by Katelyn Patterson
Starting Year 3 of Bots & Books
I am so excited to announce that we will be able to continue our work on the Bots & Books grant during fiscal year 2017, thanks to funding from the Texas State Library and Archives and the Institution of Museum and Library Services. For those that are unfamiliar with this grant, we are getting public libraries all around the state the equipment and training they need to begin offering robotics programming to their youth patrons. So far I have been fortunate to work with 27 libraries around Texas. This year, I am pleased to add the following libraries to our grant:
- Bulverde/Spring Branch
- Cedar Park
- Del Rio
- Garden Ridge
- Lake Travis
- Library at Cedar Creek Lake/Seven Points
- Tye Preston/Canyon Lake
- Wells Branch
SRP Wrap Up
Summer is over and you are figuring out the stats, right? Well, don’t forget to report your successes to your local media! Don’t just include total number of participants, but any percentage increase from the previous year, if it applies. And speaking of local media, check out this short clip of Barb Langridge from ABookAndAHug.com booktalking about great summer reads during the local news. What better way to get in front of your community!
Please take a moment to take the TSLAC End of Summer Survey to give your feedback. And in early October TSLAC will be sending every main and branch library a packet with a USB drive containing the 2017 Collaborative Summer Library Program manual and artwork for the early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs for those of you who wanted to get started early.
New Youth Services Discussion List
As we begin a new fiscal year at CTLS, I wanted to kick off our new Youth Services Discussion List. Of course, I will share with you any youth related news or events that are coming up that might be helpful, like some of the links or upcoming CE opportunities you will find below. But this is not just a place for me to shout from the rooftop. My hope is that this list will be a place where anyone involved in providing library services to youth can come to ask questions, share ideas, and encourage each other. Think of it as a Pubyac or ALSC-L specific to Texas youth librarians and staff. You can subscribe here if you are interested in joining the discussion.
Additions to the Professional Collection
We are always striving to provide you with quality resources to help your library thrive. In addition to grants and workshops, we also have a Professional Collection of books and other materials that you can check out for free on topics from readers advisory to collection development to customer service to library management. Here are a few materials we recently added that you should check out!
The Very Ready Reading Program from Demco helps you learn how to best incorporate early literacy tips directly into storytime for caregivers to continue on their own. We have purchased all three curriculum for you: Birth-24 Months, Ages 2-3, and Ages 4-5. Each curriculum has several ready-to-go storytime programs with songs, rhymes, and books, as well as printables for presenters and caregivers.
One of the goals of our Bots & Books grant is talking about how we can tie STEM activities to literacy. Cross-curriculum is a school of thought that, to increase understanding and retention in students, we should be teaching more than one subject at once. The National Science Teachers Association recommends the following books for doing just that. The One Minute Mysteries series offers short stories with problems to solve using either math or science. We have purchased all three in the series: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science, 65 MORE Short Mysteries You Solve With Science, and 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Math. These are great for children 8-12.
Similarly, the Picture Perfect Science series provides ready-to-go lessons that include suggested science-related picture books that are tied to inquiry-based science lessons. We have purchased all three in the series: Picture Perfect Science Lessons, Grades 3-6; More Picture Perfect Science Lessons, Grades K-4th; and Even More Picture Perfect Science Lessons, K-5th. Though these were written with teachers in mind, they are filled with great ideas you can use if you are wanting to incorporate more STEM activities into your storytime.
- Librarian Launches Indiegogo to Fund Hands-on Coding Blocks
- SLJ and Scholastic Announce 2016 School Librarian of the Year Award Winners
- Some of the Best Picture Books of 2016 Thus Far (Mid-Year Summary), according to Elizabeth Bird
- Patron Checks Out ‘So You Want To Be A Doctor’ in 1970, Forgets to Return It, Becomes a Doctor, Makes a Big Donation to The Library
- Report on DC Public Library’s Successful “Books from Birth” Program, Over 13,000 Children Already Participating
- View YALSA’s Engaging Latino Youth Through STEAM webinar on YouTube for free
- Is Your Library Ready for the Celestial Event of the Century?
- Author Matt de la Peña Receives Intellectual Freedom Award, with Texas librarian Courtney Kincaid of North Richland Hills Public Library getting an Honorable Mention
- Star Wars Reads is coming up in October!
- Belgians are hunting books, instead of Pokemon
- Refreshing your on- and offline spaces with a bit of library eye candy
- Teaching the 2016 Presidential Election: Top Tools
Youth Continuing Education Opportunities Coming Up
- Family Place Libraries™ Parent/Child Webinar from TSLAC
- Transforming Preschool Storytime from TSLAC
- TexShare Database Training: TeachingBooks.net from TSLAC
- STEAM in Preschool Storytime from TSLAC
- CTLS Performer Showcases in Georgetown, Bedford, and McAllen
- Teen Programming: A Mover & Shaker’s Recipe for Impact and Success Webinar from WebJunction
- In lieu of ALSC’s in-person event in Charlotte, ALSC will be hosting a Virtual Institute, September 15-16, 2016.