[kids-lib] Resource for Children's Librarians

Katie Anderson anderson_katie at oslmac.osl.state.or.us
Tue Nov 4 16:02:32 PST 2008

Below is an email I received about a possible resource for program planning, particularly for the summer reading program.  The current episodes cover:

Using Music With Young Children (in the library):
Music specialist Carole Peterson speaks on why and how to use music with young children, plus an exclusive song from Stuart Stotts, and an interview with Betsy Zahniser about The Music Box, an early childhood music programming tool.  How does music help children develop early literacy skills, and early brain development. 

Booking a Performer:
Librarian Sue Busch speaks on booking entertainment, plus a panel discussion on what to keep in mind when calling a performer to book a program, and two Halloween songs from Mr. Billy. 

Making a Music Video:
Teaching artist Steve McLinn speaks on creating music videos with children, plus Librarian Rhonda Turley and teen brother-and-sister team Kathryn and Andrew speak about their own video-making experiences, and samples from many "video-safe" songs.

Be Creative @ Your Library:
Sally Snyder and Julie Tomlianovich of the Collaborative Summer Library Program speak about the 2009 theme and manual, plus two songs form your host, Monty Harper.

Katie Anderson
Youth Services Consultant
Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator
Library Development 
Oregon State Library
katie.anderson at state.or.us

-----Original Message-----
From: Monty Harper [mailto:monty at montyharper.com] 
Sent: Sunday, November 02, 2008 8:31 PM
Subject: Resource for Children's Librarians: The Program Room Podcast

Dear Katie,

I don't know if you've heard about The Program Room, or had a chance yet to listen.

The Program Room is a free audio magazine designed to support and encourage children's librarians as they plan their summer reading (or other children's) programs.

Each episode this season focuses on one aspect of the "Be Creative @ Your Library" theme for Summer 2009. Current episodes cover making a music video, booking a performer, and singing with young children.  
New episodes are available every second Thursday.

Two live Program Room conference calls are coming up this week. Today (Monday 11/3) at 1:00 PM Central is a conversation with Rozz Grigsby, Educational Director for the Oklahoma Children's Theater, on how to lead theater games with children.

Friday (11/7) at 1:00 PM Central is a conversation with Dianne de Las Casas on how to tell stories with children.

All the current Program Room episodes, past live conversations, downloadable resources, and links are now available in one place, at:


Please check it out and let me know what you think. I would love the chance to improve this resource based on your feedback. I am striving to include valuable information in each episode that will help librarians no matter the size of their community, staff, or budget.

If you think The Program Room is helpful, please feel free to pass this information along to the librarians in your state.

Thank you for checking it out!

Monty Harper
Award-Winning Children's Songwriter
Stillwater, OK
monty at montyharper.com
(405) 624-3805

Listen to my Library Podcast: http://www.TheProgramRoom.com/ Sign Up For MontyNews: http://www.MontyHarper.com/ Read My Daily Blog: http://montyharper.blogspot.com Read My Science Blog: http://www.borntodoscience.com/ Purchase My Recordings: http://www.cdbaby.com/all/montyharper
Children's Music Network: http://www.cmnonline.org

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