Take the Survey! Young Children, New Media and Libraries 2018

Have you taken the Young Children, New Media and Libraries 2018 Survey yet? If not, you have until August 31 to share your thoughts about, and experiences with, new media in your library work with young children.

Using a short video about Empreror Penguins in Preschool Storytime

Who should take the survey?

Someone from each library who is able to answer questions regarding your library’s use of new media with young children. That person may be a children’s librarian, manager, director, or other staff member. The information you provide will be kept confidential and no identifiable information will be used in published findings.

What is new media?

New media is defined in the survey as: tablets (including iPads, Nabi, LeapPad), combination eReader/tablet (e.g., Kindle Fire), digital recording device (digital camera, Flip Video, GoPro), MP3 players, Projectors, AWE or Hatch stations, tangible tech (e.g., Makey Makeys, Osmo, Squishy Circuits), programmable tech (e.g., Beebots, Code-a-pillar, Cubetto), and computers of any kind.

Why should you take the survey?

Libraries continue to be at the cutting edge of incorporating different kinds of new media devices into their branches and programming, and we are examining the changing map of this landscape across the United States. We want to hear how you share technology with young children and their caregivers, your attitudes about that, and any evaluation you do of new media for young children and their caregivers. Your input will be useful for guiding future research and professional development.

Who is behind the survey?

Dr. Katie Campana (Kent State University), Liz Mills (University of Washington), Dr. Marianne Martens (Kent State University) and I are conducting the survey in partnership with the ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children.

You can find out more about the 2014 findings, and find a link to the current survey, here. 2018 survey findings will be shared widely.

Becoming a Media Mentor: The Book is Here!

Becoming a Media Mentor book cover

We just got word that our book, Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families is now ready to ship! Cen Campbell, the Association for Library Service to Children, and I are happy to finally be able share the book with you.

Librarians are lifelong learners, experienced researchers, and excellent communicators- all skills we can use to mentor families as they navigate media and literacy in the digital age. The book is full of useful information that will help library staff as we evolve our roles as children’s librarians and continue to support families in new ways.

Are you interested in a recent webinar, Media Mentorship and Family Engagement in the Digital Age, that I led with Chip Donohue from the TEC Center at Erikson Institute and ALSC ? Find the link to the webinar and resources we discussed here. Find my Media Mentor’s Reading List here.

You can find out more about the book here, order it here, or contact me to ask questions, comment about the book, etc.

A Media Mentor’s Reading List

A media mentor:

  • supports children & their families in their media decisions & practice around media use.
  • has access to and shares recommendations for and research on children’s media use.*

In honor of the webinar I’ll be hosting today with Chip Donohue and Tamara Kaldor from the TEC Center at Erikson Institute and ALSC (Media Mentors and Libraries: Family Engagement in the 21st Century), I compiled a reading list for the aspiring media mentor. Many of the organizations listed alongside these resources are actively involved in research related to kids and digital media and you should follow them to hear the latest! Want to suggest a resource for the list? Add a comment below.

Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Families (2016) by Claudia Haines, Cen Campbell and ALSC

Born Reading: Bringing up Bookworms in a Digital Age- From Picture Books to eBooks and Everything in Between (2014) by Jason Boog 

Buckleitner’s Guide to Using Tablets with Young Children (2016) by Warren Buckleitner

Children, Adolescents, and the Media (2013) American Academy of Pediatrics Policy Statement- update due October, 201

Designing for Diverse Families (2015) by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Diversity Programming for Digital Youth: Promoting Cultural Competence in the Children’s Library (2014) by Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Early Connections: A Parent Education Toolkit for Early Childhood Providers

Family Engagement in the Digital Age (2016) edited by Chip Donohue

Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids (2014) Joan Ganz Cooney Center (This iBook can be downloaded through the iTunes store or as a non-interactive PDF from the link above.)

Giving Our Children A Fighting Chance: Poverty, Literacy and the Development of Information Capital (2012) by Susan B. Neuman and Donna C. Celano

Growing Up Digital Research Symposium Proceedings (2015) sponsored by American Academy of Pediatrics

Hour of Code by Code.org

Media Mentorship for Libraries Serving Youth (2015) by Cen Campbell, Claudia Haines, Amy Koester, and Dorothy Stoltz

Opportunity for All? Technology and Learning in Lower-Income Families by Victoria Rideout and Vikki Katz for Joan Ganz Cooney Center

Screen Sense: Setting the Record Straight by Zero to Three

Screen Time: How Electronic Media—From Baby Videos to Educational Software—Affects Your Young Child (2012) by Lisa Guernsey

Selective Examples of Effective Classroom Practice Involving Technology Tools and Interactive Media National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College

STEP into Storytime: Using StoryTime Effective Practice to Strengthen the Development of Newborns to Five-Year-Olds (2014) by Saroj Ghoting

Tap, Click, Read (2015) by Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine (also: tapclickread.org)

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning (2014) edited by Chip Donohue

Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth to Age 8 (2012) National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media at Saint Vincent College

The Common Sense Census: Media Use by Tweens and Teens by Common Sense Media

The New Coviewing: Designing for Learning through Joint Media Engagement by Joan Ganz Cooney Center and the LIFE Center

Young Children, New Media, and Libraries: A Guide for Incorporating New Media into Library Collections, Services, and Programs for Families and Children Ages 0-5 edited by Amy Koester (LittleeLit)

Young Children and New Media in Libraries: Preliminary Survey Results Make Case for More Research (American Libraries Magazine, 2015)

Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use In America Common Sense Media

*from Media Mentorship for Libraries Serving Youth by Cen Campbell, Claudia Haines, Amy Koester, and Dorothy Stoltz

*list updated 7/31/16

Maker Club: Microwave Mug Meals

On one Thursday in November, as part of our Curiosity Creates funded Maker Club, kids and teens flocked to the library’s meeting room to make… food! We made one mug meals using a variety of sweet and savory ingredients, mugs, and microwaves. The idea behind this particular program was to empower kids to cook on their own, out of desire or necessity, with basic ingredients. Many kids spend a lot of time on their own and need to feed themselves. We wanted to show them that there were options other than the pre-packaged snacks and meals they might be familiar with and introduce them to some basic cooking techniques.

“You are changing the way I think of libraries!”
library patron stopping by to see the cooking action

We set the smallish room up lab style with 4 stations that each featured a different recipe, the ingredients, and cooking utensils needed. We also had 2 microwaves on hand to keep the cooking going (operated by myself and the club’s teen mentor). 13 kids and teens cooked together in pairs and teams and sampled their creations as they made them, moving from station to station. Most kids made more than 1 recipe. We had 3 savory stations and one dessert station. There was flour and cocoa powder all over the place, but it was worth it!

Each cook left with a mug (some containing a sample to take home for a family member or friend) and a packet of recipes. I also posted links to the receipts we used on the library’s social media accounts for easy access. Multiple families let me know that their budding cook prepared the mug quiche, the most popular recipe, for them over the weekend- success!

We purchased the mugs from a local thrift store that supports victims of domestic violence and used the Curiosity Creates grant to purchase the ingredients (enough for 15-20 kids to make each recipe). I brought a microwave from home and we also used the library’s microwave as the second. Our town does not require a food handling license for this type of activity, but I did teach the cooks about hygiene and food handing.


Coffee Cup Quiche

Egg Fried Rice in A Mug

Coffee Cup Chilaquiles

Nutella Mug Cake (minus the whipped cream topping)

Note: All of these recipes are gluten free or can be made using gluten free ingredients. For the cake, we substituted gluten free all purpose flour for the self-rising flour with no problem. In fact, some of the original recipe cakes overflowed the mugs while the GF version did not and still tasted great.

The two hour length was a good fit for the number of kids and recipes. There was no pressure to hurry up or limit kids to one recipe. I spent about 1 hour buying and prepping food, 1/2 hour for set up, and 1 hour for clean up, with the help of the teen mentor who assists with all of the Maker Club programs.

In addition to the recipes I shared, our library’s microwave meal cookbooks, along with kid and teen oriented cookbooks, were on display and available for check out.meal-in-a-mig-video-thumbprint

Want to see a demo? Check out this Meal in a Mug video made by ALSC here in Homer as part of the Curiosity Creates grant.

Media Mentorship: Let’s Talk About it!

Have you heard?

The Association of Library Service to Children is hosting a virtual release party for the new Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth white paper! (I cowrote it with Cen Campbell, Amy Koester and Dorothy Stoltz.) If you’re a member of ALSC, join the ALSC Community Forum on Tuesday, 6/2. The conversation continues after the forum on Twitter and blogs to spread ideas for media mentor programs and services that include kids and teens 14 and under. You can join us by using the hashtag #mediamentor.

Help us spread the word!