After much catching up, here are just a few things we want to call out this week:
Abby wrote about how asking her staff to do a lap around the children’s area made her space more welcoming and secure AND helped them provide better customer service. Go, Abby!
We LOVE the awards that Bryce made for her staff, recognizing them for all the everyday aches and pains and calling them out for small acts of excellence. Go borrow some of hers and then steals ours while you’re at it.
Are you looking for new material for your fall-themed storytimes? OF COURSE Jbrary has you covered with a round-up of their favorite fall and Halloween songs and rhymes.
Have we pointed out one of our new favorite blogs, Jen in the Library? No? Silly us. If you’re getting your feet wet with media mentoring and using apps in storytime, her blog is a godsend. She has details on what apps and ebooks she’s using, how she used them, and how they were received.
Did you know that joint chief Holly is working on a guide for Demco on programming with Meeperbots? Don’t worry, you can get a preview of a Battle Bots program here.
This month, we’re highlighting another outstanding local chapter by giving them a shout-out on the blog.
Have you always wanted a group of mentors and friends IRL? Make sure you’re connected with your local chapter for online discussions and in-person meet-ups. Not only are they a great way to learn from your peers, they’re also fun. Find your local chapter here, or learn more about what it takes to be a chapter leader.
Now, back to business. This month we’re giving a shout-out to Connecticut!
This group is dedicated to sharing. In the last year, they’ve met up almost quarterly to share ideas for upcoming seasonal programs and to brainstorm some of the harder questions. My favorite part is the notes from their meetings. You can learn all kinds of things, such as:
Preschoolers love origami stars as prizes
Tips for helping kids remember those pesky log-in credentials for online summer reading tracking.
Working with massive crowds in programs
Incorporating STEM elements in storytime
If you’re like me, you probably love rifling through new thoughts and ideas, and this chapter is a great place to go for that. If you’re in CT, make sure you join. If not, take a gander anyway.
Studies show that the relationships we have when we’re young with the adult caregivers in our lives make a difference in how we learn. Having loving caregivers who meet a child’s needs and provide stability and support goes a long way towards buffering toxic stress that can have a long-term impact on learning and growth.
So, if you’re like us, you might be taking a lot of breaks in your day to say things like:
Because, yes. Often.
But today we’re bringing you awesomeness in the form of the brilliant things our peers are doing on the internet. Maybe by the time you’re done reading, you’ll feel like at least your corner of the world is a little less suck-y.
First, of course, Bryce wrote this post about being an ally for people with disabilities in the library. This is something that I’m personally still learning about all the time. A lot of us don’t have loved ones with disabilities, so their struggles may seem a little foreign to us. Thankfully, we have professionals like brave Bryce to guide us.
Then Miss Julie gave us some examples of STEM and STEAM-related programs that she thought were well done and responsive to the community’s needs and used it as a way to help us think about how overwrought and tone deaf other programs and services can be.
If you haven’t read Jbrary’s article on the important issue of talking to kids about race, please do so now. I love how this post makes it clear that talking about race, even in storytime, is not pushing an agenda. Just like pointing out the differences in shapes or talking about being kind to the child with the helmet, it’s essential to development.
I loved when Abby wrote about feeling overwhelmed. Her first post was several months ago on the ALSCblog and I hope you read that, too. It links to some of my favorite posts about burn out and I love how writing about it helped so many other people relax somehow. I have not been blogging as much because of my hectic summer, so I loved when Brooke chimed in too about her break from blogging. It’s okay to stop, people!
One last thing:
Holly found this gem on Youtube. You won’t be sad you watched it.