Category Archive: Additional Resources

Día Turns 20 Mini-Grants from ALSC & Dollar General

Have you considered planning a Día event at your library? Día, the library event celebrating the connection of children and books, turns 20 April 30, 2016, so the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has a funding opportunity to help you celebrate! Applications for 20 mini-grants of $2,000 are now open an available here. ALSC members in public …

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Rising to the Challenge

Dialogue on Public Libraries: Rising to the Challenge 

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ALA Youth Media Awards

The American Library Association Youth Media Awards were announced Monday morning. If you haven’t had time to look at the list, check it out below. John Newbery Medal: Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Peña Newbery Honor Books: The War that Saved My Life, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Roller Girl, written and …

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Early Literacy Calendar 2016

The Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) has once again created an early literacy calendar! This colorful calendar includes one suggested activity per day based on a combination of Every Child Ready to Read II, STEM, and fun. The calendar is free to download and print. Print up a bunch to give away to storytime families!

Getting statistics from Verso for your annual report

If your library uses Verso– not just the Norcat Libraries– here are some ways to get the statistics you need for the annual report to the state library   To find out your circulation statistics on Verso   Log in and go to the Staff Menu Select Statistics Select Circulation Statistics Select Item Location (this …

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Autism Sensory Resource Kits Are Here!

Autism Spectrum Disorder is on the rise, and more and more libraries are choosing to host events that accommodate the needs of patrons diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. With that in mind, some of the regional consultants have created Autism Sensory Resource Kits. These kits contain a plethora of information, from advice on sensory activities to accommodations …

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If it seems like I’m talking about the Hour of Code a LOT. . .

. . .that’s because I am! It is such an exciting program: It’s easy: Visit the Hour of Code website for specific tutorials and instructions for putting on an hour long program that appeals to children and adults. It’s important: On the site, you’ll be shocked at the number of computer science jobs that go unfilled because …

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Important Word Press Information

We are seeing unknown administrators setting themselves up on our Word Press websites.  Please check to see if you have this happening on YOUR website. If so, login and follow these instructions, and remove unwanted Admins.  Also, please check to make sure you have no orange circles on your navigation bar, which means all themes, plug ins, and …

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Considering adding Apps to Storytime?

Check out this how to video: Media Mentorship and Using Apps in Storytime! I found this video through the Let the Wild Rumpus Start blog. The blog is a great resource for storytime and programming ideas. The blog’s author likes STEM stuff and tech, so she’s a good choice if you’re looking for ways to expand …

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Have you heard the buzz about Teen Media Use?

The Common Sense organization recently released a report entitled “Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens.” The report looks at and analyzes teen and tween media use based on a large-scale study that explores young people’s use of a full range of media and technology. The report offers a comprehensive picture of the …

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