the perfect position to ensure that mothers visiting the library with their kids have easy access to information and help if they are struggling. Consider shelving some parenting and mental health books in your children’s space (a nice use of high shelves that kids can’t reach themselves anyway!) and have bookmarks or cards available with local and national resources and hotlines.

We Need to Talk About Maternal Mental Health | Vogue

Mad As A Mother: Reading To Understand The Maternal Mental Health Crisis

Maternal Depression-Making a Difference Through Community Action: A Planning Guide | Mental Health America

Help for Moms | Postpartum Support International (PSI)

SENSORY BINS FOR THE WIN!

Does your children’s room have a sensory bin? They’re inexpensive, easy to make, and give you endless opportunities for activities! You can change up the items, or just change the prompt – find something red, find something that starts with B, sort by size etc. – it’s endlessly flexible and you can use odds and ends that you probably already have! 

https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/10-super-simple-rice-sensory-bins/

https://littlebinsforlittlehands.com/dye-rice-sensory-play-colored-rice/

PD CORNER

SUMMER READING PROGRAMMING PLANNING – APRIL 4 (IN PERSON AT MEXICO) AND APRIL 7 (VIRTUAL)

We’ll be talking about building a programming calendar, finding community partners, and marketing your program! Both sessions are open to library staff from all NCLS counties, but space in the in-person session is limited!

I CAN’T REACH IT! SHELVING AND LAYOUT IN THE CHILDREN’S DEPARTMENT WITH JILL BURKET RAGASE RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 26TH! 

Following this webinar, attendees will be able to:

• Determine if their collection allocation and placement is maximized for youth patrons interest, demand, and convenience.

• Understand the impact of signage as a user experience and how to incorporate it effectively and efficiently in a space used by non-readers, emergent readers, and early readers.

• Orient their materials, shelving, and service points with young patrons in mind.

• Use space creatively.

We will tackle each topic with options for libraries with little to no budget, some budget, and big budgets for improvements.

If you would like to view recordings of the presentations she did for us last year, we have access to them for a few more months! 

BOARD BOOKS 101 (AVAILABLE UNTIL 6/17)

STORYTIME STARTERS (AVAILABLE UNTIL 5/20)

SAVE THE DATE: STORYWALKS – APRIL 28 (TIME AND LOCATION TBD) By popular request, we will be holding an in-person, hands on workshop so you can get all your StoryWalks questions answered by your colleagues who’ve done it before, see examples from other libraries, and practice making a sample panel. 

FANTASTIC BOOKS (AND WHERE TO FIND THEM) – APRIL 29

Join us for a discussion about the best resources for book discovery and reviews, how to keep up with release dates, and what goes into maintaining a balanced, robust collection in a small community library. We’ll also talk about avoiding self-censorship and the importance of your collection development policy.

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