Youth News August 2012

Youth News

August 2012

“A story about a frog would be biological.

A story about a prince would be historical.

But a story about a frog prince is magical and therein lies all the difference.”

— From Jane Yolen’s Touch Magic


Training Calendar

YA Announcements: Fall Preview

Get a sneak peek at the hottest new YA releases during this free, hour-long webinar. Representatives from Disney Book Group, Harlequin Teen, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, Sourcebooks Fire, and Tor will fill you in on their leading teen titles for autumn and beyond. Moderated by Annie Kelley, Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor.
Tuesday, August 14 at 1:00 PM Central


Back to School with Graphic Novels Webinar

August 21 at 1:00

Welcome students back to school with graphic novels—including your comic book fans and reluctant readers. Josh Elder, founder of Reading with Pictures, will discuss the Graphic Textbook, a new initiative tying comics to the curriculum, and an exciting digital-comics lending program for libraries. He will be joined by representatives from ABDO Publishing, Graphic Universe an imprint of Lerner Publishing, and VIZ Media, who will introduce graphic novels for both the classroom and independent reading. Gillian Engberg, Books for Youth Editorial Director, will moderate this hour-long,



Toe Knee Chest-Foot

To the tune of Frère Jacques, touch each body part as sung.

(Love = heart; You = point out to “you”)

Toe Knee Chest-Foot

Toe Knee Chest-Foot

Toe Knee Nose

Toe Knee Nose

Toe Knee Nose Eye Love You

Toe Knee Nose Eye Love You

Toe Knee Nose

Toe Knee Nose



Shake your…foot! Shake, shake, shake shake your foot

Shake your foot! Shake, shake, shake shake, your foot

Just shake your foot! Shake, shake, shake shake your foot

Shake your foot! Shake shake, shake shake your foot.

Repeat, shaking different body parts each time- i.e. knees, earlobe, arm, etc.


Mixing in Math

Here are some ways you can play along with the 2012 Olympic Summer Games

Athletes train to get better, and they need to track their progress. Pick an activity and use Endurance to track your own progress.

How far can you go in five seconds… hopping? … skipping rope? … as you bounce a ball? Estimate, try, and measure with Five Second Dash.

From The Mixing in Math Team



Poison Center Storytime

I highly recommend Jennifer Watson from the Scott & White Poison Control group as a presenter to children. She showed up on time, had equipment that worked and used book reading (Five Little Monkeys) to introduce ideas and hold their attention. She kept them involved and taught them many useful things about poisons. None of our children could identify Mr. Yuk! They can now. We got a nice write up in the local paper with pictures for this particular presentation.

Thanks to John Stevens from the Fairfield Library

For more information contact Jennifer Watson at 254-724-7404 or jawatson(at)



Tweens and Teens

Teen Read Week

Oct. 14-20

Register, get program ideas, publicity tools and so much more at


Teen Read Grant

Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer ten $1,000 grants to recognize outstanding Teen Read Week activities from its members!

The applicant must plan and present an outline for a Teen Read Week activity that is coordinated by a library. The activity must be open to all teens (12-18 years old).  YALSA encourages innovative proposals that are inclusive of underserved teen populations, including but not limited to teens with disabilities and teens who speak English as a second language.

Individual library branches within a larger system are welcome to apply.

The application deadline has been extended to August 1. Recipients will be announced the week of August 29, 2012.

For an application and more information, go here:


Water, Water Everywhere – Program materials for teens and adults

The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a series of water DVD’s that you can get from them free of charge. They are suitable for public screenings. They also have “The State of Water” Educational Resources CD with PowerPoint presentations, primers on water issues and activity ideas.

They have complete kits including editable posters and press releases to help you advertise the programs.

Contact Cappy Smith, Aquatic Resource Education Specialist, Cappy.smith(at)


Science Programming Ideas

Pizza Box Solar Oven – very cool


Engineering is Elementary

Don’t let the word “engineering” intimidate you. Engineering Adventures is being specifically designed to capitalize on the teamwork, community atmosphere, and creative thinking. The activities are specifically for 3rd-5th graders in out-of-school time settings like the library. To learn more, or to download the Bubble Bonanza unit, visit


The Hop to It chapter has a bunch of very cool Rube Goldberg style videos.


Want to be a test site?

The Engineering Adventures project is actively developing and testing new units. While these units are not yet available to the public, you can contact us at EngineeringAdventures[at] to learn more about becoming a test site for our materials. For more information about the units currently being tested, check out the chart below.


Extra Stuff

Most Influential American Books

The library of Congress just released their first list of the most influential American books.  After reading the list, take the survey (5 min) and you can nominate a book you think should be on the list!

Here are a few books from that list:

  • Where the Wild Things Are
  • The Cat in the Hat
  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Snowy Day


Stories and Our Brains

Interesting article.. “Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.”


This Land is Your Land

Last month was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie. In February of 1940, Woody Guthrie (1912-1967) wrote what is now one of the most well-known and widespread English language folksongs, “This Land is Your Land.” Here’s how it happened.


J. K. Rowling to launch Harry Potter Reading Club
Live Webcast – October 11 at 11:00am Central Time

Children’s publisher Scholastic plans to launch the Harry Potter Reading Club, an online destination created to share the magical world of Harry Potter, with a live webcast on October 11 at noon Eastern time. Rowling will participate in a live virtual author visit to classrooms across America to discuss the world of Harry Potter, including the online website Pottermore. The webcast will take place live from Rowling’s hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland, and is the first time she has had the opportunity to answer questions from kids live since 2007. The Twitter hashtag will be #hpREADS….


Compiled by Kim Lehman, Youth Services Specialist

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