Meet the Board: Sarah Cournoyer, 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 enchanting questions and even more enchanting photos.

Sarah Cournoyer, Past-Chair

Name & LibrarySarah Cournoyer, Youth Services Librarian at Beaver Dam Community Library
What was your favorite childhood book?Once I began reading, I enjoyed series. I read my way through the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Chronicles of Narnia.
In what format do you like to read? EBooks? Print? Graphic Novel? Audiobook? Why?I read in all formats now. I like eBooks because they are convenient to carry since they are on my phone or Kindle. I like print because there is no glare and sometimes the font is an integral part of the story that doesn’t come across in an eBook. I also enjoy listening to audiobooks because that is generally a shared reading experience with my husband or family. Plus, audiobooks are great for listening to on the go.
What do you like to do in your free time to recharge? I’m an avid knitter who likes to listen to music, garden, and hang out with family and friends. I also like to find time to be in nature or to be still and renew my busy mind.
What are you reading right now? I’m reading The War Outside and The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle in print, as well as listening to Lamplighter by D.M. Cornish with my husband.
What is your biggest goal for YSS in 2019? YSS’s Membership Committee completed a multi-year project to survey our members and non-members serving youth in libraries across the state in late 2018. Using that data to inform our efforts as the YSS Board is something we’ll be focusing on for 2019.
Anything else you’d like to share?I’m super excited about a new book that arrived Sing a Song of Seasons: A Nature Poem for Each Day of the Year. As soon as it is cataloged, I’ll be reading it. It inspired me to include a poem at every storytime for spring.
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Marla Frazee Wins 2019 Charlotte Zolotow Award

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 (Read the full press release.)Little Brown, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee, is the winner of the twenty-second annual Charlotte Zolotow Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. The award is given by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC), a library of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Little Brown was edited by Allyn Johnston and published in the United States in 2018 by Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. 
Do the other dogs not play with Little Brown because he’s cranky, or is he cranky because the other dogs don’t play with him? It’s a question examined with both humor and pathos in this marvelous picture book. In Frazee’s superb text, supported by equally fine, soft-hued pencil and gouache illustrations, a dramatic narrative crafted with wonderful language and artful pacing is full of hilariously spot-on dog behavior. But Little Brown’s isolation is heartbreaking, while the puzzlement of the other dogs and the “dilemma” they all face when Little Brown steals their toys and refuses to give them back makes for a complex look at social dynamics. All the dogs wonder whether, and how, things might be different, leading to a brilliant open ending. “Maybe tomorrow … they would know what to do.” A story that entertains, it also respects young readers and listeners, asking them to rise to the challenge of thinking about what might happen next, and to reflect on Little Brown’sconnection to their own lives in a picture book that is the antithesis of didactic. The 2019 Zolotow Award committee named two Honor Books: 
Honey, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein, edited by Nancy Paulsen, and published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, is about a young bear in his second year who remembers honey, but must wait for it to be ready, in a narrative where every carefully chosen word impacts the rhythm and flow of a story in which timing (and appreciating each moment) is everything.
Saturday Is Swimming Day, written and illustrated by Hyewon Yum, edited by Kate Fletcher, and published by Candlewick Press, about a small girl’s anxiety over learning how to swim, her experience stated in simple, declarative sentences providing evocative descriptions of her feelings and actions as she gradually overcomes her fear with the help of a patient teacher.
 The 2019 Zolotow Award committee also cited nine titles as Highly Commended: 
  •  A BIG Mooncake for Little Star written and illustrated by Grace Lin (Little, Brown)
  • Carmela Full of Wishes written by Matt de la Peña, illustrated by Christian Robinson (G. P. Putnam Son’s / Penguin Random House)
  • The Day You Begin written by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López (Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin Random House)
  • Dreamers written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Neal Porter Books / Holiday House)
  • The Patchwork Bike written by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd (U.S. edition: Candlewick Press)
  • The Rough Patch written and illustrated by Brian Lies (Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins)
  • Thank You, Omu! written and illustrated by Oge Mora (Little Brown)
  • We Don’t Eat Our Classmates written and illustrated by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney / Hyperion)
  • Winter Is Here written by Kevin Henkes, illustrated by Laura Dronzek
(Greenwillow Books / HarperCollins).
Congratulations to all!

Self Care in the New Year

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As a former YS librarian, and now as a school librarian, self-care is a topic I have been thinking about more and more. Two years ago I set self-care goals for myself that I wanted to do each day. These goals included actions such as packing a salad for lunch, drinking at least 60 ounces of water throughout the day, and scheduling time each day for a walk.  I just found the note of my goals, and even without seeing this note for more than a year and a half, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I had incorporated all of those goals into my daily routine, even without referring to my note as a reminder.

Katie Scherer wrote a great piece about Self Care for ALSC blog. Read her thoughts HERE.

Pop-Up Story Times

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Recently, shared an article about how Chicago Public Library is holding weekly story times in various laundromats throughout some of the more underserved areas of the city.  How brilliant is that?!

We all know the importance of stories and early literacy skills--preaching to the choir, aimirite?--and we all know that, for some families, making it to the physical library for scheduled storytimes and programs just isn't a feasible option.

If staff and resources allow, why not meet families where they are, increasing both the convenience and accessibility of your program?

Similar "Wash and Learn" programs have appeared in a number of other cities around the nation, including St. Paul, New York City, and Detroit, all thanks to the collaborative efforts of Libraries Without Borders and the LaundryCares Foundation.

Read the article HERE.

What other locations have you used for out-of-the-box/out-of-the-library storytimes?  Perhaps you've read at a local farmer's market?  Maybe you've collaborated with your local parks district to hold storytimes in the park?  Tell us in the comments below!                                                                         

Book of the Week: Black Bird, Yellow Sun

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by Steve Light

Published by Candlewick Press, 2018
16 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7636-9067-0

(Birth to age 3)

A deceptively simple board book, with just four words per page (two of which are always "black bird") is also quite elegant. From morning to night, a blackbird moves from page to page, each featuring part of the natural world that’s a different color. Logically organized from sun up (“yellow sun") to sundown ("blue moon"), the little black bird is shown from various perspectives throughout the day, sometimes flying, sometimes perched. The lines are clean and the shapes are clear in the textured collage artwork, so that a baby will always be able to find the black bird in its natural setting. It's rare for an eight-page-spread board book to offer such a high level of artistry and such an exquisite aesthetic. (KTH) ©2019 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

Talking Points about Early Literacy STEM

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The ALSC blog's Overview of the Last Six Months listed the top nine most popular ALSC blog posts from that period. Though I read it often, there were a few listed that I had missed. One of the most useful as I plan the upcoming spring storytime season is STEAM and Storytime Tips by Guest Contributors Saroj Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz.  The early literacy talking points and the connections to reading, science, and math these points make are great starts for storytime scripts and creative fodder for making up your own. 

Do you incorporate early literacy talking points into your storytimes? Do you have handouts for caring adults? 

If you're a YSS member, we'd love to hear how you engage and empower parents around the many types of literacy and growing readers. Comment on this post or send a blog submission to Aimee Schreiber, the YSS Blog Administrator at the email shown in the header.

Free ALSC Webinar: Making the Move from Summer Reading to Summer Learning

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Thursday, January 171:00pm
Summer is a critical time for children, and according to research from the National Summer Learning Association, children can lose up to 3 months of their school year learning during this time. Libraries have long embraced their role in the summer learning landscape, and more and more are adding in critical out of school time learning that align to 21st Century Learning Skills, Common Core State Standards or even Next Generation Science Standards. Additionally, NSLA has embraced libraries as valuable community hubs of summer learning and this webinar will talk about the ways in which NSLA can support libraries in the summertime. Participants will gain an awareness of best practices in making the shift from summer reading to summer learning and examine outcomes based evaluation as a way to measure program success and communicate their programs’ impact.

Register HERE.

Milwaukee PL adapted brand logos to promote its services

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“Your local library can provide you with free information and resources that match that of brands like YouTube, Spotify, Netflix, and more. The difference? Your subscription is free.” That’s the point the Milwaukee Public Library made earlier this fall when it hijacked those brands’ logos. In an effort to get people to reconsider what the library could do for them, MPL and creative shop BVK revamped the logos. Then it created print promotions with copy identifying the library’s similar offerings and posted the work at local restaurants and bars. The result? It worked...."

Read the full article HERE and see the images! 

Did you know...

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that UCLA has over 1,800 vintage children's books available in their online archives?!?!

Users can explore the archives by title, author, popularity, and more.  And, like any good archive, there's oodles of cataloging information--PLUS, intrepid explorers are given multiple download options to retain their conquests for a later date!

The collection includes both well-known titles and lesser known tales, so grab some provisions and be prepared for a magical adventure down the rabbit hole.  Click HERE to start exploring!

Book of the Week: Learning to Breathe

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by Janice Lynn Mather
Published by Simon & Schuster, 2018
328 pages
ISBN: 978-1-5344-0601-8
Age 14 and older
Although she was raised mostly by her loving grandmother, everyone seems to expect 16-year-old, Black Bahamian Indy to follow in the footsteps of her mother, who has a drug addiction and cannot provide a stable home for her daughter. So when Indy moves to Nassau to live with her aunt and is raped by her cousin Gary, she keeps the resulting pregnancy a secret, afraid that her aunt will kick her out of the house. Struggling in school and in agony due to the trauma she has survived—and which she continues, horrifically, to experience at Gary’s hands—Indy spends a lot of time alone on the island. Stumbling upon a yoga retreat one day, she experiences the kindness of a few of its employees and slowly opens herself up to receiving the support that she deserves and so desperately needs. This is a heart-wrenching study of one vulnerable young woman who, with the help of a few others, summons the strength to speak her truth, to regain her footing, and to press on despite the violence she has endured. ©2019 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

YSS Regional Meet Up - Central Wisconsin

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Please consider joining us for a fun-filled day of professional development and networking!YSS Regional Meet Up - Central WisconsinMonday, January 14th | 2:00pm-4:30pmCost: $0Portage County Public Library, 1001 Main Street  Stevens Point, WI 54481Agenda:2:00pm  Welcome and Introductions2:15pm  Presentation by YSS Member Emily Zorea on transitioning from public youth services work to school youth services work and literacy needs in children. 2:45pm  Program Swap (Budget: $25 and under)4:00pm  Portage County Library Tour and wrap-up discussion
We'll start with a brief welcome and introductions before YSS Member Emily Zorea talks about her experience transitioning from youth services work in a public library setting to a school setting and the literacy needs seen in the school setting.   Our day continues with a program swap!  Please bring a successful program you've done at your library that had a budget of under $25.  We'll conclude with a tour of Portage County Public Library with Assistant Director/Youth Services Librarian Nicole Ozanich.
Additional questions?  Please feel free to email Katie Kiekhaefer at RSVP Here.