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LET’S TALK ABOUT…FALL

The latest bundle from Talking is Teaching is all about fall! Check out posters, parent tip sheets, social media content, and more in this shared folder.

RESEARCHING YOUR COMMUNITY

From the ALSC blog: “Reaching traditionally marginalized or underserved communities is overwhelming. We don’t want to make this work look easy; it truly isn’t. However, we believe library staff at all levels can do this work with the right tools and support. This year, we’re bridging the gap between tangible resources and getting started. Today, we’ll focus on researching your community…”

SUMMER READING

Just a quick reminder that you can still sign up for a summer reading debrief – they’ll be held on Friday, September 10 and Thursday, September 16. We’ll talk about what worked, what didn’t, and what will help for next year. (And if you haven’t yet filled out your summer reading report, please take a minute to do so now.)

FOR YOUR RADAR

Barnes & Noble takes a look at the most anticipated children’s and YA book releases of September. Check it out!

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SUMMER READING WRAP-UP

Just a reminder that we’re having two sessions for a summer reading debrief this year, Friday, September 10 and Thursday September 16. Also, the final evaluation for summer reading is due this Friday, September 3. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

SELF-DIRECTED PROGRAMS

From Jbrary: “In this updated post I’m sharing self-directed activities for kids and families at the library. To narrow the scope I’ve chosen activities that feature a literacy element. A huge shout-out to all the library staff who allowed me to highlight their amazing ideas!”

COMMUNITY ART PROJECT

From the ALSC blog: “Our community was eager to return to in-person browsing, programs and volunteer opportunities and it was clear they were looking for opportunities to connect with others. From this theme grew the idea for a community art project and passive program that would foster community engagement and visually represent the types of connections that are made at the library…”

CREEPY CRAFTING

From Teen Services Underground: “Spooky season is one of my favorite times to make things, and the teens in my area adore all things disturbing and creepy. My library system is still making 150 Take and Make kits every month for teens, and finding something that was both cost effective and creepy was challenging. My solution? Creepy Eyeball Bouquets…”

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SUMMER READING EVALUATION

Thanks to everyone who’s filled out their final evaluation for summer reading. If you haven’t, no worries, you’ve still got two weeks until the September 3 deadline. Just a reminder, please use your NCLS delivery codes when identifying your library – sometimes one library’s internal abbreviations are the same as another’s. (PPL, DFL, and OPL are just a few.) If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

READSQUARED WRAP-UP

Did you use READsquared for your summer reading program this year? Learn how to close out the summer programs and load new themes for fall and winter. (Did you know you can use READsquared all year long? You can!) This session is being offered by the NYS Library, with no registration required. Visit NCLS Events for dates and times.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

From Teen Librarian Toolbox: “We are so excited to be back at this year after having to cancel due to the pandemic in 2020… This year, we’ll have an expanded and fun agility course, customizable bandanas you can decorate for your dog, and a yogurt bar with dog-safe toppings. Additionally, there are a series of contests for dogs and their humans, like peanut butter licking competitions, costume contests, and trick contests.”

FOR YOUR RADAR

From Jbrary: “Podcasts have exploded in popularity and despite my listening challenges I have found them to be a great source of education and inspiration. This post features my top picks for anyone serving children in public libraries. Because there are a gazillion book and library themed podcasts I kept a pretty strict focus for this list…”

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SUMMER READING DEBRIEF

The date has been set for the Summer Reading Debrief, and it’s…two dates! The votes were split so evenly, and I didn’t want to miss anyone, so we’ll have it twice. Join us on either September 10 at 11am or September 16 at 9am for a discussion about what worked for your summer reading program, what didn’t, and what will help for next year.

TAKE HOME KITS: BEYOND CRAFTS

From Teen Services Underground: “…why do take home kits have to involve crafts? The point is creating a program a patron can take home and do on their own, but crafts are only a part of what programming librarians do. That’s what inspired my series ‘Prompted’. This involved three sheets a month, a creative exercise, a list of writing prompts, and a list of art prompts.”

ALSC BOOKLISTS

The latest ALSC booklists focus on graphic novels, but you can find more of their (printable!) reading suggestions to share with your patrons here. Check it out!

SPOTLIGHT ON: PUPPETS!

This throwback Jbrary post talks about the benefits of using puppets in storytime and provides tips on how to do it well. Oh, you don’t have any puppets at your library? No worries – NCLS has got you covered.

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COLLECTION AND RA

Doing summer reading during a pandemic and a renovation helped one librarian learn more about the collection, re-evaluate shelving and displays, and highlight books that fly under the radar. Check it out!

THE STATE OF STORYTIME

From Storytime Katie: “Because we’re outside, I am only using books, songs, and rhymes this summer. No flannelboards, puppets, or props since a) they aren’t big enough to see with the distance; b) they’re easily blown away (no, seriously, I had a whole flannelboard on an easel that fell at an outreach storytime years ago); and c) it’s a lot to manage…”

COPYRIGHT UPDATE

Penguin Random House has extended their Open License to December 30. (Hat tip to Youth Services Shout-Out for the heads up!) You can keep tabs on all the publishers guidelines at the Children’s Book Council.

STORYTIME THEMES

From Jbrary: “We’ve all been there. You’re doing a storytime based on a theme and you’re drawing a blank on books. Depending on how long you’ve been in your role as a storytime presenter this problem can cause all levels of anxiety. Today I’m sharing my top five strategies for finding a storytime book based on a theme in hopes of empowering others in their search skills…”

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PASSIVE PROGRAM IDEAS

From the ALSC blog: “More of our patrons are getting vaccinated against Covid-19 and our library systems are slowly easing back to normal operating hours and codes of conduct. Children’s librarians are still walking a tightrope of safely providing services while dealing with the reality that our charges (children ages 0-12 years old) are not able to get vaccinated yet. Outdoor programming is great for families that can make it work for their schedules and register far enough in advance to avoid being put on a waitlist. However most of my families do not fit into that category…”

ZOOM PUPPET SHOW

From Jbrary: “Hmmm, I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to do something different than read the book? Wait, I pondered, doesn’t this book have an easy-to-remember plot and odd-shaped characters who would be theoretically easy to replicate? Hmmm, I ruminated, wouldn’t it be possible to make this book into a puppet show??!!”

WEEDING: COMPUTER BOOKS

From Youth Services Shout-Out: “While there is not generally a huge amount of computer/technology manuals in the children’s non-fiction, it doesn’t hurt to go over what to keep and what to throw on the discard pile. With the rapid changes in technology and the constantly updating information about applications and programs, we need to stay on top of this section and make sure our books are current…”

CATS STORYTIME

From Adventures in Storytime: “This book is great for keeping the younger or more wiggly kids engaged because it is short and sweet, has simple bold illustrations with bright colors, and is very interactive…”

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BIG BOOKS!

NCLS has added six big books to the Warehouse! These oversized picture books are engaging and perfect for an outdoor storytime. We’ve also got flannel boards (and sets) and puppets. Check it out!

SUMMER READING

Just a reminder that if you have virtual programs, storywalk locations, or video booktalks to share you can send them to me, and I’ll add them to our collaborative summer page. Programs can be submitted here; storywalks and videos can be emailed.

THROW IT THURSDAY

From the Youth Services Shout-Out blog: “Have you ever looked through your biography section and said, “Man some of these are ancient!” Some people have a tough time getting rid of biographies because they want to make sure their patrons have access to information on anyone they think might be important. If you always think like that, your shelves will be overflowing! You have to throw some of them into the discard pile! Here are a few ideas to help you on your weeding way…”

FOR YOUR RADAR

Teen Librarian Toolbox takes a look at upcoming middle grade titles – enjoy!

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NEXT YS MEETUP

The next youth services meetup will be held Monday, June 7 at 11am. Join us to share ideas about programming, community engagement, opportunities for collaboration, and anything else on your mind. Sign up today!

PORTABLE SOUND SYSTEMS

From Youth Services Shout-Out: “With summer hard upon us, many libraries are not only continuing virtual programs but also taking advantage of the warmer weather to plan live outdoor programs again. While a robust presenter’s voice is nice in the outdoors, a portable sound system can help immensely in saving energy, vocal chords and making it easier for the audience to actually hear…”

EARLY LIT WEBINARS

Just a reminder that NCLS is hosting two early literacy webinars this spring, presented by Jill Burket Ragase, professional library trainer and former youth services librarian. Storytime Starters will be held tomorrow (5/20) and Board Books 101 on June 17.

FOR YOUR RADAR

Teen Librarian Toolbox takes a look at new and upcoming titles for teens and tweens. Check it out!