This is a reference site for children’s and teen public librarians in Westchester County, featuring upcoming events, notes from monthly youth services meetings and links to frequently used materials.
In the STEM Activity Clearinghouse, librarians and library staff can find high quality, vetted STEM activities that are appropriate for library use. Click here to check it out!
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For those of you who were not able to attend the (1/9/17) “Info to Go” webinar session from the Idaho Commission on Libraries – the topic was collaboration for summer reading so I know you will all be interested!
You can view the archive and slides here.
What a rousing and successful meeting we had on Tuesday February 16th at 9:30 am. Matchmaker Tales and Strategies: Ways to engage children, teens and families in reading.
We had a small turn out due to the horrible weather, but boy did we have a great discussion! Sincere thanks to Allison Midgley for showing us the many ways to use an under utilized resource – Novelist.
Attached is her PowerPoint presentation (pdf). I know this is a resource I will be using more. Remember, if you have any questions please look at the
IT wiki or email Allison Midgley at email@example.com
Some take-aways from the meeting:
- Strong feelings that parent involvement is key to children being engaged in reading.
- Allowing manipulatives, hands on activities and pre literacy engagement (Mother Goose, Toddler Time, Baby Lap Time) for young children in the library helps to build budding readers and future library users.
- Some people felt that genre labels were important, some did not.
- Also it is important to know your collection.
- Reference interview is key.
- Programming is also important: Successes include: Maker Programs for YA and Children. Book Trivia Jeopardy has been very successful – buzzer system can be borrowed from WLS – contact Allison Pryor, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many children are often introduced to books from a very early age. As children grow older, develop other interests and academic demands increase, their time or desire for reading diminishes. The links below are suggested resources for readers advisory.
Wandoo Reader 2016 is more than just an easy-to-implement and use summer and year-round reading program management tool, it increases participation and engagement with a game-like experience.
Beanstack is a specialized service for libraries and their patrons that offers personalized book recommendations and specific tools for learning.
BiblioNasium is a free, protected social network for children ages 6-13 designed to engage, encourage and excite young people about reading.
These two articles we discussed at the meeting:
A Father-Daughter Bond, Page by Page
Great Read-Alouds From The New York Times