Copyright Works Entering the Public Domain in 2019

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 Virginia Woolf  Photo: George Charles Bereford

Nick Douglas over at lifehacker has shared a great list of 1923 copyrighted works that will enter the public domain January 1, 2019.  This is the first time in over 20 years that a full year of copyrighted works will be released.  The list includes movies, like Charlie Chaplin's The Pilgrim, music, including "Yes! We Have NO Bananas!", and BOOKS, including Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.  Once open to public use, these films, pieces of music, and certainly books, could lend themselves well to a teen program focused on re-telling or mashing up elements of the works.  Check out the article and full list HERE.

Fast Advanced Google Search

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Google's advanced search tools can help students (as well as librarians) find useful information that doesn't necessarily appear at the top of search results pages. Unfortunately, students often forget about the advanced search options or don't even know where to find them. There is a Chrome extension that aims to help alleviate those problems.

Fast Advanced Google Search is a Chrome extension that puts a shortcut to the advanced search tools right next to the URL field in Chrome. Click the extension once to open Google's advanced search options without leaving the search results page that you are currently viewing.

Read the full article HERE

A Stylin' Community Partnership

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One day, my husband shared an article he found on Reddit about a dad who taught other fathers how to style their daughters' hair.  
His comment: "I would love to learn how to do that."
I knew that I wasn't the most skilled at hair (embrace messy hair, for the win!) but I decided that this shouldn't stop me from trying to offer a class for our patrons!  I reached out to Clear Waters Salon and Day Spa, a local hair salon in Williams Bay, asking if they'd be interested in partnering for a hair how-to program.  Spoiler alert: they said yes.  
And How Do You 'Do was born.
We began marketing the program, both at the salon and in the library, making sure that both places were well-represented in the promotional materials and that our marketing campaign was universally used, both in person and on social media; we wanted folks to know right away what was going on and who was involved.

Next, we focused on what we'd need for the program itself.  It was decided that we would leave it open to anyone who wanted to attend, rather than making it exclusively for fathers/father figures.  In order to better plan, we asked for participants to register ahead of time, including both the parent and the child/children who would be in attendance.  Clear Waters was generous enough to donate both a handful of stylists and swag bags (those were a surprise!) for the event.  The library provided the space, the marketing materials, and additional essentials for the program: tables, chairs, manipulatives for the kids to use while they were helping with the tutorials, etc.

On the night of the program, the stylists came armed with a handful of ideas on what they could show, such as a basic French braid, the ever-popular Elsa braid, crowns, buns, and so forth.  The participants were also asked for specific style requests and were encouraged to record the sessions using their phones as they saw fit.

To add a bit of extra fun, one of the stylists also brought along some fun temporary hair colors for anyone who was interested. 
The kids loved heading home with rockin' mermaid/unicorn hair!

This program was so much fun!  Many of the patrons have requested we hold something like this again and, just recently, the salon expressed a similar wish - - so I certainly see more snazzy 'dos in our future.
One nice thing about this program is that it can be easily recreated, with or without the community partner, should you--or someone you know--be skilled at hair tutorials.  Phil Morgese and Emma, the father/daughter duo who inspired this whole idea, even have a Youtube series, if you'd rather do a video class!  Simply type in "dad hair school" on Youtube and voilà!  (Here's a link to a short video about the pair put together by 60 Second Docs)
Happy styling!

Book of the Week: I Got a Chicken for My Birthday

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I Got a Chicken for My Birthday by Laura Gehl
Illustrated by Sarah Horne

Published by Carolrhoda, 2018
32 pages
ISBN: 978-11-5124-3130-8

Ages 4-8

A girl who wants tickets to an amusement park for her birthday gets a chicken from her Abuela Lola instead. A chicken that isn’t interested in eating and doesn’t have time to lay eggs. It does, however, have a list. At the top of the list: 100 steel girders. At the bottom: a partridge in a pear tree. In between is everything from a winch, cement, a horse, and firewood to a bird, a cat (to catch the bird), a dog (to catch the cat) and poms poms. The chicken also has a plan. It involves complicated construction, which the chicken oversees as it puts the various animals to work. When the chicken arranges for Abuela Lola to visit it puts her to work too. “I got a chicken for my birthday,” says the young narrator with each turn of the page before describing the latest developments in a spare, droll accounting paired with colorful India ink illustrations that spare no details in documenting the absurdity (the chicken in a hardhat is priceless). The end result? A fully functioning amusement park. “I got a chicken for my birthday. And the chicken is a genius … Next year, I’m asking Abuela Lola for a trip to the moon.” ©2018 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Role-Playing Games Beyond D&D

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"If you ever tried to get into tabletop role-playing games—the kind where you sit around with character sheets, describing your actions and rolling dice—it was probably through Dungeons & Dragons. And if you’re sick of medieval fantasy, or you don’t care about fighting monsters, or you hate looking up stats on different charts, you might have walked away thinking “I guess I don’t like RPGs.” Which is a shame, because there are thousands of other RPGs out there." - Nick Douglas

Last week over at lifehacker, Nick Douglas shared a great article highlighting various role-playing games that are NOT D&D (Dungeons and Dragons).  While D&D is by far the oldest RPG, it is by no means the only RPG.  And any one of the multitude of RPGs currently available might spark a great teen event or even be a good fit for a family program.  Check out the full article HERE.

Hello from A New Blog Host!

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Hello everyone! My name is Emily Zorea and I am the Youth Services Librarian at Brewer Public Library in Richland Center! I am one of your newest blog hosts, and you can expect posts from me on Wednesdays. I am honored to be joining my YSS colleagues! I currently author the blog, "Sowing Seeds Librarian" where I provide lesson plans for library programs our library has offered. Our library has a service population of 15,000 and a very small programming budget, so I try to budget all programs to cost $0.30 a child, and usually much less. 

I just wanted to begin my posts by sharing a tremendous resource that has helped us promote our library programs and services in a greater way through graphic design. allows users with limited graphic design experience to create a multitude of graphics including Social media posts and event covers, presentations, flyers, infographics, and Pintrest posts, to name a few. 

I regularly utilize their service to create graphics to advertise library programs, and it has made a difference in showing a professional image to our community while helping us get the word out there about what our library is offering.  There are thousands of templates available, which quickly allow you to choose the design you are looking for, and then begin editing. You are able to upload your own graphics, including your library’s logos, which help brand your content.
You can join Canva for free and begin creating content right away, but many features are reserved for paying customers under the "Canva-for-Work Plan". However, the good news is that Canva offers memberships for non-profits, giving organizations like public libraries access to these features for free. Check out Canva for Nonprofits to learn more. 
Below are several graphics I created for youth services programs at our library. I hope you are able to check out Canva and begin using their services to help promote your library in your community! 

Book of the Week: Snow Lane

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Snow Laneby Josie Angelini
Published by Feiwel and Friends, 2018
197 pages pages
ISBN: 978-1-250-15092-9
Ages 10-13
Ten-year-old Annie Bianchi is the youngest of 9 kids in a Catholic family in mid-1980s Massachusetts. Exceptionally bright and creative, Annie’s in a class for gifted students despite struggling with dyslexia. Although Annie doesn’t always follow the nuances of social interactions, she looks for the good in people and has a wonderful friend at school in her lab partner, Jordan. At home, she doesn’t think of her family as poor, or even unusual, although Annie knows her teenage sister Fay’s physical abuse and cruelty, usually directed at her sister Nora, is wrong, just as she knows her mother is often overwhelmed. A narrative grounded in Annie’s perspective, told in her engaging, ingenuous voice, offers a masterful slow reveal of the larger truths hinted at in small details and occasional dramatic moments that are part of Annie’s daily life. It’s not that Annie’s an unreliable narrator; it’s that she only begins to fully comprehend that things at home are not typical when she gets a glimpse of her family through the perspective of outsiders after Nora runs away. Everything and everyone is more complicated, and more poignant, than at first revealed in this moving, captivating work about family, and resilience, and survival, and the love, in spite of everything, that is never in doubt. ©2018 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Survey on Serving the Underserved

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Do you, as library staff, offer programs and services out in community locations to reach and serve children and families in underserved communities? If so, researchers at the University of Washington Information School invite you to participate in a virtual survey about programs and services you are offering outside of library walls for children and families in underserved communities. Click the link below to learn more about the study or to give your consent to complete the survey.
UW Project LOCAL Survey link
Once you click on the link, you will be taken to a consent form where you can choose whether or not to participate in the study. If you choose to participate, you will be taken directly into the survey. This survey should take less than 30 minutes to complete. If at any time during the survey you would prefer not to finish, you can stop. We will keep each individual’s responses confidential. We will not disclose which libraries were represented nor who did or did not participate in the study. If you have any questions about the study please contact the Project LOCAL team.
The Project LOCAL TeamProject LOCAL: Library Outreach as a Community Anchor in Learning