Children’s Services

To suggest additions, please email Kris Adams Wendt at kawendt@wvls.org.

Wisconsin Coding InitiativeWisconsin Coding Initiative

What Do We Mean by Coding?

When we say "coding," we mean not only coding and computer programming, but also coding as a literacy, as the ability to apply computational thinking for problem solving and stimulating creativity. More than anything, we want to increase awareness that coding concepts are for anyone and everyone. - WI DPI, Coding Initiative in WisconsinHello Ruby

Coding Initiative in Wisconsin: recommendations for coding organizations with activities and lesson plans, coding apps, no-low--high tech activities, inexpensive coding makerspace products and more! 

Routes to Coding: Getting Colleagues on Board, Finding Coders in Your Community, Coding Partnerships...

Hello Ruby book series by Linda Liukas, 2017 WLA Keynote Speaker

Hello Ruby "provide[s] tools for kids, parents and educators to learn to understand programming in a fun and creative way."

"Our aim is to create, promote and evaluate exceptional educational content on computational thinking for 4 -to 10-year-old children across different channels. These include things like the ability to decompose a problem, spot patterns, think algorithmically, debug problems and work together."

Children's Services Resources

Find resources below vetted by Kris Adams Wendt, the WVLS Children’s Services and Advocacy Consultant. Programming, storytime, 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App, best apps, best websites, book and media awards, summer reading, home school resources, community relationship building, professional guidelines, local and state advocacy and more.

WVLS Youth Services Annual Workshop Dec 12, 2017

WVLS Annual Youth Services Workshop 2017WVLS Annual Youth Services Workshop 2017

2017 Youth Services Workshop Agenda

Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 4.5 CEUs, MCPL-Wausau

Flipping Your Space and Flashing Your Non-Fiction

Patti Becker, Barron Public Library

Marge Loch-Wouters, Southwest Library System and Winding Rivers Library System Youth Services Consultant

What does it mean to be inclusive? 

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant, Public Library Development Team, WI DPI

Coding Initiative Update

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant, Public Library Development Team, WI DPI

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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1000 Books Before Kindergarten App

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

About

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a library program is located in all twenty-five (25)  WVLS public libraries. Parents register children at birth or as toddlers and commit to reading to their child everyday. If caregivers read three books a night to their child, they will reach 1,095 books in three years. Caregivers and children log each book they read for prizes at their library at milestones.

Paper Tracking

Many libraries use paper record books for their participants such modeled after the national 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten template.

App Tracking & App Toolbox for Librarians

1,000 Books B4K App is here for Android and Apple products! WVLS partnered with Bridges Library System to create a FREE app for all library users. Please visit the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Toolbox or the Bridges Library System webpage for free promotional samples, graphics, reading logs, completion certificates, AND the 1,000 Books App Overview for Library Staff! The overview includes direction on how to transfer paper records into the app with a simple trick for librarians.

Libraries Transform Taglines

  • “Because 5 out of 5 doctors agree reading aloud to children supports brain development.”
  • “Because learning to read comes before reading to learn.”
  • “Because learning starts before kindergarten.”
  • “Because a library card is the most important school supply of all.”

Libraries Transform, An initiative of the American Library Association.

Annual Report Resources for Youth Services
Community Relationship Building

Building a relationship with K-12 librarians and teachers is essential. Sonja Ackerman (K-12) and Sue Abrahamson (Public) team up to show us how school and public librarians can work together for great results!

School and Library Partnerships for Summer Learning and Reading Programs– WVLS Youth Services Workshop Dec 2016

  • Do you communicate regularly with your K-12 librarians? Do you support K-12 librarians and teachers during the school year?
  • Do you have a list of K-12 Teacher emails that you could use for announcements and feedback?
  • Do you send Summer Reading Program information to K-12 librarians well in advance (February)?
  • Do you set up a library booth at parent teacher conferences or open houses?

ALSC Blog Post: “Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Starting Small and Building” January 25, 2017

Data on Children & Families
  • Kids Count Data Center
    • Create your own reports by choosing your topic and characteristics. KIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a premier source of data on children and families. The KIDS COUNT Data Center draws from more than 50 KIDS COUNT state organizations that provide state and local data, as well publications providing insights into trends affecting child and family well-being.  Each year, the Foundation produces a comprehensive report — the KIDS COUNT Data Book — that assesses child well-being in the United States. The indicators featured in the Data Book are also available in the Data Center.
    • Topics: Demographics, Economic Well-Being, Education, Family & Community, Health, Safety & Risky Behavior
    • Characteristics: Age, Family Nativity, Race and Ethnicity
  • Kids Forward (formerly Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, Inc.)
    • Kids Forward is a multi-issue child and family advocacy organization, providing research, policy analysis, public education and advocacy that lead to improved outcomes for children in the areas of health, economic security, safety and education.

 

Early Literacy & Storytime
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center: Resources
    • A unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature.
  • Every Child Ready to Read – Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators
    • This toolkit aims to offer a better understanding of what is means to pattern, train, and facilitate learning with early childhood educators whose students are growing in independence and ability as they approach school entry.
  • Growing Wisconsin Readers: Blog
    • Aims to support Wisconsin caregivers of young children with information about early literacy so they can prepare children for learning at school and beyond.
  • Pinterest: Blog/Social Media
    • Find songs, activities, crafts and more!
  • Read Aloud 15 Minutes: National Campaign
  • Read On Wisconsin: Blog
    • Read On Wisconsin (ROW) is a state-wide literacy program, that promotes high-quality books for children and teens. Each month features one or more Read On Wisconsin titles for children and teens in five different age-level groups.
  • Saroj Ghoting: Early Childhood Literacy Consultant
    • Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She presents early literacy training and information sessions at national, regional, and state conferences, and training for library staff and their partners. Her website features resources for early literacy research, storytime, handouts and activities, summer reading, videos, and hosts a storytime brainstorming page.
  • Storytime Underground: Blog
    • This blog is committed to providing free, comprehensive early childhood education activities for all families. the blog includes tips and recommendations for storytimes, training on pertinent topics (rowdy storytime attendees, parent expectations, and more), advocacy, and more!
  • Storytime Katie: Blog
    • This blog created by Katie, an Early Literacy Librarian, includes storytime plans with books, props, songs, and reviews on topics. Stumped on a good book or song for a topic? This blog’s for you!
  • SurLaLune: Blog
    • With a focus on Fairy Tales, this blog includes posts about current events (Banned Books Week), book reviews, and books gathered by topics.
  • Tiny Tips for Library Fun: Blog
    • Marge Loch-Wouters is a retied Children’s Librarian and Youth Services Consultant who loves working with youth librarians and strategizing on creating great sustainable service.
  • Youth Services Information Exchange: WVLS Facebook Page
    • A place to share programming ideas and support for WVLS member libraries. Open to all staff within the Wisconsin Valley Library System and the Northern Waters Library System involved in serving our youth. Feel free to share resources, photos, files, etc. If adding multiple photos please create an “album” by clicking on the above photo tab. Thank you and WELCOME!
  • YSS Youth Services Section, WLA: Resources and YSS BLOG
    • The Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section provides a forum and resource for people in Wisconsin’s libraries who share a commitment to serving children and young adults, their parents, caregivers, and teachers.
K-12 School Library Resources
Professional Guidelines
Summer Reading & Programming Ideas
  • Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP)
    • A consortium of states working together to provide high-quality summer reading program materials for children at the lowest cost possible for their public libraries. Includes lesson plans, activity handouts, and graphics for each Summer Reading Program.
  • WI DPI Youth Services Email List
    • Send an email to help@librarieswin.org to add your email to our list!
    • An email list to share programming ideas and support for WVLS member libraries. Open to all staff serving youth. Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, the Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant from WI DPI, frequently shares top resources.
  • Youth Services Information Exchange: Facebook Page
    • A place to share programming ideas and support for WVLS member libraries. Open to all staff within the Wisconsin Valley Library System and the Northern Waters Library System involved in serving our youth. Feel free to share resources, photos, files, etc. If adding multiple photos please create an “album” by clicking on the above photo tab. Thank you and WELCOME!
  • WLA Youth Services Section:   AND YSS Blog
    • The Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section provides a forum and resource for people in Wisconsin’s libraries who share a commitment to serving children and young adults, their parents, caregivers, and teachers.
  • Association for Library Service to Children ALSC Blog
    • The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults committed to improving and ensuring the future of the nation through exemplary library service to children, their families, and others who work with children.
  • The Programming Librarian
    • ProgrammingLibrarian.org is a place for library professionals to share, learn and be inspired to present excellent programming for their communities.
YSIE Youth Services Information Exchange
  • YSIE Informational Flyer 2017
  • What is YSIE? Youth Services Information Exchange
    • YSIE meet ups are opportunities for Youth Services Librarians across WVLS and northern Wisconsin to get together for discussions on current issues and to brainstorm ideas.
  • Upcoming YSIE meetings
    • YSIE get-togethers scheduled in April, September, January, and March (to coincide with annual Children’s Book Fest in Rhinelander), together with the annual WVLS Youth Services Workshop in December now provide 5 opportunities for idea sharing!
    • August 25th – Antigo Public Library
    • The fall 2017 YSIE meeting location is yet to be scheduled.
  • Interested in learning more?  Contact Kris Adams Wendt kawendt@wvls.org
  • How did YSIE start?
    • The annual WVLS youth services Grassroots Gathering discussion on March 9, 2016 following Children’s Book Fest in Rhinelander lasted two hours. Time flew; it was so enjoyable and productive that those around the circle concluded there needed to be more face-to-face informal opportunities for Northcentral Wisconsin youth librarians to share ideas…and just…well TALK to each other about shared success stories and concerns.
    • The action plan that evolved from that brainstorming session is the very definition of “grassroots.”  A four-hour block from 11 AM to 2 PM, including a working lunch, was agreed upon to recognize staffing needed for morning story times and after school programs as well as to provide more flexibility for volunteer hosts to scheduling dates at each rotating location. Two meetings have been held since then; April 29 (Three Lakes) with a focus on teen programming and September 16 (Rhinelander) to share pre-school and K-2 ideas. It’s fun to visit different youth departments and learn about activities in each library!
WVLS List Servs for Librarians Serving Youth

WVLS maintains a Public Library Youth Services list serv and a WVLS K-12 Library and Media Specialist list serv.

  • Both WVLS lists are two-way, meaning that subscribers can both reply to messages and initiate messages to colleagues.
  • Send an email to help@librarieswin.org  and request addition to either the Public Library Youth Services Email list or WVLS K-12 Library and Media Specialist list serv.

Statewide Youth Services Email Listserv

  • The Statewide Youth Services (YS) Email Listserv is run by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and coordinated by the State Youth Services Consultant.
  • The list is updated annually based on youth services staff listed on public library annual reports.
  • The YS list is one-way, meaning that you will receive occasional messages of statewide interest, but cannot reply or initiate statewide messages.
  • Send an email to tessa.schmidt@dpi.wi.gov to request addition to the list. The list is updated annual based on youth services staff listed on public library annual reports.

 

The Inclusive Library:

Resources for Outreach to Under Served Populations

Please see WI Department of Instruction resources on Youth and Inclusive Services where you can also find contact information for Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, the WI Public Library Youth and Inclusive Services Consultant.

What Does It Mean to Be Inclusive?: A Statement From the Division of Libraries and Technology, May 25, 2017

 

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