One part of my regular system-level consulting work with 28 member libraries involves keeping our youth staff up-to-date and connected on news of note. Each week, I send out a quick newsletter with info that happens throughout the previous week, upcoming workshops, member tips, an occasional mini-consult on a burning question or expressed need (I survey the librarians biennially). I think it's important to stay connected and thoughtful about what staff need to do their jobs. Here is this week's email newsletter.
Happy Spring-Equinox SWLS Youth Newsletter
Great to start seeing you all. Expect contacts within the next few weeks to book the rest of the year's visits to your library!
PIZZA HUT COUPONS FOR SLP PRIZES
Please fill in your order by Friday April 6.
SLP PROGRAM IDEA
Linda at Cobb recommends Dubuque's Smithsonian National Mississippi River Museum's Outreach programs For $175 and $.65 a mile you get a dynamic science based program! Details are here (price breaks for multiple sessions of same program)
REMINDER ON LINKS
Generally, almost all links in the newsletter are archived on our SWLS Youth Pinterest page!
REGISTRATION FOR SLP 18 MUSIC WORKSHOP
FUN WITH MUSIC SLP WORKSHOP
Friday April 13 9:00-2:00 pm,Join Anna Stange for a hands-on, music-themed summer library program workshop that will give you a lift and the inside scoop on confidently presenting and doing music with children and teens. Discover new ways to use music and rhythm, chanting and poetry, beats and boxes (maybe even bottle caps!) in this interactive workshop. There will be time to share your ideas with everyone for the upcoming summer as well as tweak them based on what you learn at the workshop! Anna Stange, a musician, singer, former elementary school teacher and longtime music teacher in the Chicago area, incorporates music and the arts into all aspects of her work. She warmly inspires participants through many styles of learning and engagement.
We will be distributing free books gleaned from the kits at the workshop. Don't miss your chance to take fistfuls home for prizes or your collections.
DETAILED INFO AND ANSWERS ON DPI SCHOOL/PUBLIC LIBRARY MAY WORKSHOPS
Tessa did a blog post with more detailed information about the workshops I mentioned last week.These workshops are different from our hoped-for mid-August SWLS school/public library collaboration workshop that we are still planning!
SMALL LIBRARIES MEET-UP
The first ever! Hope to see you there. You don't need to be a member of WLA or of WISL to attend. Please share this invite with another librarian!
MINI-CONSULT - STEM RESOURCES (also posted on our SWLS Pinterest Page)
Information on programs (active and passive) with STEM content has been a consistent request from lots of you. While we can't have a STEM system level workshop like Lisa Shaia's every year, we can still connect to great resources. Please try these and program madly and STEM-ly!!
Sowing Seeds Librarian blog - SWLS' own Emly Zorea has a super helpful blog in which she shares programs on STEM and Coding (among other things. If you are not subscribed to it, I highly recommend it).
PBS Design Squad - Lots of great do-able science-based ideas on this website.
STEM in Libraries blog - with the tagline: "We are scientists...library scientists" you know you are in the right place. A TON of programs.
STARNET STEM Activity Clearinghouse - vetted programs and activities perfect for libraries.
Teachers are Terrific webpage - a TON of cheap and well-designed lesson plans for various elementary grades
Jbrary blog post on STEM resources - a one-stop shop of blogs and websites by the rpolific early literacy video gurus!
As always if you have questions or concerns, some news or pix to share with everyone, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.