Librarians use music to bolster early literacy skills, but as a librarian I had not really thought about the music knowledge that is imparted to children during storytime. The OLA pre-conference workshop, Basics of Singing for Storytime, helped me realize more concretely that when we introduce music to young children, we also are building their learning about musical components.
How we introduce music in our storytimes will affect what the children learn about music. I learned a few tips on how to introduce musical concepts to children, such as rhyme, beats, and learning to properly use one’s voice.
As a result of attending this pre-conference, I recently incorporated teaching proper breathing techniques while singing and doing yoga during a preschool storytime. I had attended an Imagination Yoga workshop last fall that uses yoga movements to tell stories. I combined the two workshops to write a ‘musical yoga story’ that taught the kids to breathe deeply and stand tall when singing while doing yoga through a spiel about singing animals.
By incorporating various aspects of music and demonstrating proper vocal techniques, librarians can introduce music to young children during storytimes in an easy and fun manner.
Storyteller, author, and youth librarian Heather McNeil received the 2017 Lampman Award at an awards ceremony breakfast at the OLA Annual Conference in Salem, Ore. Read more ...
Saturday, March 18
9 a.m. — 4 p.m.
Tigard Public Library
13500 SW Hall Blvd.
Registration deadline: March 13
This year’s spring workshop is all about big programs and family programming!
It can be daunting to step outside your normal programming and try something that encompasses all ages or will bring out hundreds of people. Learn tactics to make your next big program a success and get ideas for future programs.
There will be time to collaborate with your colleagues, so come prepared to share some of your favorite programs.
And don’t forget! We will be hosting our annual fundraiser. This year, we are selling book bundles of recently published children’s books, so come prepared to stock up. We accept cash, check, or credit card.
Register online by March 13. Registration is $10 for CSD members and $15 for non-CSD members.
Lunch is on your own. The Tigard Public Library hosts a lovely café with a variety of drink, sandwich, and salad options.
For questions, please e-mail Rebecca Mayer at or call 503-742-8589.
Sadly, the rescheduled workshop has been cancelled, as a majority of registrants were unable to attend the new date.
However! Let us know what you thought of the books! Here is a link to vote for your choice from the Mock Caldecott titles: https://goo.gl/forms/06quJlJ5ExpyLcfd2
The Mock Caldecott organizing committee has made the call to postpone the workshop, which had been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7 at the Oregon City Public Library.
The workshop is rescheduled for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Oregon City Public Library. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Be safe and stay warm!
NEW DEADLINE: Friday, Jan. 6! You can still register for this year's mock! Learn more ...
Nominate a special Oregon author, educator, or librarian who has made lasting or significant contributions to the children of Oregon or children’s literature for the Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award by Jan. 31, 2017.
The Evelyn Sibley Lampman Award is presented annually by the Children's Services Division of the Oregon Library Association at the OLA Annual Conference. The award is given in memory of Evelyn Sibley Lampman (1907-1980), noted Oregon teacher, journalist, and author of children’s books.
Nomination eligibility requirements are as follows:
Please include the following in the award submissions:
Nominations for the award shall be accepted from Children's Division members, OLA members, and members of the Lampman Award Committee. Current Lampman Committee members are not eligible to be nominated.
Please send all nomination materials to Carrie Kasperick at email@example.com or care of Carrie Kasperick at the Monmouth Public Library, 168 Ecols St. S., PO Box 10, Monmouth, OR 97361.
Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 31, 2017.
NEW DATE: Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Oregon City Public Library
606 John Adams St.
Join picture-book lovers from around the state for a fun and thought-provoking look at the Caldecott Medal process. Our morning workshop will focus on practical ideas for using Caldecott books in programs, followed by small group discussions of the 10 books up for discussion. Be part of the lively discussion, test your Caldecott illustration recognition skills, and cast your vote for Oregon's Mock Caldecott winner.
NEW registration deadline: Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. Register online.
$15 — CSD Members
$20 — Non-CSD Members
2017 Mock Caldecott Titles
Please read as many of these titles as you can before you arrive at the program; you will benefit from the workshop much more if you do!
Freedom in Congo Square — Carole Boston Weatherford, Author / R. Gregory Christie, Illustrator
Ideas Are All Around — Philip Christian Stead, Author/Illustrator
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph — Roxane Orgill, Author / Francis Vallejo, Illustrator
The Airport Book — Lisa Brown, Author/Illustrator
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat — Javaka Steptoe, Author/Illustrator
Snow White: A Graphic Novel — Matt Phelan, Author/Illustrator
The Storyteller — Evan Turk, Author/Illustrator
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles — Michelle Cuevas, Author/ Erin E. Stead, Illustrator
They All Saw a Cat — Brendan Wenzel, Author/Illustrator
Thunder Boy Jr. — Sherman Alexie, Author/ Yuyi Morales, Illustrator
9–9:15 a.m. Welcome & Introduction
9:15–10:30 a.m. Morning presentation and idea-share
10:30–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45–11 a.m. Get organized!
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Small group discussions
12–1 p.m. Break for lunch
Lunch is on your own; bring a sack lunch,
or purchase lunch from one of these nearby locations.
1–2:45 p.m. Continue small group discussions; vote
2:45–3 p.m. Break
3–3:20 p.m. Small group presentations
3:20–3:30 p.m. Final vote - everyone
3:30-3:50 p.m. Caldecott Visual Quiz: What else is on your Caldecott radar?
What illustration trends are you noticing?
3:50-4:05 p.m. Quiz answers/prizes
4:05-4:15 p.m. Winners/honors announcement
4:15-4:30 p.m. Announcements/Evaluations/Farewell!
Railhead by Philip Reeve
Reviewed by Lorene Forman
Railhead, a new, fast-moving YA cyberpunk adventure, had me hooked from the opening pages. Imagine a universe linked by sentient trains carrying goods and people swiftly and efficiently through hyperspace. Imagine a universe governed by A.I. guardians resembling a pantheon of ancient gods controlling the opulent and pampered puppet human leaders. Imagine an oppressed underclass of sentient androids who are replacing humans as the intergalactic cheap labor force. This is the setting of Railhead.
Zen Starling is a common thief who rides the rails between habitable worlds stealing and hawking goods. He is being followed by an android girl in a red raincoat. He is also being followed by the captain of Railforce who wishes to detain him for questioning. The android helps Zen to escape Railforce only to lead him to her boss, a mysterious man who commissions Zen to steal from the royal family’s train an object that could restructure the very fabric of the universe.
Full of high adventure and ethical conundrums, with nods to ancient Greek mythology, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, and Frank Herbert’s Dune, the rest of the story is a fast-paced, perfectly constructed romp through the universe that is impossible to set aside. For me and for the youths in our library’s Teen Book Club, Railhead provided a very refreshing departure from the more well-worked themes of recent YA literature.
Acclaimed British YA and children’s author, Philip Reeve, will soon release a second book entitled Black Light Express, which follows the further adventures of Zen Starling. Railhead, however, could easily be enjoyed as a stand-alone work. Marketed for young adults between the ages 14 and 18, Railhead would be equally suitable for a broad range of readers from advanced middle grades to adults. Railhead was originally released in the UK by Oxford University Press (October 2015) and re-published (April 2016) in the U.S. by Switch Press.
Contact information and more is available for the featured performers from the 2016 Performers Showcase held at the Salem Library on Saturday, Sept. 24 ... Learn more
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