New Lend Items Kits

Our neighbors and partners the Wisconsin Valley Library System have some amazing new resources available on Lend-Items!  You can find Geoboards, KEVA Structures building planks, and several math kits (shapes, sorting and patterns, counting and numbers).   Add this to various technology and early literacy kits, plus old-fashioned low-take maker kits, and you have a bunch of programs just waiting to happen!  Learn more about creating a Lend Items Account and let me know if you have any questions.

Scholarships Available to Attend ALSC National Institute in Denver

You are spending the summer creating adventures for the kids, teens, and families in your community…now’s your chance to take a learning adventure of your own!  You can apply by June 24 for a scholarship to attend the National Institute of the Association for Library Services to Children in Denver in September.  Find out more in this ​docx icon information sheet and apply here.  Let me know if you have any questions!

Collaborative Summer Library Program—Free Virtual Author Presentations!

CSLP members (that’s all of us!) will receive free access to two live-streamed author events, one with Kate DiCamillo about her Mercy Watson series (July 9, 1:00-1:30) and one with Dan Santat about his graphic memoir A First Time for Everything (July 30, 1:00-1:45).  More information is coming soon about these events and how to access them from the folks at CSLP.  You can sign up for the monthly newsletter to keep track of this and other resources!

Survey about teen anti-book ban programs from Kelly Jensen

“Library workers! I’d love your input in this survey. Its purpose is to help develop a teen anti-book ban/intellectual freedom program that could be used at libraries nationwide. Details in the survey–please share as appropriate. Thank you!”

Parenting Resource

University of Wisconsin Madison Extension friends share their new state website with classes and resources that they offer to parents and caregivers.  This could be great to put in a newsletter or share on social media.

Blog come-back

I’m contemplating a return of the Keeping Up with Kids Blog for more timely information sharing starting next week.  I will share round-ups occasionally with links to the blog.  If you have a strong opinion about this, I’d love to hear it.  If you have something to add to the blog, I’d love that, too!