Youth Services Update: January 2022

Upcoming Opportunities


NATIVE KNOWLEDGE 360°  TEACHER WORKSHOP SERIES

January 20 – March 3, 2022

During this three-part online workshop series from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, teachers will be introduced to the intersection of Indigenous women artists and activism. Native artists will explore art from the museum’s collections and contemporary children’s books that feature Indigenous women artists and activists. Using the museum’s Essential Understandings framework  and artworks by contemporary Indigenous women artists, teachers will deepen their knowledge of Indigenous women’s roles and contributions and examine ways students might use art to learn about difficult historical events and contemporary issues. Classroom materials from the museum’s Native Knowledge 360° education initiative will be provided. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. Click here for more information.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: GREATER AUSTIN AREA INFORMATION LITERACY SYMPOSIUM (GAAILS)

DEADLINE: January 21, 2022

The Greater Austin Area Information Literacy Symposium focuses on information literacy initiatives in public, school, academic, and special libraries in the Austin area. Sessions will explore timely topics and practical solutions in information literacy and library instruction, and will allow time to share ideas and initiatives as well as to develop relationships across the library field. Furthermore, presentation options have been retooled to shorter sessions, poster sessions, and facilitated discussions that will allow for increased dialogue with other attendees. So, if you’re an Austin area library professional with an idea to share, consider submitting an application online by January 21st. 

The 2022 symposium will be FREE and online.

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Ongoing Tools


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TSLAC YOUTH SERVICES FACEBOOK GROUP

Our Youth Services Facebook group is an additional support for library workers throughout the state. This is an interactive space where members can discuss the ways in which they serve their communities. So, if you’re looking to further develop your professional learning network to include colleagues across the state in a space devoted to discussing our craft, then click here for more information.


2022 TxLA READING LISTS

The Texas Library Association’s Children’s Round Table (CRT) and Young Adult Round Table (YART) strive to promote and improve youth library services in Texas. To that end the round tables sponsor the reading lists below. The current recommendations are out and offer a wide variety of titles, so there’s truly something for everyone:

Furthermore, the Youth Texas Topaz List provides recommended nonfiction titles for children and teens.

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CHILDREN IN TRAUMA BIBLIOGRAPHY

Categorized by theme, this bibliography includes books that address traumas such as domestic abuse and bullying; general grief and loss; illness, anxiety, and depression; pandemics; poverty; and more. Books in the bibliography have been listed in six thematic groups, and clicking on a group opens a box where books pertaining to the designated theme are listed. This bibliography was created by Dr. Megan McCaffrey, assistant professor in the Division of Education at Governors State University, and the LibGuide was built by Linda Geller, associate professor in the University Library at Governors State University. This project was generously funded by a 2019 Carnegie-Whitney Grant through the American Library Association. To access the bibliography, visit the Children in Trauma LibGuide.

CSLP Summer Symposium

Recordings from the 2021 CSLP Summer Symposium are now available online.

Recordings now available for the First Annual CSLP Summer Symposium.

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Need more resources?

Check out our webinars that focus on Youth Services. Click here for information.

Questions?

For more information, visit our youth services page, contact Christina Taylor at ld@tsl.texas.gov, or call 512-463-5465.

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Summer library materials ordering has been EXTENDED until January 14, 2022

Texas public libraries will be able to continue ordering the free CSLP promotional materials provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for another two weeks! 

The updated ordering process is faster, more convenient, and gives your library greater control over the process. Each library will place its order directly through the CSLP website.

Ordering Instructions

  1. Preview and order materials here.
    • ONLY the items at this link will be provided for free by TSLAC. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2021)
    • Please note how items are packaged when selecting quantities. 
    • View the video tutorial of the ordering process using the link you received via the Summer Library Newsletter.
    • You will NOT need to log in to the CSLP website to place an order.
  2. Add desired items to your cart and go to check-out.
  3. When checking out, use the voucher code you received via the Summer Library Newsletter.
  4. Complete the rest of the form fields:
    • Please list your library’s information for the shipping address and email address. Do not provide TSLAC’s information. 
    • The voucher code will ensure that TSLAC receives the invoice, so don’t forget to enter the code! 
    • Verify the total is $0.00 before submitting the order.
    • You will not need to enter any payment details once the voucher code has been entered.
  5. Submit order. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided on the form.

If your library is purchasing additional items beyond what is available on the list of allowable purchases, those items must be purchased in a separate order.

The FINAL deadline is January 14, 2022

The 2022 CSLP theme is Oceanography. The slogan for early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs is “Oceans of Possibilities” or “Océanos de Posibilidades.” Unique artwork has been created for each age group by artist Sophie Blackall.

Thank you for everything you do to support the youth and families in your community!



Questions?

For more information, visit our youth services page, contact Christina Taylor at ld@tsl.texas.gov, or call 512-463-5465.

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Youth Services Update: December 2021

Upcoming Opportunities


LETTERS ABOUT LITERATURE

DEADLINE: DECEMBER 17, 2021, 5:00 PM (CENTRAL)

Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for 4th-12th graders under the direction of the Texas Center for the Book at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Participants select a book, book series, essay, play, poem, short story, or speech that has made a lasting impact on their on their lives. They, then, write a personal letter to the author that reflects how they have been changed, inspired, or motivated by the work State winners receive $100 and will be honored at the 2022 Texas Library Association Conference. All submissions must be submitted using the new online submission platform, and a permission form is required for all students who are younger than 13 as of Nov. 4, 2021. For more information visit : https://www.tsl.texas.gov/lettersaboutliterature


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MEDIA LITERACY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

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Erikson Institute’s TEC Center is now offering a new IMLS-funded professional development program, Media Literacy in Early Childhood for Youth Library Staff. Recruitment is open for this four-month professional development series, in which participants will spend approximately 10 to 12 hours total in entirely online synchronous and asynchronous learning. Cohorts will be made up of 20-25 youth library staff from across the U.S. All participants will receive a certificate and a $400 honorarium for their library once they complete the program to compensate for their time. For more information, visit https://www.erikson.edu/professional-development/tec-center/librarians/ .

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

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The National Museum of the American Indian offers live and interactive programs led by a museum educator focusing on specific topics in Indigenous histories, cultures, and contemporary lives. A variety of programs are available for Pre-K–12 students. For more information, visit https://americanindian.si.edu/nk360/student-programs/virtual-field-trips

IMPACT LIBRARIES


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The University of Maryland iSchool’s IMProving Assessment of Computational Thinking in Libraries (IMPACT Libraries) research team is looking for public library staff to help evaluate a series of assessment tools developed to measure the success of Computational Thinking (CT) programs for youth ages 11-18.  Each participating library will be provided $1000 to cover costs associated with using the assessment tools and meeting with the research team. For more information, visit https://impact.ischool.umd.edu

TELL ME ANOTHER STORY:

DIVERSITY IN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

In celebration and recognition of the movement toward social equity, The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation (EJK Foundation), in collaboration with The Office Performing Arts + Film, has produced a new 30-minute documentary with free streaming access for all audiences. Directed by Damani Baker (The House on Coco Road), edited by Jon Henry Fine, and with original music by Meshell Ndegeocello, the film is an enlightening and informative portrait of the ways in which multiculturalism is critical to the health of our society. Tell Me Another Story describes the dedication of intellectual and artistic giants, who have, for over one hundred years, attempted to bring authentic imagery into the books all children read. The film highlights the creators, past and present, whose focus has uplifted children’s literature from W.E.B. Du Bois, Augusta Baker, Pura Belpré and Ezra Jack Keats, to Pat Cummings, Marley Dias, Grace Lin, Christopher Myers, and Andrea Davis Pinkney. Also identified are the contributions made by the many children’s book awards that make multiculturalism central to their mission, including the Coretta Scott King, Pura Belpré and Ezra Jack Keats Awards. For more information, visit https://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/tell-me-another-story

STORYTIME 101

Storytime is a magical event, and each program is a big deal in the life of a young child. During this tutorial, you will learn how to make your storytimes meaningful and impactful for your audience. This tutorial is meant to support those who are new to storytime. It covers basic skills, like preparing for storytime, reading books out loud, using props and music, and engaging adults and children. Each section has an interactive module filled with useful information, examples, and videos. There are also links to documents and online resources that will support your storytime practice. For more information, visit https://my.nicheacademy.com/idaho/course/22517 t.


Questions?

For more information, visit our youth services page, contact Christina Taylor at ld@tsl.texas.gov, or call 512-463-5465.

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2021 Family Place Library Grant Applications Close Soon!

APPLICATIONS WILL CLOSE SOON! This year’s Family Place Library grant application will close for submissions on Friday, December 3, 2021. The application is entirely online and can be accessed after logging into the TSLAC Grants Management System (GMS).

Family Place Library Notice of Funding Opportunity (PDF)

The link below will take you to the GMS site so you can log in to begin your application:

BEGIN FY22 FAMILY PLACE LIBRARY GRANT APPLICATION

Summer library materials ordering will be open December 1, 2021 – January 1, 2022

Starting December 1, 2021, Texas public libraries will be able to order the free CSLP promotional materials provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission! 

The updated ordering process is faster, more convenient, and gives your library greater control over the process. Each library will place its order directly through the CSLP website.

Ordering Instructions

  1. Preview and order materials here.
    • ONLY the items at this link will be provided for free by TSLAC. Funding for this program is provided by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services through a grant to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. (2021)
    • Please note how items are packaged when selecting quantities. 
    • View the video tutorial of the ordering process using the link you received via the Summer Library Newsletter.
    • You will NOT need to log in to the CSLP website to place an order.
  2. Add desired items to your cart and go to check-out.
  3. When checking out, use the voucher code you received via the Summer Library Newsletter.
  4. Complete the rest of the form fields:
    • Please list your library’s information for the shipping address and email address. Do not provide TSLAC’s information. 
    • The voucher code will ensure that TSLAC receives the invoice, so don’t forget to enter the code! 
    • Verify the total is $0.00 before submitting the order.
    • You will not need to enter any payment details once the voucher code has been entered.
  5. Submit order. You will receive a confirmation email at the address you provided on the form.

If your library is purchasing additional items beyond what is available on the list of allowable purchases, those items must be purchased in a separate order.

Ordering will be open December 1, 2021 – January 1, 2022.

The 2022 CSLP theme is Oceanography. The slogan for early literacy, children, teen, and adult programs is “Oceans of Possibilities” or “Océanos de Posibilidades.” Unique artwork has been created for each age group by artist Sophie Blackall.

Questions about this or other Texas Summer Library Program topics? Visit the TSLAC summer reading page or contact Christina Taylor at ld@tsl.texas.gov, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

Thank you for everything you do to support the youth and families in your community!

The 2021 Summer Library Program Survey is now open!

It is the time of year to reflect on summer programming, and we are coming to you for feedback as we think about how we can best support you and your library next year. We recognize the ongoing pandemic  may have been affected your programming in a variety of ways and, we greatly appreciate your hard work and efforts. Your commitment directly impacts your communities, and we are thankful for your responsiveness and willingness to continually adjust to the times.

While everything is still fresh in your mind, please consider sharing your summer program experience with us. Tell us what surprised you and touched your heart and share how many people in your community participated in your program. Let us know how you liked the artwork and manuals and share your suggestions for future programs.

Approximately 500 Texas libraries received funding to purchase materials and participate in the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CSLP) through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for their summer programs. We ask that all participating libraries complete the 2021 Summer Program Survey to help inform our approach to next year’s program. The survey contatins19 questions which should take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will be available through Friday, October 8, 2021.

Here is a direct link to the CSLP/SRP 2021 Survey: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6515586/CSLP-SRP-2021-Survey We would love to highlight and showcase your library’s summer programming. Please send photos of your summer programs to Christina Taylor at ctaylor@tsltexas.gov with expressed written consent allowing us to use the images on our website and publications. We look forward to hearing from you!

Summer Reading Tips and Tricks

In a few short weeks the school year will end and the lazy, hazy days of summer begin. Remember to take time this summer to encourage children to continue reading and learning. The summer slide in cognitive ability is real, and now more than ever we need to try and continue to stimulate the minds of children. There are many ways to do this; encourage reading of all kinds (print books, e-books , audio books, graphic novels, manga, anime, and even comic books), talk to children when doing everyday tasks (cooking, grocery shopping, house cleaning, and even screen time), and, finally, go to the library, museums, parks, and the many free events that happen during the summer months.

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One great resource for summer reading is E-Read Texas for Kids. E-Read Texas for Kids includes a collection of more than 600 e-books from Teacher Created Materials, including the TIME for Kids series. The majority of the titles are juvenile nonfiction for grade levels K-8, and cover subjects such as science, mathematics, sports, history, and art, in both English and Spanish. The site also includes juvenile fiction and craft and hobby books for kids. The website is geofenced so that any user located in Texas can access it, with no login nor password required! And there are no simultaneous user restrictions, so that means there are no holds and no waitlists.

Here is a list of other summer reading and learning ideas and resources:


Youth Share and Summer Reading Program Q&A

Let’s put our heads together and share programming ideas, summer logistics, concerns, and any questions you may have about the summer. Together we have years of experience and wisdom to draw from! 

Who: Join youth librarians, staff, and volunteers who provide services to youth in our Texas libraries.

When: Thursday, April 29 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday May 4, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Links to register:

April 29: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?id=13&reset=1

May 4: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?id=12&reset=1

What to Bring:

  • A question or challenge you have
  • Programming Ideas, including:
    • Favorite storytime book
    • Craft ideas for preschool, elementary or teens
    • Favorite program you have done
    • Passive programs
    • Storytime props, felt board activities, song or fingerplay
    • A puppet or prop you have never used. We can help you come up with ideas!
    • Teens – programs, youth volunteers, tips on getting teens involved…
  • Resources
    • Fundraising ideas
    • SRP logistics
    • A link, website, app, or other useful resource
    • Library Facebook Page, YouTube Channel…

We will be compiling your shared ideas and questions. Please take a moment to send your ideas, summer plans, links, and questions. If every library sends just one thing, we will all benefit!

These Youth Shares are offered in partnership with CTLS, Inc.

Celebrating #TXBookChat Author Don Tate

In honor of Black History Month, we would like to continue the celebrations by recognizing the incredible work of author and illustrator Don Tate, one of our #TXBookChat spotlight authors. In his prolific career, Don has authored one book illustrated by someone else, authored-illustrated three published books (with two more on the way), and illustrated 80+ trade and educational picture books. Through his work, Don showcases narratives from Black history.

His words and illustrations provide children the opportunities to view history from a Black artists’ perspective, which is incredibly important when we consider the lack of representation in children’s literature. Don believes in the importance of telling children the truth and not sugar-coating history. His extensive research and incredible talent pair together to provide literary treasures.

We will highlight a handful of his powerful titles and encourage readers to check out the full list of his publications on his website: www.dontate.com/.


Book cover of William Still and His Freedom Stories: Father of the Underground Railroad

William Still, known as the Father of the Underground Railroad, collected the stories of thousands of other freedom seekers and reunited many formerly enslaved families, while building a remarkable collection of records. He worked with Harriet Tubman, Henry “Box” Brown, William and Ellen Craft, and many other key figures of the abolitionist movement from his base in Philadelphia.


Book cover of Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton

George Moses Horton taught himself to read and earned money to purchase his time away from his master, though not his freedom. He became the first African American to be published in the South, protesting slavery in the form of verse.


Book cover of It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

A biography of outsider artist Bill Traylor, a formerly enslaved Alabama man who at the age of 83 began to draw pictures based on his memories and observations of rural and urban life.


Book cover of No Small Potatoes: Junius G. Groves and his Kingdom in Kansas

An incredible, true story of how one of history’s most successful potato farmers began life enslaved, purchased farmland after emancipation, and worked until he was named the “Potato King of the World”!


Book cover of Hope's Gift

A poignant story celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.


Watch the recording of Don’s recent #TXBookChat discussion here!

Summer Reading Webinars in March

We all need inspiration as we gear up for summer reading program planning. Here’s your chance to get renewed and refreshed!

Central Texas Library System (CTLS) and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) are teaming up to offer four summer reading webinars in March.

All webinars will be free of charge, recorded, and archived. 

3/4 Summer Reading Program Boot Camp

Are you new to the Summer Reading Program? We will cover online registration, prizes, SRP manual overview, community engagement, marketing ideas, volunteers, and virtual programming techniques, technology, and tips.

Moderator: Kim Lehman

For more information and to register: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=10

3/9 Preschool Aged Children: Programming Ideas

This webinar will focus on providing programming ideas for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers that can be adapted for both in-person and virtual formats based on best practices from the Round Rock Public Library.  Get ready for the summer with books, stories, songs, fingerplays, crafts, and activities that are perfect for your youngest patrons.

Presenters: Theresa Faris, Jane Dance, Andrea Warkentin, and Virginia Hadley from the Round Rock Public Library.

For more information and to register: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=7

3/10 Elementary Aged Children: Programming Ideas

This webinar will focus on providing program ideas for elementary aged children that can be adapted for both in-person and virtual formats based on best practices from the Victoria Public Library. It will also offer tips and tricks to help engage your community in virtual programming at your library.

Presenter: Katie Talhelm, Victoria Public Library.

For more information and to register: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=6

3/11 Teens: Programming Ideas

This webinar will be focused on providing teen programming ideas that can be adapted for both in-person and virtual formats based on best practices from the McAllen Public Library.

Presenters: Leslie Cortinas-Calderon, Melissa Kobayashi, and April Zuniga, McAllen Public Library.

For more information and to register: https://www.ctls.net/civicrm/event/info/?reset=1&id=8

Presenter bios

Kim Lehman is a storyteller, musician, author, and workshop presenter. Kim is a well-known educator best known for her dynamic, idea packed workshops featuring inexpensive, easy to implement ideas for librarians, teachers and parents. Kim has presented over 170 workshops, including many SRP workshops throughout Texas, Kansas, and Arizona. Kim’s background as a youth consultant, a teacher, and a professional storyteller on the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster makes her uniquely able to understand and know what librarians want and need.

Round Rock Public Library holds a long tradition of serving their youngest patrons and their families with quality collections, programs and services. Theresa Faris, the Youth Services Manager, leads a creative, dynamic staff who are passionate about early literacy. Youth Librarians Jane Dance and Andrea Warkentin provide storytimes for preschoolers and toddlers respectively. Jane is well known as the library’s teen librarian but is also devoted to her preschool fans. She loves to incorporate yoga and movement into her programs, which keeps everyone engaged. Andrea creates STEM and play experiences with toddlers and shares her expertise with parents as well as with the Round Rock School District, who has created an early childhood initiative to train local daycare providers. Another talented staff member, Virginia Hadley, Library Program Coordinator, provides programs for babies as well as facilitates bilingual programs for preschoolers. She uses her Spanish language skills to incorporate songs and activities into her own bilingual programs and develops partnerships with volunteers and area organizations to provide bilingual and cultural celebrations in Hindi, Chinese, and American Sign Language. During the COVID pandemic, these staff members have pivoted from in-person programs to creating quality online videos and other tools to engage families. 

Katie Talhelm is the Program Services Manager at the Victoria Public Library and oversees all programming for children and teens. She has been in her role for over two years and recently graduated from Texas Woman’s University with her Masters in Library Science, focusing on youth services and public libraries. Katie is eager to make her mark on the library field and find new and inventive ways to engage the youth of her community. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her husband and two cats, Ripley and Chelsea.

Leslie Cortinas-Calderon is a Teen Services Assistant at McAllen Public Library located in the Rio Grande Valley.  She’s had two phenomenal years working hand in hand with other teen staff in creating an inclusive safe space for teens in 6th-12th grade. Her main focus in the Teen Services Department is celebrating cultural diversity in programming, forming friendships with neighboring libraries and schools, promoting library resources in community outreaches, and designing quality programs to enhance teen social skills. Leslie enjoys Animal Crossing, rubbing her cat’s belly, and playing tug o’ war with her pug, Danny DeVito. She also enjoys hiking and spending time with her wife, 2 cats, 3 dogs, AND crying over the saddest books she can get her hands on.

Melissa Kobayashi is the Teen Services Assistant at McAllen Public Library and oversees youth programming for teens 6th – 12th grade. She has been a Teen Services Assistant for 3 years with a background in graphic design. Her designs for the South Texas Book Festival have garnered the 2019 TLA Branding Iron Award for the Rebranding of STBF and the 2020 Texas Festival & Events Association’s (TFEA) Gold in the Best Company Image division for the Kaliff Marketing Awards. Her main focus in the teen department is to encourage and foster leadership skills, connecting and engaging teens with similar interests and hobbies, and promoting technology. Melissa enjoys reading manga and comics, playing video games, and playing frisbee with her dog, Harley P. Quinn.

April Zuniga is the Teen Services Supervisor at McAllen Public Library. Her work focuses on building community with teens in the Rio Grande Valley and providing a safe and friendly environment where they can be creative and share their talents and skills in a collaborative space. April has also been a guest webinar speaker for YALSA. Her webinar “Youth Engagement and Leadership” encourages librarians across the country to empower teens in their communities by providing leadership opportunities in the form of teen-led programming. April enjoys watching movies, evening walks, and spending time with her family, 5 chickens, and her cat, Rocco.