Emergency Program Plans

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Image by OpenClipart-VectorsWho hasn't had something come up that necessitates either canceling or changing a planned program at the last moment? 

In a recent ALSC blog post, Blogger Amy Steinbauer shares her questions, thoughts and strategies on how to cope with these moments.  Amy writes "What to do with the patrons who made the effort to come to an event that now needs to be cancelled due to staff shortage/callouts/covid/desk coverage/branch needs, etc? Shouldn’t we provide something for the people who showed up? Is it our public service duty to provide service, no matter what? Maybe this thinking will veer into too much of an existential question. Because while we want to say yes to all that, I’m still unclear how our favorite message of “doing more with less” has ever actually provided us with anything more, usually it’s just than less and less and less."

Stop here to read the full post. [The Show Must Go On? Emergency Program Plans. Steinbauer, Amy. ALSC blog. November 29,2022] 

YSS Has a Webinar for You!

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 Social Emotional Learning Resources

Youth Services Section (YSS) Webinar 

Thursday, December 15

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

REGISTER (WLA members - free; non-member fee - $25.00)


Join YSS for one final professional development webinar of 2022.  Librarians often play a role in the healing journey of their patrons, from being a listening ear to offering services.  It can be challenging to address these tough situations, but two librarians will be sharing how their libraries have addressed social emotional learning. Jayme from Milton Public Library will be sharing their experience with the Healing Library resources. The Healing Library is a series of kits designed to make a family's journey of healing following a trauma easier to navigate and personalize. Jenna from Chippewa Falls Public Library will then be diving into kits that her library created from grant funds made available to them through their library system.  Participants will leave the webinar with all the resources they'll need to create social emotional awareness kits at their own library. 


Presenters:  Jenna Gilles, Youth Services Assistant, Chippewa Falls Public Library; Jayme Anderson, Children's Librarian & Assistant Director, Milton Public Library.

Jenna Gilles is a Youth Services Assistant at Chippewa Falls Public Library. She enjoys live music, hiking, and her current favorite series are Andor and Heartstopper. 

Jayme Anderson has been the Children's Librarian at Milton Public Library for 6 years and the Assistant Director for 4 years. She loves making her co-workers take personality tests, planning staff dress-up days, and visiting the Milton 4K classes for Storytime. In her free time you can find her hiking, napping, watching shows, or cuddling kitties. 

Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!

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Once or twice a month on weekends, YSS posts round-ups of ads that are sent to us or that we come across.   If you have a position opening up and would like to see it on the YSS blog, please forward the job ad link/descriptions to the YSS blog at the email address listed in the header above the day's blog post.

Here are late November listings:

Edgerton Public Library   Children's Services Coordinator (part-time)

Library Assistant – Children’s Services Coordinator
The position is 30 hours per week and includes 2 Saturdays per month. The person filling this position will be responsible for creating, executing, and evaluating programming for children from birth through age 11. Hours vary from mornings to early evenings to accommodate programming for toddlers through school-aged children. A flexible schedule is a must! 

Detailed job descriptions are available at the circulation desk and on our website at . A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required. The starting wage is $18.88 per hour. Please send a letter of interest, resume, and 2 letters of reference to: Edgerton Public Library – Director, 12 Albion St., Edgerton, WI, 53534 or email to Deadline:  5:00 p.m. on December 9, 2022. 

Spring Green Community Library     Youth Services Librarian (part-time)

The Spring Green Community Library is looking for a creative, energetic team player to lead our youth services projects. This position with work with the director to plan youth and teen programs, make community connections, and manage the youth and teen collection.

The day-to-day of the job would consist of spending time helping out on the desk, delivering books, communicating with community partners, running story times, and planning future crafts and programs. The YS Librarian with the help of the YS Assistant works to provide excellent service to the kids and families of Spring Green.

Home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin, American Players Theater, the House on the Rock, and Tower Hill State Park, the vibrant village of Spring Green is the crown jewel of the River Valley, a place where nature and art meet. Just 45 minutes from Madison, our quiet village boasts endless recreational and creative opportunities in Wisconsin’s beautiful Driftless Region.

The busy community library belongs to South Central Library System where we maintain a collection of over 35,000 items and circulate over 80,000 items each year with an annual budget of $270,830. Located in the village center, the Spring Green Community Library serves the village, the River Valley School District, and its outlying communities with a passionate staff, active Friends of the Library group, and widespread community support.

Wage Range: $15-16 per hour

Schedule: 22 hours per week, including one Saturday a month

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or experience in a public library or early childhood setting.

Applications accepted until position is filled Please submit a cover letter and resume to Emily Whitmore at

CSLP Virtual Summer Symposium

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CSLP’s Virtual Summer Symposium will be December 8, 2022!

10 am to 3:30 pm CST

Registration Link

Not able to attend on December 8?  Save the seats for those that can attend live.  Sign up to be notified when the recorded webinars are posted here. 

Sessions include:

·       Keynote Speaker is Tracie D. Hall, Executive Director of ALA! She will address The Library as a Civic Bridge and Community Learning Hub.

·       Summer Library Outreach to Underserved Children and Caregivers with ALSC’s LSUCTC.

·       All Together Now with Intergenerational Summer Programming with King County Library System and SilverKite Community Arts.

·       Decorating Together with CSLP State Representatives.

Not able to attend the virtual event live? No need to register – the Symposium will be recorded. Recordings will be available on this page after the event, or you can sign-up to have an email sent when the recordings are posted.


Virtual Variety: Teen Makerspace!

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Lindy Liedl from the Rice Lake Public Library returns with her monthly column on all things virtual to help you connect with your teen patrons!

Since our in-person programming has reopened, we’ve been brainstorming ways to draw our teens who hang out virtually on Discord into the physical library space. Not just for the library’s sake, but also to show them that the space is available for them, and that they’re welcome to have fun in it. This involves constant reminders about the space. Teens are busy, especially during school, and they usually can’t just jump into a car and head over whenever they want. This challenge turned into starting a teen makerspace filled with things we know they enjoy

A lot of our teens are writers, so our makerspace has tables, paper, and we have computers available if they want to work on their projects somewhere other than home. For NaNoWriMo, we’ve included weekly writing prompts for the month, and advertised on our social media that they can have a prize for doing every week’s prompt. Our teens haven’t been very keen on the idea of meeting together as a regular writing group, so I’m hoping that these more passive programs will encourage their writing and make them feel celebrated.

Another thing we know our teens like in the virtual space is games! Our makerspace has a cart of tabletop games that can be accessed anytime. Giant UNO, Jenga, and Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza are a few favorites. New game suggestions are always welcome too. Since they like building in Minecraft, a set of Lego will be added eventually, and we always have random activity sheets out on the tables to beat after-school boredom. Someone donated sticker-by-number and word search books.

To feed those creative teens, there’s endless makerspace possibilities! We’ve started with mini crochet kits, beginner embroidery tutorial sets, leftover program crafts, a button maker, and origami supplies. We’ve acquired a large chest of drawers to organize it all, and keep tricky items like embroidery needles at the desk. 

Something we haven’t explored in our space yet is STEM activities, but I know other libraries are killing it in this area so there’s tons of ideas out there! We have a couple of teens who participate in a robotics competition though, so there’s definitely interest there. I’d also like to give 3-D puzzles a go. 

There’s so many cool things we could provide. I’ll constantly be on the lookout for things to add to the space, and I need to start catapulting photos of it all into the social media atmosphere to get the word out…Until they’re sick of hearing about it! :)

Tuesday Tips - Wheelchair Users Representation

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Sam Jones is the Youth Services Librarian at the Beaver Dam Public Library. She shares tips to make your job easier in her Tuesday posts.

Last week I found this article at the Book Riot blog titled Representation of Wheelchair Users on Book Covers: Still a Long Way to Go by Grace Lapointe. It highlighted previous work and conversations had by others, like Autumn Wise, Corinne Duyvis and Kayla Whaley. Lapointe also showed different book covers with wheelchair representation that she liked. Check it out! 

Lake Superior Library Mid-Winter Unsymposium

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Register for the eleventh annual Lake Superior Libraries Unsymposium! Our eleventh annual Lake Superior Libraries Unsymposium will be held in-person this year on Friday, January 13, 2023, from 1-4:30 p.m. at Superior Public Library in Superior, Wisconsin!

We hope you’ll join us for an afternoon of conversation, collaboration, and connection!

What’s an “unsymposium,” you ask? At our Mid-winter Unsymposium, we turn the idea of a “conference” upside down! Rather than inviting speakers to talk about predetermined topics related to a specific theme, unsymposium attendees brainstorm discussion topics and then vote for their favorites! 

You can suggest discussion topics when you register, or you can suggest them at the event. After collecting all of the suggested topics, everybody in attendance votes for their favorites, and then we break into small groups for discussion.

At our Unconference, YOU determine the conversation!

Join us January 13, 2023, for our Unsymposium for invigorating discussion with other library folks and be prepared to take that enthusiasm back to your library! Registration is open now! 

Sign up for our mailing listfollow us on Facebook and Twitter, or visit our website for updates.

The Unsymposium is free and open to everyone.

When: Friday, January 13, 2023, 1 - 4:30 pm
Where: Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Avenue, Superior, WI 54880
Registration: Now open!
Cost: Only your time!

QUESTIONS? Contact us!
 Register here!

SPRING UW-Madison iSchool CE Courses

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There is another great selection of CE courses scheduled this spring through the UW-Madison iSchool Continuing Ed Dept. If you register by two weeks prior to each course, you get a 10% discount off the  cost. 

Here are the courses that have significant youth content. Check them out - and be sure to check out the full schedule of offerings including tutorials here. 

Babies in the Library    Feb 13 – Mar 26, 2023    Instructor: Brooke Newberry     $250

Library service to patrons begins at birth. How can library practitioners offer the best programs, collections, and services possible to the youngest members of our communities (0-23 months)? After laying the groundwork for developmentally appropriate practice, this course will provide strategies and ideas for providing outstanding services to families with young children. Whether you are new to the profession, considering starting a baby storytime, searching for outreach partners, or looking to refresh your collection, this asynchronous 6 week course will build a foundation for working with the very young.

For more information and to register, stop here.

Navigating Book and Program Challenges for Public Libraries    Mar 20 – Apr 30, 2023    Instructor: Dawn Wacek    $250

In the current climate, public library materials, programs, and displays are being challenged not only by community members, but sometimes by a concerted effort among groups who live outside of your region.   Regardless of who is challenging your selections and programming, being prepared will help ease the process for you, your staff, and your Board.  In this 6 week asynchronous class, you will learn more about recent challenges, how to prepare your staff and Board to respond effectively, and how to create policies that protect your library from those who seek to undermine each patron’s freedom to read. 

For more information and to register, stop here.

Service to Homeschoolers    Apr 3 – May 1, 2023   Instructor: Adrienne Pettinelli   $150

Homeschooling has been on the rise for decades, and the COVID-19 pandemic encouraged even more families to take the homeschooling plunge. In this 4 week, asynchronous course, you’ll learn how to eliminate barriers that prevent homeschoolers from using the library effectively, develop low-cost/high-impact programming for homeschoolers, and create a homeschooling collection that will be used by homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike.

For more information and to register, stop here.

Throw it Thursday - Local History and Weeding

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Ashley Borman, Technical Services Librarian at the Clintonville (WI) Public Library and YSS board member, is back with her monthly column. She shares the value of local history material in your collection development decisions.

November is widely recognized for being No Shave November, National Native American Heritage month, and the American Thanksgiving holiday, it also boasts a variety of other “Awareness” days and months, including National Aviation History month. Aviation history is important in Clintonville, because Clintonville was the birthplace of Wisconsin Central Airlines, which later became North Central Airlines. North Central Airlines has been merged into various companies over the years and the name is now fully retired. What remains from the original airline is now part of Delta Airlines.

Why am I giving a mini history lesson in a weeding blog post, you ask? Well, the answer is simple. Public libraries all over the world house local history items in their collections. While I am a HUGE proponent of weeding (I mean, come on, I write a monthly blog post called Throw-It Thursday!), there are some things that should be preserved. Materials that include information about local history and can be hard to find are an exception to the “Throw-It” philosophy.

In Clintonville, we are lucky enough to have a “Wisconsin Room” where we can move on non-circulating local history items. In this room, we can preserve them and house that local history which would otherwise eventually become lost. If you don’t have a room to store such things in, keep them in your collection, but find a way to mark them so that you know they include local history and should not be removed from the collection.