Imagine Your Story: Ideas & Tips from the Library of Michigan’s Youth Services Advisory Council

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[Cathy Lancaster:] Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to Imagine Your Story. We’re getting started here. On your screen you should see a slide
that has links to today’s handouts, and our survey for the end of the webinar. I’m also putting those links in
the chat box throughout the webinar as we have people joining us, and again at
the end of the webinar I will include those. Whoops. So today is brought to you by
the Youth Services Advisory Council. You can see on your screen right now
we have a list of our presenters. We will also be recording this
webinar, and sending it out to you along with the links to the handouts and the survey. If you have to leave early today, or if
you are having trouble seeing the screen, I see we have one person
who’s joined us via phone. A video will be coming your way. So I wanted to get started by
introducing our new manuals we have with the collaborative summer library program,
and I’m really excited for this new look. If you want, you can talk in the chat box. Let me know how you’re enjoying it, if
you’ve had a chance to take a look at it. But just really super excited
about these new manuals from the collaborative summer library program. In it you’ll see that there’s
a summer reading guide. That’s the first section. And then we — It’s followed by the early
literacy manual, a Spanish language manual, and then the programming manual
is children’s, teens, and adults. And on the left side of your screen
here you can see that some of the pages and activities will have tabs at the
top for children, teens, and adults. Some might just say, “Children and teens.” Some might just be teens. On the right side of that page
you’ll see inclusion tips, adaptations for the different age
groups, and other information. And so throughout the manual that’s
basically how it is laid out, and you just have to check the tabs at the top. And of course everything is adaptable
for whatever audience you’re serving. Use your imagination on how you want to
adapt things, but I really encourage you to take a look at the new manual. In years past, CSLP had to rely on
Demco for manual printing and layout, and it was very much stuck in the ’90s. So we’re really excited. And you can download these as a PDF through our
online manual which I’m going to show you here. So let me get my screen to turn. I’ll tell you about that in a minute,
but we do have awarding winning author and illustrator LeUyen Pham doing the
posters and artwork for this year. You’ll notice that there is a
there for updated 2020 posters. There was a conflict. Despite many eyes and hands on the
artwork throughout a two year process, there was some concern about including
Native American symbols in the art. Pairing them with fairytales could be
belittling at best, and so it was decided to remove those images, but CSLP did
not have the time or the finances to put new artwork up online
in their storefront. So the Library of Michigan is offering
you posters that have been edited. The Native American symbols have been removed,
and you can access them at So please do take a look at that. You can download them with
bleeds for professional printing at a local professional printer
or you can just download them and print them in house without the bleeds. And there’s also a tabloid/flyer feature where you can make smaller additions
to do some school outreach with. I’d also like to point out that on the horizon
for CSLP are some exciting themes and slogans. We have voted. The state reps across the country decided that Sophie Blackall would really
suit the theme oceanography better. Of course we all loved her lighthouse
book, and she’s been really working hard on a lot of ocean and fish illustrations. And so we decided to switch that. And then Frank Morrison is going to be doing
the illustrations for “All Together Now.” I’m going to back it up one slide because
I accidentally jumped over my manual slide. And so I mentioned a minute ago that
you can download the manuals online. I wanted to be sure to point out that if
you haven’t received your directions on how to access that online manual,
do talk to your director. I sent emails through our lib
[inaudible] system directly to all the library directors
in Michigan with directions. And I sent a print mailing with
directions and the CSLP catalog. All of that went out in October and November. So it’s January. If you haven’t seen it, talk to your director. If they don’t recall it, and they can’t find
it in their inbox, please do reach out to me, and I’ll get you those directions. On the left side of the screen you can see that
the full manual program downloads are available. You could also go by — chapter by chapter. To get to this, you do need a manual
code through your CSLP account. And I’m asking that each public
library access — request a code. One code per library. So that’s why directions
did go to directors only. To get you that code. So once you have that code and you access
the manual, you can download these. And the new formatting really does make it
so easy to read on your computer screen. You don’t even have to print it out. Save some paper. And you can just print out the sections
and the reproducibles that you want. Also at the bottom of the
screen is the Zip collections. I wanted to make sure I pointed that out because I know people have trouble
downloading all the artwork. It looks like when you first access
the screen that it’s individual pieces. So if you check the Zip collections box, you can
download Zip files for each of the collections, the age group, the artwork
that you want to use for 2020. Any questions in the chat box so far? I’m not seeing any. All right. So the new store and catalog from
CSLP, I mentioned a few minutes ago that Demco is no longer with CSLP. They are a vendor. They are serving CSLP with some materials. But CSLP has taken over their own storefront. We have — CSLP has its own warehouse. And everything looks very much the
same, but maybe a little bit different. We tried really hard as state
reps to give some feedback so that the switch would
seem seamless to you all. So feel free to reach out and ask questions. If you’re having trouble with your orders, do reach out to the information
on the CSLP website for orders. You can see there’s some really fun incentives
offered this year, including a puppet. It’s the Puss N Boots puppet
that was specially made for CSLP. CSLP is really trying hard to move away
from a lot of plastic tiny incentives. There are still some available, but they’re
moving more towards materials that will help with your programming, and
of course keeping a lot of the popular things like t-shirts and bags. I will tell you that t-shirts are
pretty close to real sizes this year. In the past with Demco I know a
lot of shirts would come in kind of smaller, and you’d order up a size. But they seem to be pretty
standard t-shirts so far this year. If you have any questions, please go ahead and
type them in the chat box about these changes at CSLP, and I’ll get to
you in the chat box today. Before I sign off and start this presentation
with our youth services advisory council, I also wanted to let you know about the
online resources available through CSLP reads. That’s the handle you’ll use on Facebook
and Twitter as well as Pinterest. And then the hash tags for this summer are
“imagine your story” and “libraries imagine.” I also encourage you to use “my summer reading”
so that the Library of Michigan can be sure to catch all your awesome posts on
Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram. All right. So Stephanie, if you want to take it away. [Stephanie Wambaugh:] Yes. Thank you. So my name is Stephanie Wambaugh,
and I work at the Braille and talking book library in Lansing, Michigan. And I have two slides for you today. The first thing I want to hit on
is just general tips for inclusion. So that’s basically what
I’ll be talking about today. My slides will go pretty quick, but you might
see me chime in over in the chat box later in the presentation while
other people are presenting with just some inclusion ideas as well. So make sure you’re looking over there. Just general tips for inclusion. The first one there, disability
etiquette, ask before you help, don’t make assumptions, that
one’s pretty general. One thing I do like to do with new staff
here in the building is to have them look through the disability etiquette
PDF there that I linked to. That’s a great resource for new staff who
might be a little uneasy maybe with what — just how to be inclusive, and how to work
with people with different disabilities. So definitely take a look at that. I do recommend with any sort of
story times or activities just to make sure you’re engaging multiple senses. I give an example on this slide
with adding texture sent to paint if you’re doing some sort
of painting craft with kids. You can add sand to make one color paint gritty or you could do lavender
scents in a purple paint. Just something to give it another dimension. When you’re promoting your programs,
try to use inclusive language. I give a couple of examples there, but
there are many ways you could word it. Just making sure that on your posters and things
that you are showing the public that you’re open to people with multiple abilities attending,
and that you’re willing to work with people. That’s important. Just being sure that you’re using large fonts. That’s one I see a lot with youth
libraries and their programs. A lot of us like to use the really
fun and colorful texts, and the — Sometimes those can be difficult even for
people with good sight to read, honestly. So just make sure you try to use 14 point font
or larger on your posters if you have room for it, and then just try to use more normal
fonts that maybe don’t run in to each other. That sort of thing. Again these are just a couple of tips. If you had a specific question at all, feel free
to email me or call me, you know, separately, and I’m happy to work with you
guys on that sort of thing. So these are just a couple
of tips I threw together. So one thing that I like to tell people
is you don’t have to start with — start from scratch with doing
adaptive programming. So what I did here is I typed in
Pinterest summer reading 2020, and I just saw the first couple of things that
came up was these create your own stories films. And I thought, “Oh, that’s really cute, but it’s
not something I could ever use in my programming at the Braille and talking book library”
because the pictures obviously are just visual. You know, my — The kids in my program, the
low vision kids, wouldn’t be able to use those. So I got to thinking, okay, if another
librarian saw this, and they thought, “Okay. I’d really like to do this, but how
could I make it more inclusive?” How would they do it? So this isn’t something I would
necessarily use in my summer reading, but if you wanted to use this,
and make it more inclusive, I was just throwing out a couple of ideas. One thing you could do if you wanted to give it
another dimension is maybe outline the images with puffy paint of some sort, and
that would just give it, you know, the tactile feeling so that could be helpful. Even for kids with sight, it’s just adding
another dimension to those flat images. If I were to use this in any type
of setting, I might actually rather than purchasing the story films, you could
buy these on Etsy, but rather than doing that, I would probably find image —
or find actual objects for these. So like the doll. I would bring in a real doll. Or the dog. I would have a little stuffed animal of a dog. An apple. I’d bring a real apple. That sort of thing. And then you could do the same
type of programming with that, but instead you have the actual object. So it’s no longer just being able to see
the pictures, and then create a story by putting them in different orders,
but now you have the actual object. So it’s just a little bit more
inclusive, tactile, that sort of thing. And you could obviously combine
different elements of that as well. So just a few ideas there. If anyone has any questions, again feel
free to type them over in the chat box. [Cathy Lancaster:] Thank you, Stephanie. Stephanie also serves on the collaborative
summer library program’s inclusive committee, inclusion committee. I can’t speak today apparently. All right. So early literacy. Up next we have Annie. [Anne Clark:] Hi, everybody. I’m Annie Clark, the children’s
coordinator at Bay County Library. I’m going to talk to you about a program
I did a couple of years ago for toddlers and preschoolers called Mother Goose Games. We basically did it on a Friday
morning which is historically when we’ve done a lot of
programs for that age group. The first thing we did was to go around the
room and say all the nursery rhymes together to reinforce the rhymes to everyone. A lot of kids and their parents aren’t
as familiar with nursery rhymes. So it was a good chance to practice them. Nursery rhymes are a wonderful way
to develop early literacy skills. The games that we played,
some of them are pictured. We did Jack be nimble hurdles. I made candlesticks out of paper towel
tubes saved by the maintenance staff, and Christmas light Ellison die cuts, and the die cuts are taped inside
the tube with double stick tape. We also did a Wee Willie Winkie town
tour which is a pillow sack race. I brought some spare pillowcases
from home, and the kids hopped from one side of the room to the other. We did Humpty Dumpty’s challenge
which was an egg on a spoon race. We used egg shakers and plastic spoons. Again from one side of the room to the other. We played Jack and Jill basketball. I used sand buckets and foam balls. We had a stress ball that worked out perfectly. And then we also did ring around the rosie which
is pictured on the left with giant traffic cones and rings that kids could toss on there. And then Kathy had asked me to talk a little
bit about some ways to tie this program in with every child ready to read. So I have some ideas for
different things you could do. If I were to do this again,
I would start with a book. Some book choices I thought might be good would
be “Silly Sally,” a favorite fairytale story, one of Jane Cabrera’s nursery
rhyme picture books. I also like the pop up book “Lift the
Flap Fairytales” from Priddy Books. It is a very cute pop up that walks
you through numerous fairytales. I thought that you could write a list of nursery
rhymes or fairytales that the group knows on a whiteboard or a chart paper. For playing, you’re going
to be acting out the rhymes and practicing your gross motor
skills just in this program itself. Singing would be practicing the nursery
rhymes before doing the activities. It’s helpful also to have the words
available on a PowerPoint or a chart paper. So that would be another way of reading. And then we’re talking having the kids
retell the nursery rhymes and fairytales. You could use props like flannel board
pieces or puppets to jog their memories. And that was basically my program. [Cathy Lancaster:] Thank you, Annie. Appreciate that. Stephanie also commented in the
chat box that it would be fun to offer a wheelchair course,
maybe with wider paths. I want to just point out to everybody that
the early literacy manual has five chapters, and they are the “Land of Littles,”, the
“Land of Heroes,” the “Land of Make Believe,” the “Land of Mother Goose,”
the “Land of Kings and Queens.” So lots of ideas there that will
fill up your summer real quickly for any early literacy programming
you’re looking to do. The manual also has these song handouts. They’re new. You can download them. They are part of the full Zip drive if
you download it from the CSLP website. And it’s a folder all by itself
called the 2020 EL song handouts. So those are already done and made for you,
and you can just zip them off your printer, and then families can take it home, and continue
to enjoy throughout the rest of the year. And also I always like to point out the early
literacy manual includes a playlist on YouTube. So it’s kind of a long link there up on
your screen, but if you just go to YouTube and search CSLP reads, that will take you to the
profile page, and then under all their videos and song playlists from past years you’ll
also see the 2020 CSLP early literacy manual. So that’s all available for you. And there is a Spanish version. So check that out. Our next slide — Whoops. Sorry. Mouse problems here. Is children’s. All right. Take it away. [Liz Clauder:] All right. Hi, everyone. Can you hear me okay? [Cathy Lancaster:] Yes. [Liz Clauder:] Yes. Okay. My name is Liz Clauder. I’m a children’s librarian or youth
librarian at the Bloomfield Township Library. And I’m going to be presenting this
information about fairytale Olympics. Now if you’re not ready for summer yet, I am not
either, and this is a program I haven’t run yet. This is just kind of ideas that are percolating. So what you’re looking at is my
brainstorming process on this slide, and you know these ideas are not fully
fleshed out yet, but it’s a good start. So we are in a summer Olympic year. So I always kind of look for ideas of what
other things are going on in the world that I know my kids are going to be
interested in during the summertime to kind of incorporate in to some programming. And I thought, “Well, summer Olympics,
and fairytales at the same time.” So my general thought is this would
be kind of a tween aged program with several Olympic events incorporating
fairytale stories within them. So, for example, “Jack and the Beanstalk.” You could have relay races featuring giant’s
feet, featuring jellybeans that they have to balance on a spoon, and
go from one end to the other. Some of the events here might be individual. Some might be team based. You could do a whole bunch of
either/or or just individual things. A lot of different options here. The giant feet relay race option, there’s
a picture of it over there on the side. That one, I got that idea actually
from the manual, the CSLP manual. There’s a program in there in the children’s
section called “Watch Out for Giants,” and there’s a lot of other
great activities there too. If you didn’t want to use big
giant feet that you made yourself, you could always use two empty shoe boxes
with holes cut in the lids, and taped shut. You could use some adult sized slippers or
if you have clown shoes that you just wanted to Velcro on some really weird, you know,
fur that you found at the craft store to make them look like giant’s feet
or something, you could do a lot of different things to make those extra fun. And a few more ideas. I always thought about three
Billy goats bridge tennis. So you could just even take a couple of
chairs, tape some yardsticks on them, and then use a big piece of paper
to create something that looks like a — like the Billy goats’ bridge. And the whole idea is that you would use
your flyswatters and a balloon to make sure that the balloon doesn’t touch the
ground, and that the troll gets it. So that’s just another, you
know, idea, brainstorming. Robin Hood marshmallow catapult archery. So in the CSLP manual there is
another event for night training, a whole bunch of program ideas there. And in part of that they have instructions for making a marshmallow catapult using popsicle
sticks, rubber bands, and plastic spoons. So each kid could make their own, and
that’s a great take home item as well. And then take turns, you know, shooting
their marshmallows at an archery target that you could just make easily out of paper. I also thought maybe there’s
a little mermaid option, some kind of diving competition using a
plastic figurine that you have to drop from a certain height, and the
kids can all figure out if they — You know, if they have a cup of water or
something that the mermaid has to dive in to, you know, can they put their cup of
water in the right spot on the floor to make sure that the mermaid dives in to it? Tug of war used to be an
Olympic event from 1900 to 1920. So there’s an option to maybe make some kind of
braid out of old bed sheets or just, you know, some cheap tarp or something or even get a
long piece of rope, and then divide the kids in to teams, and do a tug of war event. I also thought of a Peter Pan
plank walk, playing on the idea of a balance beam for a gymnastics event. Thinking maybe like get a kiddy pool,
put a concrete block on either side, and maybe a plank of wood, and then
just see if the kids can cross it. You could, you know, put some ferocious
looking sharks in the kiddy pool or something. You know, paper sharks or just little, you know,
plastic ones you had Make it look extra scary. It could even be just a time challenge where,
you know, who can cross the plank the quickest? And, you know, I had some other ideas I
was brainstorming, other possibilities. Maybe an event, something
that has to do with rowing. Maybe they make a boat that, you know, they’ll have to see whose can float
the longest given certain materials. Or there’s an idea there. There’s got to be an idea with Little
Red Riding Hood’s picnic basket, but I haven’t thought of it yet. But there’s a lot of good
other stories, you know. There’s a lot of traditional fairytales we
know of, but you could base the whole program around untraditional fairytales
or lesser known ones. You could build a program
just based on one fairytale, and just do a whole bunch
of things surrounding that. I know in the manual there’s like a three
Billy goats — Not three Billy goats. Three little pigs. And I think it’s like a STEM
building type program. So there’s a lot of options there too. And, you know, you can give prizes to everybody. You could give, you know, track what kids won
which event or what teams won certain events. And give out prizes that way, and have a whole
celebration like a medal ceremony at the end. Like the Olympics. But I just linked to some prize
options there from Oriental Trading for medals, trophies, and bracelets. There’s a lot of other good stuff out
there, but those are just a few quick ones. [Cathy Lancaster:] Liz, that’s — I love
the idea of tying it to the Olympics because I almost forgot they
were happening this summer. It’s in Tokyo, I think. Right? [Liz Clauder:] I don’t know. [Cathy Lancaster:] I think it’s Tokyo 2020. Wow. So Stephanie included in the chat box,
and I just realized chat is awfully quiet, and I’m wondering if people know how to find it. So at the bottom of your screen is the toolbar. Sometimes it pops up on the top, the
zoom, but wherever your zoom toolbar is, under the three dots that say,
“More,” there is a chat option. Or you can hit alt H on your
computer, and chat box should come up. So Stephanie included that she likes that you
can have a variety of teams and individual games so that if kids can’t enter one
thing, they can enter another. So she thinks the variety is
really great for inclusion. And Jillian mentioned in the chat box
that the plank walk is also a great chance to incorporate crocodiles and sharks. So there you go [laughs]. Thank you, Liz. All right. Next. Was this Dena? [Dena Moscheck:] Yes. [Cathy Lancaster:] Okay. [Dena Moscheck:] All right. Hi, everybody. I’m Dena Moscheck. I’m the children’s department head at the
Wirt Public Library in Bay City, Michigan. My idea was to do a Reader’s Theatre
series for “Imagineer Story.” The idea came from a blog post that I
linked on the slide that was forwarded to me by one of my staff members. It’s the dog man afternoon link. I’m not going to talk a whole lot about
it, but it’s a really cool program, and you should definitely
take a look at that too. But as we were discussing it, we
started imagining other stories that we could use this same model of program. The thing that really stood out
to me in the dog man blog post, which was something I probably
wouldn’t have thought about on my own, was that it featured Reader’s
Theatre as the centerpiece in addition to other activities and crafts. So I leaned about Reader’s Theatre in
my children’s lit class in grad school, but I’ve never actually planned
a program using it. So this is also in the planning stages sort
of like as Liz said, but so if, like me, you’re relatively new to Reader’s Theatre, the
idea is that it blends elements of reading aloud and putting on a play while letting
the kids act out the different parts. So there might be simple props or costumes,
but they’re not required, and the readers hold on to their scripts, not a
book, and they don’t have to memorize either while they act the parts out. So, as we were discussing this program, we
started coming up with other ideas for stories that would lend themselves
well to Reader’s Theatre. Our hope is to make this program series open
to a broad age range, and hit on some stories that will be enjoyed by each of those ages. So the three programs in the series that we
have planned so far are a dog man program, an elephant and piggy program to reach younger
kids, and a fairytale program with probably “Little Red Riding Hood” to tie in to the
theme as well as being pretty familiar to a broad range of ages as well. When I started planning this program, I scanned
through the manual for Reader’s Theatre tips because it seemed like fairytales would really
lend themselves strongly to Reader’s Theatre, but I was kind of surprised that I
didn’t find anything in the manual. I know I’ve seen things on Reader’s
Theatre in past years’ manuals, though, so you can always look through
those if you still have them. But some ideas to consider if you decide to
plan a Reader’s Theatre program of your own. There are lots of websites out there
with free scripts that you can Google which is what I did while
I was planning this slide. But my searching brought up a lot
of older websites that don’t seem to have as many up to date books. The thing I loved about the post that — or the programming that we spun out of
the Jbrary post was that it was talking — It was taking Reader’s Theatre, and
applying it to a really popular book series which I think will make for a
much more successful program that kids will actually want to come to. So what I plan on doing is writing
scripts myself which is easy to do with — pretty easy to do with a picture book. A little more challenging with a chapter book, but the post on Jbrary gives an example
I think of the chapters that they used. So, you know, you can look through your books,
and figure out what you want to do there. The best stories for Reader’s
Theatre are ones with only a handful of characters, and maybe a narrator too. So we find an elephant and piggy
book with lots of side characters. “Little Red Riding Hood” obviously
has several characters like the wolf and the grandmother and the woodsman. And also narrators. Those can be scripted out as well for another
reader or even be broken in to multiple readers if you have lots of kids who would like to read. Some of the magic of Reader’s Theatre
is that you don’t know who’s going to be reading until the program begins. But — And, like I said, you can make
simple costumes or props if you want or if they’re necessary, but
you certainly don’t have to. You can just use name tags as well. So these are the three that
we have on our list so far. We may add a couple more so that we can do this
every couple of weeks during summer reading. I think it’s going to be a lot
of fun, and it gives us a chance to celebrate some favorite books in the
children’s room while also making the program about reading as well because a lot of
times we do party programs and do all kinds of fun activities for a particular book. But I really liked that, the reading
element that’s built right in to it. [Cathy Lancaster:] Dena,
that reminded me actually. You mentioned that there’s
no scripts in 2020’s manual. However, if you find any or if you come up
with your own scripts, there is a new aspect with the online manual where
you can add your ideas. So I’m expecting some more detailed
instructions on how you can do that online, but it is already available on
the online manual when you log in to add your own ideas and things. And so the scripts can certainly
be a part of that. [Dena Moscheck:] Cool. [Cathy Lancaster:] Yeah. All right. We’ve got fairytale and fantasy STEM next. [Kaelyn Christian:] All right. Hi, everybody. My name is Kaelyn Christian. I am the head of youth services at the Georgetown Township Public Library
outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan. So I do a monthly science STEM program,
and I’ve done some of these things in that without the fairytale element,
but I was thinking of how to tie that monthly science program in to this year’s
summer reading theme, and had these ideas. So there is a couple of just well
known fairytales that you could use. So “Three Little Pigs.” You have two different ways to do this, and
I’ve done it a couple of different ways. If you build, you can have the kids build
three houses, one out of like drinking straws, one out of popsicle sticks, and then
one out of either LEGOs or other blocks. And even you could separate those
two because the LEGOs interlock, and so it might even be a little
bit sturdier than the blocks, regular blocks, that don’t interlock. And which house withstands a blast from — We’ve used a hairdryer before to see
which building materials are best, but you could use an electric fan. You could use anything else that
kind of generates when — Sorry. The other way that you can
do this one is to build — put out just a whole bunch
of different materials. You could still use straws and
popsicle sticks and blocks. You could use newspaper. You could use toilet paper tubes. You could use like construction paper. And have them build a house out of those
self selected materials, and then see who — Make it a little bit of a challenge, a little
bit of a competition whose house stands up to a paper fan, who — And do
like a little elimination style. Whose stands up to a handheld electric fan? And then again a hairdryer or an
electric fan, something like that. The Billy goats gruff. You could do this with a bridge challenge. This is one that I’ve done
before with this club. Not with the Billy goats gruff tie in, but
again offer — And this is my, sorry, side note, favorite thing about a lot of these is
that it’s cheap with materials that a lot of people already have on
hand which is really nice. So you could do this bridge challenge using
newspaper, tape, string, popsicle sticks, pipe cleaners, glue, all that kind of stuff,
and see whose bridge can hold the most weight. Does it hold just one Billy
goat or does it hold all three? And then you could also for “Rapunzel,”
I haven’t done this one before, but I thought it was really cool that
you could design an escape for Rapunzel, and you can either pre-build a tower to make
it a little bit more thematic or you can use like the top of a table or a countertop
and see who can reach Rapunzel with the sturdiest contraption
for her to escape on. You can make string for like a
rope ladder or popsicle sticks, cardboard tubes, blocks, things like that. And then the last one again has two
options for “Jack and The Beanstalk.” You can either do an egg drop which
I’ve done with this group before, and they have a ton of fun with it. You could again provide a bunch of materials,
newspaper, tissue paper, pipe cleaners, string, cardboard tubes, bubble wrap, if you
want to make it a little bit easier. Popsicle sticks, things like that. And then this was the most important
part that I learned is to lay a tarp or two down over a wide surface,
and then using real eggs see who can deliver Jack’s golden
egg safely back to earth. And then increase the height after
each round until you get, you know, just a couple of kids that
their egg stays whole. And it does get messy so you’ll want to make
sure that you have paper towel and stuff, but hopefully it all stays on the tarp. I buy the kind of disposal ones, not the
really heavy duty tarps, but disposable ones that I can then just gather
everything up and toss it away. And then you could also do a
parachute challenge with this one. Design a parachute for Jack to escape the giant. And then again provide a bunch of
different supplies like tissues, newspapers, string, pipe cleaners, things like that. And then test at the end if
he safely lands or if he — if it would be a little bit of a hard drop. [Cathy Lancaster:] I love it. Thank you, Kaelyn. In the chat box, I’m just going to recap
for those that will be getting the recording that might not see chat, Liz mentioned
she could picture a Rapunzel escape room, and Gillian said maybe break
out of the tower writes itself. Dena and Stephanie were talking about
inclusion with the Reader’s Theatre scripts, and there are some overlays that
help kids that have dyslexia or are poor readers or early readers. She’s looking for some links,
but Dena did mention that the dog man blog post has an activity
that includes identifying different scents. So that was pretty cool. And then Sara [assumed spelling]
mentions that she has kids put their eggs in a Ziploc sandwich bag before they build
a parachute cover so that there’s no mess. You could do that in the library
then too on bad weather days. All right. So next up we’re moving on to our teens. And we have Gillian. [Gillian Streeter:] Hi, everybody. Can you hear me okay? [Cathy Lancaster:] Yes. [Gillian Streeter:] Okay. Good. Well, teens and tweens are always
working with everyone else’s story. They need some space for their own stories too. I’m doing slides about developing
narrative skills using games. Storytelling and RPG, role playing
games, I always jump to the abbreviation, have gotten a lot of attention in the
forefront the last couple of years. And more and more teens are
expressing interest in trying them out. And they’re a great way for kids to express
themselves, to create their own story, to participate in someone else’s story. A good deal of them are aimed at ages like
roughly 12 and up, but there are quite a few that are coming out now that are, if
not more flexible in terms of age range, at least something that can be adapted. And oh. I think I neglected to introduce myself. I’m Gillian. I’m the youth librarian at
Muskegon Area District Library. And yeah. So what you want to think about
when you look in to storytelling or RPG games, of course look at your age group. Look at the number of players
that are interested. For your lighter systems that don’t have a
whole lot of rules, those tend to be good for kids who are newer to playing RPGs. Older kids can usually take on a little
bit heavier rule system or more math. A couple of the games that I’m going to mention in the next slide — kind
of decided to split it. There’s a lot of stuff. A couple of the other games that kind
of get a little more intense in terms of their rule systems or have more mathematics
involved, you definitely want to reserve those for older kids, but you can start some younger
kids on systems that have a little bit more math to incorporate that as something
you can practice. Incorporate some of those early reading and
early learning concepts too because a lot of these things can also be
adapted for younger players. You just have to know which games,
and know your audience best. That being said, four to six players plus a
game runner is what you want to stick with. And this talks about some
of the benefits and skills. This is a great chance to
collaborate with your local — Oh. Local library. You should be collaborating
with your local library. You’re already there. But your local game store would often — Like
they’d love to help out with stuff like this. They’d love to collaborate with you. So we’re good for the next slide. Oh. Yep. Thank you. So storytelling games. These are the ones you’re going
to want to aim at younger players, tweens that maybe are a little
less used to improvisation. Rory’s story dice is a great
way to get ideas started. Story stones, as we saw earlier
in today’s presentation. A storytelling game called “The Exquisite
Corpse,” it’s being used as an art game where you — like everybody draws
a piece of some kind of picture. And you fold it over so the previous — like
the previous person’s work is not visible. You can do the same thing with a story. It’s the same thing as like the pass
the flashlight things that you do when you go camping where everybody
tells a piece of a spooky ghost story. You can then adapt that to
be a storytelling game. There are quite a few free and/or short RPGs
out there kind of proliferating right now. And they’re very handy if you want to
test things out maybe without buying in to a whole system or, you
know, the full investment. Not all RPGs have a lot of investment. Some do depending on the
system you’re looking at. “Lasers Versus Feelings” is a very loosely based
on “Star Trek,” the first iteration of that, and then it has a lot of fun
zaniness you can play around with. “Honey Heist” you are literally heisting
honey, and you are a group of bears. There is almost nothing I can add to that. It’s fantastic. Longer RPGs also some of which have free
rules available on their websites would be “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.” “No Thank You, Evil” is an award winning family
friendly adventure game for kids elementary up to middle school age range target. D&D is specifically aimed at ages 12
and up, and it’s Dungeons and Dragons for those of you who are less familiar. “Dungeon World” is another
very similar structure. The game play mechanics are very different, but the approach to story is
similar to Dungeons and Dragons. “Fate” is a system that’s entirely adaptable
to just about anything that you want. You can make it in to a sci fi. You can make it in to a pirate story. Whatever you like. I included “Pokemon Tabletop United”
because it’s good to know that — Not just that there’s Pokemon content,
but that’s actually a fan made system. People get very in to some of these,
and will create a system whole cloth. And it’s available for free. “Bubblegum Shoe” is an elementary
— Well, upper elementary, but more middle school age range
mystery series that’s a lot of fun. And then I included on here just in the
last couple of days the gamer round table at the American Library Association just added
the last couple of days the game on grants. If you follow the link that’s included in the
slide, and I’ll see if I can pull up the links so we can include it in chat as well, these
are $500 grants for ongoing game programs or for making your own circulating
game collection. So these could be very handy for
helping support programs like this. There’s also two important
notes about inclusion. There’s a really big push right
now, and I’m very glad for it, for enabling more disabled players
to be able to participate in RPGs. And I’ve got a couple links to add that, but there’s some really great
Braille dice resources out there. A lot of people are working on
transcribing some of these systems that maybe the publishers are sometimes
small scale and don’t always have a chance to make their stuff as inclusive. There are people who are working on
making those things more broadly available to people with different abilities. [Cathy Lancaster:] That’s awesome to hear. Thank you, Gillian. All right. Monica. [Monica Porter:] Okay. Hi. Can everybody hear me? [Cathy Lancaster:] Yes. [Monica Porter:] Okay. My name is Monica Porter, and I was just
recently promoted to public services librarian over at the University of Michigan. And so I’m here just to give some
ideas, summer reading ideas, for teens. And I think a great way to do that is
through creative expression as well as building a connected learning
environment for teens. It’s a great way for giving teens a
voice, telling their personal stories about social identities, finding
out what they’re passionate about, and for healing as well as self care. This — These ideas also are great
because it helps them examine and pursue personal passionate interests with
each other that leads to academic success, career success, and even civic engagement. So I am one that believes that it’s always good to have themed programming
when it comes to teens. So I broke it down where I have June, July, and August having their own
themes or creative expression. So June is known for African American
Music Month, but it can be inclusive to all communities as just simply music month. And a great way to incorporate a program
is maybe have like a hip hop poetry slam. This is a great connection to community, and
making it fun and as an incentive to teens to participate, even offering
prizes for the winner. And they can be library related. And then I also have like these
resources where you use — where you have music machines
creating music using technology apps. And these are all free sign ups, and it’s
a great idea for teens to create music and expression through technology
using certain apps. And then we have July. July is — can be known as the technology month. And, by the way, don’t forget about the
videos for the COSP teen video challenge, and I have provided a link for that. Because teens can also — A part of the
technology month — Create YouTube videos. That’s a great way for them
to express themselves, and what a greater way to
do that than at a library? Blogging is a great program because it
helps young people journal their feelings or simply just tell their stories that way. Web design. Being creative with web design, and a great
way to get teens to participate is use the idea of creating their own teen space webpage. And making it a contest, and
the winner out of the contest if you don’t have a teen space webpage or a link
would be to reward the teen by providing it, and having them add that
to your library’s webpage. And there’s some resources. Here is, and, and Google Web Designer. And these are all free sign ups as well. And then the last month which is August I have
another idea called like volunteering month. Giving back and taking leadership. So one program can be can I read to you. And this would involve teens
actually reading to K through 5 kids. And it teaches them leadership,
and responsibility. And also shadowing a library staff. What greater way to diversify the profession than having a teen shadow a library
staff member and learn about the library? Not just the service desk or the reference
desk, but behind the scenes, you know. You know, building a collection
and technical processing. MeLCat [inaudible] which is
what the service is called here. And then the last one is
leading a teen book club. That’s also another way to develop leadership
skills, and also they can involve adults too to be a part of this and participate. So these are just some great ideas I
thought I had for teens or to give you — Or as suggestions for teens over the summer. [Cathy Lancaster:] Thank you, Monica. It’s important to remember
that there’s so much going on. All these different themes
throughout the summer, but I think it’s really important
to remember that. There are other things besides
Imagine Your Story out there [laughs]. Also a note. The CSLP teen video challenge will be happening. The page that’s currently up is still the 2019
page, and that changed from a few years ago. So instead of doing videos during the
school year and then submitting them, and then having them be kind of
like an ad for summer reading, instead they’re challenging teens to create a 60
second or less video in the library that summer, and they collect the challenges
through the summer. So I’ll have information on that
challenge coming up for you all very soon. Well, when I say soon, I mean probably April. So Lindsay, you’re next. [Lindsay Gojcaj:] Hi, everybody. My name is Lindsay Gojcaj. I’m an information services
librarian at the Novi Public Library. Some of my programs are geared
towards the tween and teen ages, and they do focus on the theme this year. So one of the first ones that I’m going
to talk about is obviously everybody is on the trend with the escape rooms. So the Harry Potter escape
room is a great program that can be used for tweens and/or teens. Escape rooms are just great in general because
they promote teamwork and problem solving skills as they work together to try to either
solve puzzles or escape the room. The layout can be done in many different ways. You can divide the guests in to groups of 10. You can do smaller groups. You can do a little bit of larger groups. It basically depends on how
you want to run your program. We’ve provided about 40 minutes
for one of our escape rooms to solve puzzles and uncover the clues. And we also have staff available to give hints
as necessary throughout that program as well. And let me go to the next slide. Thank you. My next one is a fables,
folk, and fairytales feast. As you all know, teens really
enjoy programs with food. So I thought it would be a great program. Again this can be used for tweens and/or teens. I have a brief description
in there on the second line where it says get ready to
cook up a royal feast. We will make yummy fairytale themed
recipes to create our own magical menu. A couple of the recipes that fit in with
the theme are listed on the screen as well. Some of those could be — I
did a lot of them based off of Disney related themes and the movies. It’s good morning. Granola parfaits or porridge. And it was a list of some
of the ingredients there. Magic carpet rollups. And sweet C smoothies. So there’s a wide variety, and you can make
these for all different kinds of recipes, and come up with your own different
names that teens may enjoy as well. And my next one is of course the tweens
absolutely love Rick Riordan’s stuff still, and they still ask for all the books. And trivia is really popular at my library,
especially among the tweens and teens. So this is a great program. A lot of the kids have already read these books. But, if not, you can encourage them to read
an entire series or you could read book one from each of his series’ and have a list so they
have to guess, know, what the trivia is going to be — the questions will be coming from. And for the layout you can divide
the guests in to small teams. Again that can change and be less or
more depending on your own program. You’ll ask the question, and then give
them a certain length of time to answer. 30 seconds has usually worked well for us. You can tally up points for
teams as questions are answered. These kids usually like to receive
certificates of participation. You can have prizes. Various things that you can
give away for participation, and a great way to connect
reading in the summer as well. And lastly, my last slide, is a library con. You can make this as small or big as possible. You can also incorporate teens
and adult programs in to one. But you can have staff and guests
dress up as anime characters. You can bring in panels or author visits. You can have crafts relating to Japanese anime. You can have a book or a DVD display. And you can also partner with local anime
bookstores for giveaways or for them to just come and sponsor your program. So there’s a lot of different
options for tweens, teens, that relates to the theme this summer. [Cathy Lancaster:] Thank you, Lindsay. We had a question in the chat
about your escape room rules. Do you purchase a “Harry Potter” escape
room kit or did you write your own? [Lindsay Gojcaj:] We’re actually
in the process of writing our own. It will be our first time running it here. And we are using some ideas that we
found online from other libraries. We do follow a couple pages on social
media that have given us other ideas, but all the librarians who run this program
are working together to write the clues. And we’re trying to make it so that
the guests who participate don’t have to have prior Harry Potter experience or
knowledge either so we can include everyone. [Cathy Lancaster:] Great. Thank you. And I believe there are some — Thank you. Gillian beat me to it. There’s online ideas. And so Gillian posted a link in the chat box to
that, to a specific “Harry Potter” one, as well. So thank you, everyone. So in the chat box, if you guys have any
questions or follow up or even fun ideas of your own, please feel free to
chat to everyone in the chat box. We’re going to switch gears here. I might have forgotten to
mention at the top of our webinar that the collaborative summer library program
is brought to libraries across Michigan thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services. And also thanks to the IMLS. We have grants available
from the Library of Michigan. So you heard some really,
really cool ideas today. Some — Most of them require very little in
terms of resources, but if you want to take it up a step, we do have the
public library services grant. Karen Reish has been posting on Mich Lib
L. I’ve been forwarding those messages to the My Youth listserv. And the public library services grant is for
$500 to $2,000 a year for a summer program. So if you want to step up some of your
technology or materials for early literacy kits or perhaps with your teens you want to do a
special program that requires more resources, make sure you take a look at that grant. And then of course whatever you acquire
through that grant you use in the summer, you turn in a very simple report to Karen
Reish, our LSTA coordinator here at the Library of Michigan, and you have it at
your library thereafter as well. So don’t just think summer, you know. Implement it in the summer for the grant,
but then you can keep it throughout the year. And you can take a look at all the
grants available at Oh. Jocelyn [assumed spelling] in the chat
says [inaudible] township won a grant in 2019. It was super easy to follow. Yes. It is a one pager. If you apply for the collaborative
services grant or the improving access to information grant, those are
definitely more complicated and detailed. But they’re so worthwhile. So I’m very excited to offer
this, these grants, to you. And they are out now. Any questions for us? Here’s a list of all of our presenters today. I really appreciate the youth services
advisory council for being willing to put on this webinar every year because
otherwise you would all have to sit here and listen to me yammer on. So I appreciate you being here. I’m not seeing any questions in the chat box. But if — Like I said, if you haven’t accessed
the online manual, please do contact me. My email is up here on the screen. Lancaster C5 at And I’m not seeing any questions. So, with that, I’m going to stop our
recording, and I hope you all have a happy 2020, and enjoy planning for summer reading.

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