Summer Reading List

A group of librarians and authors who care about diversity put together an Inclusive Summer Reading List.  Aimed at including diverse voices and experiences in the books recommended for children and teens, the list includes a wide range of books.  According...

Getting Feedback from School-Age Kids

Readers’ Theater in BloomerI read an article in American Libraries about Tween Advisory Boards this week and it had some good ideas for engaging 9-12 year olds a little more in library programming and decision-making.  I know many of you have Teen Advisory...

Creating Safe Spaces for GLBTQ+ Youth

I attended a training session today sponsored by the AIDS Resource Center entitled Creating Safe Spaces for GLBTQ+ Youth in the Chippewa Valley.  GLBTQ stands for Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender and Questioning/Queer.  The room was full of people from around...

The Invitation Is For YOU!

Here’s another reminder that the invitation really is meant for YOU.  You can apply for the Wisconsin Youth Services Development Institute here, by May 29!Two years ago, I was lucky enough to be involved with the Wisconsin Youth Services Development...

Media Mentors White Paper

The Association for Library Service to Children just released a white paper entitled Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth.  It has some helpful background, and a strong argument that libraries are uniquely positioned to act as Media Mentors for the...

More Transitional Chapter Books

I got a note from Jill Patchin from Eau Claire today, saying if she’d known I would accept books in series for last month’s reading goals, she would have had lots to recommend.  Jill runs My First Book Club, for kids just starting to read chapter...