Are you interested in impacting children’s library services and programming? Are you passionate about serving children? Do you know someone who is? Please consider nominating yourself or someone else for the OLA, Children’s Services Division Board. Work with your peers to make children's libraries a better place. You learn new things along the way. Email us to let us know your interest.
Summer Reading Chair: Works closely with OYAN Summer Reading Chair and State Library Youth Services Consultant to provide communication, workshops, and support for Oregon libraries’ summer reading programs. This includes sharing iREAD information, workshops, timelines, and updates. Coordinate Summer Reading fall workshop their second year in office. This is a two year commitment. Click here for a detailed job description. The position will start September 2021.
Communications/Social Media Committee Members: Committee members help create content for the blog and promote CSD events. This position would start immediately.
In the past, the CSD fundraiser was held during the spring workshop, an all-day, in-person event. In 2020, the Spring Workshop and fundraiser, scheduled for mid-March, were cancelled due to the Coronavirus lockdown. Today, we are hosting our first virtual auction fundraiser.
Auction winners in the Portland Metro Area may be able to arrange pick up instead of shipping the titles to you, especially if you purchase many lots. Please contact our incoming co-chair for pick up arrangements.
If you have questions about our fundraiser, please contact our incoming co-chair, Susan Cackler. If you are on a book committee and receive a large quantity of quality children's books, please consider donating them to CSD. Please contact our incoming chair to make your donation. Thank you for supporting the Children's Services Division!
A sneak peak video of the titles in the virtual auction:
1. The Spring Workshop continues. Our next watch & read is about programming in general. Click here for the content. Remember, you can watch or read any of the links, or none! These resources aren't going away so feel free to bookmark them.
2. If you can, join us for a debrief/sharing on April 30, 11 AM-1PM. The Zoom Link is pasted and highlighted at the top of the shared Google Doc.
3. The last in our workshop series, EDI in services, is coming soon! The debrief for that will take place May 7, 11AM-1PM.
Looking for a quick way to see if the Alaska Libraries iREAD Showcase on YouTube has anything that can help you? Check out this “Cliffs Notes” version of the webinar. Included are types of events discussed and the time stamp (minutes:seconds) on the YouTube video (see bottom of blog post for the video). I also created Bibliocommons lists of book titles discussed. I did not include every title mentioned.
Spend a few minutes looking at this quick view of the YouTube video and see if there is anything of interest in the one hour and 20-minute webinar. Hope this saves you some time and helps your summer reading planning.
Let us know if you would like to see more quick view versions of webinars.
Presenter: MJ Grande, Youth Services Librarian, Juneau Public Libraries
Storytime Books for Movement: 9:13 (minutes: seconds timestamp on video)
Bibliocommons list of storytime titles for movement.
Upcycle Tutu: make a tutu out of leftover newspaper bags: 14:49
Craft, Melted Crayons on Canvas: 16:05
Page 209 of 2021 iREAD Resource Guide. See picture below.
Indigenous books to read and hear: 17:04
Color Inspiration Books: 19:56
Presenter: Susan Jones, Youth Services Librarian, Fairbanks
Her programming focused on ages 3-9.
Things to consider when creating your SRP plans: 23:23
Don’t set plans in stone. Set in Jello for lots of wiggle room.
Scavenger Hunt: colors 28:26
Outdoor Day: 29:54
Music Concerts outside: 30:35
Mad Scientists (virtual): 31:04
Paid Performer: 32:46
Take and Make Bag: 33:34
Aurora Borealis Art project: 34:17
Pandemic Quilt: 35:12
Colorful Family Flag: 35:35
Color Your Plate with Fruits and Vegetables: 35:57
Mystery Sticker Posters: 36:35
Minerals, Rocks and Gems: 37:06
Rubber Chicken Karaoke: 37:30
Essay Contest: Forgot to get timestamp.
Presenter: AJ Gooden, Igiugig Tribal Library
Has directions and materials lists and is willing to email you a copy. Update 3/25/21: I requested her materials and received them. They are excellent. I highly recommend getting them. Most of her programming will be in-person.
Color Fun with Process Painting: 41:33
Color Fun with Crayons and Marker: 42:51
Hands-on Color: 43:48
Questions about Color: 45:29
Survey patrons about color and explore their questions
What makes color?
I Color (Artists and Color): 49:10
Colors of our World, Earth Art and Community Photo Book: 50:50
Interactive Displays: 52:40
Presenter: James Adcox, Youth Services Coordinator, Kenai Community Library
DIY Kits for Teens and Tweens: 55:14
Teen and Tween Virtual Programming: 1:05:31
Incentives and Giveaways: 1:15:20
STEAM Kits: 1:17:18
Alaska Libraries, Reading Colors Your World, Summer Reading Showcase YouTube Video
From the website: "This YouTube video is a panel discussion sponsored by the Alaska State Library on activities for the 2021 Alaska Summer Reading Program using the iREAD program."
There was lots of information in my emails and online regarding Dr. Seuss and Read Across America. So, to make it easily accessible, I compiled the information in one place.
Here is the press release by Dr. Seuss enterprises on March 2, 2021 from their website:
Dr. Seuss and Racism
A peer-reviewed article called The Cat is Out of the Bag that discusses the racism in Dr. Seuss’ work: Ishizuka, Katie and Stephens*, Ramón (2019) "The Cat is Out of the Bag: Orientalism, Anti-Blackness, and White Supremacy in Dr. Seuss's Children's Books," Research on Diversity in Youth Literature: Vol. 1 : Iss. 2 , Article 4. Available at: https://sophia.stkate.edu/rdyl/vol1/iss2/4
Book “Was the Cat in the Hat Black? The Hidden Racism of Children’s Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books” by Philip Nel. Information from the publisher: “Gives those who teach, create, edit, or agent children's books potential tools to uproot systemic racism. Explores how children's literature obscures its racialized origins. Examines the common marketing practice of "whitewashing" and the growing resistance to it” Google talk with the author Philip Nel. Slate interview with Philip Nel about the press release from Dr. Seuss Enterprises on 3/3/2021.
Opinion piece in SLJ, Choosing Not to Highlight Dr. Seuss Books is Not Censorship by Oregon school librarian Miranda Doyle.
Article in School Library Journal about racism and monkey imagery: The Problem With Picture Book Monkeys: Racist imagery associating simians with Black people has a long history by Edith Campbell. School Library Journal, December 4, 2019.
A great infographic by Katie Salo (Twitter: @storytimekatie):
Diverse Books Recommendations for Reading Aloud
Read across America’s recommendations of diverse books.
Blog post by Jillian Heise that includes a list of diverse and inclusive read alouds.
Collection development and weeding decisions.
What to do about books with cultural inaccuracies in your collection.
Do you have an important resource to add to this collection? Let us know. Email email@example.com.
A big thank you to Angie Manfredi, Youth Services Consultant at the State Library of Iowa for her contributions to the discussion, Katie Salo for her amazing infographic, Greta Bergquist for keeping us in the loop and Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Wisconsin's Youth and Inclusive Services Public Library Consultant.
Racism and Children
Author Kelly Yang opens up about her own experiences with racism in the wake of COVID19 and explains how we can teach kids to rise above hate during this critical time -- and always. YouTube Video.
An incredibly in-depth look at resources on racism, children and Dr. Seuss by Philip Nel, Professor of English at Kansas State University.
Announcing: the 1st Ever Virtual CSD Spring Workshop series!
No time to watch or read? That's okay! You can come anyway!
Can't attend the debrief session? You can still watch or read about the topic when it's best for you.
Save the Date, 11AM-1PM
March 19: Summer Reading
Click here to get started on March's Watch and Read on Summer Reading.
For more information about the entire series go to our Spring Workshop page.
Questions or need the Zoom link? Contact CSD Co-Chair Bryce Kozla.
The Children's Services Division is offering membership scholarships to develop cultural and geographical diversity in our membership. CSD supports OLA's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Our intention is to improve the recruitment and retention of members from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds and/or historically marginalized and underrepresented groups.
For more information and link to application go to our Scholarships page.
A few years ago, Martín Blasco from Washington County Cooperative Services (WCCLS) coordinated a group of staff from most of the member libraries to take a course offered by Library Journal called Diversity and Cultural Competency Training: Collections and Readers Advisory. This was before Covid, so we met as a group and discussed the class as we went along. (We even had SNACKS.) One aspect of this course dealt with how to do a diversity audit of a young adult collection. I am definitely not a diversity expert and I’m not a diversity audit expert. I am someone from a small, rural library who took a course and audited a collection, and I’d like to share some of what I took away from the experience.
Undertaking a diversity audit of your library collection can sound like a truly daunting, impossible task. In fact, it IS daunting to consider putting every title in your building under the intense scrutiny required by a diversity audit. Even in my little library, we have over 30,000 items. Fortunately, you don’t have to do the whole building and you don’t have to do it alone!
Before undertaking an audit of your collections, I think it’s important to know WHY you’re doing the audit and what you hope to do with the information. Knowing why you’re doing it can help to motivate you and help to focus your audit. Are there collections you are planning to refresh? Are there collections that you think need to be more diverse? Or is there a particular segment of your service population that you want to make sure you have relevant books for?
Setting up and conducting the audit was fairly simple for our library. We exported the collection data (Title, author, publication date) into an Excel spreadsheet. We then added columns after the title to enter a “1” for each type of diversity represented by the book. Similarly, the math was pretty simple. If you have 100 books and 20 of them are categorized as diverse, you have a 20% diversity rating. For our library, it made sense to print the spreadsheet and check the boxes by hand. Then a different person updated the spreadsheet with the notes and did the math. You could also split the collection into sections and share it among different staff. It’s a great project to work on a little bit at a time, when you have a little down time. It took me about 6 weeks to complete an audit of about 2000 books
Going forward, instead of doing more diversity audits of different collections, we decided to focus on making sure that every time we order, we do so with diversity in mind. In this way, we can address diversity across all of the library’s collections on a regular basis. For most books in the library, the time of purchase is when we are most involved with the content of the book, so that makes it a perfect time to address its diversity (or lack thereof). Our main selector specifically looks for diverse book lists and regularly uses content from the We Need Diverse Books blog and Lee & Low Books.
The final piece that we added to our collections procedures is to take diversity into mind when weeding. If a high-quality diverse title hasn’t circulated, we give it more time than we would a non-diverse title, and we check to see if we’ve been putting it on display, including it on reading lists and otherwise giving it a good chance to circulate. On the flip side, we try to weed books with harmful stereotypes or outdated, overused tropes as soon as possible.
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Here are links to different ways to make kaleidoscopes:
Science Works: How to Build a Kaleidoscope
The Ashland Science Works museum has great DYI instructions for a kaleidoscope. This project uses a toilet paper roll and aluminum foil (or shiny cardstock). They put translucent beads into a plastic bag and rubber band it to the roll. This website also explores the science of the kaleidoscope.
Science for Kids: How to Make a Kaleidoscope
This method uses a toilet paper roll and mylar sheets. The author had children draw on a round piece of paper and uses a straw to attach it to the roll. She paints her roll to beautify it. There is a video of her making the kaleidoscope.
DIY Kaleidoscope Craft for Kids
This method uses a paper towel roll and aluminum foil. The author cuts clear plastic circles from a salad greens lid. She glues the clear plastic circle to the open end of the paper towel roll. She inserts translucent beads into the tube and puts the second clear plastic circle into the roll. Then, she inserts aluminum foil covered cardboard. To make it look pretty, she attaches a piece of colorful paper onto the paper towel roll with tape.
Pairing STEAM with Stories: 46 Hands-On Activities for Children by Elizabeth McChesney (Ordered from the State Library of Oregon) Kaleidoscopes: page 12-13
This book has directions for a kaleidoscope that only uses mylar glued to cardboard. The author draws a picture on white paper and tapes it to the kaleidoscope. This version is simpler than the others because it does not place the mylar in a tube.
Here are my tips after trying several ways to make a kaleidoscope:
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