Thea Blair, Manager of Continuing Education & Consulting Services at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, has posted a web page <https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/pubs/opencarry.html> and a blog entry <https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ld/librarydevelopments/?p=18734> about the new handgun laws in Texas. This is not legal counsel but is a great starting point for any conversation on the issue. Topics covered include non-profit libraries and school events at libraries. Thank you to Thea, Mark Smith, and TSLAC for stepping forward on this.
Now that the Texas Legislature is in session, it is time for librarians, Friends, board members, and citizens who love libraries to talk to their legislators about the importance of libraries. Severe budget cuts in the last session affected all Texas public libraries greatly.
The staff at North Texas Library Partners have put together some advocacy videos that you can use. Click on the link below. Thanks to Carolyn Davidson Brewer for sending these to us.
Our advocacy videos can be shown by your libraries, advocates, anyone wanting to use them especially during times like these when the legislature is reconvening and discussing library funding. http://www.youtube.com/nottypicalntlp
“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
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,
“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money
will get you through times of no libraries.”
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: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Sleeping Beauty circle game: http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Stories, Skits, and Songs
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.
We recently got a new title in our professional collection that was edited by our very own Karen Ellis of the Taylor Public Library! It has already been checked out but place a hold on it using our Professional Collection if you are interested in getting it next!
There is a chapter by another Central Texas librarian, Kathleen Houlihan from Austin Public Library. Karen says she had lots of help with editing chapters by other Central Texas librarians as well. Karen says that there are many great examples in the books of how public libraries got creative using partnerships to extend services and programming in unique ways, to the benefit of all involved.
Check it out!
Some stories, crafts and more for the Christmas holiday. Karen Chase – Catch the Story Bug.
Reuse an Old Favorite Story
Tell the story “The Twist-Mouth Family” with, well, a twist. The basic story is about a family that cannot blow out a candle so they can go to bed. Each family member can only blow in one direction. Mother can only blow down, father can only blow up, brother can only blow to the left and sister can only blow to the right. To give it a holiday twist, Santa ends up blowing out the candle.
Some versions of this story:
Ready to Tell Tales by Holt and Mooney. The title is “Santa Visits the Moes.”
Juba this and Juba That by Virginia A. Tashjian, “The Snook’s Family”
Christmas in Terse Verse
A white peppermint candy without stripes is a ……..plain cane
A happy holiday plant is a …jolly holly
A flurry of responses on the discussion list prompts me to add this post. Thanks for your answers!
What do you use to clean your DVD collection?
We hand clean every disc as it comes back in with the disc cleaner and disc restorer solutions from Demco. If the discs are too marred to play we use a Disc-Go-Pod to resurface them. It’s effective and and inexpensive machine. The downside is that the machine must be emptied and cleaned after every use. So we polish once a month and let the damaged discs stack up.
- We use a really cool disc repair machine for our CDs and DVDs. It has been worth every penny. The company we bought our machine from was RTI (website = rtico.com). We purchased the Disc Repair System. They usually run a special on these machines at the TLA Conference. They allow you to get the machine in April/May and not have to pay until Ocober if you don’t have funds in your current fiscal year.
- For routine cleaning we used a soft cloth & alcohol; for PbJ and other sticky stuff, wipe with a mild solution of water and dishwashing liquid. The cleaning machines are great, but expensive.
- We use RTI’s Eco Senior. It is expensive but worth every cent if you have a large collection. It saves discs that would otherwise have to be thrown away. I knew a video store owner who had one and charged people $3 a disc to run their personal CD’s and DVD’s through. It helped pay for it, and I suspect a library could put such a charge into place if they had it on their fee schedule or else had the Friends group do it.
- Check with your local Video Stone. They were upgrading to BlueRay and we brought their DVD cleaning machine $100. and if came with supplies for over 2 years. I have a volunteer that he does all the cleaning, it works great.
- We use Memorex OptiFix Pro. It works ok in cleaning but not for repairing.
- We use a simple Memorex OptiFix pro machine. It’s not great but it does help some.
compiled by Kim Lehman
Why didn’t the skeleton dance at the Halloween party?
It had no body to dance with.
What do goblins drink on Halloween?
What do ghosts eat for dessert?
Cut and tell pumpkin story
THE DARK HOUSE
The leader chants each line or every half-line in a soft, slow, sepulchral voice. Children repeat each line in the same way. The telling becomes more ghostly and spooky with each line. The last word is a sudden shout!
In a dark, dark wood, there was a dark, dark house,
And in that dark, dark house, there was a dark, dark room,
And in that dark, dark room, there was a dark, dark cupboard,
And in that dark, dark cupboard, there was a dark, dark shelf,
And in that dark, dark shelf, there was a dark, dark box,
And in that dark, dark box, there was a GHOST!
Pumpkin Hats or Headbands
For headbands: Cut out pumpkin shapes (3 per child). Have kids decorate. Glue onto green strips for headband.
Tootsie Roll Spiders – twist 4 black pipecleaners around the lollipop stick which will give you 4 legs on each side, add googly eyes to the center of the pipecleaners (where they twist on the stick), and you have a spider. The lollipop portion is the back end.
Q-Tip Skeletons – Requires 3 or 4 q-tips placed horizontally, with 1 placed vertically to form spine. Q-tips for arms and legs, and q-tips cut in half for feet and hands. Pre-cut skeleton heads. Glitter glue can be used to make the bones “glow”.
Ghosts – Requires fiberfill. Trace a big ghost shape on black paper and let them glue the fiberfill on. Then glue on eyes and an O shaped mouth.
Spider Hat – Cut the inside of paper plates about ¾ of the way around. Bend that part up. Draw a face on it for the spider. Or glue eyes, cotton balls, circles, etc). Glue 8 legs that have been accordion folded onto the bottom of the plate.
Paper Bag Jack-o-Lanterns – Requires paper bags, and orange dye. Open the bags, dip the bags into the dye, bottom first, and give them a few seconds – the more time, the deeper the color. (wear rubber glove on one hand, and put it inside the bag and push down into the dye bath)
Slime Recipe (big blob)
¾ cup warm water
1 cup Elmers glue
green food color
(mix these together)
Dissolve 4 teaspoons Borax in 1 1/3 cups warm water and add to other stuff.
Thanks to Elizabeth Murphy