Monday, February 25, 2008

Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library

Some terrific things are happening at Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library:

We are getting ready to start a new TAG and make a new area for teens. We went to the workshop in the fall and won a really cool table which we have installed two laptops on. We're excited about it.

I have another resource I thought was important. I found a website that gives out free seeds ( well, almost free, you have to pay shpg./handling charges). It is called the America The Beautiful Fund and they will send packets of seeds with a request letter from your organization. We sent one last week so children could get a packet of seeds with their Up, Down, All Around book at our library events.

Just thought you might want to share with others and I thought this was a cool place to do it.
Kim King
Priestley Forsyth Memorial Library

Thursday, February 21, 2008

News from Susan Pannebaker

I wanted to thank everyone who contributed suggestions for future summer reading slogans and themes. I have forwarded them to the Collaborative. The Collaborative meets the end of April and I will let you know in May the slogan for 2010 and the theme for 2011.

I have a couple of other things I would like to share:

This spring there will be four workshops being held in the East on the Mother Goose on the Loose program by the creator of the book of the same title Betsy Diamont Cohen. The workshops will be held in libraries in York on April 28, State College on April 29, Wilkes-Barre on April 30 and Haverford on May 1. Registration forms will come out in early March. Only forty people will be able to attend each session due to limited space in the libraries. Part of the program will be Betsy doing a session of the program with a group of local preschoolers.

For those of you who do not belong to the Association for Library Service to Children and don’t receive Children and Libraries you may want to go on POWER Library’s Professional Development Collection database and find the Winter 07 issue of the journal. This issue focuses entirely on children with special needs. The first article is a great bibliography by an education professor on books that show children with particular disabilities. It lists over 300 titles on everything from autism to ADD. The author feels it is very important that children be able to see themselves in books. To get to a specific issue click publications then type the title of the journal in the browse box. Click on the title when it appears and then click on 2007 to open that year and then click on winter and the entire issue will appear. This is a great way to read through current issues of not only Children and Libraries, but also Horn Book, School Library Journal and YALSA’s journal.

Susan Pannebaker
Youth Services Advisor Office of Commonwealth Libraries
Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market St. Harrisburg, PA 17126-1745
v: 717-214-4047
f: 717-787-2117