Youth Services Roundup 9/11/20



During our summer reading debrief, we agreed to set up a follow-up meeting in October to check in with each other on fall programming and school partnerships. The time to set that meeting date has arrived! Please select the best dates and times for you, and I'll get a Zoom meeting arranged.


Did you know that October is National Cookbook Month? It's also the national month for apples, caramel, chili, cookies, dessert, pasta, pickled peppers, pizza, pork, pretzels, sausage, seafood, pear and pineapple, rhubarb, and spinach lovers*. (Hungry yet?) So what better time to do a food-themed giveaway! E-mail me by Wednesday 9/16 with the subject line "All you can eat!" for your chance to win 30 paperback copies of Lois Ehlert's Eating the Alphabet for your early literacy curbside bundles. Good luck!


The ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office is sharing the following opportunity made available through their partnership with National 4-H Council. As part of their annual STEM Challenge, 4-H would like to offer libraries free STEM kits with four activities that explore Mars and space. Mars Base Camp is the official challenge for the 2020 4-H STEM Challenge. The Annual initiative aims to increase youth access to high-quality STEM activities that help kids build confidence and spark interest.

ALA’s partners at National 4-H Council are offering free Mars Base Camp kits (normally $24.95 + S&H each) to libraries. Supplies are limited, so be sure to sign up for kits using this form as soon as you can. Kits will be distributed on a first come, first served basis until supplies run out. If you receive a free kit through this program, you will be asked to fill out a very short survey at the end of the year asking about how you used, or plan to use, the kit. You can learn more about Mars Base Camp and the 4-H STEM Challenge at


From Teen Librarian Toolbox: " I am a huge fan of teaching teens how to engage with digital media and I am also super into instant photography, which I have posted a lot about here. I’m even in a instant photography group, which is where this idea comes from. A member of that group posted a picture they had taken with a shark puppet, making it look like they were being attacked by a shark, and I thought: THIS IS GENIUS AND FUN! So I ordered a shark puppet (It was $10 off of Amazon). And then the fun began and my programming brain started spinning into full gear..."

*(Want to know what other months it is? Of course you do.)

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