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Date: Mon, 4 Jan 1999 12:01:41 -0500 (EST)
To: pubyac-digest@nysernet.org
Subject: pubyac V1 #548


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 15:10:55 -0500
From: vicki@saline.lib.mi.us (Vicki Ankrapp)
Subject: [none]

Hi! I am doing a storytime about guinea pigs. Does anyone have any =
fingerplays, songs or rhymes, or other suggestions on this topic? Please
reply directly to me.

Thanks a heap!
Vicki Ankrapp

email : vicki@saline.lib.mi.us

address: Saline District Library
555 N. Maple Rd.
Saline, MI 38176

Fax (734) 944-0600


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 14:55:57 -0700
From: Cindy Christin <christin@mtlib.org>
Subject: Storyteller query

We are thinking about having a storyteller do a preconference at our next
big library conference in the summer of 1999. Sue Randelman, now of North
Logan, Utah, and previously of San Antonio, Texas, has submitted a
proposal. It looks great! Anyone out there been to her workshop, or heard
her tell stories? Please respond directly to me.

Thanks a bunch,

Cindy Christin
Children's Librarian
Bozeman Public Library
220 E. Lamme
Bozeman, MT 59715


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 14:08:21 -0500
From: Kate McLean <mcleank@mail.dekalb.public.lib.ga.us>
Subject: diaper changing tables...

Calling on the collective wisdom out there, again...
I can't believe this library has no diaper changing facilities, women's or
men's! Does anyone have a particular type or brand that they prefer?
Don't worry, I plan on getting several, I just need to decide on a kind to
Please respond directly to me to avoid cluttering the list.
Thank you all again,

Kate McLean
Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library
DeKalb County Public Libraries, GA
"My opinions are my own."


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 17:14:05 -0500 (EST)
From: bf455@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bonita Kale)
Subject: Christi's competitive parents

Christi, my own opinion is that you would do best to eliminate the
competitive element as much as possible from story time.

I don't know a huge amount, but here's what we do: The kids sign up and get
a reading accounting sheet to keep track of their time. It's just twenty
squares on half a sheet, basically. They cross out a square when they've
read a half hour, or make notes on it, or however they want to do it. If
(When!) they lose it, we give them another and tell them to fill it from
memory. I can't remember if we had "official" reading records that we kept
at the library this past summer; I have the feeling we didn't. We do have
rubber stamps for the kids to stamp over their X's, to show that they've
gotten credit for those squares.

After the first half hour, their names go up on the windows. After 5
hours, they get a little prize--a pin or a plastic book bag, or something.
At 10 hours, they get a star on their names, and their name goes into a
drawing for a Big Prize.

There's a little competition still, I guess--at least, people look at the
names and notice that X has read 10 hours 3 times (3 stars--but still only
one certificate, and one name in the drawing box).

Who mentioned the big readers reading to little listeners? You're right;
that's really fun. Both get something out of it, and both get to count it.


- --
Bonita Kale


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 14:59:15 -0500
From: Fredda Williams <fwillia7@bellsouth.net>
Subject: Re: Space theme

The Tennessee Summer Reading Program in 1993 was a space theme, called
"StarKids: Mission Read". It was a fun program to do. At the Johnson City
Public Library, where I worked then, we brought in a speaker from the local
planetarium for a couple of programs and I remember having a good time with an
"Intergalactic Costume Contest." You might contact Dan Taylor at the
Tennessee State Library & Archives (sorry, I'm at home and don't have his
e-mail or phone number) and see if they still have copies of that year's
manual to share. If not, you can contact me at work at
Maybe I could send you copies of some of the more successful program ideas.
Good luck.

Fredda Williams
Children's Services Manager
Knox County Public Library System
Knoxville, TN

Linda Peterson wrote:

> Okay, I waited till after Christmas to bring this up, but I'm wondering if
> any of you have done a space theme as a summer reading program? We are
> thinking of using the Take Me to Your Reader from Upstart and working from
> there. There are always such imaginative ideas out there I just wanted to
> pick your brains.
> Linda Peterson
> lpeterson@bloomfield.lib.in.us


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 16:16:24 -0600
From: "Mary Seratt, Sr.Manager, Main Children's" <SERATTM@memphis.lib.tn.us>
Subject: holidays and competitive parents

I sure do like Torrie's idea of becoming familiar with your clientele!
Getting some input from the parents that regularly attend (or pick up
afterwards...we've already "done" that thread recently:) ) is also
helpful. It just takes a few minutes to ask if anyone has a celebration
coming up that others might enjoy learning about. This conversation could
take place a couple of times a year. Calling the winter celebrations that
crop up this time of year "Celebrations of Light and Life" has worked for
Ramadan is another story. We own one heavily illustrated children's fiction
book, Magid Fasts for Ramadan, but it isn't a picture book. By Mary Matthews,
and published in 1996 by Clarion Books (Houghton Mifflin), it is the story
of an 8 year old who wants to fast, but is not considered old enough by his
family. Ramadan sort of slides around in our western calendar, so it is not
"a winter holiday issue" every year.
We are starting something new this year- a summer reading program for adults.
Our Adult Services Coordinator is working on the project, and it strikes me
as a way to channel those competitive parents' energies to something more
appropriate that in trying to vicariously relive their childhoods (and
maybe get it right this time??:) )
More than my 2 cents worth again! *sigh*
Mary Seratt, Senior Manager, Childrens Dept.
Main Library
Memphis/ Shelby County Public Library and Information Center
Memphis, TN


Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 14:31:53 -0800
From: Rebecca <storyweaver@newportnet.com>
Subject: Request for Readathon info

Fellow pubyacers:
After a fruitless search of the archives (I know it's there but I
can't dig it out) I'm hoping that some of you have done readathon
fundraisers and are willing to pass on info about your program. TIA for
any and all replys. Please send direct to me @

Rebecca Cohen
Newport Public Library
Newport, Oregon


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 14:43:39 -0800
From: "Carrie Eldridge" <celdridge@sanjuan.lib.wa.us>
Subject: Re: pubyac V1 #547

We do "time spent reading" and i emphasize that each child is competing
with himself only.


Carrie Eldridge
San Juan Island Library District
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 15:31:02 -0800 (PST)
From: Ann Roush <annroush@kcls.org>
Subject: Re: pubyac V1 #545

At my library, we do a holiday storytime in December that includes
Christmas, Hannuka, Kwanzaa and Ramadin. Yes, it is hard to find
appropriate books for all these and I'm still hunting a Ramadin book for
toddlers. Our patrons appreciate the inclusion of several December
holidays. Sometimes this is their first exposure to one or more of these
holidays. I try to make them fun and include a dreidle game that is very
generic. I think we can't ignore the fact that these holidays exist and
are celebrated by many, many people. I always publicize my themes well in
advance and have had people ask what I would include. I do not include
religious stories except wehre they give a simple explanation of the
holiday, i.e. My First Hannaka. I don't think we can just ignore something
that is important to so many people. After all I do monster stories and
some object to this. No theme, no book is ever 100% acceptable.

Ann Roush
King County Library System
Redmond Library


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 18:34:52 EST
From: Jeanfargo@aol.com
Subject: Rain forest program -- ideas?

We are planning a one-hour rain forest program for elementary-aged children
(roughly ages 6 to 11). We will probably be doing a "stained-glass" toucan as
a craft, but would appreciate other ideas for decorations/crafts/activities as
well. Please e-mail me at jeanfargo@aol.com -- thanks for your help!

Jean Fargo, Librarian
Youth Section
Selby Public Library
Sarasota, Florida


Date: Tue, 29 Dec 1998 15:50:08 -0800 (PST)
From: Caryn Sipos <carynsip@kcls.org>
Subject: Re: pubyac V1 #547

Just to get into the holiday spirit, I have to respond to the fuss about
holiday programs. I am Jewish and I all the secular Christmas stuff - as
well as Hannukah, Kwaanza and everything else. I always loved it when I
was a kid and I did programs when I was a childrens librarian and I help
decorate my libraries now. There was never a problem knowing the
difference between my religion and anyone else's. and, most of my friends,
but not all, also celebrate a secular holiday. I have never had a
complaint at the library - because we are always open to suggestions from
parents on what to include and because we are very careful not to use
religious stories from any religion. Most parents understand this policy
and appreciate it. I have, however, had some problems with staff who

Caryn Sipos


Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 08:09:52 -0600 (CST)
From: David Schmit <dschmit@gnofn.org>
Subject: Re: Competitive parents

I'm not sure if you're using incentives or not, however, you might
consider putting a cap on the required reading. In our system, the
reading program is the Summer Reading Club and there is only one club
rule-read. For children to join and become full members, they have to
read ten books during the course of the summer. That's it-no more, no
less. On our flyers, it says, "everyone wins with ten!" There is no
reward for reading more, unless you're gauging those crazy intangibles
like self satisfaction and knowledge, and this was done with the
competitive parent in mind. Of course, some parents will still ask if
there is a reward or honor for the top reader. This is easily defused by
explaining to the parent that we're trying to make every child feel like a
winner. Good luck.

David Winkler-Schmit
New Orleans Public Library


Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 10:38:08 -0600 (CST)
From: Tina Hubert <thubert@nslsilus.org>
Subject: Reading Program Materials

The theme for the 1999 Illinois Reading Enrichment and Development
program is TIME TREK READERS. The artist for the program is Caldecott
winner David Wiesner.

Materials are available for purchase by visiting


Orders are sent to the Illinois Library Association, 33 W. Grand Avenue,
Chicago, IL 60610-4306. Phone 312/644-1896. Fax 312/644-1899.

This great program can be used to promote reading by virtually anyone!
Posters, polo shirts, yo-yos, temporary tattoos, and a program
maual/graphics guide set are all available. The program has plenty of
ideas for everyone, but specifically focuses on this century and looking
to a new millineum.
Tina Hubert
1999 IREAD Committee Chair E-mail: thubert@nslsilus.org
Manager, Kids' World Voice: 847.506.2619
Arlington Heights Memorial Library Fax: 847.506.2650
500 N. Dunton
Arlington Heights, IL 60004


Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 10:32:17 -0800
From: ellen braby <ebraby@pen.ci.santa-monica.ca.us>
Subject: collection development ideas

Dear PUBYACkers,
I have been somewhat of a lurker for quite a while, although I have
responded to a few stumpers in the past. However, it is time to come
out of the shadows and ask for some of your collective wisdom. Our
library is looking for a way to include nonprint and electronic
resources in our monthly book order meetings. We are a medium sized
library with a Main library and three branches. For books, we order one
copy of a title, based on positive reviews in the professional journals,
and then either farm it out for a staff review or send it around to the
branches in a box with picture books, some non-fiction, and some series
books. At our monthly meetings we present oral reviews of the fiction,
YA, and the rest of the non-fiction. We have not included videos,
cassettes or CDs, or CD-ROMs in the monthly meetings since the branches
do not collect all the formats and have pretty small budgets for
nonprint materials. However, we would like to make these true
collection development meetings without having to spend our time on it.
One suggestion was to take a topic and present print and nonprint
materials, rather like BOOKLINKS does, but most of us don't have the
time or the expertise. If any of you have ideas to share, I would love
to hear them. If there is interest, I can post the results to the
list. You can respond to me directly at
Thanks in advance.

- --
Ellen Braby
Head of Youth Services
Santa Monica Public Library
1343 6th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401


Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 16:00:34 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Competitive parents


Two pieces of advice come to mind 1)Don't post a list of children and how much
they've read. If this is a large program, it may not be practical anyway. If
this is something that is usually done, just post the names of the children
participating, attaching no information on what has been read. 2) Don't award
prizes to the person who has read the most. Set up your program with goals
that many children can reach, or let the kids set their own goals. If any
parents question why, tell them it's a question of patron confidentiality (and
technically, I guess it is).

Lisa Loftin ns_lisa@dayton.lib.oh.us
Children's Librarian (937) 227-9514
DMCPL - Dayton, Ohio
The opinions expressed here are my own, etc.


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