The Library Connection
The Monthly Newsletter of the Eastern
Shores Library System
Volume 26 Number 12 December 2006
Click here for the Winter 2007 Bookmobile Schedule
Channel Weekly - December 7, 2006
The following resources which would be of interest to local customers were recently added to the University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.
The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II
The Home Front: Manitowoc County in World War II is a
digital collection of photographic images, oral histories, published
sources and documents, artifacts, and other resources which help to
document and explain the history of Manitowoc County, Wisconsin during the
period from 1939 to 1947-both the more universally shared home front
experiences and activities as they played out in this specific county, and
those more unique activities which especially defined the area during the
War. New content includes photographs of Abbott and Costello, ration
books, shipbuilding and much more. The new texts includes articles
entitled, "A Piece of the Action" and "Personal Glimpses of
a Teenager During the War."
Manitowoc Local History Collection
Explore the history of Manitowoc and the surrounding
communities through a wide selection of images, historical texts, and maps
and plat books that date back to the mid 19th century. Whether for
historical or genealogical research, school assignments, or business or
civic presentations, this collection provides an in-depth look at
Manitowoc's rich history. The Manitowoc Local History Collection was
funded through 2005 and 2006 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
Sheboygan County Historical Documents
This collection provides snapshots into the social,
economic, and political history of Sheboygan County. The Sheboygan
Centennial and Homecoming Souvenir booklets provide historical information
from the period of the early Native American settlements to the
mid-twentieth century. In addition, these items, along with a number of
other titles, include historical photographs of the county with an
emphasis on the City of Sheboygan. Sheboygan
County Plat Maps from 1875 to 1920 also offer unique glimpses into the
development of this county. The Sheboygan County Historical Documents
Collection was funded through a 2006 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)
Eastern Shores Library System recently received notification from State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster that our LSTA grant application for 2007 was approved for funding.
The 2007 grant--ESLS=Extending the Services of Libraries to Seniors--will assist the public libraries in Sheboygan and Ozaukee Counties in providing services to seniors and others with accessibility needs. Eleven of the thirteen public libraries and the bookmobile are participating in the project.
A special needs planning session with Barb Huntington
identified the following:
Funds from the grant will be used by the participating libraries to purchase materials to begin or expand their homebound/deposit collection service, to purchase materials to expand their end-of-life resources, and to purchase materials for ten rotating collections of books and two of audiovisual materials to be shared among the libraries as they prepare their deposit collections. Two workshops are also planned, as well as the purchase of accessible cassette/CD players, carrying bins, and imprinted canvas bags.
The 2007 grant is a compliment to the 2006 grant--ESLS=Expanded Services to Library Seniors--which provided funds for the purchase of walkers, wheelchairs, print enlargers, and full spectrum reading lamps. The purpose was to make library services more available to those who use the library. Next year's grant will address the needs of those who are unable to come to the libraries to use their services.
The grant will be administered by Bookmobile Librarians Connie Meyer and Sue Potter.
Children's Librarians Corner
Jan Gebhart, Kohler Public Library
Dr. Jean Feldman has a website www.drjean.org that is not only educational but also fun. She has so many great ideas on her site that can be used or adapted for library storytimes. I was fortunate enough to be on her site in time to see that she was coming to present a workshop in Milwaukee, Dr. Jean’s “Razzle Dazzle” Centers & Activities for Reading, Writing & Math. I was amazed when I got to the conference site and found there were approximately 300 people in attendance. At the end of the day, we left with so many great and easy to implement ideas. Some of my favorite ideas are listed below.
Dr. Jean said repeated readings improve fluency when children learn to read. She demonstrated this by using a nursery rhyme. She said the first line and then we repeated it. Then she did the rhyme again but she and we used a papa bear voice. Two more repetitions were achieved by using a mama bear and a baby bear voice. She said we could do a rhyme and repeat it using different emotions such as happy, sad, angry, sleepy, etc. or by varying the speed. You can find more suggestions on her website under activity of the month, January 2006 and then under fluency cards.
She said that you can clap and sing any nursery rhyme to the tune for 99 Bottles of Coke on the Wall.
She made a tin can tree to use with magnetic letters for Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom.
She showed how to make many styles of books for the kids such as napkin, sentence strip, bath time, postcard, funny money, doggie treats, sandwich, party bag, popsicle book, and a flip book. Each one could be made as a craft during story time. I especially liked the environmental print book of Old Mother Hubbard. She has many of these books described on her website for November 2005.
I thought I might use her idea of making a clipboard when we do truck and heavy equipment and Bob the Builder stories. To make a clipboard, cut a piece of foam board and then let the children put on a butterfly clip with a string and pencil attached. I thought the children could then put a sheet of paper on their board and draw.
She said brain research has shown that crossing mid-line helps children and seniors improve connections between both hemispheres of the brain. She gave us chants, cheers, and songs. Some of these can be found on her website for June 2004 and March 2006.
The workshop handbook has a darling dog pattern that would be great for a counting activity with a story such as Dog’s Colorful Day. Spots could be drawn on the dog which the kids could color as a craft. They could then count the spots and the number could be hidden under the dog’s ear. I could not find this on her website so if you would like the pattern just let me know.
I also liked her idea of combining sign language with I Know an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly. She also changed the words of the song so the old lady would cry and the last line of horse ends with "this is a silly song of course."
Marcia Sarnowski Library Consultant with Winding Rivers Library System
Wisconsin Bookworms™, formerly known as the First Book program, has been bringing books and volunteer readers to Wisconsin pre-school children since 1998. It is a collaborative effort of the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education (HCE), UW-Extension Family Living Programs (UWEX) and Wisconsin Public Television. Each month volunteers read award-winning books to the preschoolers, engage them in a related activity, give them books to take home, and provide educational activity sheets for their families.
Last year the program reached nearly 6,000 children in 54 counties. Grant funding covered the expenses to begin the initiative; now each county HCE group must find local and regional support to fund the costs of the books and activity sheets.
The following titles will be featured in 2006/2007: Alphabeep, Barnyard Banter, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Fish is Fish, Naughty Little Monkeys, A Pocket Full of Kisses, The Relatives Came, and Wemberly Worried.
Here are some suggestions for how libraries can
partner with this worthwhile program:
Children – and their families – will reap the benefits!
Tuesday, January 23, 2007. You know it is important to inform our legislative leaders about library issues. So put Library Legislative Day on your calendar and plan to attend. You won't be alone and if you are new at this buddy up with someone who is experienced. More info at: http://www.wla.lib.wi.us/legis/day/.
A new, easy-to-read booklet -- "Stay Safe in Cold Weather!" -- offers older adults tips on avoiding a dangerous condition called hypothermia. This free 12-page publication is now available from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
"Stay Safe in Cold Weather!" is written in plain language and incorporates colorful graphic elements and other features to help readers understand the content. In creating the new booklet, the NIA publications team talked with older adults and considered the needs of people with limited reading skills.
To order free copies or for more information about "Stay Safe in Cold Weather!" and other NIA publications, visit the NIA Web site at <www.nia.nih.gov> or call 1-800-222-2225. Bulk orders are welcome.
from October-November 2006 Steppingstones, newsletter of the Southwest Wisconsin Library System
Most libraries have some type of used book sale. The library may sell discarded and/or donated items at the sale. The sale may be ongoing from a room/cart/shelf at the library or it may be a special event sponsored regularly by the Friends Group.
There always are leftovers. Now what? Many of the books that did not sell this time might sell next time when the "right" buyer is there. So they have to be stored until the next time comes around.
Check out Better World Books--www.betterworldbooks.com. It could be a solution to your dilemma.
If they sell your books, you get 20% of the gross profits; the rest is divided between the company for expenses and donations to various organizations that support literacy. Books that are not sold also go to literacy organizations. They sell the books at the online market rate and cover all the shipping costs. They send the library boxes and tape and you print out UPS labels from the website when you have an account.
The website gives the complete details, including a Welcome Packet that you can download.
Venturing Out: Books about Young Children Exploring
30 Multicultural Books Every Teen Should Know
The CCBC has also updated its 50 Multicultural Books
Every Child Should Know list