• Courier running late

    At least 2 routes have been reported as running late today by the libraries. Route 1304: Hudson (received about 11:15), River Falls(arrived 12:45 pm), Ellsworth, Spring Valley, Plum City, Pepin, and Durand.  Also, route 1303: Somerset (received about 11:30), Baldwin, Menomonie, and Elk Mound.

    07/18/2019 - 12:25pm
  • Working Again!: Automated Telephone Notice and Renewal System

    MORE's automated telephone notice system (sometimes called TNS or Teleforms) and the telephone renewal service are working again as of mid-day July 17 after being down since July 4. Please submit a help desk ticket with questions or problems. -Lori

    07/17/2019 - 12:57pm
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I found out about this game, Spoilers!, from an ALSC listserv.  It was developed by Kendra Wright, formerly at the Sno-Isle Library System in the state of Washington.  Though this game requires library staff to commit to reading a lot of middle-grade books, it sure seems like a great way to develop relationships around reading.  It might be a really fun way to work with kids who struggle with reading, or who need more encouragement to read during the summer (or any time).  You could offer it specifically to a smaller group of kids, or try it out on an individual basis with a kid who spends time at the library already, but who might need a little extra nudge to read enthusiastically.

The basic gist of it is that a child chooses a book they haven't read before, the librarian gets a copy of it, and reads to the halfway mark.  Then the child comes back after reading the whole book and tells the librarian two endings:  one true, one that they made up.  The librarian tries to choose which one is real--kids love trying to trick adults!  Read about the whole idea here.

I love the idea because it engages kids in a one-on-one relationship about reading, with plenty of individuated support and validation for reading, which the research supports as being a really excellent motivator.  Plus it give kids a chance to be creative and sneaky, which is a great combination when put to the right kind of application!