This Week in SALS Youth Services

January 15, 2016

Short and sweet

The first workshop I attended at ALA Midwinter was Curiosity Creates, which showcased libraries that encourage children to explore and create through intentional programming and thoughtful use of resources. Erica Fortescue, Associate Director of the Center for Childhood Creativity in Sausolito, California started off the session with data and research from the fields including neuroscience, psychology, sociology, and education.

Here are my takeaways:

  • Emphasize the process not the product
  • Use open ended prompts when talking to children - "What do you think will happen next?" "How would you use the hammer to take apart...?"
  • Choose activities for playfulness
  • Learning feels good, and we remember more when we tie emotion to learning.
If you are curious about this topic, here is an article by Maanvi Singh about how the brain gets super excited when we are curious and promotes learning.
  • Activity to spur creative thinking: "The absolutely worst idea ever!" We did this with a partner and we had to come up with the absolutely worst idea for getting a haircut ever. Weed-wackers in a wind tunnel, Peanut butter in your hair and having rats chew...
Check out some more creative activities to try.

YMA Winners

Upcoming Events

Summer Reading Workshop

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 9:30am-4:15pm

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

Arrival & Welcome 9:30-10 am

Exercise your mind

Jen Ogrodowski, Saratoga Springs Public Library 10-11 AM
Even if you've never tried coding and don't know where to begin, this presentation will offer some suggestions on how to get started in hosting an introduction to coding workshop or series of workshops at your library. We'll go over the free courses offered by and talk about how to pick and choose activities you may want to focus on to accomplish your program goals with the time you have. We'll also take a look at how different activities offered by can be useful if you have a class full of participants with different levels of previous experience.


Kathy Ceceri, Author and STEAM educator 11:15 AM -12:45 PM
Kathy Ceceri, author of "Paper Inventions" and "Making Simple Robots," will show you how to create light-up paper designs using only inexpensive LEDS, batteries, and conductive tape! Paper circuits teach kids about electrical circuits, switches and sensors. They can even be used to talk about smart devices, robots, and beginning computer programming concepts such as "if-then" statements and logic gates. For more information on Kathy's hands-on STEAM activity books and programs for kids, go to

lunch –byo, snacks and beverages will be provided

Mini Maker Showcase 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Libraries throughout the 4 counties are offering maker programs or lending out materials. This is an opportunity to bring some examples of what you do at your library and share them with others. Each person will have 5 minutes to explain their program or materials, then attendees can walk around the room to check out your stuff and ask questions. Space is limited to 5. Jennifer will contact you by January 22nd to let you know if you are one of the lucky 5. Register when you RSVP online.

On your mark get set…

Adam Feldman, Go Kids 2:30-4:00
Go Kids uses "imagination" games and active storytelling to help children prepare socially, emotionally and physically for school and the broader community. Meet Adam, the founder of Go Kids, and learn some tips and tricks to get your community moving, playing, and learning.

Register online today

RSVP by Wednesday January 27th 2016.

Snow date is February 11, 2016.

Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children

Thursday, June 9th, 9:30am

22 Whitney Place

Saratoga Springs, NY

Save the date. 2 workshops, 1 day
3rd & 4th training components for Ready to Read in NY Libraries
Strategies for Successful Partnerships and Outreach to Families with Young Children
Early Learning Spaces

News from LibraryLand

Summer Reading Flyers

The New York State Library has a wealth of resources available to encourage children to read and visit their public library. All of the flyers listed below, as well as other materials, can be downloaded and printed from the New York State Library Summer Reading at New York Libraries website,

10 Easy Ways to Get Children to Read This Summer – A flyer with a list of ways to get children to read this summer, as well as information about Summer Reading at New York Libraries.

Easy Ways to Grow a Reader – This flyer promoting Early Literacy is available in ten languages, including English, Spanish, and Chinese.

Help your students improve skills through reading during the summer months – A flyer to share with teachers and educators.

Teen NY Facebook Page – A flyer promoting the Teen NY Facebook page, intended for teens and those who work with teens.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries and the Common Core – A flyer detailing how reading over the summer relates to the Common Core Learning Standards.

8.5” x 11” On Your Mark, Get Set…Read! Posters – Regular-paper-sized posters of the 2016 summer reading theme slogan for children and early learners.

Summer Reading at New York Libraries Fact Sheet – This fact sheet is updated every year and includes information about the summer reading theme, participation numbers, yearly partnerships, and some helpful summer reading websites.

Performer block booking opportunity

Traveling Lantern performs for the New York Public Library year-round, and in Yosemite every summer with a show we created for the National Park Service. We have been in business for over 30 years and perform nationally, with a constantly rotating repertoire of 26 different performances: histories, mysteries, fantasies, biographies, classics, well-known children’s stories, and original works.

For more information about our company please visit our website, or give me a call. I’d be happy to answer any questions.

800 936 4723

RIP Professor Snape