Special Announcements Page -- special events, workshops, etc.
Summer Library Program 2013!
Save the dates for Kids First! The Kids First Conference will be held on April 29-30, 2013. Plan to join us in Des Moines!
Introducing . . . The Library! Resources for teaching children about the library and book care from the Southwest District collection.
Looking for early literacy materials in other languages?
5-Minute Displays: This calendar listing of birthdays and other special days will help you create quick displays featuring items from your collection.
Family Literacy Resources (a collection of ideas for holding a Family Reading Night or a celebration of El Día de los niños/El Día de los libros)
ys_talk ListServe for sharing ideas -- to sign up go to http://lists.silo.lib.ia.us/mailman/listinfo/ys_talk
All-Purpose Youth Bulletin Board and Display Ideas
Materials from the Early Childhood Literacy website created by the Iowa Library Service Areas are being moved to the Iowa Library Services site. Storytime kits and other early literacy skills materials are now available to print out at http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld/t-z/youthservices/early-child-lit/earlyliteracyinlibraries/earlyliteracy.
Storytime Crafts, Printables and Take-Home Materials (under continuous construction!)
The Iowa Library Services "Arts & Crafts" page -- resources for crafts for all ages.
DDR and Guitar Hero @ your library -- Southwest District has a PlayStation 2 game, Dance, Dance Revolution software with 2 dance pads, and Guitar Hero with 2 controllers. You may make arrangements to borrow these for a special event at your library.
Southwest also has a Nintendo Game Cube with "Mario Kart Double Dash" game for those who don't have the space for DDR. Contact the District Office at 866-642-7922.
Mystery Party program kits to
borrow from Red Oak Public Library (phone 712-623-6516):
Rodney Recommends -- selected websites for children, youth services and storytelling! New sites added 8/30/2012.
Bookmarks to customize and print:
Storytelling Resources -- Flannelboard kits, puppets, etc.
The Mini-YAC Newsletter was an email newsletter for Southwest librarians serving youth. It has now been replaced with a statewide newsletter for youth services -- The YAC. A notice will be sent out monthly to the ystalk and teentalk lists when a new issue is posted on the website at http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld/t-z/youthservices/youth-services-newsletter. If you would like to sign up for these lists, see http://lists.silo.lib.ia.us/mailman/listinfo/.