Unwrap the Fun of Library Learning! - 2015 WVLS Youth Services Workshop

“Unwrap the Fun of Library Learning!” was the theme of the day when 30 youth librarians met at the Marathon Co. Public Library for the 2015 WVLS Youth Services Workshop.  

Adeline Miller and Marie Boleman shared information about the Oshkosh Public Library’s High Hopes Early Literacy Storytime and new High Flyers self-paced home based program.  Both programs were developed to educate, encourage and empower parents to grow their everyday interactions with their children into early literacy building activities. The discussion included tips for teaching parents, the outcome measurements process and ideas for community outreach. 

Abbotsford Public Library Director Erica Grunseth presented information about incorporating Lego Mindstorms and coding into library programs. She also explored digital gaming history, current trends and game literacy for librarians (both high tech and low tech).  

Three youth librarians collaborated on the afternoon session titled “Apps Unwrapped.” Denise Chojnacki (Assistant Librarian/Webmaster, Rhinelander District Library) attended the Growing Wisconsin Readers New Media Training in March. She shared what she learned about using apps and tablets with young children and how this media can be incorporated into your storytime. 

Angela Meyers (Coordinator of Youth Services and Special Needs for Bridges Library System) and Kerry Pinkner (Waukesha Public Library Children’s Services Manager) presented resources for evaluating apps and showed ways to support families with their literacy needs.  Angela and Kerry recently participated in ILEAD USA-Wisconsin where their team created a dynamic video encouraging youth services staff to begin using apps and new media in their storytimes and programs.

The enjoyable day ended with a door prize drawing where the most coveted prize was a bookworm pre-school soft seat from the BRODART “globulus” family.  “Irving” the big orange bookworm went home with Jean M. Thomsen Memorial Library Director Carla Huston and is now residing in Stetsonville. 

Carla with "Irving"


Group Picture of Attendees and Presenters


Erica & Robot