Youth Services Newsletter #27, March 2010
Topic of the Month: Blogging
A blog (or web log) is an easy to use online tool to communicate with your community. You can have a blog in addition to your library’s website (or can even use a blog for your website), and it can be general for your library’s whole community or specifically for kids and/or teens. Here are just a few ideas:
- Have a teen or adult volunteer(s) initially set up the blog. After that, it’s really easy to maintain and update!
- Or, create a blog on your own. Popular blog tools include WordPress and Blogger. Follow the tutorials to set up your blog.
- Have a contest to name your blog! You can also have a contest to design bookmarks promoting your blog, with its web address.
- Post book and movie reviews—from print sources, staff, and young patrons
- Talk up upcoming programs—and rave about recent programs (make sure to include photos!)
- Transcribe interviews with recent or upcoming performers or local authors
- List new arrivals in the library
- Include info on your Summer Reading Program
- Announce non-library local events, websites, articles, and other resources relevant to your audience—and mention a book or two in your collection relevant to the announcement for further reading
- Once a month, feature a DVD, CD, or magazine from your collection, and/or a magazine title in Magazines Online or one of your library’s subscription databases
- Offer entries for parents and teachers, too
- Post game reviews and other tech info
Yes, this is a huge question! Here are a few ideas to manage it:
- Take turns posting on the blog with other staff and/or volunteers. If there are 4 of you working on the blog, each of you only needs to make 1 post every week, or even every other week.
- Aim to spend about 15 to 30 minutes a week on the blog. This puts the time commitment in perspective and makes seem not quite so bad…
- Charge your Teen Advisory Group, or several regular teen patrons, with posting new material to the blog
- Aim to post an entry at least once a week to keep patrons interested
- Promote your new blog widely
- Ask for contributions and ideas for the blog; not only will this give you ideas and material, it also will generate buy-in and create a sense of ownership amongst readers
- The Daily Dragon: http://dreyfusdragon.blogspot.com/
- The Wild Rumpus: http://www.chplyouthservices.blogspot.com/
- CCLS Young Adult Spot: http://cclyaspot.blogspot.com/
- Birth to 6: http://cclyaspot.blogspot.com/ (for parents)
- TeenThing: http://thelibrary.org/teens/teens.cfm
- Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian: http://3tnar.blogspot.com/
- This creative blog by the Alamogordo Public Library offers book and library-product reviews from turtles named Freaky, Fegan and Squirt. This way, no one can be upset at the library over bad reviews—it’s the turtles that are blogging!
Does your library have a blog for kids, teens, and/or parents? Please let me know!
State Library Updates and Announcements
If you’re coming to the NMLA conference in Ruidoso, please stop by the State Library’s booth and say hi! We hope to see you there!
Library Snapshot Day
- April: Professional Development
- May: Parenting Resources
Please contribute any materials, tips, questions, and comments you have on these topics to be included in the newsletters! And please let me know if there are any topics you’d like to see featured in the newsletter.
Summer Reading Program 2010
The Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) has posted an Early Literacy Manual on its website. It’s available for download on the CSLP website (http://www.cslpreads.org/) under “Learning Tools” -> “Family Literacy” -> “Early Literacy” [login required]. There are book logs available, also. Check it out!
California’s 2010 summer reading training workshop is available for viewing on the California Library Association’s website at: http://cla-net.org/summer-reading/workshop.php.
- setting the scene and decorating the library;
- programming ideas for children, teens, and adults, including storytimes, book discussions, games, crafts, environmental programming, and programming on a budget;
- offsite summer reading programs;
- teen volunteers; and
- planning your adult summer reading program.
Check out these fun, educational activities, trivia, and info for kids on water:
Enslow Books has titles that will keep your young readers reading and surfing great books this summer, for both kids and teens. And check out their '10 Minutes Can Save You 10%' discount offer. Go to http://www.magnetmail.net/actions/email_web_version.cfm?recipient_id=242006377&message_id=947489&user_id=ENSLOW&group_id=215873 to learn more.
News & Opportunities
The New Mexico Library Foundation is now accepting applications for grants through April 30th. For more information about the grant, and to apply online, go to http://www.nm-lf.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6&Itemid=5.
A museum on wheels, the Van of Enchantment is a converted RV that tours New Mexico carrying artifacts and materials from the state museums and monuments. The Van of Enchantment brings its contents to life with dynamic activities. There is never an admission or program fee for the Van of Enchantment.
From September 2008 to December 2010 the exhibit on board will be Trails and Tales, and will cover the roads surrounding Chaco Canyon, El Camino Real and the Old Spanish Trail. The exhibit from May 2009 to December 2010 will be Riding the Rails and includes the Santa Fe Trail, the Railroad and the Rail Runner Express. The van offers an enriching educational experience and can be customized for your program. The van is staffed with traveling educators who can offer guided tours, encourage independent exploration and lead creative activities. The van is home to touchable items and authentic artifacts that bring a genuine, yet unique museum experience to all its visitors.
For more information please contact:
Amanda Lujan, Van of Enchantment Coordinator
Upcoming continuing education opportunities from YALSA
YALSA recently launched a new webinar series, which is designed to provide librarians and library staff who serve teens with a 60 minute interactive online learning opportunity. These webinars are offered at a low group rate of $199 and there is no cap on the number of participants who can view the webinar. YALSA is offering its first webinar free! Join us at 2pm Eastern on Wednesday March 31 for a conversation with YALSA President Linda Braun on Getting Involved in YALSA. Learn more about our webinars here: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/onlinecourses/webinar.cfm
YALSA’s e-courses are a great way for librarians to enhance their professional skills set. Organizations have two options for e-courses. Individuals may register for regularly scheduled sessions which run for 4 weeks. Our next session runs July 12 – August 9, 2010 and features our classes, Beyond Booklists and Power Up with Print. Registration for these classes will open on May 3, 2010. Organizations may also license an entire course to be offered just for their organization at a date that is convenient for you. The cost of a 25 seat course is $3,375. You can learn more at www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/onlinecourses/info.cfm.
YALSA also provides face to face training workshops designed to bring library workers up to speed on a variety of aspects relating to teen services in libraries. Chose from one of our four great institutes, or chose to have one of our online courses presented as a full day face to face workshop, we’ll bring these workshops to you at a date you choose. They run from $45 to $90 per attendee, based on the number of participants.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC recently released audio and video Podcasts featuring an animated song, sung to the tune of Happy Birthday, that encourage kids to wash their hands to keep germs away. When the song is sung twice through, it is the recommended length of time to wash hands. The animated song is also available as a Health-e-Card.
- Audio and Video Podcasts: http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=770473
- Health-e-Card: http://www2c.cdc.gov/ecards/message/message.asp?cardid=462
Cheerios has teamed up with Jon Scieszka and First Book to distribute 100,000 new books to kids in need across the country. Through the 100,000 Book Giveaway, the five states receiving the highest number of votes will each receive 20,000 new books for local kids - and we need your help to decide where the books should be donated!
By answering the trivia questions featured in this challenge, you can help select the states that will receive new books for local kids. For every trivia question you answer correctly now through August 31st, 2010, you can cast one vote for the state you want to receive new books. The more questions you answer correctly, the more votes you cast! Go to http://booksforkids.firstbook.org/jonscieszka/ to keep answering questions for NM! We’re in 25th place now, but there’s plenty of time until August!
Social Media and Young Adults
Two Pew Internet Project surveys of teens and adults reveal a decline in blogging among teens and young adults and a modest rise among adults 30 and older. Even as blogging declines among those under 30, wireless connectivity continues to rise in this age group, as does social network use. Teens ages 12-17 do not use Twitter in large numbers, though high school-aged girls show the greatest enthusiasm for the application.
Among the findings for teens ages 12-17:
- 14% of online teens ages 12-17 now say they blog, down from 28% of teen internet users in 2006.
- 73% of online teens now use social networking websites, a significant increase from previous surveys. Just over half of online teens (55%) used social networking sites in November 2006 and 65% did so in February 2008.
- 8% of internet users ages 12-17 use Twitter. This makes Twitter far less common than sending or receiving text messages as 66% of teens do, or going online for news and political information, done by 62% of online teens.
- In the past five years, cell phone ownership has become mainstream among even the youngest teens. Fully 58% of 12-year olds now own a cell phone, up from just 18% of such teens as recently as 2004.
For adults 18 and older:
- Facebook is currently the most commonly-used online social network among adults. Among adult profile owners, 73% have a profile on Facebook, 48% have a profile on MySpace and 14% have a LinkedIn profile.
- 47% of online adults use social networking sites, up from 37% in November 2008.
- 81% of adults between the ages of 18 and 29 are wireless internet users. By comparison, 63% of 30-49 year olds and 34% of those ages 50 and up access the internet wirelessly.
- Young adults lead the way when it comes to using Twitter or status updating. One-third of online 18-29 year olds post or read status updates
To celebrate National Cowboy Poetry Week, the third annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Gathering will be on Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, 2010, in Tyrone, NM. http://www.tyronecowboygathering.com/.
The ALA Public Programs Office recently launched new features and a monthly e-newsletter for its Web site, ProgrammingLibrarian.org. Designed for librarians who plan and present cultural programs and events, ProgrammingLibrarian.org is both a resource center and a community of librarians committed to bringing increased access to literature, music, contemporary issues, art, history, poetry, scholars, writers and musicians to their communities.
Library and Archival Exhibitions on the Web allows you to “[e]xplore the rich variety of topics, images, and materials featured in online exhibitions from libraries, archives, historical societies, and museums around the world.” With the searchable site’s more than 3,000 links, you’re bound to find something that can serve as a source for inspiration when planning your programs.
Wikispaces has teamed with TechSoup Stock to make hosted wikis available to nonprofit organizations, schools, and public libraries. Each qualifying organization may request a donation of up to three hosted wikis within one fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) for a $10 admin fee.
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will offer travel stipends of up to $1,000 each to five YALSA members to participate in ALA’s Library Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. on June 29, 2010, in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference.
Funny Library YouTube Videos for Kids
Check out these videos by a library student and actor in North Carolina:
The Book Nook
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN), founded in 1973, is made up of teachers, authors, librarians, publishers, teacher-educators and their students, and others who are particularly interested in the area of young adult literature. The group offers awards, an annual conference, online book reviews and book chats, and more. Surf over for a look at http://www.alan-ya.org/.
The Cooperative Children's Book Center, based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is one of the premier research centers for children's literature. Its website is a wealth of useful resources, from tips on dealing with challenged materials in libraries to author webpages to podcasts and much more. Go to www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc for more.
Dorling Kindersley UK created the video, The End of Publishing, The Future of Publishing, for a sales conference. DK decided to post it on YouTube to share with a wider audience. Over 350,000 people have viewed it so far. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Weq_sHxghcg
Six of the 10 best graphic novels Booklist reviewed since the March 15, 2009, Spotlight on Graphic Novels come from general publishers, not comics specialists—another sure indicator of the medium’s coming-of-age. http://www.booklistonline.com/default.aspx?page=show_product&pid=4057023.
The finalists for the 2010 Children's Choice Book Awards have been announced and children and teens are able to cast their vote for their favorite books, author, and illustrator at bookstores, school libraries, and online until May 3, 2010. 15,500 children and teens from around the US spent months reading and evaluating books submitted by publishers. The five favorite books published in 2009 in each of these categories are open for a nation-wide vote in March and April 2009 in each of four grade categories: K-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and Teen as well as Favorite Author, and Favorite Illustrator. The winner in each category will be named at a gala during Children's Book Week on May 11th, 2010 in New York City as part of Children's Book Week (May 10-16, 2010), the oldest national literacy event in the United States. To see the finalists and vote, go to http://www.bookweekonline.com/.
Library to Library
This program is designed for students in the 9th-11th grades and their parents or guardians.
- Learn what required courses are needed to be accepted.
- Learn about the Admission Process.
- Learn about Financial Aid, Scholarships, and Loans.
Jerry Whitlock, owner of College Planning for Success &
Rae Siporin retired director of Undergraduate Admissions UCLA.
Date: Thursday, April 29th
Time: 7:00pm -8:30 pm
The Albuquerque/Bernalillo County Libraries will kick off the Día de los Niños Celebration on Saturday, April 17 at the Los Griegos, San Pedro, Tony Hillerman and Juan Tabo Libraries with four separate family events throughout the day. Children and families can hear and participate in storytelling, as well as listen to and act out favorite poems and rhymes.
Beth Crist, Library Development Bureau Director