Hi! I am the Children's Resources librarian and cataloger at the Olson Library. I was very honored to be able to participate in three different classes this past year through the generosity of LSTA -funded projects offered by the Public Library Development Team at DPI.
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kindergarten. For example, one parent sits in the Kids' Area and lets his little boy run wild while he buries his nose in either the newspaper or his cell phone. The little boy tries to communicate and get a response from his dad but only gets monosyllables in reply and no initiated play. I feel frustrated with this situation and have not been able to do much about it. I try talking to the little boy and using rich language and asking questions on numbers and colors and what people or animals in books are doing, but it is a one-way thing. Dad doesn't participate. Unfortunately, they work when we have story times so I can't use that time to encourage more participation. They have managed to at least read 25 books since signing up for the 1000 Books a few months ago. We gave an incentive after the first 25, and once that was given, no further progress has been turned in. This is my challenge!!!
As an additional comment, I have added chalkboards and sidewalk chalk to the Kids’ Area, plus doing much more flannel board and magnetic board things. I also have a large bag of Legos (the “small or adult” size) plus several sizes of Mega-Blocks in the Area and these are heavily used. I loved the ideas found in the classes and am working on making progress while dealing with challenges.
Pat Lamon, Children's Resources Librarian and Cataloger
Walter E. Olson Memorial Library, Eagle River, WI