RAILS Member Announcements
Abron wins YALSA's MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), awarded Dawn Abron, teen associate at Zion-Benton Public Library, the 2014 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The MAE Award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient's library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.
Abron created a program called the Book Concert Series, in which a concert/party is held that features a booktalk event with approximately 20 titles from a chosen genre, as well as music, food, a photo booth and a craft. This is an ongoing event, and a different genre is chosen every two months. Teens earn raffle tickets by bringing friends, tweeting/Facebooking their photo booth picture and answering trivia questions. They use their raffle tickets to win prizes that include the books featured at the event, autographed books, bags, bookmarks and posters. The concert portion of the event always features a Skype visit from an author or viewing of a live author event.
The purpose of the Book Concert Series is to show teens that there are a vast amount of books in each genre, and this program introduces them to read-a-likes and encourages continued reading. District teachers have heard about the program and have chosen books from the lists to introduce to their teens. The library sees an influx of visits following these events.
"I believe my program is significant because all libraries do readers' advisory at the reference desk and booktalks at school but we go the extra mile to make readers' advisory fun for larger groups," explained Abron in her winning application. "The value in this is teens do not have an opportunity to stop reading. They are consistently presented with new books, genres, and authors."
The 2014 YALSA MAE Award Jury members are Laurie Amster-Burton, chair, Seattle World School (Wash.); Tony Carmack, Placer County Library, Rocklin, Calif.; Elizabeth Hanisian, Lewisville Public Library (Texas); Angie Manfredi, Los Alamos County Library System (N.M.); and Marcela Peres, Lewiston Public Library (Maine),
For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa [at] ala [dot] org.
Warrenville Public Library District recently hosted a grand opening for its new teen space. Library staff created the simple, low tech space to give teens an area that they can call their own. Teens created the painting that is displayed in the space and also created smaller versions of the painting as a commemorative keepsake.
Photo courtesy of Warrenville Public Library District.
I have posted a new Fast Facts survey that I'm inviting the people on this list to answer:
Library floor coverings
"We are exploring new floor coverings for our meeting rooms and audiovisual area."
Please respond to my questions by visiting the list of Fast Facts surveys on the RAILS website, at http://www.railslibraries.info/fast-facts/list (Login required.)
jnapier [at] stdl [dot] org
Schaumburg Township District Library - Main Library
The Glen Ellyn Public Library is set to host the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Fair from 10:30am to 2:30pm on Saturday, March 8.
The Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Fair is a family-friendly event featuring 18 interactive exhibits showcasing the latest innovations in science, technology, engineering, arts and math designed and operated by leading industry pioneers including: FermiLab, SciTech Museum, RobotCity Workshop and the DuPage Children’s Museum. Additionally, families can enjoy a variety of attractions including an active wind tunnel, a papermaking demonstration and a chemistry magic show performed by Chemical Reaction.
“We designed our Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Fair to support the outstanding initiatives established by Glen Ellyn School District 41,” says Library Director Dawn Bussey. “The Glen Ellyn Public Library hopes our S.T.E.A.M. fair will introduce children to rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering, arts and math while igniting a passion for these fields among our community.”
District 41’s S.T.E.A.M. initiative was developed in response to the US Department of Education’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign designed to move American students from the middle to the top of the pack in science and math over the next decade.
In addition to the fair, the Glen Ellyn Public Library has packed their entire spring quarter with S.T.E.A.M. programs for all ages. Further details for all S.T.E.A.M. related programming can be found at gepl.org.
The Green Hills Public Library District was presented with a generous donation of materials from Library District resident Amany Ghanem on behalf of the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, Cultural Affairs Sector.
Library District resident Amany Ghanem is a volunteer teacher at Dorn School in Palos Hills, IL. In addition to teaching English to Arabic speaking parents, she translates all of the District news so that parents can understand and be a part of their child’s education. Ghanem says, “I want to dissolve all barriers between different cultures.” To accomplish this goal, she teaches parents about Common Core, grading scales, and how to help their children with homework.
Ghanem attended the Chicago Muslim American Society Convention in 2013 and spoke to the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs and expressed the need for books about Islam and Arabic culture at libraries.
Books, CDs, DVDs, board games, and informational posters covering a wide variety of topics were donated. Amanda Kowalcze, Youth Services Department Head, says “I’m grateful to both the Ministry and Amany for taking such an active interest in the Library. We are excited to offer these materials as part of our collection, which we feel reflects the diverse community that we serve.” Green Hills plans to house these materials in a forthcoming foreign language boutique.
Kate Klise, author of 25 books, including the best-selling 43 Old Cemetery Road series, will conduct a Writing Workshop for all ages on Monday, March 17 at North Branch in the Seminar Room at 5:00 p.m.
Kate, who in addition to her award-winning career as an author of children’s books, wrote for People magazine for 15 years. She knows the challenge of writing on deadline and enjoys sharing her tips and tricks with aspiring authors of all ages.
She wrote her first book with her sister Sarah Klise when they were 10 and 11 years old and the two now collaborate on the “43 Old Cemetery Road” series (Dying to Meet You, Over My Dead Body, Till Death Do Us Bark, The Phantom of the Post Office, Hollywood Dead Ahead) as well as the ”Regarding” series and many other books from picture books to what Kate calls “salty-sweet” works for grades 5 and up.
A native Peorian, Kate now lives in the Ozarks where she continues to write. She frequently shares tips about writing with students and adults alike around the country.
Beginning on March 2, the Waukegan Public Library is offering a Día Family Book Club for bilingual children in grades 1-3 and their families. The book club is made possible by a mini-grant from the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) Everyone Reads @ your library program grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. The Waukegan Public Library was one of fifteen libraries to be awarded the mini-grant.
The Club will use bilingual books to provide an opportunity for families to read and interact together. Each week, families will read and discuss a book, complete an activity, and enjoy a snack. Families will receive a new book every week to take home.
The first meeting will feature the bilingual book Playing Lotería by René Colato Laínez, illustrated by Jill Arena. After reading and discussing the book together, the group will play a game of lotería. Families will leave with their own copy of the book to keep, and an activity to try at home: creating a lotería card representing a person, place, or object of significance to their family.
The Día Book Club is a new addition to the Waukegan Public Library’s annual celebration of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day). El Día is a multicultural celebration that ties children and their families to books and diversity. The celebration, which culminates on April 30 every year, emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. This year, the library will present its El Día free family festival on May 4.
Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El día de los niños/El día de los libros.
The Club meets for six weeks on Sundays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in March, April, and May. The activities will all be conducted in Spanish and English. Registration is required; please call 847-623-2041, ext. 273 to register. For more information on the Waukegan Public Library’s Día events please call Rena Morrow at 847-623-2041, ext. 231, or visit http://www.waukeganpl.org/event/El-Dia-de-los-Ninos.
ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC visit www.ala.org/alsc.
About Dollar General Corporation
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for nearly 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 11,000 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General at www.dollargeneral.com.
Chicago Bear Martellus Bennett did what he does best last Saturday, entertaining and amazing the families of the West Chicago Public Library District. A friend of the Library, Bennett agreed to donate his time to serve as motivation to young readers to take part in the Youth Services’ Winter Reading Program. Readers who met their reading goal got the opportunity to play football with the Bears tight end on the Library gaming systems.
Splitting the crowd into two, one-hour, sessions, the first group of mainly tweens got autographs and pictures and couldn’t wait to match skills with a real football pro on the Xbox. No surprise, Bennett’s team won each session! But one young patron, Itzel Martinez, brought an item to be autographed that surprised and particularly touched Bennett. It was her personal copy of poet Shel Silverstein’s book, Where the Sidewalk Ends.
After the first gaming session ended, the two went back to the signing table and got cozy reading to each other their favorite poems from the book. Turns out, Bennett’s in the process of writing children’s books to be published online later this year and has just signed a publishing contract for a short story collection for adults. In fact, he was having so much fun reading that when the second group came in he changed up the program and convinced the slightly younger crowd to let him read with them instead of gaming.
Kids took turns reading with him as he patiently helped them with the tough words. Some sat on his lap as he read to the group, with parents snapping photos that are sure to be cherished for years to come and laughing at the mercurial football player’s witty repartee.
“The afternoon turned out to be even more than we imagined,” says Administrative Librarian, Melody E. Coleman, who made sure to invite Mr. Bennett back again to read his own work to the kids. “We are so very grateful to Mr. Bennett for his contribution to the success of our library program,” she added.
Amy Alessio, Teen Librarian for the Schaumburg Township District Library, celebrated Black History month with a Civil War Party in which she also discussed her debut novel, Taking the High Ground. Teens attending the Feb. 19 event were treated to pizza, apple pie and sugar cookies as they heard interesting facts and anecdotes related to the Civil War. Amy and her husband, Kyle Dodson, are both Civil War reenactors with the 10th Illinois Unit, modeled after an actual military group.
Teens watched and asked questions as Amy and Kyle donned authentic military and civilian clothing, demonstrated the use of weapons and supplies, and even discussed the types of foods soldiers ate during the war. Their son, Joshua, who is African-American, modeled one of the uniforms as Amy explained he would have been in a segregated military unit as an infantryman during the war. Attendees had fun trying on the clothing and passing around weapons and artifacts. They also viewed a fictitious crime scene that contained a mixture of modern and 1800s elements, and were asked to write a creative explanation for what occurred.
In writing her novel, Taking the High Ground, Amy used her Civil War reenacting as a theme. Her main character, 16-year-old Joelle, is embarrassed by her family’s Civil War reenacting, but must don a hoop skirt and play the part of an 1860s wartime girl in order to solve a murder and clear her brother’s name.
On Monday, March 10, the Lake County Astronomical Society will present an evening of moon gazing from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. across the street from the Waukegan Public Library on the corner of County and Clayton Streets.
In cooperation with local libraries, the Lake County Astronomical Society’s (LCAS) program, titled Astronomy Under The City Lights (AUTCL), is an opportunity for people of all ages to view the craters and mountains of the moon and Jupiter with its moons with powerful and sophisticated telescopes including a special hands-on telescope that everyone can operate.
Called “Dobbie”, this kid-friendly telescope is specifically targeted for use by children 9-14 years old. It has a 6-inch mirror and an eyepiece that magnifies objects 48 times. This allows great views of the Moon, planets, double stars, and bright deep sky objects, like star clusters, gas clouds, and remnants from supernovae.
You can join the event at any time and leave at any time, no registration is required. This outdoor event depends on dry weather and acceptable sky conditions to allow viewing, so it is subject to postponement. All children who attend the program will receive a special surprise. Additionally, there are free astronomy bookmarks from the LCAS Star Reader program available at the Library.
LCAS has been doing astronomy outreach events at libraries for 30 years and since the AUTCL program was developed in 2008, they have given over 3,500 kids their first view of the Moon and planets. For more information about the Astronomy Under The City Lights program, see http://bit.ly/LCASAUTCL.