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Learn about the challenges and benefits of reaching out to serve the Spanish speaking community and increasing their access to public library computers and resources. There will be a presentation about Hispanic/Latino culture, behavior and values; how we learn about the culture; and how that culture impacts our behaviors and perceptions. Plus, it’s about developing a plan to serve, and more. This workshop is for all library staff.
April 11, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Kankakee Public Library
201 E. Merchant St, Kankakee
Registration is free at L2: http://www.librarylearning.info/events/?eventID=17069
Note: Please plan to bring or to purchase your lunch.
This event is sponsored by the Illinois State Library.
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.
The St. Charles Public Library is renovating and will be adding an interactive early literacy area and an expanded digital services area for students in the Youth Services Department. To achieve the necessary floor space we have removed shelving and reduced the number of duplicate copies in our collection. These books are in excellent condition, shelf ready with crisp and clear spine labels and only our barcode neatly crossed through. These books will be available for purchase at $1 a book at a special educator's book sale on Thursday, March 6 from 1:00-6:00 pm and Friday, March 7 from 11:00 am-6:00 pm.
Approximately 5,000 gently used children’s books will be available. Select from picture books, beginning readers, chapter books for students through 8th grade, reference sets and information books from animals to science, sports to history, as well as biographies. A school ID or Library tax exempt letter is required for admittance. Questions? Email mcollette [at] stcharleslibrary [dot] org
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.
Please email spongene [at] triton [dot] edu with your 3-letter ILDS code to request.
We will send it out in the "purple bags" - thanks!
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.
Wanted: used single - CD cases.
Pearl City School library
New York Times microfilm, 1960-2012. 35mm positive. Approx. 1500 reels. $800 but all offers will be considered.