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Children’s Services

To suggest additions, please email Anne Hamland at ahamland@wvls.org.

Summer Reading!
Storytime & Early Literacy
  • Storytime Katie: Blog
    • This blog created by Katie, an Early Literacy Librarian, includes storytime plans with books, props, songs, and reviews on topics. Stumped on a good book or song for a topic? This blog’s for you!
  • Jbrary: Blog
    • Lindsey and Dana, two children’s librarians created Jbrary as a class project for one of our MLIS courses, and has since grown into a blog and YouTube channel we use to participate in the virtual youth services world.
  • Sowing Seeds Librarian: Blog
    • Storytime Lesson Plans! Because, why should we all have to write our own week after week when we can share good ideas!
  • Storytime Underground: Blog
    • This blog is committed to providing free, comprehensive early childhood education activities for all families. the blog includes tips and recommendations for storytimes, training on pertinent topics (rowdy storytime attendees, parent expectations, and more), advocacy, and more!
  • ALSC Association for Library Service to Children (ALA): Blog
    • The ALSC is a section from ALA dedicated you children’s services. Their blog is amazing and provides resources and tips to be used right away and also discussions of larger youth services topics.
  • Youth Services Information Exchange: WVLS Facebook Page
    • A place to share programming ideas and support for WVLS member libraries. Feel free to share resources, photos, files, etc.
  • YSS Youth Services Section, WLA: Resources and YSS BLOG
    • The Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section provides a forum and resource for people in Wisconsin’s libraries who share a commitment to serving children and young adults, their parents, caregivers, and teachers.
  • Cooperative Children’s Book Center: Resources
    • A unique and vital gathering place for books, ideas, and expertise in the field of children’s and young adult literature.
  • Pinterest: Blog/Social Media
    • Find songs, activities, crafts and more!
  • Storyline Online: Website
    • Famous people narrating animated read alouds. Beloved actors who know how to bring stories to life.
  • Read Aloud 15 Minutes: awesome ready-to-use images and flyers.
  • Saroj Ghoting: Early Childhood Literacy Consultant
    • Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She presents early literacy training and information sessions at national, regional, and state conferences, and training for library staff and their partners. Her website features resources for early literacy research, storytime, handouts and activities, summer reading, videos, and hosts a storytime brainstorming page.
  • SurLaLune: Blog
    • With a focus on Fairy Tales, this blog includes posts about current events (Banned Books Week), book reviews, and books gathered by topics.
  • Every Child Ready to Read – Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators
    • This toolkit aims to offer a better understanding of what is means to pattern, train, and facilitate learning with early childhood educators whose students are growing in independence and ability as they approach school entry.
  • New York Public Library: Storytime Strategies for Children’s Specialists in Public Library Settings: self-paced module.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App
  • Download the free app.
  • Create a profile for your kiddo.
  • Track books! Type or scan in titles!
  • Read 3 books per night you’ll be done in 3 years!

1000 Books Before Kindergarten App

Paper Tracking

Many libraries use paper record books for their participants such modeled after the national 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten template.

App Tracking & App Toolbox for Librarians

1,000 Books B4K App is here for Android and Apple products! WVLS partnered with Bridges Library System to create a FREE app for all library users. Please visit the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Toolbox or the Bridges Library System webpage for free promotional samples, graphics, reading logs, completion certificates, AND the 1,000 Books App Overview for Library Staff! The overview includes direction on how to transfer paper records into the app with a simple trick for librarians.

Libraries Transform Taglines

  • “Because 5 out of 5 doctors agree reading aloud to children supports brain development.”
  • “Because learning to read comes before reading to learn.”
  • “Because learning starts before kindergarten.”
  • “Because a library card is the most important school supply of all.”

Libraries Transform, An initiative of the American Library Association.

Book & Media Lists
Relationship Building

School and Library Partnerships for Summer Learning and Reading Programs– WVLS Youth Services Workshop 

  • Do you communicate regularly with your K-12 librarians? Do you support K-12 librarians and teachers during the school year?
  • Do you have a list of K-12 Teacher emails that you could use for announcements and feedback?
  • Do you send Summer Reading Program information to K-12 librarians well in advance (February)?
  • Do you set up a library booth at parent teacher conferences or open houses?

ALSC Blog Post: “Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Starting Small and Building” January 25, 2017

Inclusive Services Resources

 If you are looking for information on Inclusive Services, check out the page dedicated to it on our website. 

What does it mean to be inclusive?  Wisconsin public libraries are places where everyone should be safe, welcomed, and respected in experiences such as arrivals in our buildings, getting library cards, using a computer and paying fines. 

2020 WVLS Youth Services Workshop: December 3rd, virtual, 12-2pm

"Realities of and Relationships with School Librarians: A Panel"

2020 Fall VIRTUAL Youth Workshop

December 3rd, 12-2pm, Register here!

Three public school librarians will give a brief tour of their space(s) and describe the realities of working in public school libraries: duties, schedules, challenges and accomplishments.

  • Attendees will learn the various needs of school librarians within the Greenwood, Merrill, and Tomahawk school districts.
  • Attendees will walk away with inspiration to continue building connections and communication between school and public libraries.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists.

Michele Green, WEMTA Past President, will represent Greenwood.
Paula Norman will represent Tomahawk, a K-12 building with three, separate library spaces. Anna Julson will represent the Bridges Virtual Academy in Merrill.

2019 SuperStorytimes Workshop
2019 Madison Public Library - The Bubbler
2018 STEAM in Youth Services Workshop

Attendees learned how to create high-interest STEAM programs on a low-to-no budget, tackle local STEAM grant writing, test out virtual/augmented reality, the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten App, passive coding activities, AND tried an Hour of Code!

Emily Zorea, Youth Services Librarian of the Brewer Public Library in Richland Center, kick-offed the day with “Engaging Families, Youth, and Teens around STEAM and Thematic Programming.” Julie Kinney, Teen Librarian for Marathon County Public Library, and Tammie Blomberg, Director of the Rib Lake Public Library, led the group through the Hour of Code and talked about bringing coding concepts to teen and adult library users.

Find more from Emily at her Sowing Seeds Librarian blog.

Attendees participated in passive coding activities and left with inspiration and coding lesson plans in hand! Activities and lesson plans courtesy of Linda Liukas, author of the Hello Ruby book series. The Hello Ruby series written for children is a “whimsical way to learn about technology, computing and coding.”

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