Anna Bruce & Alicia Perez Ververa
Five Green and Speckled Frogs Felt Song Craft Recipe
Children will have fun creating their very own at home storytime felt song or create it yourself for a hopping good time at your storytime. This popular nursery rhyme helps children learn counting and develop language skills through song and repetition.
Oregon Library Association Preconference: Tribal History/Shared History
An OLA preconference offered a valuable training opportunity for school and public librarians to learn more about Tribal History/Shared History Curriculum and to think about how they can positively support and work with Oregon Tribes.
Senate Bill 13, (otherwise known as Tribal History/Shared History) legally mandated that schools across Oregon integrate historically accurate and culturally responsive curriculum about Tribal History into K-12 education. Schools across the state are in the process of implementing the curriculum and Tribes are developing additional place-based educational resources specific to their own unique history. Libraries, both school and public, can play a role in supporting this effort by offering culturally relevant programming and collections, as well as advocating for access and inclusion of authentic Indigenous voices and stories in our libraries.
The session was facilitated and organized by Mia Jackson, the Education Manager for the Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) at the University of Oregon. MNCH is in the final stages of completing a traveling exhibit that aligns with the Tribal History/Shared History curriculum. The exhibit, Native Innovation, will travel to different libraries throughout Oregon beginning later this year. The session was intended to give librarians more information about the Tribal History/Shared History Curriculum and to help libraries plan culturally responsive programming when the exhibit tours the state.
Additionally, two libraries offered examples of efforts to serve and work with local Tribes and the Native American communities in their services areas. Eva Red Bird, Indigenous Outreach Coordinator, Multnomah County shared some of the efforts her work group has made in providing outreach and indigenizing library spaces. Holly Goebel, Wallowa Library Director shared her experience working with a local nonprofit to support the Tamkaliks Celebration and preserve local history.
The event was sponsored by OLA’s Children’s Services Division and the Oregon Association of School Librarians. A shout out also goes out to Ekatrina Sotomayor of Multnomah County, Star Todd of Jefferson County Library District and the Oregon State Library, who supported the event by providing their expertise and advice.
You can view the session here:
The booklist, slides, and a recording of the event are also currently available on the OLA Conference App. In the future, the resource will be accessible on NW Central.
This preconference was given a shout-out on the May 2023 Oregon Department of Education Bulletin.
Documents for You: Booklists, Slides, and Resource Links
Craft Recipe Cards
We’d like to introduce you to our Craft Recipe Cards! We posted our very first craft recipe card last month on Instagram. We know many of you have some great crafts that you do with families and we also know that sometimes you might need a little inspiration for new ones!
Blossoming Friendship Trees
The Children's Services Division (CSD) hopes to see you at this year's OLA Conference in Bend, Oregon - April 19th-22nd. Register here: https://oregonlibconference.org/2023/
Stop by the CSD exhibit booth to learn more about what CSD does, play some fun games, make a craft, pick up copies of recipe ingredients, and win a few prizes!
Here are some conference events that the CSD team is planning and youth-focused sessions the CSD is sponsoring:
Library Programs with Museums
Looking for a fun, easy program to offer kids, teens, and families? Try working with a museum or outdoor educator! Learn more about what is currently being offered around the state. Each participating organization will have hands-on activities you can learn during the session and take back to your library. Participating organizations include the University of Oregon's Museum of Natural History and Culture, Discover Your Forest (non-profit arm of Forest Service), and more.
Summer Reading: What Is It Good For?
This is the spot if you're wondering any of the following: Why do we do summer reading? How does summer impact kids, teens, and families in our state? How does my library fit into the bigger picture of summer? for Oregon families? What's our vision for summer in our community? Are we accomplishing what we want to? Join a panel of Summer Reading experts to learn more.
Fostering Readers: Research-Based Literacy Activities for K-3rd Graders
Explore research-based strategies for supporting K-3rd graders who are learning how to read and get ideas for starting your own literacy program. Learn from one of the creators of the Fostering Readers resources, a librarian who used the resources to implement a virtual literacy program during the pandemic and continued with in-person programming with the children and their families, and a librarian partnering with an elementary school to implement Camp Big Read-an in-person summer program for struggling readers based on Fostering Readers. Prepare to participate!
Next Level Storytime
You are an experienced storytime presenter who loves talking with families about literacy tips and tricks. You enjoy finding just the right picture book for that social-emotional learning need. If necessary, you could create a storytime at the very last minute. This session is for you if you are looking to level up with new ideas, you want to be intentional about incorporating early literacy best practices into your programming, you have been doing storytime for at least three years, or you need a crash course surround by a wealth of experience because you need to get to this level NOW! There will be plenty of opportunities to share and learn together, so be ready to dive in!
Oregon Youth Author Fair: Part 1 & Part 2
Meet Oregon authors who write for children and teens! Authors and illustrators from across the state will be featured in this open house, author-fair style program that gives you a chance. talk directly with authors, get books signed, and learn more about what is happening locally with children and young adult literature.
Oregon libraries currently incorporate STEM in a variety of ways. Come hear different approaches to STEM from librarians and community partners.
These sessions and many others await you in Bend! We look forward to seeing you there!
Please consider joining CSD when you renew your OLA membership! Your membership allows us to continue to serve you! It only costs ten dollars for full time workers, and five dollars for part time workers!
Emily West and Tara Morissette
Please join the Children's Services Division for our upcoming Early Literacy Virtual Spring Workshop, "Inclusive Early Literacy: Using the Principles of Universal Design for Learning" on Wednesday, March 15th from 1:00-4:00 pm.
We are excited to announce that Melissa Pebly, EdD Assistant Professor of Practice, Portland State University, College of Education will be our workshop facilitator. Her workshop will help attendees become familiar with:
· How storytime can impact educational outcomes for children with disabilities and diverse learning needs.
· The principles of Universal Design for Learning.
· Initial strategies to support children with disabilities in storytime.
Pre and Post Session Readings/Websites From Melissa Pebly:
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tara Morissette and Emily West
Leap Into Science
For STEAM programs, I have found the Leap Into Science Training to be a great introduction to providing
evidence-based STEAM programs. Training with them includes access to fully-developed curriculum that
can be used for preschool to elementary school programs and even family workshops. The programs
that they have created all use reading a picture book as a component of the program, so this can be a
gentle segue from more traditional library programs. Check out their website here.
These are a few of the resources that I have found helpful in growing as an educator. What resources
do you like?
So at first glance, this hasn’t been a particularly successful grant project. And I think it’s important to acknowledge that not all grant projects are successful and that we shouldn’t let that stop us from taking a chance on trying something new with grant funds. While the program may not have gone exactly as I’d planned, the community still benefitted and I still learned a lot about engaging with my community.
Part of this grant process is to take the "Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries.Facilitation Skills E-Course" and I was lucky enough to take this course as part of a cohort with virtual get-togethers after each segment of the course. (The course is also available asynchronously and free of charge. I recommend it!) Taking this course greatly increased both my ability to host a facilitated conversation and my confidence and excitement about doing so. As a result of taking this course, I now feel ready to plan a community conversation about food. This new conversation ties in with adult and teen programming we’ve been doing over the last couple of years, and will also engage several community partners we’ve been building relationships with. Participating in the grant process was vital to being able to take this next step, so I’m so glad that I did!
We wanted to make sure to send along some tips and takeaways from our debrief sessions:
April 30: Programming
-Watch & Reads
May 7th: EDI
-Watch & Reads
Want to find these resources at a later date? Head over to our spring workshop page.
The Spring Workshop Fundraiser: Virtual Auction
Thank you to everyone who participated in the CSD fundraiser this spring. Whether you bid, bought, or donated, your support is greatly appreciated. The fundraiser brought in over $700.
What's next for CSD?
If you were a member back in 2019, you might recall our first Summer Reading Summit in the fall! We are planning on having a similar learning opportunity called the Youth Services Summit. We are unsure if this will be in person or virtual, but will very likely have a virtual component. Stay tuned for more info, and thank you for your support of CSD!
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