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Planning for Summer
STLS Youth Services Consultant, Lorie Brown, has compiled a list of ideas for Summer Learning!
View the list, here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VdCVi8-Y1s48wJn4FyDswJduG3RRJxlGzyBOBkGw2Ec/edit
This list will be updated regularly.
Storyline Online -The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. [These readings can be played/scheduled by YOU.] Each reading is accompanied by an activity guide. Invite your community to join you on Facebook at a particular time. Listen to the book, read by a celebrity. Then, use the activity guide to encourage kids to do an activity – led by you, their local librarian, as a group.
List of authors/publishers that have given permission to use their works in live streaming.
Harper Kids has a YouTube channel with some of their great books ready to be shown ANY time: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiYzMwyBPG96EDjV7MAohaCnXoQnqiBmG (copy and paste link into browser)
Use this as a springboard for an online program similar to using the stories on Storyline Online (see above.)
Let’s Keep Reading – An evolving Google Doc of authors and illustrators who are hosting livestream events [Promote these events in advance. Encourage patrons to access via your Facebook and/or links.]
FREE eBooks About Coronavirus / COVID-19
Check out this collection of free eBooks in multiple languages for children about the Coronavirus / COVID-19: https://nycdoe.libguides.com/COVID-19ebooks/free
Video Basics 101 (with Cherilyn Wise from the Cuba Circulating Library):
Slides for Video Basics 101: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1KffY1ZkI2EFHD_0XmkbVMPFEu-xXt62KSVuzQ0vZkuk/edit#slide=id.g840998e3d6_0_14
Check out this great webinar on video creation: https://youtu.be/jC3r1PgDqRY
From the same creator:
How to Edit a video on iPhone: https://youtu.be/XaVBQXG8_qQ
How to upload to Facebook:
How to upload to Instagram:
How to upload to YouTube:
As you are creating videos to share with your patrons, consider addressing accessibility by adding closed captioning. Tips for various platforms are included below:
Please check out these resources for IMPORTANT information about copyright issues related to hosting virtual storytimes:
Know & Go: Spotlight on Virtual Storytimes – Amigos Library Services – register for free to view the recording of this event which happened in the past.
We know libraries have questions about copyright use as they move to virtual programming. On March 24th, ALA’s Public Programs Office published this article about copyright use which can be read here: https://programminglibrarian.org/articles/online-story-time-coronavirus-it%E2%80%99s-fair-use-folks.
Online Courses for Youth
Direct parents and caregivers to Day by Day New York, a website with a new book for parent and child to read together and other activities to develop early literacy skills: talk, sing, read, write, and play.
Don’t forget to check out KidLit TV for podcasts, read alouds, activities, book trailers, and so much more!
Support caregivers who are looking to provide educational opportunities for out-of-school children.
Check out the following resources:
This is the perfect time to begin that genealogical research you’ve been meaning to do! This Genealogy Research guide from NYPL can help you get started.
Host a book club on Facebook. Montour Falls has quite a few, if you’re looking for ideas to get started! Worried that not everyone can get the same title? Start a thematic/genre book club where everyone reads a different title and shares their takeaways.
OverDrive is a great resource to ensure that patrons can find new reading material in order to participate.
Urge patrons to take their census while they are home! It can be completed online at 2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.
Other free resources:
GoNoodle gets kids moving to be their smartest, strongest, bravest, silliest, bestest selves. GoNoodle is among the fastest adopted online resources used by elementary teachers; connecting movement, mindfulness and learning for their students. Delivering measurable gains in academics and health, GoNoodle’s 100’s of short interactive videos and games get kids moving throughout the school day, keeping them energized and focused, while introducing curricular topics, practicing mindfulness or just getting the wiggles out. Over 2 million families use GoNoodle at home, turning screen time into active time, either through gonoodle.com, apps for the iPhone and Apple TV and through the GoNoodle YouTube channel. Learn more at www.gonoodle.com.
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