Monday, April 7, 2014

Program Idea: Recipe Swap

From: The ShowMe Librarian Blog

My adult services colleagues and I have been brainstorming ways to work together in my branch lately. One of the ideas we came up with was offering joint children's/adult programs--that is, programs for families that involve some overlapping activities as well as distinct spaces and activities for kids and adults. We had a few goals for these sorts of programs:
  1. Allow the caregivers to enjoy content geared to them.
  2. Provide thematic crafts/activities for kids so that caregivers need not find childcare to attend the adult program.
  3. End programs with an invitation for the family to continue the program exploration at home, whether through conversation or related activities.
With those goals in mind, my colleague Michele and I offered our first joint programming endeavor earlier this week. It wasn't heavily attended--we still need to figure out how to best advertise this new style of program--but it was fun. Here's what we did:

Recipe Swap for Kids and Caregivers

The joint activity: What's the herb/spice?
     Michele created a poster board with images of 16 herbs and spices used in different types of cooking. She also created a sort of game page, with spaces to guess all 16 herbs and spices based on their pictures. For additional clues and interest, she also set out plates with all 16 of the herbs and spices. Smelling, carefully grating, and feeling the foodstuffs were all acceptable means of exploring what the herbs and spices were. The goal was for families to work together to explore these foods, talking about what they were, what they smelled like, what they use them for in their house, etc.
     This hands-on and self-paced activity provided great ways for families to use food vocabulary and to talk about their own food traditions.

The adult activity: Recipe Swap & Cookbook Exploration
     The advertisement for the program encouraged attendees to bring a printed copy of a recipe or two that they enjoy at their own homes. At the beginning of the program, a library staffer ran off copies of each of the recipes for everyone to swap. There were pasta dishes, a breakfast sausage recipe, some baked goods, and a sweet and sour pork recipe, all with recommendations for their ease, healthfulness, and kid-friendliness.
     Michele also called in and displayed a wide variety of cookbooks in the library's collections to share with attendees. They were then able to talk about their favorite recipe sources--cookbooks, blogs--and swap personal tips for the best stores for certain ingredients, keeping meals well-balanced, etc. So many caregivers try to be cognizant of the types of foods they share with their families, and so this topic produced tons of conversation.

The kids' activity: Decorating Recipe Cards
     I created a blank, half-page recipe card template in Publisher and printed a bunch on white card stock. I had the library's washable, large-size ink pads on the craft table, ready for kids to do fingerprint art to decorate the backs of the recipe cards. I also had plenty of wipes on hand for when the artists wanted to switch to a new color of ink.
     The end result was a great variety of personalized, colorful recipe cards, ready to be used to share favorite family recipes. This craft is a pretty straightforward one for the crafters, so we were able to talk about our favorite foods and how we help cook and bake at home while working on our recipe cards.

The wrap-up: Cookies!
     Michele shared a recipe for chocolate crinkle cookies in the recipe swap, and she prepared a batch to share at the program as well. Kids and adults reconvened to try the cookies, which provided a nice end to our joint programming adventure.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Hub

Do you read the YALSA The Hub blog?
Check it out for some great Teen ideas!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Two Exciting CE Opportunities in March!

There are two awesome professional development opportunities coming up this month for youth services staff, especially for those working with teens. 

Creating a Digital Media Space for Today's Teens 

In the age of iPads, YouTube and instant information sharing, an ordinary “computer lab” doesn’t draw teens into the library the way it used to. To get teens more active in the library and enthusiastic about library programs and services, a Digital Media Space can be the draw—a place that teens can go to record videos, use social media, create projects, and engage with the community and their peers on their own terms. As the Digital Learning Librarian at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Corey Wittig knows what it takes to build an effective, popular lab, and he’ll share his knowledge with you in this comprehensive, two-part workshop. Read more...

When: Thursday March 20 & March 27, 2:00-4:00 PM
Registration: PLS Calendar

Teen Training Initiative Double Header: 
Take Your Summer Reading Program from Yawn to Yay with STEM &
Easy to Implement Teen Programs

Join MCLS and PLS librarians for this month's Teen Training Initiative at Greece Public Library. Get ready for serving teens during the busy summer months with not one but two webinars focusing on teen programming. After the webinar, stick around for a group discussion with fellow youth services librarians on the topics presented. Snacks served and CE credit awarded! 

When: Wednesday, March 26, 1:00-4:30 PM
Registration: PLS Calendar

Questions? Feel free to email me. Hope to see you there! -Kelley, Wood Library

Friday, March 14, 2014

Booker 2 has arrived from Denmark!

Check him out!
Booker2 has arrived from Denmark.

What do you think?
Do you like his new shirt?

As per your request -  He comes with a cooling vest to wear under the costume.

Email or call Heidi to book him.

Friday, February 28, 2014

2013 Teens' Top Ten titles announced

The official 2013 Teens' Top Ten titles are as follows:

1. "Code Name Verity" by Elizabeth Wein
2. "The False Prince" by Jennifer Nielsen
3. "Insurgent" by Veronica Roth
4. "Pushing the Limits" by Katie McGarry
5. "Poison Princess" by Kresley Cole
6. "The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater
7. "Crewel" by Gennifer Albin
8. "Every Day" by David Levithan
9. "Kill Me Softly" by Sarah Cross
10. "Butter" by Erin Jade Lange

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Minecraft at the Library

I've been to a few workshops on Minecraft recently and learned what others are doing around this very popular topic. Here are some ideas:
  • Sometime all that is needed is a place for them to play. Provide computers and let them have at it!
  • Partner with a local organization, or someone that has a dedicated minecraft server. For example, Kelly at Wood was approached by a family in town who runs their own Minecraft server called "Canandaigua Minecrafters." Or find a tech saavy parent who can help with this.
  • Have a teen lead the Minecraft program. Melissa at Clifton has a teen run her program and hosts Minecraft parties
  • An idea for programming, pick a passage from a book and have kids create the space on Minecraft. Can make this a competition (or not)
  • Have a Minecraft party. Make Minecraft crafts (i.e. foam ax) or make a "creeper." Have "minecraft" food. Pinterest has ideas. Here's link
  • Show Minecraft YouTube videos. Interestingly enough, kids like to watch other kids playing Minecraft
  • Put elements on a maker board (turn it into a scavenger hunt)
Please post ideas you have here as well!

Here's article from Voya Magazine on more Minecraft ideas.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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SYNC YA Literature Into Your Earphones

For those of you who are familiar with the SYNC YA audiobook program the 2014 summer list has just been announced! It looks like a great line up. 

For those of you who may not be familiar with SYNC, it's a program offered by Audiofile magazine in cooperation with several major publishers to offer FREE audiobook downloads during the summer. Each week two books are made available to download one young adult and one classic audiobook.

Twenty six audiobooks will be availible to download between May 15th and August 17th. Coming in April 2014 the SYNC website will have posters, bookmarks and other promotional materials available for librarians and teachers to download. I had hoped to have materials available at the summer reading workshop but it looks like they won't be ready in time.

If you have any questions check out the SYNC website: