You Can Do it Too! DIY Ice House!

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Our guest post today is by Mary Jo Erickson, Children's Librarian at the Johnson Public Library in Darlington.
My husband, Brent and I created the igloo one cold, snowy January afternoon!  Actually, it only took us 7 hours from start to finish!  A co-worker, Kate cut out the adorable bear shaped rug, we added, stuffed animals, blankets, fake trees, lots of books , and  flash lights.

We kept the igloo up the entire month of January.  

I hosted a family Twilight night at the library and we put glow sticks inside as many jugs that we could!  It was awesome! 


Webinar - 30-Minute Tuesday: Apps For All

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Tuesday, February 610:00amPresented by: Jay Gerlach, Library Service Associate, Brown County Library, Green Bay, WI
Over 2 million apps exist. Thinking about this is overwhelming, especially when deciding which apps would be most useful in the library. In this webinar, learn an overview of several applications and websites with a focus on their usefulness in a library setting. From online quiz apps like FlipQuiz and Kahoot, to the more well-known programs like Google Earth and Google Translate, we’ll take a look at a little bit of everything. A few websites, including Scratch (a site to teach coding) and The Wayback Machine (the Internet Archive) will be added for good measure. Bring along a smart device, as we’ll end the presentation with a live demonstration of Kahoot.

Register HERE.

Meet the Board: Terry Ehle, Past Chair

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It's a new year and we have a new YSS Board!  This series will introduce each board member with some delightful questions and even more delightful photos.

Terry Ehle, Past Chair
What was your favorite childhood book?My favorite book growing up was Tibor Gergely's Great Big Book of Bedtime Stories. I honestly can't tell you a single story in it but I have very fond memories of my dad reading it to us before bed.
In what format do you like to read? EBooks? Print? Graphic Novel? Audiobook?I will read pretty much anything. I have no problem with eBooks. I am not a huge fan of graphic novels but they are growing on me. Audiobooks are harder because I only have a 3 minute commute and don't have much time to listen otherwise.
What do you like to do in your free time to recharge?Right now I am obsessed with The Great British Baking Show - it is my Zen time of the day. My family also loves to travel, watch movies and play games.
What are you reading right now?I am reading Renegades by Marissa Meyer.
What is your biggest goal for YSS in 2018?To encourage more youth librarians to join YSS and get involved. We need a diversity of voices to ensure that YSS continues to grow and change.
Anything else you’d like to share?Being involved with YSS has been an amazing experience and it has enriched my professional life tremendously. So many great folks working together to support libraries, literacy and youth - what's not to like?
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RESCHEDULED: YSS Powerhouse Presents: Where Are They?! Getting Out to Get Teens In

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Where Are They?! Getting Out to Get Teens In
Friday, Feb 23, 1:00 - 2:00 pm Are you struggling to get teens in your doors?  Let YSS members Alicia Woodland (Appleton) and Emily Sanders (Williams Bay) share their stories about doing programming where the teens are and turn your struggle into success.  Co-sponsored by IFLS. 

Stop here to register (and find out about a YALSA Teen webinar series) and stop here to find archived webinars to fill your head with YSS-sponsored learning!

Embrace Your Inner--or Outer!--Grumpy Cat: Anti-Valentine's Ideas for Teens

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Valentine's Day is fast approaching and, while some people love the holiday, others can't stand the lovey-dovey, heart-laden vibe that this particular holiday tends to permeate.

Why not provide a bit of fun for your teens--whether they rock Grumpy Cat snark or not--with an Un-Valentine's Day party?!

Here are some simple, cost-efficient ideas to help make your event a success:
  • Stinky, get-close-at-your-own-risk food.  We're talking Funyuns, Flaming Hot Cheetos, Sour Patch Kids, burp-inducing sodas, garlic/onion-y chips...  Deliciously smelly fun.
  • Snark-tastic Crafts/Activities
    Anti-Conversation Hearts (g2gwalk onhow 'bout no, etc.)
     This one is a simple as cutting out paper hearts and providing markers, sequins, what-have-you.  Once your teens have the basic idea, they'll definitely run with it.  (As you can imagine, it's best to set some basic ground rules, especially if some of them are prone to more...colorful...language.)

    Ugly/Snarky Valentine's Cards
     Let them create their own or consider providing old magazines, etc. for them to find inspiration/crafting materials.

    Re-Imagined Romance Covers
     Make some color photocopies of romance covers and provide art supplies, like Sharpies, glitter, googly eyes!

  • Love Stinks playlist.  Here are a few songs to get you started:
         Love Hurts - Gram Parsons
         It Must Have Been Love - Roxette
         Irreplaceable - Beyonce
         These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
         I Will Survive - Cake OR Gloria Gaynor
         Hit the Road, Jack - Ray Charles
         Single Ladies - Beyonce
         Since You've Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
         Love Yourself - Justin Bieber
         Cry Me a River - Justin Timberlake
         Someone Like You - Adele
         Gives You Hell - All-American Rejects
         Blow Me (One Last Kiss) - Pink (make sure to get the radio edit!)
         I'm Not the Only One - Sam Smith
         Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri
         You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
         Somebody to Love - Queen
         Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
         Apologize - OneRepublic
         When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars


Meet the Board: Elizabeth Timmins, Director at Large

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It's a new year and we have a new YSS Board!  This series will introduce each board member with some delightful questions and even more delightful photos.

Elizabeth Timmins, Director at Large
What was your favorite childhood book?Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.
In what format do you like to read? EBooks? Print? Graphic Novel? Audiobook?I am still in love with print.
What do you like to do in your free time to recharge?Travel and sightsee, near or far.
What are you reading right now?I am just finishing a heartbreaking book, Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate which my staff gave me as a Christmas gift.
What is your biggest goal for YSS in 2018?I would like to continue the great work of recognizing all youth librarians' contributions across our state and invite them to participate in our INCLUSIVE group.
Anything else you’d like to share?Reading is important to a healthy and strong society. Every day we are promoting reading and our passion for it. Our work is noble and hard. We must persevere.
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First WLA Board Retreat (well, at least that we know of)

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On January 11, the newly seated 2018 WLA board (Jean Anderson, Scott Vrieze, Jen Gerber, Desiree Bongers, Sherry Machones, Sue Abrahamson, Josh Hickman, Teresa Schmidt, Nyama Reed, Skip Mosshamer, Kris Turner, Jennifer Cook [in spirit] and me) met to spend time learning about board responsibilities from WLA Exec. Director Plumer Lovelace, brainstorming the real benefits of WLA membership and planning our work for the year around a major membership drive.

I wanted to share with you our first work so you could get as excited as we are about WLA, why we are passionate about it and why we think every library staffer and library advocate should be part of our vital association.

When we talked about the benefits of WLA membership, we felt that WLA helps you stay passionate about libraries in five active ways: Connect, Belong, Learn, Lead, Advocate. Here are our first rough notes to share with you.

  • connected to a profession, not just a job
  • immersed in learning best practices from a diverse group
  • at a nexis where issues, actions and ideas are shared by institutions and people

BELONGYou become
  • part of a bigger community representing libraries of all types and sizes and library staff and supporters at all levels
  • a member of a strong network of people passionate about libraries
  • opportunity to contribute to the work of the association through volunteering and leadership and build your CV/resume

LEARNYou have access to
  • annual spring and fall conferences, webinars and WLA-member led learning opportunities
  • mentorship opportunities 
  • information exchange and alerts through newsletters, blogs, social media
  • opportunities to hone presentation skills and share expertise

LEADYou can
  • be a change agent on behalf of libraries in Wisconsin
  • hone your leadership skills on committees, boards, as unit leaders and on state-wide library projects
  • be part of formal leadership training at the annual Leadership Development Institute

ADVOCACYYou develop into
  • a knowledgeable advocate in your community
  • a strong advocate within your institution
  • a skilled political advocate for libraries with elected officials
  • a benefactor of the strong legislative agenda and efforts of WLA legislative efforts
Stay tuned for more info as our work goes on (with you helping!)

Marge Loch-Wouters, your WLA prez

Meet the Board: Caitlin Schaffer, Director at Large

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It's a new year and we have a new YSS Board!  This series will introduce each board member with some delightful questions and even more delightful photos.

Caitlin Schaffer, Director at Large
What was your favorite childhood book?I always loved Richard Scarry books and The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown. I was also constantly reading comics, from Archie to Barbie to Sonic the Hedgehog. 
In what format do you like to read? EBooks? Print? Graphic Novel? Audiobook?I definitely have an affinity for graphic novels. I'm especially loving all of the diversity that exploded onto the comic scene in the past few years. I generally prefer print, but have a growing appreciation for audiobooks now that I commute.  
What do you like to do in your free time to recharge?I sing in a Milwaukee area choir, and my partner and I like to frequently host and attend game nights with friends. Otherwise I drink lots of coffee, enjoy making and eating soups of all kinds, play with my cats (because of course), binge watch my fair share of cerebral and trash TV, and work on feminist cross stitch projects. 
What are you reading right now?I'm a discussion facilitator at my library system's upcoming Mock Awards, so from the holidays through now I've been reading the Caldecott, Newbery, and Printz front-runners for my table. It's a weird feeling to have assigned reading again!
What is your biggest goal for YSS in 2018?Myself and Julie Kinney are spearheading a 12 Months of Coding initiative that will hopefully culminate in a go-to resource for librarians who want to fearlessly incorporate coding into their youth services programming. We can't wait to share all of the fantastic coding programs from innovative librarians throughout the state! 
Anything else you’d like to share?I don't want to presume that I know much at all, but I'm more than happy to share pretty much anything upon being specifically asked. So feel free to take me up on that! In the meantime, let's keep chipping away at that whole "saving the world" thing that we do.
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Bao Phi Wins 2018 Charlotte Zolotow Award

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A Different Pond, written by Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui, published by Capstone Young Readers, is the winner of the twenty-first annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book.   A graceful accounting of details shapes Bao Phi’s exquisitely crafted text in which a Vietnamese American boy goes on a predawn fishing outing with his dad. The beautifully weighted sentences (“I feel the bag of minnows move. They swim like silver arrows in my hand.”) describe their time together and also the experience of an immigrant child (“A kid at my school says my dad’s English sounds like a thick, dirty river. But to me his English sounds like gentle rain.”); a hard-working family’s economic hardship (“‘If you got another job why do we still have to fish for food?’ I ask.”); and bittersweet memory as the boy’s dad recalls fishing at a similar pond as a child in Vietnam with his brother, who died during the war. Running through it all is the boy’s contentment spending time with his dad, a pleasure that extends to feelings about his entire family when they gather at day’s end. Illustrations masterfully and movingly reveal details of character, setting, and action while superbly reflecting the warmth and intimacy of the story.The 2018 Zolotow Award committee named five Honor Books:

  • Baby Goes to Market written by Atinuke, illustrated by Angela Brooksbank (Candlewick Press)
  • Buster and the Baby written by Amy Hest, illustrated by Polly Dunbar (Candlewick Press) 
  •  Herbert’s First Halloween written by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Steven Henry (Chronicle Books)
  • Jabari Jumps written and illustrated by Gaia Cornwall (Candlewick Press
  •  Niko Draws a Feeling written by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Simone Shin (Carolrhoda Books).
            The 2018 Zolotow Award committee also cited eight highly commended titles:
  • All the Way to Havana written by Margarita Engle, illustrated by Mike Curato (Godwin Books / Henry Holt) 
  • Before She Was Harriet written by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James Ransome (Holiday House) 
  • Big Cat, Little Cat written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper (Roaring Brook Press)
  • In the Middle of Fall written by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek (Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins) 
  • Little Wolf’s First Howling written by Laura McGee Kvasnosky, illustrated by Laura McGee Kvasnosky and Kate Harvey McGee (Candlewick Press) 
  • The One Day House written by Julia Durango, illustrated by Bianca Diaz (Charlesbridge) 
  • Round written by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) 
  • When’s My Birthday? written by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Christian Robinson (A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press).
The award is sponsored by the CCBC and the Friends of the CCBC. An award ceremony will take place at a date to be determined.
More about the Charlotte Zolotow award, including complete press release.

Trumpet Fanfare - New Teen Competencies!

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ALA's YALSA has just completed an excellent update of their teen services competencies
Read them here.

In addition, they have four powerful and helpful reports that help us navigate more effectively our teen services:

2018 YSS Board Retreat and Meet-up Invitation

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The YSS Board is holding its third annual board retreat this January to discuss priorities and to create an action plan for the coming year. The morning board retreat will be followed by the first YSS Regional Meet-up of 2018.

All YSS members and youth services librarians are invited for an afternoon of camaraderie, professional development activities, and hands-on activities. This is a great chance to meet the current board, connect with your peers, ask questions and share your ideas for YSS, as well as to learn about the advantages of YSS membership and involvement in YSS. YSS currently has eight active committees and many other opportunities - large and small - to volunteer, build your professional network, and foster leadership and professional growth.


 WHEN:    Friday, January 26 from 1:30-4:00 PM
WHERE:  Waupaca Area Library, 107 S. Main Street, Waupaca, WI 54981
COST:    Free!

Register HERE.

Please bring along a book you are currently reading or love - board book, picture book, YA, juvenile fiction, graphic novel, nonfiction - to share during the round robin booktalk.

Have a colleague that isn't a member yet? Invite them along and they can see what YSS is all about!

Kind regards,
Sarah Cournoyer
Youth Services Section Chair 2018

YSS advocates for professional empowerment, collaboration and innovative inclusive and intentional service.

Books of the Week: Jasmine Toguchi

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 Jasmine Toguchi, Mochi Queen by Debbie Michiko Florence.
Illustrated by Elizabet Vuković. Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017
103 pages. ISBN: (978-0-374-30410-2)

Jasmine Toguchi, Super Sleuth by Debbie Michiko Florence
Illustrated by Elizabet Vuković. Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, 2017
108 pages. ISBN: 978-0-374-30413-3

Ages 6-9

Eight-year-old Japanese American Jasmine Toguchi makes her debut in two engaging and lively books for newly independent readers. In Jamsmine Toguchi: Mochi Queen, Jasmine is determined to help make mochi for the New Year, even though she’s only eight and family tradition says girls start when they’re 10. Tradition also says girls and women form the rice into balls after it’s been pounded by the men and boys. When she can’t convince her mom or Obaachan to let her help form the mochi, Jasmine appeals to her dad to help pound it, only to discover it’s a lot harder than she realized. After everything will she fail? In Jasmine Toguchi: Super Sleuth, Jasmine is excited to have her best friend Lizzie joining her family’s Girls’ Day celebration, although it can’t make up for the fact that her big sister Sophie, at 10, doesn’t want to participate. When Jasmine and Lizzie have a fight, Jasmine uses her sleuthing skills to figure out how to make it right, and in the process realizes Sophie isn’t as ready to let go of observing Girls’ Day as she pretends. Jasmine’s terrific first-person voice is so believably 8. So is her behavior. Her reactions to others are rooted in her emotions of the moment, leaving room for her to be surprised when people behave in unexpected ways, and room for her to consider what that means. Both books feature occasional black-and-white spot illustrations. ©2018 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

You Can Do It Too! DIY Bear Cave

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Our guest post today is by Mary Jo Erickson, Children's Librarian at the Johnson Public Library in Darlington.
Look what a large box, a supply of paper lunch bags, book packing paper, fabric leaves, pine cones, twigs, fake greenery , tape and a hot glue gun can make!
An awesome Bear Cave!    
I kicked off this unit at our November Family Twilight night.  The children came in pj's and they were ready for activities, stories, songs, and a delicious make and  take treat! 
After you have completed your cave let your imagination go wild!  Add stuffed animals from the library; bear dress-up costumes for the kiddos to wear; a variety of books on hibernation; (Hibernation, Over and Under, Bear Hug, We're Going on a Bear Hunt, and  Animals in the Winter).
Encourage the kiddos  to bring in a"stuffed animal" to spend the winter hibernating in the Library Bear Cave.  I made name tags for each stuffed animal that will be spending the winter at the library.  The kiddos wrote the pets name on the name tag and the owner's name.