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.
Early Learning Spaces
Renee McGrath, Manager of Youth Services for the Nassau Library System, gave an excellent program on the importance of creating inviting and engaging learning spaces in our libraries for our youngest readers!
Check out the power-point and handouts from the meeting:
A great blog recommended by Renee McGrath to use for design inspiration!: Pop Goes the Blog
A BIG thank you to everyone fore submitting their summer reading surveys. PDFs of your responses will be emailed in early October.
Check out their video at http://www.summerreadingnys.org/2018-teen-video-challenge-winner-new-york-state-and-cslp/
This annual video competition encouraged New York State teens to create and submit a short video based on the yearly slogan to help promote libraries and the Summer Reading program. This year’s slogan is Libraries Rock!
See what’s planned for 2018! View the list of events here.
See the WLS Evanced calendar for scheduled meetings.
Sessions start at 9:00 and run until 11:30 or 12. Meetings are held at WLS unless indicated otherwise. View the Evanced entry for confirmed times , new additions to the calendar, and to register for each event.
There was a flurry of interest in escape rooms. Here’s a cut and paste of what was shared.
Brian Mayer is an expert on this, and based out of Genesee Valley School Library System. He runs fantastic workshops on escape rooms, which involve participants taking part in an escape room while learning how to create them, connect them to educational standards, etc.
And one run by teens at the Scarsdale Teen Center: http://www.scarsdaleteencenter.com
The 2018 CSLP “Libraries Rock!” Summer Reading catalog was sent out in the mail. For those of you who’d like another peak, click here for the pdf of the scanned catalog!
At this 6/20/17 session two organizations shared information on exams and how they advise students and parents. (See materials linked here from Eduscape 2017 and The Learning Miracle 2017.) Additionally, Elena Falcone reviewed the guidance found on FirstFind.org, with a focus on critical thinking and research outlined in Find-Best-Colleges-for-You.
Youth and Family Services Manager, Mary Fellows from the Upper Hudson Library System presented a wonderful program geared towards serving families with young children. If you couldn’t come check it out, click here to view slides from the presentation!
(Conducted by Stephanie Hartwell-Mandella – (KAT)
We talked about personal and professional favorite applications, websites, online games and FB pages. Some are free, some are not.
- Face Tune (3.99); a fun and easy to use portrait and photo editor app. Nip here, tuck there, backgrounds and more.
- Instasize (Free); Instagram photo editing. Frames, stickers and more…
- Optimum Support App: From this app you can refresh your modem/router,control your thermostat and more.
- http://www.breakoutedu.com/(We talked about WLS purchasing this…or a few libraries going in on it together.) Breakout EDU is the immersive learning games platform. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are available for all ages and content areas.
- http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/ A great resource for all things TEEN. Through SLJ
- Jeopardy RocksWe played this! So much fun! Very user friendly.Make engaging educational quiz game board templates for school or class projects. Choose from four vegetable themed characters and help your students learn.
Web pages for Games and Apps:
- ALA Think Tank: (Not the real ALA. “Awesome Librarians Always”. I enjoy this page. For librarians, (prison, children’s, YA, Academic, entertainment industry…) people who work in libraries or people who like libraries. People share projects freely. Lots of good information on many topics. Sometimes people get snarky, but I enjoy it.
- Storytime Underground: Story time ideas.
- Both of these Facebook pages will lead you to others of interest, if you are so inclined.
(Conducted by Austin Olney)
2D Cartoon Animation Apps:
CGI and Simulation Apps: