Monday, October 29, 2012

Story Action Pod: Election Edition!

C/O Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast
I went back and forth a lot as to whether I should put something in the Story Action Pod about the election. I've heard of other libraries doing Vote-for-Characters, such as Best Bear in a book or something; I'm sure that works for them, but I just couldn't get excited about it. And as Joyce Sidman said in her luncheon address at the Wisconsin Library Association Conference last week (more on WLA later): "Kids know when you're really into something." And I just wasn't. (On a personal note, the first election I could legally vote in ever was the 2000 presidential election. Hopefully, you can see how that would be a total bummer).

More than that, though, I have a problem with any kind of program that doesn't have a far reach. If they have to come at just a certain time, or they have to come back to get anything out of it, or if they have to read widely to even know what they're talking about... okay, so I know I sound like a jerkface, like I don't want kids to read or something, but our regular patrons are just a small scope of who we serve.

BUT: the Story Action Pod allows for a small engagement in the library no matter when you're there, who you're with, what you read.

So I decided to create a Story Action Pod based on a book that kids could use to make an informed opinion in one sitting: Shark vs Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Wanted: Early Literacy Librarian!

If you haven't already seen, Marge posted an ad for an Early Literacy Librarian, which I obviously think is the opportunity of a lifetime for Some Lucky Librarian. I mean, you get to work with me, after all, and I have it on good authority that I'm pretty awesome. As a cross-country transplant and a recent hire, I want to tell you about the reasons that you should apply:

1. La Crosse, WI, is one of the greatest places to live. I've lived in a lot of places, and this is one of those where I might need to live here for 10 years and that thought doesn't depress me. The people of La Crosse are so nice it's ridiculous, and in a real, genuine way. It's also beautiful. And then, there's also this.
This is the actual view from my back deck, taken with a phone.

Monday, October 08, 2012

Angry Birds Live!

My first thought when I heard "Angry Birds Live"
"The video game you know and love is coming to your library. Birds, pigs-- larger than Life! Build a level, knock down a level, and earn achievements!  Spend your Friday out of school with this fun free program."

Does that sound like I've ever played Angry Birds before? I don't even know. But I haven't anyway. No smartphone+a particular aversion to the laws of physics=not interested.

BUT, That didn't stop me from putting on a quality program, loosely based on this post by Future Librarian Superhero, who I refer to by her Twitter name in everyday conversation.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Let's Go, Cybils Force!

It's that time of year again. The trees are changing, the festers are festing, and people let me officially judge things.

Yes folks, fall is in the air and so is the pungent scent ( tells me I could have also used, "whiffy") of the Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literacy Awards (Cybils). I was grateful to my Past Self for pasting that image ahead of time, so I could correctly spell out the acronym.

Nominations are open now and run through Oct 15. They have a handy nomination page  that is even easily accessible on mobile devices. You can nominate your favorite title in the following categories:
Book Apps; Easy Readers/Short Chapter Books (never fear, these are two separate things. I too was worried); Fantasy & Science Fiction; Fiction Picture Books; Graphic Novels; Middle Grade Fiction; Non-Fiction Picture Books; Non-Fiction: Middle Grade & Young Adult; Poetry; Young Adult Fiction.

Judging is based on kid-friendliness, which is definitely key. And if there's anyone who knows kid friendliness, it's kids. BUT, if there's anyone who's a grown woman who watches Cartoon Network while drinking in her pajamas...


ANYWAY, I nominated some great things, and so should you. But they won't be as great as mine, because things can't be nominated twice, and I already stole the best ones. For instance: