Page Turner Adventures

Riley Roam and Kenny Mikey of Page Turner Adventures delivered on their promise to bring the Summer Reading Program manual to life with humor, movement, participation, video and music. In two sessions, they presented a plethora of ideas that fit the theme One World, Many Stories and You Are Here. My favorite was the mask wheel. This wheel of masks is easily made with dowels and allows the storyteller to “become” another character with a simple turn of the wrist. This photo shows four masks, but the wheel could actually hold eight masks if a second level was made.

Riley and Kenny also perform at libraries and would love to entertain in your community. For further information, visit their website.

The Power Wall

Are your displays looking picked over? One quick fix I heard at the SCLS program Trading Spaces/Show It Off: Increasing Circulation Through Merchandising was to implement the “Power Wall.” The concept is to keep books or media shelved with the spines out beneath the items you display face out at eye level. Then you and your co-workers can quickly fill the face out displays with the items underneath. Just make sure you don’t use a random assortment of stuff – presenter Kathy Schalk-Greene emphasized that each display should have one message. Once you’ve determined your message and selected your items to display, try using the Power Wall to move your items faster and save your staff time. For more tips, check out the DIY Toolkit.

SCLS Resources

Librarians’ Alliance for Parents and Children (LAPC) Listserv – the electronic discussion group of the Librarians’ Alliance for Parents and Children, a coalition formed for librarians who conduct Parent-Toddler Workshops in Suffolk County (NY) public libraries.

New York State Performers & Programs Database – A new state-wide resource for librarians to use in finding performers and programs available for library events. 

SCLS Ellison & Accu/Cut Dies – A complete list of dies available from SCLS Youth Services. Instructions for requesting a die can be found here.

SCLS Program Resource File – Find a program or let other librarians know about your experiences with a performer.

SCLS Streaming Media Database – Videos of the 2010 SCLS Performers Showcase can be found on this site.

YouthNet – An electronic discussion group focused on issues in youth services for the public libraries of Suffolk County, New York.

Ingram Library Services

Jeff Meskill from Ingram Library services will be at SCLS on March 10th at 10:00am for a presentation on Ingram’s library services. Jeff has forwarded this link to a compilation of teacher’s guides to books for children and teens:

Feel free to share this resource with teachers in your community. While most of the guides lend themselves to educators, you might find some useful information for your book clubs.

Innovative Programs for Tweens

To a packed house on February 8, Andrea Vaughn and Lisa Goldstein presented the creative programs they’ve developed for tweens at the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library.

The children’s librarians encounter a captive audience of campers every summer through their partnership with Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP). The librarians engage this audience with original programs featuring popular themes like A Day at Hogwarts and Spy School of Brooklyn, and Supernatural Creatures. Sometimes their creativity is sparked by pop culture phenomenons like the YouTube video Creme that Egg! that inspired a program in which tweens create their own Rube Goldberg machine.

Andrea and Lisa have provided links to handouts from their presentation – please see this month’s Teen Direct or contact youth services for the information. If you missed this program, you also missed the free copy of Kiki Magazine, but not to worry: you can look online for a sample issue of this smart magazine for tween girls.

Awards, Contests, and Grants

February 24 CLASC Barbara Flescher Scholarship

March 1 The Frederic G. Melcher Scholarship

March 1 The Bound to Stay Bound Books Scholarship

March 1 ALSC Spectrum Scholarship

March 12 Win a Visit from National Ambassador Walter Dean Myers

March 15 Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant deadline

April 6 Freedom to Read Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship

More opportunities:

ALA ALSC Professional Awards and Grants

ALA YALSA Professional Awards and Grants

SCLA Awards

NYLA Awards & Scholarships

NYLA Youth Services Section Awards

Great Idea at Huntington Public Library

The next time you visit Huntington Public Library be sure to take a peek at the artwork on display in the Youth Program Room. Autographed posters, hand-written letters, and original sketches by authors and illustrators decorate the walls of the room.  Many of these pictures and letters are responses to children who have participated in a program to send authors and illustrators happy birthday wishes.

Creators of children’s books love to hear from their fans. If you implement this letter-writing idea at your library, you may just hear back from your favorite writers and artists!

At Huntington Public Library, a different children’s book creator is featured each month in the Happy Birthday Book Display by the picture book area. Norman Bridwell, Jane Yolen,  and Denys Cazet are just some of the wonderful authors who have responded and this month’s display features Mem Fox. According to staff, the letter-writing program is inspiring the children of Huntington to learn more about the people behind the story.