Changing-Table Initiative of ALSC

3 of the posters available to download and printIn order to help encourage parents and caregivers to talk, sing, play, read and write with their young children, the Association for Library Service to Children created some gorgeous posters that are available to...

SummerTeen Free Virtual Conference

Just what you need to keep you going this summer–a FREE conference that requires no travel.  School Library Journal is sponsoring a free virtual conference about serving teens, SummerTeen on August 13, starting at 10 am Central Standard Time.  It...

When In Doubt, Go to the Library

I had the opportunity to attend National History Day festivities in College Park, Maryland last week.  Wow, if you ever need some great inspiration about some amazingly dedicated, smart, interesting, and enthusiastic teens, this is a terrific place to get it....

Travel flannel board kits

Thanks to Valerie from Ladysmith for this great idea/guest post!For our Earth Day storytime, I wanted our craft to be something that we could make reusing materials we already had at the library. We have many DVD cases that can’t be used for circulation...

Abstinence-Only?

I was just listening to a recorded ALSC webinar by Cen Campbell (founder of the Little eLit blog).  She made an analogy that made a lot of sense to me.  She suggested that no matter how we feel about kids spending time interacting with screens, sticking to...

May Reading Goals

Whoops!  This got away from me this month!Each month, IFLS librarians (and any other blog readers, for that matter) are invited to read a book written for kids or teens in a certain category.  These can be recent books, or ones that have been on your list...

Trains on a Track Preschool Activity

Thank you to Valerie in Ladysmith for sharing this guest post:A proud artist/engineer shows off his train tracksFor our train themed preschool storytime this spring, we made a really neat interactive craft. It’s just a paper plate with a design drawn on it,...

Last-Minute Resources

Okay, just in case you are madly trolling the Internet, looking for some last-minute resources to help you with Summer Library Program planning, or if you want to have something in your back pocket if your original plan falls through:TeachingBooks.net has a whole...

Music Music Music resource

Photo credit:”Discovering Music” by Craig Rodeway https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ Zero to Three recently put together a lovely PDF for parents and caregivers, talking about the effect of music on very young children, including...

Inclusive Summer Reading Programs

I came across a YALSA blog post with some simple, easy-to-replicate tips for making your Summer Library Program more inclusive and accessible for kids and teens with disabilities (sorry that blog post is no longer available). If our goal is to help reduce the summer...

Read on Wisconsin Lists Announced

Read On Wisconsin logoA committee of smart librarians and teachers came up with this terrific list of books to promote for children throughout the year, and the 2015-2016 list was just released.  Read on Wisconsin is a project of the Cooperative Children’s...