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From the ALSC Blog: Children's Makerspaces in Public Libraries
02/16/2024

From the ALSC Blog: Children's Makerspaces in Public Libraries

In the last several decades, the landscape of public libraries changed from what one might consider a stereotypical book storehouse to an eclectic gathering space not just for materials, but for people. To remain relevant in their communities, public libraries adapted to this shift in focus, working...

From the ALSC Blog
02/09/2024

From the ALSC Blog

Being an ALSC student member means embarking on an adventure! Being an ALSC student member means opening unknown doors while holding trustworthy hands!  I started my library career as a page at the Boise Public Library in 2009. During this time, I convinced myself that I wanted to be a children’s...

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02/08/2024

From the ALSC Blog:

Making connections through a preschool newsletter has been a successful way to reach caregivers of preschool-aged children.

From the ALSC Blog: Professional Engagement: Navigating Small Steps to Larger Leaps
02/07/2024

From the ALSC Blog: Professional Engagement: Navigating Small Steps to Larger Leaps

Unlock the keys to library success! Explore practical tips for professional engagement, from small steps to larger leaps. Find your path.

From the ALSC Blog
02/06/2024

From the ALSC Blog

Learn more about The “Science of Reading” based on 50 years of interdisciplinary research supporting what works best in reading instruction.

Looking for engaging stories that represent a diversity of cultures and backgrounds to share with children from birth th...
02/02/2024

Looking for engaging stories that represent a diversity of cultures and backgrounds to share with children from birth through 8th grade? Check out ALSC's free, downloadable booklists - in English & Spanish! - to celebrate Día and spread every day!

The 2024 Día booklists - in English & Spanish! - provide engaging stories representing a variety of cultures and backgrounds to share with children from birth through 8th grade. Many thanks to ALSC's Quicklists Consulting committee for compiling these wonderful titles! Booklis...

From the ALSC Blog
01/31/2024

From the ALSC Blog

If you want to help make a more kid-friendly catalog, consider building a website that’s based around images instead of words

From the ALSC Blog
01/30/2024

From the ALSC Blog

This year, I have been trying to boost library programming opportunities.  Planning a program can feel daunting, but it doesn’t have to be such a challenge.  If the goal is to get readers into the library and engaged with library resources, a program can be short, simple, and still fun!  In add...

01/29/2024

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORUNITY!

Applications for the 2024 Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training are now open! Applications will close on March 15, 2024 at 5pm CST. Find more information, including applications requirements, on the ALSC website.

Morris Seminar participants will gather on Thursday, September 19, 2024, at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver, Colorado, to learn together about children's media evaluation techniques. Participants will hear from experts in the field of children's media evaluation, as well as from those who have served on ALSC's media evaluation committees, to develop their professional evaluation skills. The day will consist of a mix of keynote speakers and panel discussions from ALSC member leaders, including past evaluation committee members and chairs, and seminar-style evaluation discussions with participants, led by experienced member leaders.

Notification of application status and acceptance/regrets is expected in early May.

From the ALSC Blog
01/25/2024

From the ALSC Blog

The ALSC Public Awareness and Advocacy committee challenges YOU to reach out and make connections to someone outside your network this year.

From the ALSC Blog
01/24/2024

From the ALSC Blog

Singing is important in baby storytimes as one of the five early literacy practices. Here are some of the songs I sing on the regular.

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01/23/2024

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While the librarian stereotype is that we spend our days reading, we all know the truth as to how busy our workdays truly are. It usually takes intention to carve out time to develop and improve our skills. A couple of books and resources that I have loved over my career include: How to Lead When Yo...

Did you hold a 2024 Youth Media Award mock election? If so, don't forget to share your results on the ALSC Blog! Here's ...
01/19/2024

Did you hold a 2024 Youth Media Award mock election? If so, don't forget to share your results on the ALSC Blog! Here's how:
https://bit.ly/3T3hBJG

This year, for the first time, the 2024 Mock Election Results page will be collecting mock results for ALL awards announced at the YMA press conference.

Learn how YOU can share your group's 2024 Mock Election Results in preparation for the 2024 Youth Media Awards in January.

The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) offers a $600 grant in selected multicultural ch...
01/17/2024

The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) offers a $600 grant in selected multicultural children’s books to a library serving children and families that is holding a Día library program with an African American Focus. The deadline for applications is Thursday, February 1. Learn more at the CSMCL website.

Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) is an organization advocating for multicultural children’s literature which includes librarians, teachers, parents,  caregivers, students, and experts in the field of children’s literature. CSMCL will award a $600 grant in se...

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01/08/2024

From the ALSC Blog:

Make 2024 the year that you solidify your library’s support of families with disabilities. Many library staff want to reach out to disabled children and caregivers, but become overwhelmed trying to pick their first step. Before you plan a new sensory storytime, revamp your large print collection, ...

From the ALSC Blog: ALSC Blog 2023 – A Year in Review
01/06/2024

From the ALSC Blog: ALSC Blog 2023 – A Year in Review

300 pieces were published on the ALSC Blog in 2023. Learn more about what the ALSC Blog accomplished last year in pursuit of its mission.

From the ALSC Blog
01/04/2024

From the ALSC Blog

You are invited to listen in on this year's discussions for the 2024 Notable Children's Recordings committee to be held on 1/8/24 & 1/22/24.

Check out REFORMA's Día Mini-Grants. REFORMA will award up to 5 mini-grants of $500 to support a Día program that celebr...
01/03/2024

Check out REFORMA's Día Mini-Grants. REFORMA will award up to 5 mini-grants of $500 to support a Día program that celebrates Latino/x/é culture. The application deadline is January 31.

REFORMA is a founding partner of Día.

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgroun...

From the ALSC Blog
01/03/2024

From the ALSC Blog

You are invited to listen in on this year's discussions for the 2024 Notable Children's Book committee to be held on Jan. 9, 10, and 11, 2024

From the ALSC Blog
12/22/2023

From the ALSC Blog

In the fourth of a five part series, learn about ways to incorporate the Every Child Ready to Read practice PLAY into your daily work.

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12/21/2023

From the ALSC Blog:

“It’s never too early to plan for next year!” It’s a phrase often said in libraries, and while some of us cringe at the thought of “next year,” the holiday season is a great time to reflect. For nine years, we held a blow-out Christmas event. It drew 1,500 patrons to the library on a chi...

From the ALSC Blog
12/20/2023

From the ALSC Blog

What do you love about Public Librarians? A middle school librarian reflects on the wide variety of work they do and things to admire.

From the ALSC Blog
12/19/2023

From the ALSC Blog

Unlock personalized self-care with this step-by-step approach. Discover customizable strategies for your needs and find balance daily life.

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12/18/2023

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Our winter months are full of programming! We have a reading program, blind date with a book, winter displays, scavenger hunts, and our normal programs.

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12/17/2023

From the ALSC Blog:

The Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee is seeking nominations and applications from ALSC members for the Distinguished Service Award and Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award. ALSC Distinguished Service Award: The ALSC Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who have...

From the ALSC Blog
12/15/2023

From the ALSC Blog

Do you make time for games and play at the library? Can it be done with a limited budget or added to an already busy schedule?

From the ALSC Blog
12/13/2023

From the ALSC Blog

Libraries are a melting pot, a representation of a beautifully diverse society. As we progress further into the 21st Century, this fact, this statement, is becoming more and more understood. A focus, and a very important one, has been put on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in collections and s...

From the ALSC Blog
12/09/2023

From the ALSC Blog

Children's Librarian Suzi Wackerbarth describes 4 recent picture books that deal with dementia and memory loss in older adults/grandparents.

From the ALSC Blog
12/08/2023

From the ALSC Blog

Discover the transformative power of embracing & validating children's big emotions through the creation of calming kits in your library.

From the ALSC Blog
12/07/2023

From the ALSC Blog

My library system pauses our storytimes during the month of December, so I always feel like this break is a perfect time to regroup and reevaluate storytime offerings.  This reevaluation can be on the branch level:  do you have the right number of storytimes for the right age group? Are they sched...

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