Early Childhood Services Check-In Follow-Up (it’s a doozy!)

Yesterday we had a very cool check-in, with 38 brilliant brains in one Zoom call.  We are looking for your ideas and feedback about upcoming youth services check-ins, so please take a few moments to fill out this form.  And keep reading for some of the great ideas and...

Youth Services Updates

March is certainly an exciting and tumultuous month weather-wise (and otherwise, too!).  I hope things are going as well as possible for you all.  Here are a few resources I recommend taking a look at: Summer Library Program: Looking to work with your schools to...

Mental Health First Aid Training

There are lots of reports about the mental health effects of the pandemic on young people, and according to the Wisconsin Rural Opioid and Simulant Engagement (WIROSE) Project of the UW Madison, 3 in 4 Wisconsin high schoolers report that they do not receive the help...

Here’s an update on few resources and upcoming events for youth services folks. This YSS blog post sums up some excellent upcoming resources related to Pollinator Month, coming up in June. Our upcoming Youth Services Check-In is on Thursday, April 7, 2-3 pm.  We’ll be...

Summer Resources

I’ve come across some great resources about summers and libraries lately.  Here are a few: Association for Library Service to Children’s new(ish) creation: Learning Beyond:  21st Century Summer and Out-of-School-Time Programs for Youth Toolkit This...

IFLS Youth Services Check-in Follow-up: Circulating Kits

We talked about circulating kits at the latest IFLS Youth Services Check-In.  Here are some things we covered: STEM KITS, which include resources for experiments and exploring science and technology concepts and sometimes books and binders with additional cool stuff. ...

January 21 2022 IFLS Youth Services Updates

(also sent as an email to the IFLS youth services list) Performers PLEASE NOTE:  Performer resources listed here are intended for IFLS librarians.  We are in the process of updating the Youth Services website, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a few resources...

Early Literacy Requires Family Engagement

  Last week I got a few reminders about the importance and delight of engaging with and supporting families with young children for a multitude of reasons, including that it is a great way promote early literacy practices and social-emotional learning and...

Resources for Serving Underserved Communities from ALSC

The Association for Library Service to Children’s Library Service to Underserved Children and Caregivers committee has created some practical toolkits, chock-full of resources for helping libraries serve everyone.  Wow!  Here’s a run-down of the current...
Help Promote Virtual, Free Parenting Conference from UW Madison Extension!

Help Promote Virtual, Free Parenting Conference from UW Madison Extension!

I got a note from the fabulous Yia Lor (UW Madison Extension–Eau Claire County) asking for help promoting a really awesome-sounding, free, virtual conference for parents, Raising Wisconsin’s Children.  It is designed for parents and caregivers, and as such...

Additional Resources to Help Prepare for Challenges

Libraries and schools in the US (and that includes Wisconsin) are enduring a tremendous uptick in challenges to materials.  Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, recently said that during her 20 years...
Monarchs!

Monarchs!

One of my kids used to call monarchs “harmonicals” so that’s how I still think of them.  At a recent youth services check-in, Lindsey from Augusta mentioned that she raised a bunch of monarch caterpillars and people of all ages were excited to help! ...