Friday, February 6, 2009

Teen Craft projects (book)

Coleman, T. & Lanes, P. (2009). The Hipster Librarian’s Guide to Teen Craft Projects. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

It's not your grandmother's crafting projects! Instead, hip librarians as well as their teen patrons can engage in the hottest new DIY way of life, recycling everything from discarded books to Altoids tins. Getting hands-on and making the coolest crafts can be a way to encourage teens' individuality and growing sense of self. Whether projects are used for teen programs, to decorate the library's public teen space, or for a personal style statement, these are cutting-edge, must-do celebrations of creativity and innovation from two book- and library-loving crafters. Reflecting the true style and personality of hipster YA librarians and the teens they serve, this practical guide

§ Offers detailed step-by-step instructions for a dozen unique craft items

§ Provides one-page reproducible how-to handouts for each craft project

§ Illustrates each step with photos

§ Outlines tools and materials lists for smooth-running craft programs

§ Is supplemented by the authors’ online resources, including a blog

The authors' focus on recycled no-cost and low-cost materials addresses most libraries' budget constraints. These craft sessions offer a unique way for teens to claim their identities and gain confidence—at the library! (book description)

Teen Spaces (book)

Bolan, K. (2009). Teen Spaces: The Step-by-Step Library Makeover (2nd Ed). Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

When writing the first edition of Teen Spaces in 2002, YA expert Bolan was challenged to find excellent examples. Now, teen spaces abound and interest continues to grow. With a strategic use of web-based technologies—from the author's website to a Flickr account—the new edition will showcase success stories as it reaches out to attract a global community of YA librarians committed to meeting the needs of young adults. Revising the first practical guide to creating inviting spaces for teens in the library, Bolan reveals what it takes for your makeover to go as smoothly as possible. You'll find

§ Step-by-step instructions and easy-to-use templates

§ The latest information on teen spaces policies

§ New ways to involve teens in the space-renovation process

§ Updated tools, worksheets, instructions, and vendor information

§ Inspiring illustrations and discussions of what other libraries have achieved

§ Best practices for developing teen spaces

Library directors, YA librarians, and school library media specialists will welcome the inspiration from hundreds of teen spaces around the world, along with hands-on suggestions for revamping their own library. (book description)

Connecting Boys with Books (book)

Sullivan, M. (2009). Connecting Boys with Books 2. Chicago, IL: American Library Association.

In his hugely successful Connecting Boys with Books (2003), Sullivan delved into the problem that reading skills of pre-adolescent boys lag behind those of girls in the same age group. In this companion book, Sullivan digs even deeper, melding his own experiences as an activist with perspectives gleaned from other industry experts to help you

§ Learn about the books that boys love to read

§ Uncover the signs that point to the reading gap

§ Find creative new programming ideas to match boys’ interests

§ Establish a strategic blueprint for boys and reading

Drawing on more than 20 years of experience, Sullivan shows how to reinvigorate the sense of excitement that boys felt when they first heard a picture book being read aloud. (book description)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Phonemic Awareness

Jordano, K. & Callella, T. (1998). Phonemic Awareness Songs & Rhymes: Winter. Cypress, CA: Creative Teaching Press.

Phonemic Awareness Songs & Rhymes is a complete resource book that includes dozens of interactive, theme-related songs and rhymes that help children listen to language and manipulate, or "play with" sounds. Each song is sung to a familiar tune based on a standard classroom classic, making it easy to incorporate the songs into your lessons. The CD includes instrumental songs and 37 songs from the book sung to the same tunes.

Phonemic Awareness Songs & Rhymes also includes reproducibles, a helpful cross-check index to simplify lesson preparations, and reproducible activity cards that can be cut out and laminated to create a handy reference file of fun ideas. This is an all-in-one resource filled with engaging, interactive activities and silly, playful songs-a winning combination for any reading-development program!