Finding high quality children’s performances to bring to libraries, schools or groups has just become easier. CSD and Salem Public Library host the 2016 Performers Showcase on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. Learn more and register online ...
CSD, OASL, and OYAN are excited to announce that MAGGIE STIEFVATER will be our featured author at the OLA and OASL conferences in April 2017!
There will be an author talk and book signing on Friday, April 21 at 5:00 PM, followed by a session at the OASL Conference on Saturday, April 22. Both events will be held at Salem Public Library. Ticket cost and purchasing information will be coming later in 2016.
Most of you are probably already jumping up and down with joy, but here are more details about Maggie for the uninitiated:
Maggie Stiefvater is the author and illustrator of multiple bestselling books for kids and teens, including the Raven Cycle series, the Wolves of Mercy Falls series, Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures (with Jackson Pearce), and Hunted (Book 2 of the popular Spirit Animals series). She won a Printz Honor in 2011 for her stand-alone novel, The Scorpio Races, which has also been optioned by Katzsmith Productions and Focus Features.
Maggie lives in Virginia with her family, several very fast cars, and a menagerie of animals that includes nine goats. You can find her online at http://www.maggiestiefvater.com/.
Saroj Ghoting’s preconference “STEP Into Storytime” at OLA was wonderful and left me with many ideas that I would like to incorporate into my preschool storytimes. One of her main ideas was scaffolding and early literacy. Since we are not able to adapt each task in storytime to the individual child, we must get a sense of the group as a whole while presenting our material. Depending on the group’s reaction, we should adjust to make the task simpler or more challenging for the group. In general, we can use different levels of the same task that are developmentally appropriate for different ages (babies, toddlers, preschoolers) in order to foster early literacy skills at different levels of a child’s advancement.
Here is an example she provided.
Eensy Weensy Spider
Actions to the words:
Babies- adult crawls fingers (the spider) on baby’s stomach
Toddlers- move their hands up the arm (spout) of their adult
Preschoolers- do the traditional finger motions
Based on this concept, I came up with the following scaffold.
Choo Choo Clickety Clack by Margaret Mayo
Actions to the repeated phrase “Off they go”:
Babies- adult raises baby up
Toddlers- repeat the phrase while making the action that goes with the page (pull whistle for the choo choo, zoom hands for race cars)
Preschooler- storyteller asks the group “What sound does each vehicle make?”
Not every activity, song, and story needs to have a scaffold; doing some scaffolds in a mixed-age storytime helps foster a positive interaction for all ages involved, so that the more advanced children do not feel unchallenged and children who have not fully developed their skills have activities they can competently participate in yet still have the opportunity to improve their early literacy skills. A mixture of skill levels will have the younger children not only learning from us but from their older peers.
Here is a list she provided that lists developmental stages of the early literacy skills.
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Guerilla Storytime at the OLA Conference 2016
By Bethany Grabow, bethanygrabow.com
Out of all the things at a library conference, my favorite type of session is idea sharing. So imagine my delight when I saw Guerilla Storytime advertised as one of the options for the first breakout session of the conference. We sat in a large circle and shared our best ideas and practices for storytime. Some of the discussion involved brainstorming solutions to real life problems encountered in storytime. Other time was spent sharing something that works for you, such as your favorite flannel board or book. One idea I can’t get out of my head is singing, “All the single babies. Put your hands up!”
Here are some other great things I learned from this session:
Tune: Are You Sleeping?)
Watch it drip.
Watch it drip.
Up & down my elbows.
Up& down my elbows.
Spit out the pits!
Spit out the pits!
You put the oil in the pot and you let it got hot.
You put the popcorn in and you start to grin.
Sizzle, sizzle… (crouch down while repeating the word sizzle)
And here are some favorite books for storytime:
The Nest is a modest novel at 244 pages, but those pages pack quite a punch. Steven is a child riddled with anxiety. For those who have experienced anxiety as a child, Oppel's representation is incredible. The fear, doubt, stress, and nightmares are poignant and unsettlingly familiar. Don't hesitate to give this to mature children struggling with their own anxieties or to parents and caregivers trying to better understand the plights of their children. When we're young it's hard to know what is real and what isn't - something Oppel has masterfully rendered here - and how to process the complexities of anxiety, sickness, and family strife. A beautiful and compelling novel.
The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Review by Bethany Grabow
The story begins as Ada is punished for looking out the window of the dingy, one-bedroom London apartment she shares with her mother and younger brother Jamie. Ada is nine years old and has never been allowed to leave the apartment. Her mother tells Ada that people would be disgusted by her twisted foot. She accepts her lot in life because at least she has Jamie to keep her company. But when Jamie starts school and spends more and more time away playing outside with his new friends, Ada realizes the little she has in life is slipping away.
Ada begins to prepare for the unknown. She teaches herself to walk on her crippled foot. It is painful, but she is used to pain. When Jamie comes home from school one day, he says a war is coming and they are sending the children away from the city into the safety of the country. Ada realizes this is her chance to escape her cruel mother and the nights spent locked in the cupboard as punishment for the slightest infraction, the life spent trapped. She and Jamie run away and find themselves thrust into the home of Susan Smith, a strange but kind woman. Ada finally has a life of freedom, but can she really trust that things are as good as they seem? Or do all good things come to an end?
This was an outstanding historical fiction novel about vulnerability, trust, and redemption. Ms. Bradley’s books pack an emotional punch and present history in an interesting and relatable way. I would recommend this to older children and teens. I also think this would be a great read aloud for a classroom.
Cleary’s experiences as a late budding reader helped her empathize with young readers when she became an author. Young readers supplied Cleary with ideas for characters, characters who would represent regular kids.
In addition to winning over a huge fan base, Cleary is the winner of many honors and awards, including being named a “Library of Congress Living Legend”, and receiving the prestigious Newbery Medal, she even has a K-8th grade school in Portland named after her.
If I had to guess how many of Beverly Cleary’s books I own, I would say, “All of them!” So, like a good librarian I did a quick search and found out that Cleary has written over 40 works. Okay, so I don’t own ALL of her books, (I only own 15), mostly those in her “Ramona” series.
Although the last one was written in 1999, Cleary’s Ramona books have lasting appeal for children. Perhaps that is why they have sold in more than 20 different languages in 20 plus countries. Cleary says, "In 50 years the world has changed, especially for kids, but kids' needs haven't changed. They still need to feel safe, be close to their families, like their teachers and have friends to play with." Well said, and oh so true, as we well know being in the biz of early literacy, children’s programming and early childhood development.
In one of Cleary’s popular books, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, the concept of DEAR (“Drop Everything And Read”), was introduced. In this 1981 book Ramona and her classmates were given class time to stop what they were doing and read silently to themselves. This delighted Ramona, although she thought that “Sustained Silent Reading” sounded more grown-up than DEAR. If you are interested in the concept of DEAR visit the website www.dropeverythingandread.com.
Thanks so much Beverly Cleary for all you have done for the readers, librarians, parents, teachers and citizens of this world! Now, don’t you think it’s DEAR time! So, get on with it and thank Beverly Cleary while you are at it.
Thank you to Linda Annable at Newport for this great post! - CSD
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HANDS-ON PROGRAMS FOR SCHOOL-AGE KIDS
Bubble Making with Violeta Garza (Multnomah County Library): Test several recipes to see which one makes the best bubbles!
Calming Jars with Kathy Street (Oregon Trail Library District): These gorgeous jars of glitter are a great tool for starting conversations about feelings and helping kids manage their emotions.
Island Dreams with Mary Beth Hustoles & Jessica Marie (Salem Public Library): An island themed activity course (indoor or out); instructions, demonstration and supplies to make Geckos, lanterns, Octopus and Hula Dancer crafts... and a couple of surprises.
Marble Runs with Carson Mischel & Lizzy Lowery (Beaverton City Library): We will be bringing two large peg boards and a variety of tubes, pulleys, string and other whatnots. Participants can use the supplies provided and their imagination to create marble runs on the peg boards!
Sign Language Storytime with Dawn Prochovnic (SmallTalk Learning): Sign language is the ultimate hands-on learning activity. Visit this Demonstration Station to explore and engage in a variety of tried and true Sign Language Story Time practices and related extension activities. We'll play games, sing songs, move and groove, use some props, and see some examples of a craft or two!
Tinker Tech with Lucinda Gustavson (Springfield Public Library): Come play with us! We have Little Bits, Snap Circuits, Makey Makey boards, Dash & Dot Robots, Cubelets, 3D pens, Magna Tiles and more. This is your chance to try out all those fun tech toys you've heard about.
Our silent auction is back, bigger and better than ever before! Well be auctioning off 3 fantastic baskets of goodies, plus giving 1 basket away as a door prize to a lucky winner. If youd like to bid on an auction item, please bring cash or your checkbook.
Happy New Year! I’m actually not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions (really, who is?). However, I am always a fan of setting goals, and you can do that pretty much any time of the year—not just when the New Year rolls around.
Ideally, assessing your past year and setting goals for the following year should be done shortly before your fiscal year ends—giving you enough time to advocate for budget changes that may need to happen in order to meet your goals—but that doesn’t always happen, and that’s okay! Last year I set a few goals upon staff evaluation results in June, and my youth services department staff and I set our latest goals in September, a few months into the fiscal year and after we debriefed over our Summer Reading Program.
In advance of our department meeting, I determined that we would set goals for the following areas: programs, collections, and professional development. We used summer reading survey data, patron feedback, program attendance, and our own experiences to create the following goals:
For more ideas on areas you might consider covering when setting goals, take a look at the OLA Youth Services Guidelines (remember that CSD is surveying members about new guidelines), the Edge Initiative, and the National Impact of Library Public Programs Assessment.
And last but not least, one of the most useful mantras I heard at the 2015 OLA Conference was, “think big, start small, act fast.” Use that to your goal-setting advantage when you’re attending conferences, participating in meetings, and sitting through webinars.
Written by MacKenzie Ross
We're excited to present our Early Literacy Calendar! Check it out here.