Friday, June 15, 2012

Silent but Active

I've been quiet on this blog but active in professional activities:

I have worked on the Ohio Library Council Planning Committee for their Children's and Teens Services Conference:
http://www.olc.org/CTSCFeatures.asp
Please take part in the "Swap and Shop" even if you are elsewhere in the States!

-- Yes, I finally listened to Gantos' Dead End in Norvelt 2012 Newbery Winner: http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal

I'm working on a co-presentation: http://www.neo-rls.org/ce/eventdetail.cfm?ID=3013

Communicating on the Librarians' Executive Board for our library's union.

Creating a list of (mostly free) Apple apps to use in Library Programming and am planning programs using the iPad (+ LCD projection potential) in programming.

Planning to bring back our music and movement age 0-6 programs this summer and hopefully in the fall.

I am also using iTunes University to take a "Programming Methodology" class by Standford University.

I'm still honing my communication skills as I work "on desk" throughout our 16 branch library system ... am looking at Patron Behavior in Libraries: A Handbook of Positive Approaches to Negative Situations by Beth McNeil and Denise K. Johnson and listening and taking to heart the information in Five Levels of Leadership: Proven Steps to Maximize Your Potential by John C. Maxwell.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Importance of Words

"Mama, my throat hurts," my two-year old niece said.

And my sister knew it was time to rush to the emergency room.

It turns out that an allergy (to cashews? we'll find out after tests...)
has the ability to make this little girl stop breathing...
Anaphylactic shock

How does Auntie Tat deal with the situation?
Biblio-therapy ... This book is actually simple and clear enough to work for the littlest ones:


All this to say ... how important it is for little ones to be able to communicate ... how important to share words with little ones...