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!
Click here to see who won!
Click here to see to the results!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com.
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
September Youth Services Meeting
Programming Idea Swap for Children & Teen Services
September 15, 2015 @ 10:00 AM @ WLS
Summer is coming to a close but we are always looking for that next big program idea… and who better to learn from then our experienced colleagues? Did you have an amazing event you think would be flexible for other libraries that you would like to share? Want to brag about your latest programming success? Are you looking for new ideas to spice up your programming calendar? What about a major event flop that you learned from? If so, this is the meeting for you! Youth Services staff (children & teen) from across WLS will gather to swap ideas and share event-war stories. To get everyone talking and excited about sharing their brilliant ideas the meeting will begin with some quick presentations from YS Staff with topics including multimedia storytime, making s’mores with the sun, free video/computer game design software, and much more! Then we will go around the room where everyone can ask questions or reminisce about their own event fun!
SHARE YOUR SUCCESSES – To add your program to the list please email Liz Anastasi @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Handouts or sample flyers from sharers are recommened
The Westchester Library Association’s Not Just for YA Book Club is thrilled to be reading a pairing of Lauren Myracle’s SHINE with Adam Silvera’s MORE HAPPY THAN NOT as our August 2015 Featured Reads.
The meeting begins at 6:30pm Friday, August 14th at Panera Bread in White Plains, 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601 at 6:30pm on Friday, August 14, 2015.
See flyer below!
NOT JUST FOR YA BOOKCLUB august 2015