Thursday, April 23, 2015

Read On Wisconsin April Ambassador

Heide Piehler shares Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore.
Heide Piehler, Youth Services Librarian at the Shorewood Public Library served as the Read On Wisconsin Ambassador for the month of April.  Ambassadors help promote the monthly Read On Wisconsin titles for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore and illustrated by Nancy Carpenter was prominently featured in the Shorewood preschool story time program.

Read On Wisconsin is literacy program that promotes high-quality books for children and teens throughout our state. Each month features one or more Read On Wisconsin titles for children and teens in five different age-level groups. The Cooperative Children's Book Center, hosts of the program, hope you’ll choose these books as read-alouds or book discussion selections, feature them in displays, or highlight them in other ways as you connect Wisconsin children and teens with books in your library or classroom.
Inspired by the R.O.W. featured book Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore and the song Six Little Ducks, Shorewood Library’s story time preschoolers create their own little ducks with “feathers in the back.”
 
For more information about Read On Wisconsin or to find out about the Ambassador program, contact Emily McKnight Townsend at the Cooperative Children's Book Center.
 
Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore, one of the April R.O.W titles, is featured in Shorewood Library’s duck-themed preschool story time.
 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

The Growing Wisconsin Readers New Media Training


A few weeks ago, 24 youth services librarians convened in Green Lake, WI for an intense two-day training on new media--the ever-evolving software (e.g. apps) and hardware (e.g. tablets) that are radically influencing the childhood experience.  

Collage of images from the New Media Training in-person workshop.
You can read more about the Growing Wisconsin Readers New Media Training here: http://pld.dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/pld/pdf/NMT_description.pdf

Please join us in congratulating the following individuals for completing the training:

  • Judy Jones, U.S.S. Liberty Memorial Public Library, Eastern Shores Library System
  • Georgia Jones, Carleton A. Friday Memorial Library, Indianhead Federated Library System
  • Jessi Peterson, Chippewa Falls Public Library, Indianhead Federated Library System
  • Shawn Wolf, Kenosha Public Library, Kenosha County Library System
  • Terry Ehle, Lester Public Library, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System
  • Ann Herrmann, Manitowoc Public Library, Manitowoc-Calumet Library System
  • Elissa Ewert, Beaver Dam Community Library, Mid-Wisconsin Federated Library System
  • Jeffrey Gold, Milwaukee Public Library, Milwaukee County Federated Library System
  • Katie Guzek, Brown County Library, Nicolet Federated Library System
  • Lara Lakari, Marinette County Consolidated Public Library Service, Nicolet Federated Library System
  • Beth Lokken, Door County Library, Nicolet Federated Library System
  • Ann Cooksey, Appleton Public Library, Outagamie Waupaca Library System
  • Lyn Hokenstad, Sturm Memorial Library, Outagamie Waupaca Library System
  • Elizabeth Timmins, Muehl Public Library, Outagamie Waupaca Library System
  • Beth Hays, Ruth Culver Community Library, South Central Library System
  • Holly Storck-Post, Monroe Public Library, South Central Library System
  • Michelle Veeneman, Belleville Public Library, South Central Library System
  • Caitlin Schaffer, Oconomowoc Public Library, Waukesha County Federated Library System
  • Jenny Wegener, Pewaukee Public Library, Waukesha County Federated Library System
  • Rebecca Pfile, Endeavor Public Library, Winnefox Library System
  • Elizabeth Tubman, Elisha D. Smith Public Library, Winnefox Library System
  • Denise Chojnacki, Rhinelander District Library, Wisconsin Valley Library Service


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Act Early Wisconsin

Learn the Signs. Act Early.
Learn the Signs. Act Early.
Act Early Wisconsin aims to educate parents and professionals about healthy childhood development,
early warning signs of autism and other developmental disorders, the importance of routine developmental screening, and timely early intervention whenever there is a concern.

Whether you are a parent or a professional who works with young children and their families, Act Early Wisconsin staff hope that you will find helpful information at the Act Early Wisconsin website to promote healthy development in all children.

Wisconsin youth librarians, stay tuned for an email about a one-time bulk order of select Act Early Wisconsin materials.  In the meantime, familiarize yourself with the variety of materials available on their website.
Act Early Wisconsin website
Act Early Wisconsin website

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Webinar from Early Childhood Investigations: Family Engagement Strategies for All Languages and Cultures

Youth Services Librarians--consider attending this webinar to learn how to foster better connections with families of all cultures and languages.

Family Engagement Strategies for All Languages and Cultures

Presented by: Karen Nemeth
Date: March 18, 2015
Time: 2:00 Eastern Time
Cost: FREE
Karen Nemeth
Karen Nemeth

Engaging families of all cultures and who speak various languages is one of the most important strategies early childhood educators must use. When the students don’t speak the same language as the teacher, families become essential partners to accomplish goals that have been shown to be critical to English literacy success and school readiness.  Join Karen for this webinar to learn how to  bridge the home-school connection with evidence-based strategies that yield results in first and second languages. Register online.

Can’t participate in our webinars at the appointed time? Never fear! All of the webinars are recorded. To view the recordings, simply register now and you will receive an email with a link to the recording when it is ready to be viewed. You can still download the certificate by watching the recording to the end when the certificate link is announced and displayed on the screen.

*Please be advised that you will only be eligible for the great door prizes if you participate in the live session.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

State Superintendent Tony Evers and Assistant State Superintendent Kurt Kiefer Witness Early Literacy in Action

State Superintendent Tony Evers 
at the Charles M. White Library.
Photo courtesy of Kurt Kiefer
Head on over to the Wisconsin Libraries blog for a post by Assistant State Superintendent Kurt Kiefer on his recent visit to the Charles M. White Library in Stevens Point where he and State Superintendent Tony Evers saw early literacy in action!

WI Libraries: Connecting Communities

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Webinar from Erikson TEC Center: Strategies for Using Technology at Home with Devorah Heitner

Public librarians can likely use the information offered in this webinar in conversations with parents and caregivers. Register online to take part in the March 11, 2015 event. 

TEC Center at Erikson Institute

Strategies for Using Technology at Home
with Devorah Heitner

Wednesday, March 11, 2015
9:30 a.m. Central

Young children have more access to technology than previous generations, so parents and caregivers need support to learn appropriate and effective ways they can use these digital tools with young children.

This webinar, facilitated by Erikson Institute’s TEC Center and Devorah Heitner, Ph.D., of Raising Digital Natives, will help guide parents and caregivers through criteria for choosing applications, setting limits, and modeling appropriate use of technology.

Register today »

This webinar is conducted in partnership with
Alliance for Early Childhood logo

Thursday, February 26, 2015

What's Your Reach Out and Read Success Story?

Image Source: Pixabay
Earlier this week, this post suggested ways in which public libraries might support local Reach Out and Read sites. Currently, there are 115 programs in Wisconsin and 31 clinics in training (see map) and the interest is growing!

If you have worked with a Wisconsin Reach Out and Read program, we would love to hear about your experience. Whether you have assisted with fundraising, been a community advocate, helped with book recommendations, or developed a literacy rich waiting room, we need your story!  

Please consider sharing your anecdote for an upcoming project. Contact Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Youth and Special Services Consultant at tessa.schmidt at dpi.wi.gov.