Hello World Technology & Youth Services

Summer Reading Workshop and more edition

Welcome to another edition of Hello World. It has been a busy past few weeks with the Summer Reading Work shop, the YSS spring conference, and the GOAT meetup just around the corner.

Summer Reading Workshop Review

For those present there were a lot of ideas on registration some having success with readers either self registering online while in the library--leaving a specific laptop open for this use only--or giving out a flyer and having them register at home. Others used paper registration, activity cards, and even calendars.

During the minutes v. books discussion. The majority of attendees count books completed over minutes read but comments tended to support using minutes or altering the idea of a book

++ for minutes:

  • reluctant readers don't have to complete the entire book
  • family reading time--the entire family spends time reading of a certain amount of time each day/evening. Adults enjoyed trying to compete against the young readers.
  • in general it seems fairer for readers invested in larger books

++ for books

  • easier to keep track of a each book completed instead of counting minutes
  • some libraries count chapters of books as a book completed instead of the entire book
  • some count a certain number of pages as a book.

Libraries Rock = Giving to the the Community. One ideas was to keep track of reading by using glass stones in different jars. Each stone is equal to a book read and each jar represents a different local charity. A percentage of cash would be given to each charity based on the reading stones accumulated throughout the summer. Sound like a fun idea,

Some tips mentioned for those using beanstack were to have a laptop on the counter for signup. Another tip was to work with your school and maybe have the school register readers. Include the school reading list for credit for both SR and school. Voting for favorite book and writing reviews.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten was discussed. One example was to use ice cream cones with scoops to keep track of the count 1 scoop == 100 books. Another ideas was stickers at 100; Name on wall at 500; certificate at 750; and a book at 1000. Others use a coloring sheet to track reading, which is essentially a booklist with open bubbles. Other use this lists but base them on buts that drill sight words. Some used the Demco animals and sticker. Also they made readers aware that the same book can be counted multiple times.

There was a discussion on incentives and how we can move away from giving "soon to be landfill materials." Experiences were popular especially local ones. From ice creams cones to museum passes. One library mentioned that if a certain number of minutes were read then the school principal would dress up as captain underpants!

Never Underestimate the Power of Underware

There were some great ideas for advertising ranging from yard signs "We signed up for Summer Read." With the library logo. While others stormed the schools with calendars & stickers, "We have a blast and make fools of ourselves, the kids remember," creating an experience out of learning about summer reading. Others use Posters, electronics signs, and their favorite sandwich boards.

There was also a good discussion on timing. From when to start your summer program: right before school ends to right after school end. But also when to end a summer program, "The end of August is slow/dead/doldrums." There seemed to be a consensus that if you are going to end with bang late July or Early August seemed the best. With the caveat to avoid fairs and other local events.

Program attendance registration v no-registration. There wasn't really a consensus on this. It was noted that if patrons are registered through BeanStack they can receive notifications reminding them of upcoming programs and events.

Other fun happenings: a garden salsa party at the end of summer and a Battle of the Bands.

For those interested in Glow in the Dark Rocks.

MakeyMakey Jello Piano

We had a water piano at the workshop but this young maker from RobotsRFun built a jello piano. Too cool.

These two sisters are just to awesome. And the have their own website RobotsRfun.com

If anyone is interested in trying out my Makey Makey, let me know and I'll send it to your library in delivery.

14th Annual Cardboard Boat Race

Saturday, August, 11th

Join your fellow libraries in creating the ultimate Summer STEAM project... A library themed cardboard boat race.

Held every year at Fort Hardy Park in Schuylerville, the Cardboard Boat Race is a fun and creative community day on the Hudson River. You are invited to base a boat design off this year's Summer Reading Program theme. Compete against your fellow libraries for the coveted awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards for speed, the Titanic Award, Most Enthusiastic Crew, Overall best in Show

There will be more information to follow but in the mean time start dreaming about your boat.

FRAC Summer Food Mapper

Caitlin from Schyulerville and Andy from CAPTAIN Youth gave a description of their summer food program. Caitlin went over her process of record keeping, ordering meals, and having board and staff buy in.

She also had a few recommendations

Recommended Purchases: plastic table cloths, plastic utensils, napkins, cups, plates, pb&j, ranch dressing, gluten free bread, sunflower butter, wet wipes, extra trash bags, trash can, wagon/cart with wheels, flat ice packs, shallow bins, large bins, outdoor games, food thermometer

and some tips:

  • Extra Trash Bags and Cans
  • Wet Wipes
  • Making Families Feel Welcome
  • Reach out to Community for Support of Adult Meals

Summer Reading Resources

Other News

Internet Archive: The Magazine Rack

In keeping with their apparent mission to become the predominant archive of pre-internet media, they've set up the Magazine Rack, a downloadable collection of over 34,000 digitized magazines and other monthly publications.

Magazines haven't gone away, of course, and at the Internet Archive's Magazine Rack you can do just what you might have done at a traditional magazine rack: flip through brand new issues of publications like Tech Advisor, Aviation History, and America's Civil War.

McSweeny's Internet Tendency

Horoscopes for Librarians

With some great content like this...


Feel like you’re spinning your wheels? It may be because of free-range children ruining your puppet show interpretation of Knuffle Bunny. Your lucky number is 3, the number of years you spent earning a Masters of Library and Information Science so that you could wipe snot off Mo Willems’ books.

DATA and theFacebook

For those of you like me who were glued to the radio listening to the Zuckerburg testimony there has been a cornucopia of followup articles--some even relating to libraries

We don’t sell data. We care about privacy. Users agreed to it.

Lessons from the Facebook Fiasco: Apparently libraries may be learning all the wrong ones. This article from Inside Higher Education explores a new purchase by OCLC called wise--an ILS subsystem--to utilize our customer data to direct books and programs base on their metadata.

I Downloaded the Information Facebook has on me. Yikes. The article is written by someone who is a self-proclaimed Facebook lurker--not really posting but checking out what everyone else is up to. Very interesting.

Here is a link for instructions to download what Facebook has on you.

If people are this up in arms over what Facebook has on them they are going to be blown away when they realize what google knows.

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