Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gotta Move: Letter B (bells, bears, and ...)

Here's my newest outline for a music and movement program that addresses the six early literacy skills:

(If the image above does not load, go to "Youth Services Programs and Resources" ---> "Music and Movement Programs" --> "(2010 12 16) Letter B.")

Before "The North Wind Doth Blow," I will pass out the following pieces to the children:

(If the image above does not load, go to "Youth Services Programs and Resources" --> "Graphics" --> "North Wind Doth Blow (pieces).")

As I point to the words on the poster (that I got from enchantedlearning.com), I'll ask the child with the next word/image to come up and place it on the sticky board.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quick Advice for the (Budding) Children's Librarian

As a librarian:

Join and BE ACTIVE in the American Library Association: http://www.ala.org/

Use, especially, the list making features on Worldcat.org: http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/MissHayleyMac/lists

Use Shelfari or LibraryThing to keep track of what you have read/would like to read:

Learn about emotional intelligence and communication (e.g. active listening): http://learningemergingleadership.blogspot.com/2010/09/listening.html

Keep exploring and learning about technology: http://www.wired.com/

For children's librarians:
Join and use the ALSC and PUBYAC listservs: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/compubs/alsc20/alscdisclist/index.cfm

Keep exploring new ways to present programs while infusing Every Child Ready to Read tips and teaching/encouraging/recognizing parent involvement:
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/ecrr/index2.cfm (URL to change soon)

Be familiar with child (brain) development: http://www.worldcat.org/title/rethinking-the-brain-new-insights-into-early-development/oclc/37178569?referer=list_view

Use a variety of storytelling skills/techniques: https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0ByZSJgcQD22tMmMwNTE3MmEtMjFjMi00NjA4LWJlOTYtZDg1OThhZTM1NDQ2&hl=en
(See also the National Storytelling Network at http://storynet.org/ )

Make sure to REALLY serve all ages from birth to sixth grade. (e.g. Offer special "Tween" programs for 4th to 6th grade.)

Offer family programs for all ages and really mean and prepare for all ages.

Be conscious of your storytime themes.  Make themes as inclusive as possible.  (e.g. If I offer an exclusively Christmas storytime, my non-Christmas celebrating patron feels excluded.)

Be conscious of your activities.  (e.g. If someone with a special need dropped in, how could I modify the activity/rhyme?)  https://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0ByZSJgcQD22tNGIzYTMxNDEtNmNiZC00YTU1LWE5YTEtNTEwMjQ3NzM5NWI5&hl=en&pli=1
(Try using picture schedules at all storytimes ... http://www.mayer-johnson.com/products/boardmaker/)

HAVE FUN during your programs!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Starlight at Night Program Outline

If the embedded image above does not load, go to "Youth Services Programs and Resources" ---> "Family Programs (All Ages)" ---> "(2010 12) Starlight at Night."

Program props (story pieces/clipart made book) can be found in the "Graphics" folder under "Youth Services Programs and Resources."

Friday, December 3, 2010

Pajamarama for the Family: Starlight at Night

Click on the following link to access the Microsoft and Google Image clip art that I will be using for a Family "Pajamarama" program: https://docs.google.com/leaf?id=0ByZSJgcQD22tM2ZjOTcwODctN2I3Zi00OTk0LTk1ZWYtNTliOWFiYjJkNjRj&sort=name&layout=list&num=50

The program will be on Monday night at 6:30 p.m.  The theme is "Starlight at Night."  The opening activity is a combination rhyme, name game, and Every Child Ready to Read application.

Before the program begins, I'll invite the children to pick one of the pre-cut star graphics.  The caregiver will be encouraged to teach their child about letters and writing as the child writes his/her name.

During the opening rhyme, different colors will be called, and the child with the appropriately colored star will be invited to place his/her star on the post-it sticky board (http://tinyurl.com/StickyBoard)

A colleague mentioned that these graphics could be laminated, and the names be written on them with dry erase markers.  This would allow for reuse.  However, I have decided to have the children take their stars home, if they choose.

(I have no time to laminate them, and it will act as a supplemental take home piece.  At the very least, I can put them on display for December.)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Libraries: Launchpad for Knowledge!

Because I do not have a painted picture at this moment ... I will paint with my words ...

Surf Board to Informational Literacy

Libraries should teach patrons how to read  ...
from screen to shining screen
from shore to shining shore
America, Happy Hanukkah!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Kevin Hawkes, Mazza Medallion Winner

The Mazza Museum awards the Mazza Medallion for excellence in artistic diversity.

Jerry Mallett introduced the breadth of Kevin Hawkes' work as well as followed his consistent use of shadow and acrylics. One of Hawkes’ previous awards includes the 1994 Golden Kite Award for By the Light of the Halloween Moon, published in 1993. Mallett noticed the significance of the award because it is voted on by other artists.

In his acceptance speech, Hawkes acknowledged the Mazza as “the center for creativity and inspiration.” He compared one’s handwriting to one's art style; one’s personality comes through though the media may be different. He also mentioned some of his other (diverse) artistic interests including rock carving and, at one time, hand-knotting a rug.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Carin Berger, Author/Illustrator

“[I think about] when it should be words and when it should be pictures.”

During the Mazza Museum: International Art from Picturebooks Fall Weekend Conference, graphic designer Carin Berger talked about the book as an art object, noting the elements of design in each facet of the book -- book jacket, endpapers, typography ...

As a collage (and stencil) artist, she referred to the “resonance” and mystery from using ephemera and mentioned her love of antique Sears catalogs which have block print art. She demonstrated this influence by showing digital collage/collage illustrations from her work on Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant and Other Poems written by Jack Prelutsky. She also noted that this work came at a time when she was thinking about the “exquisite corpse” method and how to “collage the collage.” 

Her newest artistic endeavor involves a diorama technique, which worries her only because of the storage issues in her small New York apartment. Her creative interest also reaches toward a space outside of the book world and into the performance art arena.

When asked about creative blocks, she answered that this was part of the process, “Every process has an arc.”

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Digital Pop Up Book No. 3 (Video)

The last augmented reality feature in Tony DiTerlizzi's Search for Wondla.

Once Wondla Vision started, I pointed the webcam at the computer screen.  This creates a mirrored effect of the map of Orbona, particularly noticeable are the doubles of the clouds.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010

Sharing Stories with Preschoolers (.doc)

Here is the handout for the "Sharing Stories with Preschoolers" presentation that I gave today.

It covers sources for learning how to become a story sharer and for various story sharing techniques.  It explains the different kinds of stories to share with preschoolers and lists other pertinent story sharing resources.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Children Who Are Not Spoken To ... (Quote)

Quoted in Storytelling: Art and Technique 4th ed. By Ellin Greene and Janice M. Del Negro p. 129

“Children who are not spoken to by live and responsive adults will not learn to speak properly. Children who are not answered will stop asking questions. They will become incurious. And children who are not told stories and who are not read to will have few reasons for wanting to learn to read.”

Gail E. Haley's Caldecott Award acceptance for A Story, A Story in Newbery and Caldecott Medal Books: 1966-1975, ed. Lee Kingman (Horn Book, 1975) p. 225.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

DiTerlizzi, Technology, and Libraries (Video)

I haven't received much feedback from the listservs regarding reactions to DiTerlizzi's Search for Wondla.  The few I did receive, however, have made me reflect on my initial enthusiasm.

The work is, in my opinion, "distinguished" or "individually distinct" though I must admit that the "excellence in quality" of the augmented reality artwork is questionable.  I still give him mad props for "providing the child with a visual experience" that incorporates the viewer and his/her environment.

One librarian brought up the point that the augmented reality pieces don't seem integral to the story ...

TECHNOLOGY (not) ASIDE:  I've definitely become more aware and interested in technology this year, starting with the creation of my YouTube account on January first and continuing with exploration in screencasting, touch screen art, pbwiki --> pbworks, and google docs.  This fall, I finally took the advice of one of my Kent State library professors and subscribed to Wired.  Yesterday, I started playing around with an (old) ipod ... The cassette player in my car is defunct which means I can't even hook up my CD adapter! 

LIBRARIES and TECHNOLOGY:  Check out this video, and follow the implications...

More and more I am seeing and accepting how this "information age" boom is tied to technology -- the ability to store, access, and share information in ways not used before.

I do believe that the future of Libraries is entwined with technological advances and understandings as well as the need to be a special, physical community location.

Depending on the day and branch in my library system, I already experience many technology questions in conjunction with information needs.

I wonder what other librarians are experiencing?  (Next listserv post!)

Friday, October 29, 2010

DiTerlizzi for Caldecott

If Brian Selznick's distinction as the first illustrator to skew the norm of a 32 page picturebook with his Caldecott Award Winning The Invention of Hugo Cabret: A Novel in Word and Pictures in 2008, then surely the distinguishing first attempt at a digital pop-up book exemplified in Tony DiTerlizzi's The Search for Wondla (the first installment in the Wondla trilogy) would be considered in 2011.

Digital Pop-Up Book No. 1 (Video)

Page 123 of Tony DiTerlizzi's Search for Wondla in augmented reality. 

I'm in WondLa indeed ...

Stories + Technology = Interactive Games

I'm an official gamer at http://wondla.com/game1/ !

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October Library Programs

82 Resources for October Library Programs: http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/MissHayleyMac/lists/1881678
Includes the topics of:
Bat bats / big / bone bones / dinosaur dinosaurs / Halloween / large / monster monsters / monster trucks / monstrous / scarecrow scarecrows / skeleton skeletons / spider spiders

53 Resources for a Monster Mash Library Program for K-3: http://www.worldcat.org/profiles/MissHayleyMac/lists/1923337
Includes media and fiction and nonfiction books on the topic of monsters as well as other Halloween themes.

Follow the link for the handout for a "Halloween Fun" program for families with children of all ages.  I make Dem Bones into a movement story, encouraging the audience to find and touch their different bones.  I make "Walkin' Home on Halloween" into a creative dramatic by having volunteers dress as a ghost (white sheet), witch (hat and broom), and wolf (use puppet). 

For the teens who happened upon the program (!), I encouraged them to think about what they wanted to pursue after high school.  I stressed the importance of the oral storytelling tradition, and encouraged them to become storytellers or write and illustrate their own stories/graphic novels.  As we were talking about bones, I also asked if they had learned about them already, or if they were interested in entering the medical profession.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Jeremy Northam on Storytelling

"Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth. It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling." - Jeremy Northam

A perfect quote for my musings about story sharing found on Addie Hirschten's blog.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Asperger's Syndrome and StoryCorps

At ALA Annual of this year, I caught the end of Dave Isay's presentation.  Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps.

I've found that I'm still thinking about this particular story in which a twelve year old boy (who has Asperger's syndrome) interviews his mother.  Here is the animated short.

I think about the questions he asks like, "Have you ever lied to me?" and "Was I the child you hoped I would be?"

I think about how his mother calmly responds, never skipping a beat: "You've exceeded my expectations ... You have made me grow so much as a parent. [I've had to learn to think outside the box, and I thank you for that.]"

In my personal life, I think about the people that I'm close to that face such different challenges than myself.

In my professional life, I think about the challenge of sharing stories and information with a group of developmentally diverse children.

I think about how by knowing and interacting with all those who are different from me, I have had such opportunity to grow as an individual.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Tattoos, Dialogic Reading, and Unity

Here's a train of thought:

I've noticed that more and more of the people (that I help at the library) have tattoos.  Perhaps my awareness has increased with my interest in them, or perhaps more people are getting them.

Whatever the reason for this observation, I have a positive outlook on body art that is akin to my love of picturebook illustration ... and I recently stumbled on a thought which brings value to body art as a conversation piece.

With any form of artistic expression (remember my brief cell phone/ring tone post?) or striking diversity, there is opportunity for sharing ... or listening to ... a story.  There is potential for learning something new or finding a commonality.

At the very least, dialogic reading shows us that an illustration provides a platform for bonding and conversation.

Conversation and communication (as I explored in my recent article) are keys to fostering unity.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Leadership Motivation Assessment

To take a leadership motivation assessment, go to: http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_01.htm

I scored a 57 which just barely puts me in the "strong motivation to lead" category.  I'm definately still learning ...

I've been a quieter on this blog the last month because I'm researching and thinking about several projects (and seeking information from others on the various library related listservs ... feel free to comment on this post as well):
  • special programming for newborn to sixth month olds (apart from 6 - 23 month olds) that also targets expectant parents and is a shorter version of our baby brilliant brain education workshops
  • how to evaluate programs
  • preparing more for children with special needs who may attend a program
I welcome any thoughts, and enjoy connecting with other professionals!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Active Listening for Unity and Leadership

I've recently submitted an article to the EMIE Bulletin within the Multicultural Review.  The article is entitled "Using Picturebooks to Foster Unity"

In my personal and professional life, communication, especially communication across differences, has been on my mind, and I've been exploring paths toward unity.  I've recently listened to 21 Ways to Defuse Anger and Calm People Down and have been observing my mentors as they listen and speak with others - the public and colleagues as well as friends and family.

The term "active listening," a term I first actively heard as an Emerging Leader last year, also offers some solutions.

According to Mind Tools, the five key elements of active listening are:

1. Pay attention.
2. Show that you are listening.
3. Provide feedback.
4. Defer judgement.
5. Respond appropriately.

Donald Clark's adds that "active listening" is when the "listener attends to the words and the feelings."  He also succintly outlines the barriers of communication.

Once again, I am thinking about the correlation of emotional intelligence and communication which result in leadership...

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Illustration and Technology

I am thinking about treating myself to the Fall Weekend Conference at the Mazza Museum: International Art from Picture Books for my birthday on November 12! 

My Summer Conference experience was phenomenal, but I was not prepared for the opportunity to share my writing and illustration aspirations.  In addition to my Flickr photostream, above is the digital version of the physical portfolio I am now prepared to share with the Mazza conference goers and speakers.

Tony DiTerlizzi, one of the illustrators who inspires me, will be there, and I would love the chance to learn from him, show him my work, and get his innovative The Search for WondLa (to be releaseed September 21) signed.  I'm curious to see how he integrates written and visual storytelling with technology: "DiTerlizzi is pushing the envelope in his latest work, nearly creating a new format that combines a traditional novel with a graphic novel and with the interactivity of the computer." (Review by Connie Tyrrell Burns in School Library Journal.)

Look out Brian Selznick!  Questions for Caldecott?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Science Behind Story (Resource) and Assisted Reproductive Technology in Children's Books

I happened across Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story by Kendall Haven.  How perfect it would have been for my March "Science through Stories" presentation! 

The title was referenced in the Summer/Fall 2010 Children and Libraries article called "Where Did I Really Come From?": Assisted Reproductive Technology in Self-Published Children's Picture Books by Patricia Mendell and Patricia Sarles.

I transformed Mendell and Sarles's hard copy, annotated bibliography into a Worldcat List.  Look at it here.

Take a look at my other themed bibliographies (storytime lists), too.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Truth in Story from Katherine Paterson

Quoted from Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children by Katherine Paterson (56-7):

"Is it true?" the child asks.  "Is your story true?"

Ha! you say.  We adults don't ask that question because we know you write fiction -- and fiction "is the act of feigning or imagining that which does not exist or is not actual." Ergo -- fiction by definition is not true. 

I'm being unfair.  Some of you are wiser than that.  And although you may never voice the question to the writer, you will come to one of my novels or to anyone's novel with that same question.  Is it true?

And my answer for you is the same answer that I give the child who asks.  "I hope so.  I meant for it to be true.  I tried hard to make it so."

...civilization as well as education takes a downward spiral when it ceases to ask, "What is truth?" and concerns itself primarily with what is measurable."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Marketing: Visual Presentation

An aspect of leadership that I see peeking through my posts (and within my life) is the topic of marketing or presentation.

I'm not only referring to how one presents oneself professionally to answer questions and resolve conflicts or how one should or could present a library program, I am also very interested in the physical, visual pieces of marketing such as the activity sheets handed out at storytimes or the displays and signage within the library.

If you look in the top right corner of this blog under "Youth Services Resources," you will find pictures of some of my displays (bulletin board and storytime set ups).  You can also visually compare my earlier storytime program handouts to my newer ones.  I am definitely working toward finding a user friendly, visually appealing, and informative take home handout that will enforce the Early Literacy Skills.

Speaking of visual presentation to market programs, I came across the MyFonts website while following a conversation on the YALSA listserv.  Use the website to determine fonts and use Da Font.com to download and choose others.

Visual organization (from websites to posters) is just as important as physical organization, and I think it is safe to say that Libraries do and are starting to recognize this in more detail.  (I'm thinking of the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program at Kent State University.) 

I would be interested in hearing others' thoughts (and seeing others' visuals!) on this topic.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cell Phones in Libraries

Keep Them

and teach them
("them" is their owner ...)
to chose ringtones
that resonate

Sell phones in libraries...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Programming Resources on This Blog

I am no longer using my pbworks page to share my program handouts.

Please look in the top, right hand corner of this blog (http://www.learningemergingleadership.blogspot.com/)
for these handouts as well as OTHER programming resources such as booklists and photos of displays! 

Technology increases opportunities to learn and share.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Craig Frazier on Graphic Design / Illustration

"Just as important to the art of coming up with ideas is the art of whittling them down to their essence."
from page 20 of The Illustrated Voice.

Craig Frazier's picturebooks include:
Alphabet Critters (1992) = 14 years before Gone Wild by David McLimans (2006) won a Caldecott Honor, Frazier created letters from animal shapes.
Tiny Brown Seed (2003)
There is a Monkey in My Drawer (2003)
Stanley Goes for a Drive (2004)
Stanley Mows the Lawn (2005)
Stanley Goes Fishing (2006)
Trucks Roll (2007)
Hank Finds Inspiration (2008)
Lots of Dots (Sept 2010)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

"Minds, Brains, and Early Learning: How Infants Crack the Speech Code"

by Dr. Patricia Kuhl

Babies are born with neurons, but not connections.
6 months is really a key time in baby brain dvelopment.
At age 3, children have 3 times the amount of synapses than any other age.
At age 14, the neurons have been pruned to strengthen certain connections.
The brain does have critical learning periods where it needs the right information at the right time.

See Evolution of Language
Babies hear distinction in all sounds.  They are citizens of the world.  From 6 months to 1 year, before the baby produces these sounds, the brain is sorting these sounds out.  Mother-ease, the exaggerated "baby talk" we use when talking to babies is brain food.

Children with autism prefer non-speech sounds to the same frequency, human vocalizations/speech.

Learning opportunities in the first five years are critical for children of all social economic status.  Lower SES environments, however, tend to use less complex, less thought-provoking language, and more "do" and "don't" commands.

See NeuroReport journal.

MEG machines show that TV engagement does not equal learning.
This begs the question ... What is social learning turning on in the brain?
What is the social brain?  We know that cognitive aging is slowed by exercise and social interaction.  Language is a social affair

See the Department of Early Learning

Monday, July 26, 2010

Evidence Based Practice

"Question, Find, Evaluate, Apply: Translating Evidence Based Practice to Information Literacy Instruction" presented by Megan Oakleaf and Diana Wakimoto

The Introducation
Evidence-Based Librarianship … or Understanding by Design means …
  • Evidence is Good and Anecdote is Bad
  • Research vs. common sense/best ideas
  • Need needs assessment
  • It is a cyclical process with continual progress
The Process
  • Question = Setting, Perspective, Intervention, Comparison, Population
  • Find Evidence
  • Evaluate = Valid? Reliable? Explain limitations
  • Apply 
  • Re-Evaluate

Bibliography by presenters

Cognitive Biases by Hiller and Self
  • Professional Deformation
  • Perseverance of Belief
  • Wishful Thinking
  • Halo or Horns Effect
  • Worst-Case Scenario
Cognitive Science
Journal of Educational Psychology
Communications in Information Literacy
Journal of Education in Library and Information Science
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

EBP Gurus
Andrew Booth in UK
John Eldredge in USA
Kristine Bruce for Information Literacy

Friday, July 23, 2010

Successful Leadership Begins With Self (ppt)

The information below is quoted from the Ontario Library Association Super Conference 2008 website.  (Follow the link to access the PowerPoint.):

"Mary Ann Mavrinac, Chief Librarian, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga.

Experiencing organizational change can be difficult, especially when the change is unanticipated and unwelcome. Let go, go with the flow, strategize, see opportunity, learn, and fulfill your aspirations! Sound good? Join us as we reveal the dynamic nature of protecting self, and provide practical, concrete leadership strategies based upon empirical research that can be liberating for the individual, and transformational for the library. Flourish and have fun in an unpredictable environment of ubiquitous change.


Session Presentation (.ppt)           
Leadership Focuser Form (.doc) "

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Mazza Summer Institute Schedule (Actual)

July 13
"Picture Books Worth Noting" with Floyd Dickman

July 14
"Behind the Scenes" with Jerry Mallett.  Learn about what a curator does and how the artwork is processed and stored.

July 15
"Dimensinal Illustration and Marionettes" with Shaun Gentry
This session explores techniques in creating characters 3-dimensionally.  Learn what's involved in producing simple figure in clay and even a fully articulated marionette.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Digital Storytelling Resources

While reading the Winter/Spring 2010 issue of OJELA: The Ohio Journal of English Language Arts (a publication of OCTELA, the Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts), I came across an article by Jessica Fries-Gaither.  Here are the digital storytelling resources she lists:

Ohio State University's Digital Storytelling Program 
Berkeley, California's Center for Digital Storytelling.
Guide to Digital Storytelling from Scholastic
Integrating Digital Storytelling into Your Classroom

Here are some of Fries-Gaither's quotes that speak to illustration and story's ability to transfer learning:

"Image selection sets digital storytelling apart from the traditional writing process because illustration is often an afterthought or only part of the publishing step when writing traditionally." (11)

" 'Stories' in all content areas provide opportunities for students to make connections and synthesize information, two important thinking strategies for reading comprehension." (11)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Batty Great Time with Brian Lies (Video)

At the Mazza Museum Summer Institute, I was able to share a dinner table with this approachable author/illustrator.  Here's a video clip from his presentation wherein he shared personal, batty stories.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Patricia Polacco, the Ultimate Storyteller (Video)

Patricia Polacco is an illustrator, writer, and storyteller who captivated the Mazza 2010 Summer Institute audience with personal, historical vignettes.  She touched the audience to tears with her themes of loving relationships, abounding beauty, learning and educational challenges, and heroism.

Below is Ms. Polacco sharing her family's four (or more?) generational "keeping quilt."

Image from Amazon.  Notice the Sydney Taylor Book Award in the upper right hand corner.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Calef Brown the Artist (Videos)

Calef sketches in my autograph notebook!

Calef told Mazza Summer Institute participants the story of how a monkey mugged his mango and inspired this illustration. He has traveled to India and is inspired by the culture's color schemes:

Calef Brown the Poet (Videos)

During the Mazza Summer Institute, Brown referred to the musicality of words as his muse.  He makes a case for reading poetry out loud.  Sylvia Vardell anyone?

I first performed "Combo Tango" in graduate school as an audience participation, movement rhyme.  I've been incorporating it into my programs ever since.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Thank You, Google Alerts

With the help of Google Alerts, I saw that this article is now in cyberspace.

Still Thinking about Fireflies/Cucullos

Here's a story for you ... Yesterday, Cole and I read The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle, one of my favorites growing up, and we were talking about how I caught fireflies when I was five years old.

Cole is three.

I gave him time to do the math ... "One," he said.  "One is one year away" ... or... something like that which confused me.

Still thinking there was some logic and thinking to it, I continued ... and told him how my sister hated when I caught the fireflies and put them in her face.

Eventually, Cole wanted to know how I caught them, since he's never seen one before, and he rationalized: "I'm asleep at night-time ... [When you were five,] Did they leave the window open, and they didn't know?"

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Learning: Emerging Leadership (Quotes)

The quotes below are from After the Ecstasy, the Laundry: How the Heart Grows Wise on the Spiritual Path by Jack Kornfield, pages xix - xx.  During ALA Midwinter 2010, Elizabeth Gilbert recommended this read-alike to her Eat, Pray, Love.
"Our intention was inspired by the humility and compassion of the Dalai Lama himself, always eager to learn, even from his mistakes."

"... wise speech ..."

"The wisest express a greater humility.  Abotts like Father Thomas Keating of Snowmass Monastery and Norman Fischer of the San Francisco Zen Center, for example, regularly say, "I'm learning" and "I don't know.""

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kamishibai, Japanese Paper Theater (Video)

Hazuki Kataoka shares the folktale Momotaro the Peach Boy at the American Library Association 2010 Annual Conference using the "Japanese kamishibai format." "Kami" means "paper," and "shibai" means "theater."


(Yes, I took this video.)

Notes for creating your own kamishibai taken from Kamishibai Story Theater: The Art of Picture Telling by Dianne de las Casas:
  • first card’s text goes on back of last card
  • second card’s text goes on back of first card
  • use 11x15 or 14x22 paper

Friday, July 2, 2010

Storyteller and REFORMA President (Video)

Cuban native Lucia M. Gonzalez shares her noche (night) story, complete with cucullos. After introducing herself this way, she retold Bossy Gallito.  Gonzalez opened for brain scientist Patricia Kuhl, hence Gonzalez's hint at phonological awareness (having the audience repeat the sounds in words).

(Yes, I took this video.)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Mo Accepts the Andy at ALA (Video)

Mo Willems at the American Library Association Annual Conference 2010. This is the introduction to his acceptance speech for the Andrew Carnegie Medal. (Yes, I took this video.)

ALA Annual Conference Schedule (Actual)

Items in italics are committee requirements.

Sunday, June 27
8:00 - 10:30 LNOSCY Committee Meeting
11:00 - 11:30  (end of) Dave Isay from StoryCorps
11:30 - 12:00 (end of) Celebrating the Spoken Word with Poetry for Young People
12:00 - 12:30 Exhibits
1:30 - 3:30 Question, Find, Evaluate, Apply: Translating Evidence Based Practice to Information Literacy Instruction
4:00 - 5:30 Japanese Paper Theater: Interactive Culture for Your Library

Monday, June 28
8:00 - 10:00 Dr. Patricia Kuhl, Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences
10:30 - 1:00 ALSC Awards and Membership Meeting
1:30 - 3:30 Developmentally Appropriate Practice-What is the latest understandings of DAP and how to incorporate them into quality services
4:00 - 5:30 Who's driving the technology bandwagaon - the users or the librarians?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Mazza Museum Summer Conference

"The Mazza Museum: International Art from Picture Books is the world's largest museum devoted to literacy and the art of children's picture books. Founded in 1982, the Mazza Museum now contains nearly 5,000 original artworks." (http://www.findlay.edu/offices/resources/mazza/default.htm)

I will attend three days (July 13-15) of their Summer Conference with the generous support from the Floyd and Stella Dickman Endowment.

Visiting the museum has been a goal of mine since I was an undergraduate, "Penguin Story Teller" at Youngstown State University.  While the club is no longer active, the club and its advisor were key in leading me to where I am today...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Librarians as Educators

The American Libraries article "Build Your Own Instructional Literacy" by Char Brown (a 2007 ALA Emerging Leader!) addresses the issue of librarians as educators. 

I, too, have felt and feel strongly that librarians are indeed educators.  Period.  Additionally, children's work requires one to be an entertainer.  One must be able to capture an audience through a combination of voice, acting, interacting, song, and movement.

I will need to review the ALA college accreditation guidelines, but it seems to me that the four vital teacher training issues that Brown lists -- theories, methods, conviction, and experience -- need to be addressed more in library school.

While I was fortunate to have a background in music, to have experience in reading to children, and to have taken about thirty credits of education classes during my undergraduate education, I realize that (occasionally?) children's librarians appear in the field without such background.  For the benefit of all librarians and especially those "learning in the trenches," Brown offers the "instructional literacy" framework and USER method.

Those who learn, teach, ... and those who teach, learn.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Using Picturebooks to Expand Perception

Yesterday, my article was accepted to be published in the EMIE Bulletin which is powered by the American Library Association's Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT). The Bulletin is published at the end of the Multicultural Review journal.

Take a look, and tell me what you think.

I am also exploring options to bring my pdf's into this blog, rather than maintaining a separate wiki for programming activity sheets and workshop handouts ... hence the Google Docs link to my article versus a link to my wiki.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Eye Contact

In January of this year, a few hours before my plane was to leave from Cleveland for Chicago and the ALA Mid-Winter Conference, I stopped in at the Solon Public Library to print my boarding pass.

(I feel pleasantly secretive when I visit public libraries ... critiquing and learning from what I see and experience ... reveling in community and accessible information and stories ... proud to be a contributing member of this institution...)

So as I was thinking these glorified thoughts, the clean-cut male librarian at the information desk greeted me. Clearly and succinctly, he conveyed the information about printing policies. Approachable and professional, he consistently made eye contact throughout the exchange.

That experience flashed through my mind this last week as I signed up hundreds of children for the Summer Reading Club.

How am I coming across? It wouldn't hurt to practice some more eye contact.

Another example of how story and experience bring meaning to read information.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Self-Evaluation (Personality and Qualities)

At the beginning of this year when I "discovered" the idea of emotional intelligence and how it relates to both leadership and story sharing, I came across this title:

A few months ago, I took a few of the quizzes and scored:

high in leadership factors

average emotionality (1 point away from "fairly emotional")

very closed personality (which now that I'm more aware of, I have been working on ...)

no evidence of a left or right sided brain bias (great! since I believe balance is key in life)

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Before You Say Yes ...

to a new assignment, find out:

1) Whom you will report to.

2) What the goal is.

3) What challenges you face.

4) What resources and level of authority or access are available to you.

(From "200 Questions Job Candidates May Ask Your Company" from http://www.workforce.com/)

I am glad to come across this "common sense" bit of information in a written down, easy to digest form.

In the last couple of weeks, I have been presented wtih new opportunities, both professional and personal, that I need to assess and decide which to pursue.

What other "common sense" bits of information do others use before saying "YES" to new opportunities?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Conversation and Discussion Guide

I've copied the following guidelines from Harwood Institute's "Authentic Engagement" framework. Not only are they helpful during community discussions but ideal in all areas of person-to-person engagement, including interacting with youth during library programming and working with colleagues in committees.

Have a "kitchen table" conversation of no more than fifteen people so everyone can participate and no one dominates.

There are no "right answers" since we all draw on unique experiences, views, and beliefs.

Keep an open mind, and listen carefully to try and understand the views of others, especially those who are different than yours.

Keep the discussion on track by sticking to the questions and not rambling.

It is okay to disagree, but don't be disagreeable. Respond to others as you want to be responded to.

Friday, May 14, 2010

ALA Annual Conference Schedule (Planned)

Saw this article in the Canfield Neighbors newspaper!

ALA Annual Conference Schedule (Planned)
Items in italics are committee requirements.

Sunday, June 27
8:00 - 12:30 LNOSCY Committee Meeting
1:30 - 3:30 Question, Find, Evaluate, Apply: Translating Evidence Based Practice to Information Literacy Instruction
4:00 - 5:00 Japanese Paper Theater: Interactive Culture for Your Library

Monday, June 28
8:00 - 10:00 Dr. Patricia Kuhl, Co-Director of the University of Washington Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences
10:30 - 11:30 Books in Many Languages: Reaching Out to Youth in a Multilingual World
1:30 - 3:30 Developmentally Appropriate Practice-What is the latest understandings of DAP and how to incorporate them into quality services
4:00 - 5:30 Who's driving the technology bandwagaon - the users or the librarians?
5:30 - 7:30 Poetry Blast

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Changing a Community

Since February, I have been in conversation with a committee of individuals who represent various groups within the Youngstown area community. These individuals include several of the members of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County's Board of Trustees.

Such conversations serve not only to broaden our individual views of our community, they also will inform the Board's decisions as the institution tries to work through last year's 31% decrease in funding from the State of Ohio.

Our conversations are inspired by the Harwood Institute's philosophies and "frameworks" and never cease to give me "food for thought." A few issues that I see as crucial in effecting change in our community are the needs to:

Connect to what people believe in





Accept Personal Responsibility

Overall, I think one needs to accept change and see the positive. While we hope that others might also value and contribute to our community, the ones who hope and act will be the ones to propel the community forward. As one committee member story-shared ... :

One day, I drove past a car that had gotten stuck on the side of the rode. Those trying to free it, were pushing behind the wheel that was stuck, and that's not the best way to free a stuck car ... You need to push behind the wheel that already has the traction.

If we see our community as the broken down car, we shouldn't waste our effort pushing the inactive or negative community member. We get behind the figurehead who's creating the change we want to see.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Sharing Stories with Preschoolers

This morning I co-presented "Sharing Stories with Preschoolers" to a local High School's senior class. Aside from the fact that all of the students were taller than me ;) and the idea that there's always room for self-improvement (How can I be more inspirational and informative?), the presentation went well. The bibliography for this presentation can be found on my professional wiki under "Workshop Handouts."

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Business and Professional Women's Organization

Last night, I attended my first meeting of the Business and Professional Women's Youngstown chapter. Though I am already connected to several professional women in the library and information science field, it was wonderful to meet other women within my own community from other professional backgrounds. I look forward to socializing within this group and learning from their leadership activities.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010


"A goal without a plan is just a wish." Antoine de Saint-Exupery

"Leadership is not just saying a scary thing ... It's [in] the person who backs them up." Connie Paul, Emerging Leader Program Facilitator

"The pooling of many viewpoints and thoughtful consideration of them is obviously what makes worthwhile any international meeting." Bookbird 4/1967 (16)

"It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." from Rowling's Chamber of Secrets

Friday, April 16, 2010

Screencast of Science Through Stories

I still have some experimenting to do, but here is a decent screencast of my PowerPoint "Science Through Stories."

(I'm not sure how it appears on "regular" computer screens. You may have to scroll up and down a bit to see the whole slide.)

www.jingproject.com only allows 5 minutes of free screencasting, so I couldn't do a full audio presentation with it. I have a few other resources I'll try that might help me incorporate that aspect.

Monday, April 12, 2010

How Leaders Learn

"The true test of intelligence is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do." John Holt in How Children Fail (205)

While Holt's classic title provides ideas for leaders who work with children, general concepts can be applied to all areas of leadership. In the section from which the above quote is taken, Holt suggests that success occurs when one meets a new situation or problem openly, utilizing the mind and senses of imagination, resourcefulness, confidence and hopefulness. When anaylzing these initial behaviors, he or she is willing to accept and learn from mistakes.

In this same title, Holt discusses "real learning" (136-7) which applies to students of all ages. Something is understood when:

1) one can state it in one's own words
2) one can give an example of it
3) one can recognize the concept in various guises and circumstances
4) one can make connections between the new concept and other facts or ideas
5) one can utilize the new information in various ways
6) one can foresee some of its consequences
7) one can state its opposite or converse

Thursday, April 8, 2010

More Websites from OCTELA

http://flocabulary.com/ = "Flocabulary produces educational hip-hop music and engaging curricular materials to teach academic content for grades 3-12. The programs are proven to raise scores on state reading tests and are currently being used in over 10,000 schools nationwide."

http://www.schooltube.com/ = "...teachers and students share videos online."

http://www.teachertube.com/ = online videos and other resources for educators

http://rockhall.com/education/resources/lesson-plans/ = Lesson plans from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

http://namle.net/ = National Association for Media Literacy Education

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Science Through Stories PowerPoint (Story Version)

I'm a little disappointed that only a slide "shot" (not the animation) is captured. You'll see that this creates some cluttered slides ... What I do like is that Slideshare publicizes the notes for each slide, which is especially important when comparing the story version with the report version.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

"Beyond Google: Newest Tools for 21st Century Skills"

presented by my former high school English teacher Colleen Ruggieri, now a teacher at Canfield High School.

http://americanrhetoric.com/ = listen to famous speeches
http://artpad.art.com/gallery/ = paint on a digital canvas. Watch a video of your creative process.
http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ = free open source software for recording and editing sounds
http://bubbl.us/ = online brainstorming
http://engrade.com/ = course management system
http://fwfr.com/ = four word film reviews
http://gabcast.com/ = embed a flash audio player into your personal or corporate website/blog and communicate with your friends/family/colleagues/customers (some fees involved)
http://howjsay.com/ = talking dictionary
http://jingproject.com/ = share screen shots and videos of onscreen action
http://librivox.org/ = free online audiobooks
http://piclits.com/compose_dragdrop.aspx = inspired picture writing
http://pocketmod.com/ = fold a piece of paper to store information
http://poets.org/ = see Ohio poets under the poetry map feature
http://tinyurl.com/ = make long URL’s more usable
http://voicethread.com/#home = record audio to an image
http://www.60secondrecap.com/ = 60 second video clips summarize literature
http://www.andreaplanet.com/andreamosaic/ = mosaic maker
http://www.corndancer.com/tunes/tunes_main.html = incorporate music with literature
http://www.eyewitnesstohistory.com/ = photos and clips of historical events
http://www.glogster.com/ = online bulletin board
http://www.gotbrainy.com/ = picture and video dictionary
http://www.imagechef.com/ = make art with words
http://www.lumosity.com/ = brain building games
http://www.playlist.com/ = create free playlists
http://www.pow-pak.com/powpak.html = free web-design, blogging, and podcasting program created for educators by an educator
http://www.primopdf.com/index.aspx = free PDF creator
http://www.rhapsody.com/welcome.html = listen to songs, create playlists (after free trial subscription is required)
http://www.shmoop.com/ = literature learning guides
http://www.smithmag.net/ = 6 word memoirs
http://www.smithteens.com/ = 6 word memoirs for a teen audience
http://www.studystack.com/ = find, create, and print flashcards
http://www.surveymonkey.com/ = can use for pre-assessment of student’s knowledge
http://www.webook.com/ = see 911 writers block for ideas
http://www.wordle.net/ = generates word clouds
http://www.xtranormal.com/ = make a movie
https://www.schoology.com/home.php = course management system

OCTELA Conference Notes

7:30 Arrived at conference location. Checked-in and viewed vendors. Discovered the Ohio Resource Center for Mathematics, Science, and Reading whose goal is to correlate resources to the Ohio Academic Content Standards ... (hmmm) ... Set up for my presentation.

8:35 Morning announcements and presentation by author Cinda Chima.

Chima is putting out a fourth book in the Seven Realms series and two more books in her Heir series.

In her tips for writers, she referred to the ten rules of fiction.

10:00 Gave my presentation called "Science Through Stories" for PreK to second grade educators.

"Educators will be connected to literature that has been correlated to the Ohio Department of Education’s academic content standards, particularly the early learning/primary, science content standards. Sharing correlated literature using story reading and storytelling techniques (plus extension ideas) will be demonstrated. Science and storytelling resources (books and websites) also provided."

Overall, my presentation went well. While I had a small audience of three people, they were supportive and attentive. One was a young Kindergarten teacher, one was a seasoned second grade teacher, and the third was an individual who has worked in several areas including the Ohio Resource Center. The small audience allowed for conversation on "best practices."

As a whole, the OCTELA Conference seems to draw more middle school and high school teachers than those from an elementary or university setting, which contributed to the low attendance.

11:05 Attended "Community in the Classroom: The Ultimate 21st Century Skill" by outgoing OCTELA President Karla Hieatt Bisig from Wilmington High School.

After my own presentation and research on the importance of engaging emotional intelligence in education, it was awesome to see this idea of intrapersonal learning expanded and used successfully in an educational setting.

12:00-1:45 Keynote Luncheon with announcements, presentation of awards, and speech by author Sharon Flake.

I must read The Skin I'm In.

2:00 Attended "Beyond Google: Newest Tools for 21st Century Skills" which was presented by my former high school English teacher Colleen Ruggieri, now a teacher at Canfield High School.

Her passion and enthusiam were tangible and envigorating. However, this presentation brought to mind the stereotype that younger people naturally know more about technology. I thought, "I am at least ten years younger than this individual who just introduced me to thirty new and useful websites. Where have I been?" Apparently, the answer is that I've been at conferences to learn about them! :P

3:00 Attended "Multimedia Minilessons: 'But did the Authors Say It Was a Symbol?'" by Angie Beumer Johnson and Maria Workman from Wright State University.

The premise is that the use of media in educational settings helps individuals transfer knowledge and understanding to text and literary devices.

4:00-4:15 Finished gathering and loading my presentation materials.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Science Through Stories (Ready?)

My Powerpoint and five bibliographies/webliographies for Saturday's OCTELA presentation are complete and are posted to my professional wiki: http://hayleymcewing.pbworks.com/

Now comes the biggest challenge ... After another trial run last night and receiving some honest feedback from another individual, I acknowledged what I knew subconsciously.

I have to "practice what I preach" and present the information in an entertaining way ... through stories! Isn't that what I learned in November? Now, I need to practice what I've learned ... and learned again ...

Friday, March 19, 2010

Webkinz and Other Interactive Websites

... noted from a session at the Ohio Library Council Northeast Chapter Conference in Fall 2008:

Webkinz targets children from about 6 to 13.

Teaching Resource: Using Webkinz in the Classroom

Webkinz Webcast offers downloadable Webkinz inspired songs.

Other notable interactive websites include: Shining Stars, Club Penguin, Bella Sara, and the Toronto Public Library Kidspace.

Resources for Serving Tweens (Ages 11-14)

... noted from a session at the Ohio Library Council Northeast Chapter Conference in Fall 2008:

Serving Young Teens and Tweens by Sheila B. Anderson

Not Much Just Chillin': The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers by Linda Perlstein

"But I'm Almost Thirteen!": An Action Plan for Raising a Responsible Adolescent by Kenneth R. Ginsburg and Martha M. Jablow

See also the Beloit College Mindset List.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Visit My Professional Wiki

I already have a private wiki that I use to back up my professional documents as I work on them. As mentioned in an earlier post, I have now decided to take this resource a step further.

After researching and playing around with some wikis other than the familiar pbworks, I've decided to stay with this provider. I have created another account under my first and last name that will be used to upload and present the final copies of my storytime handouts as well as any PowerPoint slide shows and accompanying handouts that I may use during various presentations. Among the first uploads are some of those for my "Science Through Stories" presentation for OCTELA at the end of this month.

Take a look: http://hayleymcewing.pbworks.com/

Along these same lines, in a few months I hope to explore the Ohio Ready to Read Wiki and perhaps contribute some storytime handouts there, too.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Leadership, Emotions, and Education

“Great leadership works through the emotions.” from Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (1)

The first slide for my upcoming presentation:

Good Morning! My name is Hayley McEwing. I am a children’s librarian with the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. I am pleased to be here today to explore two of the mutual challenges of both educators and librarians – The first challenge is, how do we motivate others to learn? The second challenge is for ourselves as well as the individuals we serve, and that is, how can we all better understand the information we come in contact with?

While there are numerous possible solutions being acknowledged in the 21st Century and here at this conference, the following presentation focuses on the solution of story sharing. Demonstrations at the end will share stories embedded in science concepts.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Emotions and Cognition

Though slightly more busy than may be ideal, I feel that all is well. I have ideas and thoughts that are converging and are yielding exciting “new” concepts that I have yet to explore more fully.

Idea 1: From a recommendation by Emerging Leader presenter Maureen Sullivan, I’ve started to listen to the audio version of Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman.

Idea 2: I’ve also been preparing for my “Science Through Stories” presentation for OCTELA on March 27. As I began to explan the importance of story sharing as a mode for learning, I came across the following quotes:

“Stories differ from other narratives (arguments, scientific reports, articles) in that they orient our feelings and attitudes about the story content.” Mallan quoted in Haven, Kendall and MaryGay Ducey. Crash Course in Storytelling. (98)

“Story aids memory because it puts information into a meaningful context, to which other information can be ‘attached.’” From Norfolk, Sherry, Jane Stenson, and Diane Williams. The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum.

What I initially assumed were two separate paths of learning have now found a crucial overlap. While Primal Leadership is awakening my mind to the importance and pervasiveness of emotional intelligence in organizational interactions, I am also seeing the crossover of the importance of "affective education" or using emotions to guide learning.

While this is not a totally new concept, I feel as if my mind had a personal "Eureeka!" moment.

I look forward to following this path as I finish forming my presentation.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Cataloging of Children's Materials

Below are notes from this committee's Midwinter meeting:

The Cataloging of Children's Materials committee produces the Cataloging Correctly for Kids resource through ALA Editions.

Committee members were from university and school libraries as well as from related organizations and vendors such as the Library of Congress, OCLC, Bound to Stay Bound , Permabound, H.W. Wilson, and Follett.

Angela Murphy-Walters, Senior Cataloging Specialist at the Library of Congress, reported that: "For the first time in its 200 year history, the Library of Congress is opening a special place for young visitors, children under the age of 16” called the Young Readers Center.

Many committee members shared specific cataloging concerns and solutions from their associated organization. For example, the new releases of Boxcar children’s books are not written by Gertrude Chandler Warner, but the Library of Congress will keep her name in the main author entry in order to keep the books together on the shelf. Also, sequel notes will be kept in the bibliographic record for items in a series so users will know that they are meant to be read in a particular order.

Other concerns focused on wording. For example, the Library of Congress now uses the subject headings “Wealth” and “Poverty” instead of “Rich” and “Poor.” The representative from H.W. Wilson talked about his organization's issues with the subject heading “Indians.” Does this refer to people from India or native peoples? They suggested using the terms Hindi or Indic. The OCLC representative’s report expanded this concern. His company helps worldwide libraries to catalog using Dewey; there are issues with translation as well as the need to create new subject headings that capture culturally important interests and topics. This same rep suggested that we look at Dewey.info. It is "an experimental space for linked DDC data."

Below are some cataloging terms that I first heard in graduate school 3-4 years ago and heard again during this meeting. However, I know that I do not understand these areas as readily or deeply as this session's committee members do.

Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings
Sears List of Subject Headings from H.W. Wilson
AACR2 vs RDA (RDA appears to be a new method based on Ferber rules, feedback on testing expected in March 2011)
MARC21 machine-readable format
OAI Metadata