Youth News July 2012

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money
will get you through times of no libraries.”
–Anne Herbert

Programming Ideas

Sleeping Beauty and Snow White Interactive Songs

There is a lovely German circle game song about Sleeping Beauty I learned years ago.  The traditional presentation of the game involves the children forming a circle, singing the song and doing some movement. One school presented a wonderful version of both of these songs and stories. Pass these ideas on to child cares and teachers or incorporate these variations into your programs.

Sleeping Beauty and Snow White:

Sleeping Beauty circle game:


Stories, Skits, and Songs


Story  Activities

Karen Chace presented a workshop on storytelling with youth at the National Storytelling Conference She posted these activities on her blog. You could do these activities for an afternoon program, a summer series, or exercises with your youth volunteers.

Alphabet Soup Story  Relay


Character Creation


Red Rover Red Rover  Send Story Right Over


Story Snapshot


Take Five!


Walk the Talk


Songs and Fingerplays


Popcorn Song

You put the oil in the pot and you let it get hot

You put the popcorn in and you start to grin

Sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle, sizzle POP!

Popcorn activities –


The Hammer Song

Anna pounds with one hammer

One hammer, one hammer

Anna pounds with one hammer

Then she pounds with two (up to 5!)

Use hands, then feet, then head to imitate hammering motion.

Chant –

Song –


5 Little Hot Dogs

5 little hot dogs frying in a pan

The grease got hot and one went BAM!

4 little…3 little…2 little…1 little…

No little hot dogs sitting in the pan

The grease got hot & the pan went BAM!


If You’re Happy & You Know It

If You’re happy & you know it,

Rub your tummy

Touch your toes

Wiggle your ears

Shake your arms

Pat your knees.




National Teen Space Guidelines for Public Libraries

Brand new from YALSA: National Teen Space Guidelines for Public Libraries.  Download them for free at:

This is a tool for evaluating a public library’s overall level of success in providing physical and virtual space dedicated to teens, aged 12-18. Not every element of the guidelines may apply to every public library situation, but the guidelines can serve as a place to begin the conversation about what constitutes excellent public library space for teens.  Thanks to Katherine Trouern-Trend and her YALSA Taskforce for creating these guidelines and to everyone who submitted feedback via the public comment period back in the fall.


Teen Book Finder app
Teen lit fans, library staff, educators, parents, and teen readers with Apple devices can now visit the Apple App Store and download the free Teen Book Finder, the first app created by YALSA. The app, which highlights books and media from YALSA’s awards and selected book and media lists, can be run on an iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad. The app can search for YA books by author, title, award year, genre, award, and book list.


Creative Fundraising


Hokey Pokey World Record

The longest single line of dancers consisted of 2,569 participants performing the “Hokey Pokey” dance and was achieved by Walkway Over The Hudson (USA) in Poughkeepsie, New York, in June 2012.The event was broadcast live on an AM radio station from the center of the bridge. Volunteers and participants brought hand-held radios and “boom boxes” to provide a way for participants to tune in and simultaneously dance. According to event sources, the record attempt served as one of Walkway Over the Hudson’s main fundraising events for 2012.


Texas Books Consignments

This business helps you raise more money for your books through online sales. Are you donation books taking over your storage space? Would you like to raise funds on a more regular basis?  Do you know that your donations are more valuable than the used book sale prices?  Give Texas Book Consignments a call. They will identify and pick up your books and media, list, store, sell, clean, package and ship them!

They will provide free consultations.

Thanks to Shanda Subia from Lampasas for sharing this information with us.


Information of Interest


Kids Tell Stories

Clow Elementary students in Illinois tell 26 stories. You can tell these stories in your program, play them to inspire your young patrons, do something similar, or partner with your local school to produce a youth storytelling event like this at the library.

10 of the Best Android apps for Education


Compiled by Kim Lehman, Youth Services Specialist

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