This past week I spent three days at the State Library of Iowa's conference in Ames. Each day was filled with speakers, fellow librarians attending various workshops for the Summer Reading Program, and the chance to share and gain new ideas for working with the youth at the library. The theme this year was "KIDS FIRST".
I can honestly say that there wasn't a single speaker I didn't enjoy. However, there were two speakers I really enjoyed.
Laura Vaccaro Seeger, a children's author and illustrator, has several "concept books" out. She has a unique and fasinating way of presenting concepts or ideas in her books. I purchased a few of her books for our library. I think you'll find them entertaining and fun.
Jane Cobb, the Coordinator of Parent-Child Mother Goose Programs for Vancouver Public Library, presented "The Power of Oral Tradition: Language Play for Young Children". She had the librarians dancing, singing, acting like children, and loving every minute of it.Her message was simply that "through oral storytelling children learn vocabulary, patterns of speech and sound, different intonations and tones of voice, the sequencing of events, and the basics of narrative structure (beginning, middle and end). All of these skills practiced in day to day communications in the early years, lay the foundations for learning to read and write later at school, and dramatically improve comprehension skills while learning to read."
The speakers for the teens and young adult readers sessions helped us gain an understanding of what these individuals might need at the library. I attended a gaming session which I found very interesting. Gaming is not just computers. It can be board games, the Wii, computer games, etc.
After three days of presentations and breakout sessions on various programs and projects I felt I had I better understanding of what I could use at the Cherokee Public Library, especially for our Summer Reading Program.
The theme for our Summer Reading Program is "Be Creative @ Your Library". We will begin on Wednesday, July 1st as the KICK OFF date for the Summer Reading Program. It will be held at the Cherokee Community Center with special entertainment by Magician Chris Collins. The programs will be held every Tuesday & Thursday thoughout the month of July. Tuesday's programs will be for Pre-school - 2nd graders and the Thursday's programs will be for 3rd - 6th grade. The themes for each week are as follows: Week #1 - I've Got Rhythm, Week #2 - Ham It Up! & free play, and Week #3 - Dance and Move. Our finale will be July 28th @ the American Theatre for MOVIE TIME. Watch for more details in our June newsletter!
"Preschool Story Time" is every Tuesday from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Join us this month for 30 minutes of stories, finger plays, a craft, and lots of shared fun! We will not have Preschool Story Time in the month of June. Come join us in our Summer Reading Program!
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Summer Reading Program in July.