The following information is taken directly from the WI Libraries for Everyone blog post, PBS Wisconsin Education Resources Available (April 19, 2022).
Guest post from Marci Glaus at PBS Wisconsin Education
Whether you are preparing for Oceans of Possibilities this summer or looking to bolster early learning and youth services programming, PBS Wisconsin Education provides both Wisconsin-specific and nationally-curated content you can use as a springboard or central component to educational programming.
PBS LearningMedia is a free digital learning website created to support the distribution of compelling Pre-K-12 educational media resources. PBS LearningMedia’s robust and contextualized digital resources are designed to supplement educational experiences with video segments from award-winning PBS documentaries and series, PBS KIDS properties, station-produced programs, and original video and interactive resources!
Collaborative Summer Library Program
Examples below highlight some ideas from PBS LearningMedia that pair well with preparation for Oceans of Possibilities summer programming:
PBS Wisconsin Education
Beyond summer library programming, pbswisconsineducation.org offers seven different Wisconsin-focused collections for grades 3-12 with cross-curricular connections in American Indian Studies, English Language Arts, Environmental Education, Music, Social Studies, and Science. Collections include videos, student interactives, games, educator guides, and more. All of these resources are made with Wisconsin educators, and are completely free to use in any learning space!
If you have any questions or would like to talk further, please contact Marci Glaus: email@example.com.
Booking Now for Spring & Summer 2022!
Alex Thomas and Friends offers a variety of unique programs, in person and virtual. A team of professional animators & puppeteers with Television and Film experience, they have been providing unique library programs for nine years. They're also willing to travel!
The following program information comes from Michigan author Ross Richardson.
I’m scheduling virtual library programs (via Zoom) for the winter/spring season (February-May) of 2022. Each live program has an hour-long runtime and is followed by an open Q&A session. These programs feature state of the art underwater video, as well as historical imagery, research and documentation.
My most popular programs are:
Below are links to news stories concerning some of my discoveries.
As an international non-profit, Girls Who Code offers free and flexible computer science opportunities for students with a strong emphasis on social-emotional development.
For nearly three decades Chad Lewis has traveled the back roads of the world in search of the strange and unusual. From tracking Vampires in Transylvania and searching for the elusive monster of Loch Ness to trailing the dangerous Tata Duende through remote villages of Belize and searching for ghosts in Ireland's castles, Chad has scoured the earth in search of the paranormal.
Chad has been featured on the Discovery Channel's A Haunting, William Shatner's Weird or What, ABC's World's Scariest Places, Monsters and Mysteries in America, along with being a frequent contributor to Ripley's Believe it or Not Radio. With a Master's Degree in Psychology, Chad has authored over 25 books on the supernatural and extensively lectures on his fascinating findings. The more the bizarre the legend is, the more likely you will find Chad there!
**Virtual Openings for Fall & Winter**
"Due to the rise in Delta and winter driving conditions, many libraries have been asking for virtual options for their Fall & Winter programming.
With this, in addition to my in-person programs I have converted all my presentations to include a virtual option through Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, Blue Jeans, etc...... or even a pre-recorded version as well.
Many libraries are even taping the live video to make it accessible through their websites for those who couldn't attend the live broadcast and a pre-recorded option is available as well.
I have included all the info for you below---just let me know what you pick.
It is great to know that even in these strange times people still crave storytelling.
Keep an eye out,
Are you and your patrons still looking for that perfect paranormal/ghost program at the library this fall? Something that would be educational, entertaining, and even infused with humor an fun (without being too deep into occult or questionable material)? My "Visiting the Beyond" paranormal program could be just the fit your library needs - and at a fair price!
My name is Curt Strutz, and I am a self-proclaimed "Paranormal Explorer." I tour and visit some of the country's most notorious haunted locations and experience them - with personal happenings, history, and original photography. I bring all of this original content to libraries and museums across the country - and already have a semi-full fall schedule at this point in time (with live and in-person lectures in WI, FL, IA, and AL already booked in 2021).
My presentations are loved by those into the paranormal, but also are great for those into both history and photography.
I am pleased to announce that I do have a handful of solid/great dates that can still be booked for this September and October that will work for WI libraries - given the fact I do reside right here in the state! While the majority of the bottom half of October being booked, there are still quite a few solid dates open for the top half of the month. We could still make it happen for your library!
I have been scheduling lectures on the paranormal for nearly 10 years - speaking at libraries all over the country, as well as museums, special events, and even some paranormal conferences down in Illinois a few years back. I was also a featured cast member of a nationally syndicated cable access TV show called "Paranormal Generation." This show aired on cable access channels across the country, from Lancaster, CA to Philadelphia, PA! The show ran for two seasons/years, and all back episodes are still available to view on YouTube!
Looking to add a spark to your “Tails & Tales” line-up? Sharon Page and the Circus Dogs are national-award-winning performers based right here in Wisconsin!
They’ve retired from live shows, but spent the past four months filming and editing a 48-minute video called “ABC CIRCUS”—the culmination of 25-years performing with animals. This was a labor of love for the 2021 Summer Reading Program theme “Tails & Tales” that will never be repeated!
From inspiring to laugh-out-loud funny, the fourteen mini-chapters feature topics ranging from “a puppy’s life in Istanbul” to “dealing with sibling rivalry.” Along the way, their performing dogs and cat showcase over 80 Awwwww-inspiring tricks.
Already have live performers booked? Stream “ABC CIRCUS” ahead of the Summer Reading Program as an incentive for families to sign up! There’s even an option to add a “live” Zoom meet & greet with Sharon and all three pets.
I’m excited to share that Girls Who Code’s free Summer Immersion Program (SIP) will be virtual again in 2021. We care deeply about serving students who are underrepresented in the tech field and lack access to CS education. I want to help you learn more about the program and encourage your eligible students to apply!
SIP is a free 2-week virtual program!
Participation is 100% free, and GWC provides need-based stipends of up to $300 for those who qualify. We are committed to serving all girls and non-binary students but especially those who come from underrepresented backgrounds in tech, including Black, Latinx, and low-income students.
Partner with us and your students receive priority consideration!
As a SIP Community Partner your students would receive priority consideration into the program. All they need to do is indicate that Nicolet Federated Library System is their Community Partner when asked on their application. Complete this form to partner with us!
Encourage your students to apply, share the blurb below!
I hope you can partner with us and share the blurb below with 9th-11th graders in your community. If you have any questions, sign up to join an informational call.
Embracing Special Needs, Building Inclusive Communities: A Program offered by Miss Wisconsin 2020-2021
My name is Alyssa Bohm, a Racine native, I am currently serving as Miss Wisconsin 2020-2021. I am a high school special education teacher that understands the importance of equal opportunities and educating our youth about inclusion and acceptance.
As a state titleholder, it’s my job to volunteer, make appearances throughout the state and promote my social impact initiative, "Embracing Special Needs, Building Inclusive Communities" which focuses on enhancing the lives of those with disabilities and creating inclusivity within our communities.
I am diligently working to fill up my calendar for the remainder of my tenure. I am scheduling virtual and in-person appearances. I am available to speak (about my social initiative, perseverance, social media, and a few other topics), sign autographs, mingle, walk in fashion shows, dance, etc.
I would love to make an appearance at your library and present my Inclusion Program: Teaching Acceptance and Kindness. I can also assist in promoting the program event prior to the event taking place on our social media platforms.
Last year, I worked with more than 55 libraries in 12 states around the country providing virtual SRP shows.
I would love to bring it to your library this year, if you are thinking of doing virtual shows. This is a little preview of the program.
I incorporate Japanese folktales with origami, and magic tricks. It goes with this year’s library theme “Tails and Tales”. It is a 35-40 minutes program targeting family audiences. And I can do any virtual formats your library likes. (e.g. Live streaming on your FB page, pre-recording, or zoom workshop etc.) I also offer a virtual hands-on origami workshop for teens or adults too.
Please take a look and please let me know if we can work together for the community this summer.
Please stay safe,
Director, Magician and Storyteller
Dear Library Staff,
Right now, we need ways to connect, and nothing does that like music – even on-line!
My name is Dan Robinson, and I've performed music for communities of all kinds for over 25 years. I would love to share music that inspires and brings people together with your library community.
After a recent on-line performance of my program, "Touring the Badger State," Wendy Rosenow at the Shawano County Library wrote:
“Dan transported us around our state from lakes to rivers and towns in between. He beautifully chose music from many artists to portray his stories. Humorous and poignant snippets of Wisconsin lore and history was relayed to our viewers in a one-hour concert that flew by!”
If you’re interested in talking with me about a performance, please click the link below, which will take you to my website where you'll find information on a variety of programs I offer, including the “Touring the Badger State” performance mentioned above. Or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you might have.
I know times are tough for library budgets, so I want to make these performances as affordable as possible. My suggested costs are $65 for a 30 minute program and $90 for a 60-minute program, but let me know if that’s a financial strain and we’ll work something out.
Thanks for considering this, and I hope we get a chance to connect. Until then, stay safe!
The following is from Dave Daniels, executive director of the non-profit, Colossal Fossils:
"We are going to be “cautiously optimistic” and plan for in-person library programs while still offering online alternatives, similar to what we did this past summer. With that said, I’m including the brochure for our 2021 Summer Reading program, “A Whale of a Tale.”
We are going to feature some very large bones from the world’s largest animals, while telling their stories and discussing their fascinating evolutionary paths. We would be happy to put your library in our calendar and are maintaining the same pricing for the in-person programs that we have had for the last two years. I suspect that our calendar will fill up quickly, so if you would like us to pencil you in, please let us know as soon as you can. Also, take advantage of the 10% price reduction by scheduling a program with us before January 1st, 2021.
All the best to you. Stay healthy, and I hope we can see each other in person this coming summer.
Executive Director, Colossal Fossils Inc.
email@example.com ~ 715-303-9407
The booking deadline is NOVEMBER 30, 2020.
Reservations are limited and access is being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete the Booking Inquiry at nancydrewexhibition.com/index#booking-inquiry.
"The program will feature:
THE DEADLINE TO LOCK IN YOUR PARTICIPATION IS NOVEMBER 30TH, 2020. DON'T DELAY!
Check out the latest form Mike Schneider of Pint Size Polkas:
I hope you had a great summer despite the unusual circumstances!
If you are in need of a fun off-season program any time between now and April 30, 2021, I’m offering a standardized version of my prerecorded virtual show for just $50 per library for reservations made between now and September 30, 2020! If you’d like to host a live stream or in-person event, please contact me for a free quote. My shows are filled with polka music, magic and comedy, making a great fit in September and October for Oktoberfest season; January for National Polka Month; or any time some spirit-lifting fun is in order.
If you’re looking ahead to summer 2021, I have some big excitement in store for the “Tales and Tails” reading theme. We’ll have some musical fun with Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox; talk a little bit about chickens and do the ever-popular “Chicken Dance;” and learn about Able and Baker, the first monkeys to successfully return to Earth after spaceflight. Whether you need an in-person show (inside or out) or will be going all virtual in 2021, I would be thrilled to bring some musical joy back to the good people of Green Bay! Please visit www.pintsizepolkas.com/library for details and a brief showcase video.
Would you be interested in including my Pint Size Polkas show in your 2020-21 programming plans? Please let me know at your earliest convenience.
Thank you as always for your consideration, and wishing you all the best in these turbulent times.
P.S. Check out my “Scrub, Scrub, Scrub (COVID-19 Edition)” MP3 song and music video (below).
If your young patrons need a little extra encouragement in the hand washing department, hopefully this will help. Thank you!
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