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October 2010
Volume 2, Issue 10

Continuing Education Alert


Check Your Calendars!!

National Reading Group month
October, 2010

National Friends of Libraries Week
October 17-23, 2010

Teen Read Week
October 17-23, 2010

National Novel Writing Month
November, 2010

Native American Heritage Month
November, 2010

National Gaming Day
November 13, 2010


Why Didn’t I Think of That?

Five quick tips to use in any library

1: Finding a ‘just right’ book
In teaching kids how to find a "just right" book that is at their reading level use a hands-on activity. Bring in a box of old shoes of all sizes, some too small and some too big for the age group. Ask kids to try on the shoes and make the connection that it's not comfortable to walk in shoes too small or too big. Reading works the same way. They need a "just right" book to be a comfortable reader. Whether it’s AR, Lexiles, the Goldilocks Test, or the Five Finger Test - all can help them find the right reading fit.
From Brenda L. Thompson, Tea Elementary School Library

2: No, No, Never, Never Box teaches book care
No Never Box from Hartford Turn any box into a No, No, Never, Never Box to teach children to care for books. Place items in the box that are no, no, never, never good for library books. For example: markers, crayons, scissors, glue, small stuffed dog to represent pets, etc. Children love to guess what might be coming out of the box next!
From Lynn Margeson, West Central Hartford Elementary School Library, Hartford

3: Re-purpose overhead projector carts
Alternate use for Overhead cart Use those carts no longer needed for overhead projectors as book return carts. Plastic crates filled with books are heavy for everyone, especially children, to carry. Place the crates on a cart that can easily be wheeled to the library and left to be checked in later or used for displays.
From Amy Denomme, Fred Assam Elementary School Library, Brandon Valley

4: Sticky notes and placing holds
How do you match up hundreds of new books with hundreds of kids who all want to check them out at once? Sticky notes are the answer. Place new books on library tables for browsing with sticky notes and pencils nearby. Kids can put their name on a book they would like to have placed on hold for them. It’s a great way to teach kids about placing holds and give everyone the chance to see new books that may not be back on the shelves for awhile.Sticky Notes on books
From Sharlene Lien, Discovery Elementary School Library, Sioux Falls

5: Library rules equal READ
Develop library rules based on the word READ. Keep it simple and involve your patrons in the process. For example:

Respect others
Everyone should use self control
After check out read quietly
Do enjoy your books!
From Gail Hartman, Oscar Howe Elementary School Library, Sioux Falls

Teen gaming success extended at Hearst Library in Lead

By Melissa Reinhardt, Assistant Librarian, Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library, Lead

Teens Rockin' out at the library in Lead.

One of my goals for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library was to increase the amount of teens that come to the library, so I started by offering teen gaming once a week for an hour each week during the month of July. I originally started the teen gaming during summer reading because I thought that would be a great time to launch it due to the increase of teens in the library. I hoped it would peak their interest. I used my own personal Wii, Xbox, remote controllers and video games. The first day I had about four teens but soon the numbers picked up when I advertised the event in our local newspaper, on the city’s reader board, the school’s reader board and our library Web site. I also made posters within the library along with small post cards with the event times and dates for the teens to take home with them as reminders of the programming. I created a summer reading calendar for the teens which also increased the number of teens participating in the summer reading program in comparison to years past.

Once the teen summer reading program was over in August, we decided to keep the teen gaming going throughout the year because the teens requested it and the number of teens was still increasing. I decided we needed something big to kick off the year-round event so I came up with the idea of playing “Rock Band” with the teens. I suggested that the teens dress up as their favorite rockers and rock bands. I myself, dressed up as Cyndi Lauper, colored wig, bleached jeans, high tops and all. My coworker, Lili Sjomeling, joined in the fun by dressing up as the Angel of Aquarius. I advertised through both reader boards, the library Web site, I made posters announcing “Are You Ready to Rock” and with post cards announcing the event’s date and time in the shape of guitar picks to get their attention. Well, it really did work; the truth lies in the numbers: last year the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Library had six teens attend teen programming during the months of July and August, whereas we had 56 attend this year. Our numbers are still growing as we have featured teen movie events and a teen painting and pizza party where the teens were locked in and came to paint the teen section of the library, afterwards enjoying free pizza and pop compliments of the library.

Brandon, event, gaming, Lexile, Sioux Falls, summer reading, Tea, teen

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