Happy Friday! Happy April! (It’s snowing outside my window right now but I can hope that we’re on the verge of spring!) It’s a busy month for youth services – planning for Summer Reading is in full swing, events are happening left and right, and there are quite a few celebrations and observations that could make for good library programs this month.
April is National Poetry Month! Poets.org has extensive lists of suggested activities: https://poets.org/national-poetry-month/30-ways-celebrate-national-poetry-month
Easter is coming up! Given current world events, this is a wonderful time to share the joyful art of making Ukrainian eggs, or pysanky (PESS-en-keh). Legend has it that as long as pysanky are being made in the world, peace will prevail. As part of a storytime, pair the activity with Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco, or P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis. Children can create pysanky without any special tools, using crayons and food dyes. https://celebrationgeneration.com/easy-pysanky-how-to-aka-epic-easter-eggs/
April is also Child Abuse Prevention Month. The symbol used by Prevent Child Abuse America is a pinwheel, which in itself could be a good craft activity. The North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council is running a coloring contest. Although only submissions from their service area (Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties) will be eligible for prizes, the coloring sheets themselves are generic and support the message that every child deserves to be loved, cared for and protected. Download the sheets and entry instructions here. If you pair these with a storytime, children might benefit from titles like Rissy No Kissies by Katey Howes or Don’t Hug Doug (He Doesn’t Like It) by Carrie Finison, both of which gently introduce the theme of “my body is my own”. The theme also pairs well with titles about kindness or community helpers.
This month’s Talking is Teaching Theme is Counting! Download graphics, posters and tip sheets here.
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!
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.
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.