Ellsworth Keeps Away Winter Blahs

The folks at Ellsworth sure know how to scare away the winter blahs! An American Girl Beach Party, based on the book Aloha Kanani, kept the attendees warm. Participants learned to dance the hula, including learning what the hand motions in the dance mean. They wore...

Great Use for Flip Video Camera Kits!

From Barb Huntington’s Monthly Posting for System Youth Services Liaisons:The “Why I Need My Library” contest seeks to engage young library advocates and asks them to create short, original videos on why they think libraries are needed now more than...

Summer VISTA opportunity

This just in via Barb Huntington, from Betsy Pruett at the Department of Public Instruction:The Department of Public Instruction is excited to announce the availability of a second summer VISTA grant for communities across Wisconsin. This grant will allow us to...

Two Children’s Choice Awards!

Check these out–encourage kids to participate, or build some programs around these 2 children’s choice awards. If you do, let me know! The Children’s Choice Book Awards voting will open on Monday, March 14th. The downloadable ballot will be available here...

Contests to Challenge Teen Creativity

YALSA and Figment have teamed up for an awesome contest in celebration of Teen Tech Week! Teens can write a 750-word essay on how to use a made-up steampunk apparatus on Figment and win an e-reader. So if you’re a teen (or you know one) who likes to write, likes...

Fun Day in Hudson

Kids dancing at Hudson Beach Party What do you do when school is out in your community? In Hudson, youth services staff Carol Hudson and Mary Davis, along with 5 adult and 8 teen volunteers, offered a fun day last month. This was the first time for them, and they were...

Summer Library Program Resources

Clip Art from the CSLP manual, all rights reserved.Clip Art: I got a call today from a librarian who was having trouble with the CSLP clip art (the disc that comes in your manual). This year, the disc is a DVD, because they put some super-cool videos on them. If you...

Martha Speaks Book Club

I got this from the blog hosted by the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association. Bring the excitement of MARTHA SPEAKS to your library! The MARTHA SPEAKS Read-Aloud Book Club creates a fun environment for young kids to read and talk about books, and...

Science Fun at the Library!

Colleen Crowley, the children’s librarian at the Chippewa Falls Public Library, sent a note about a great project they are doing in Chippewa Falls:Librarians do not need to be experts at scientific theory to guide scientific inquiry with children. Opportunities...

Autism Spectrum Workshop

Imagine what it would be like if the flickering of flourescent lights was physically painful. Or if unexpected changes in your routine left you feeling absolutely panicked. Or if an automatically flushing toilet terrified you. Or if you couldn’t read social...