Great Web Sites

The 2012 Great Web Sites Committee announces the Spring 2012 selections. Great Web Sites for Kids are those considered the best web sites for children ages birth to 14, outstanding in both content and conception.  Selection criteria is available...

Picture Book Review

Book review by Raechel Schink, recent intern at IFLS.  Thanks Raechel! Fogliano, Julie. and then it’s spring. Illus. Erin E. Stead. Roaring Brook Press. (978-159-643-6244) Ages 4 and up.The perfect book choice to teach children about spring. and then it’s spring...

Foster Kids resource

Chicago Public Library recently collaborated with a very proactive and dedicated judge, the Honorable Helaine Berger, to create a book list and build supporting collections in every CPL location for kids, teens, and parents who are involved in the foster care...

Meet a Librarian–Jenna Gilles

Jenna Gilles is the youth services librarian at the Fall Creek Public Library, among many other things!  She writes a great blog about doings at her library. A busy, creative and energetic person, she brings a lot of great stuff to the library.  The photo...

Popular Children’s Series

Based on a poll of PUBYAC and IFLS Youth Services list servs, in combination with a peek at the multiple holds list for our catalog, I came up with this list of popular series.  Take a peek. Do you have anything to add to the list?  Anything you need to add...

Popular Teen Series

After an informal poll of librarians on PUBYAC on the IFLS Youth Services listserv, I took a peek at the multiple holds list generated by our shared catalog.  What follows are titles that came up several times in the poll or came up with lots of holds. ...

LSTA Guidelines and Categories

Applying for an LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant is a big project, but it can really make a difference to your library and your community.  The Rice Lake Public Library applied for and received a literacy grant for 2012, and they are transforming...

Autism Web Resources

After the Autism Society Conference, the other attendees and I decided that a web resource would be helpful.  We created a list of resources that will be useful to librarians trying to learn more–including some library-specific sites, that will also help...

Embracing Diversity Resource

Burnaby Public Library in British Columbia, Canada is collecting songs and rhymes in many languages so everyone can learn them. Videos of 30 songs and rhymes in 15 languages are available through the Embracing Diversity: Sharing Our Songs and Rhymes website...

Do Banned Books Help Your Spelling?

Thanks to Hollis Helmecci (Ladysmith) for drawing my attention to this great post from the Office for Intellectual Freedom’s blog.Several of the biographies of the finalists at the Scripps National Spelling Bee included their favorite book.  Blogger...

Free Webinar on GLBTQ Youth

I got this in a PUBYAC post–it seems like there would be some relevant information for librarians in this webinar, too.  You can only register right before the webinar, so mark your calendar for Wednesday if you have time.  I’ll try to...

Read-Aloud Awards

In at Moorhead State University (Minnesota), over 20,000 children–along with college students, early childhood teachers, librarians and professors on the award committee–helped to choose 2012’s best read-aloud books.  I haven’t heard much...