10 Bookish Insta Feeds

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Barbara Basbanes Richter writes: “Ah, January—the month touted as the time to refresh everything from one’s diet and wellness to home decor. Why not apply the same mentality to your daily Insta scroll with some new bibliocentric feeds? Special collections libraries, rare booksellers, and collectors have embraced Instagram as an ideal platform to virtually share their treasures with the world. Here are 10 noteworthy institutional Instagram accounts that excel at showcasing rare books, manuscripts, and other works on paper.”...
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Book of the Week: We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

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Cheryl and Wade Hudson, editors Foreword by Ashley Bryan
Published by Crown, 2018
87 pages
ISBN: 978-0-525-58042-31
Age 8 and older

The intention throughout this volume is clear and focused: It reads like a love letter to Black and brown children. A gathering of poems, essays, short stories, and a wide range of artwork, the pieces include hard truths and hopes and dreams grounded in experience, memory, and imagination. “Kindness Is a Choice,” Jacqueline Woodson writes in a letter to her children. “Stay safe my child …. Come home to me each night,” writes Sharon Draper in “Prayers of the Grandmothers.” Ellen Oh’s childhood memories affirm that words have power—to hurt, yes, but also to change minds. “One day Papí drove me to school,” begins Tony Medina’s short story of the same name, in which the young narrator’s father is arrested by ICE. “There is always a storm,” writes Pat Cummings in her poem assuring young readers and listeners that “We’ve Got You.” Thirty written offerings are paired with 30 visual accompaniments in this collection featuring many authors and illustrators of color and from First/Native Nations. ©2019 Cooperative Children’s Book Center

"BE" at the ALA Youth Media Awards Announcements, Monday January 28!

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Caldecott! Newbery! Coretta Scott King! Pura Belpre! Legacy! Michael J. Printz! Schneider Family! Alex! Margaret A. Edwards! Odyssey! Sibert! Stonewall! Geisel! Plus, this year for the first time, children's book awards from American Indian Library Association(AILA)Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Association of Jewish Libraries (AJL) will be included in the announcements!

All these awards and more will be announced at the gala American Library Association Youth Media Awards (YMA) press conference Monday January 28 beginning at 10am CST (8am PST)) sharp! The announcements are always done on a Monday at the ALA Midwinter Conference (this year in Seattle) as a culmination of all the award committees' hard work and decision-making over the previous few days (after a BIG year of reading and reflection)!

Wait, you won't be at ALA Midwinter? No problem at all.

You can watch the live webcast here  (sponsored by Baker and Taylor) and experience the electric excitement or follow the hashtag #alayma. You also can join I Love Libraries pajama party with prizes and fun happening during the livestream.

Read more about all the awards and the webcast here.

Meet the Board: Susie Menk, Secretary

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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.

Susie Menk, Secretary

Name & Library Susie Menk, Manitowoc Public Library
What was your favorite childhood book?Freckles by Gene Stratton-PorterLight a Single Candle & Gift of Gold by Wisconsin author Beverly Butler
In what format do you like to read? EBooks? Print? Graphic Novel? Audiobook? Why?I read print and e-books, but lean more toward e-books because at my age the ability to change the font size is huge!  Audiobooks are also a favorite.  I love listening to books when walking or making car trips!
What do you like to do in your free time to recharge?I like to read of course!  Rubber stamping with my sisters, walking, visiting my family and spending time with my grown-up children keeps me busy. 
What are you reading right now?I am working my way through the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan on audiobook and I am starting the print version of Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak.  I have Marissa Meyer’s Renegade series on hold right now too!
What is your biggest goal for YSS in 2019?I have found the connections made through YSS and the idea sharing we do to be SO helpful. My hope is that we can continue to reach out to other youth librarians and make their work easier by pooling our resources and ideas!
Anything else you’d like to share?YSS has been great for me.  I have been involved in this group for the past few years and so many ideas that were shared at meet ups or in the YSS blog are now part of what we do at our library.  When I go to conferences it is always nice to meet up with fellow members and touch base.  The ideas and sharing that happen through this group are just AMAZING!  If you are a part of YSS—way to go!  If you aren’t—please join.  It is totally worth it! YSS ROCKS!
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Call for WLA Program Proposals - Due March 1, 2019

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Libraries promote growth, education, diversity, and community and campus engagement; continuously striving to better their communities and all those they serve. The 2019 WLA Annual Conference is an opportunity for us to share our expertise, knowledge and ideas to enrich our libraries, communities and ourselves.

The 2019 WLA Conference Committee invites you to share your experience and creativity with the Wisconsin library community at our annual conference, to be held on October 8-11, 2019, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells. We are seeking an array of programs that will appeal to a wide library audience.

We already have a great lineup of speakers, but we seek your help to provide a relevant, timely and intentional learning experience at this year’s conference. You can help by offering your knowledge and expertise for a conference session.

Our Wisconsin library community includes staff from academic, public, school and special libraries, as well as trustees, students and other library professionals.Consider sessions related to topics such as:
  • Advocacy/Promotion
  • Building Collections
  • Building Inclusivity
  • Civil Discourse/Community Conversations
  • Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Environments
  • Fostering Community Relationships, Community Collaborations and Partnerships
  • Leadership/Professional Development
  • Library Issues and Challenges
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Practical Programming
  • Security/Safety
  • Self-Care/Time Management
  • Serving Diverse Populations
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Workplace Creativity

Don't let the above topics limit you! Feel free to suggest any program you'd like to present, as long as it adheres to the Program Proposal Guidelines.

Submit your proposal here.


Please feel free to contact us with questions.

Thanks,WLA 2019 Conference Program Co-ChairsMark Jochem
608.630.0270Pamela O'Donnell
608.263.2014Roxane Bartelt

Wild WI Winter Web Conference is Almost Here!

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The Wild Wisconsin Web Conference (#wwwc19) is just around the corner. Invented by Jamie Matczak, this 7th annual event is chock full of learning from your desk or the hygge-cozy confines of home. The online learning is sponsored by 15 WI library systems!

Fifteen incredible sessions over two days (Jan 23 and Jan 24) will inspire, inform and intrigue you. From youth services to management, leadership to marketing, these are sessions perfect for everyone no matter what size library you work in.

But don't delay. Register today for this free learning!

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!