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Improving Outcomes for Children with Disabilities in Libraries

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:00:38 +0000

When libraries are looking to improve an area of service, such as service to children with disabilities and their families, it’s important to start with answering the question–why? It seems like a simple question with a simple answer. Libraries should serve children with disabilities because libraries are for everyone.  It’s the right thing to do. It’s in the spirit of public libraries as public institutions, which are for all. All of these statements are absolutely true, but sometimes it’s not enough to justify the existence of a new collection, program, or service.  So, let’s consider other reasons why libraries should serve children with disabilities and their families. First and foremost, it’s the law. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990.  The ADA makes it illegal to discriminate against people with disabilities in jobs, schools, transportation, and all experiences that are open to the public.  In...

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Stories Cross Boundaries

Fri, 16 Mar 2018 04:01:26 +0000

  For Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center in Fayetteville, NC, March is associated with storytelling. This March celebrates our 9th annual Storytelling Festival. Expanded from one week to an entire month, this year will offer even more performers and programs to promote cultural diversity. The theme, Your Passport to the World, integrates international folktales, oral storytelling, and puppetry through a dynamic celebration of world cultures. Our free and inclusive festival provides one of the only literature-based, cultural arts programs many families may experience within our community. Our Community Relations Department created passports for each participating child and customers will receive passport stickers when they attend festival programming or check out books from our international themed book displays. We are excited to see children’s stickers from around the world as they share in this experience with their families. Collaboration remains a central component of our festival. With partnerships with...

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2018 National Institute Programs! #alsc18 #act4kids

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:00:20 +0000

Looking for a reason to attend the ALSC Institute in Cincinnati this September? Check out the lineup of amazing programs! Attendees will be able to choose 8 of the 16 programs. There will be two opportunities to catch each program, so you won’t miss out on your top choices.  From practical programming ideas to thinking critically about literature, planning and identity – the variety and quality of all of these programs is almost impossible to convey in a single blog post, but we’re going to try. For a full list of program descriptions, visit the Institute programs page! For professionals working with our smallest library patrons, you can learn about how to connect with caregivers at “Grown-Ups are People Too: Promoting Caregiver Bonding with Awesome Early Literacy Programming,” or get those caregivers and children engaged with play at “Inspiring Sensory Play: Babies and Toddlers.”   “Moovin’ and Groovin’ in the Library”...

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Author Q & A – The Writing Process

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 04:01:58 +0000

Authors are always asked about what inspired them to write their books.  The more that you learn about the inspiration of writers, the more apt you will be to free up your own thinking and find inspiration of your own.  Learning about inspirations gives us permission to delve into our own experience without feeling so self-conscious.  It is a way to delve beneath the surface of our everyday thoughts and feelings, and find a rich pool of creativity bubbling below. As a first-time children’s book author, it is exciting to reflect on the inspiration question. I actually was inspired by a feeling that I had for a long time, which was that I was losing sight of what I will call the good in me – my inner strengths – such as kindness and honesty – and the simple joys of life – walks in the park, strolling along the...

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Where does creativity go?

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 16:01:46 +0000

  Lisa Nowlain is the Youth Librarian at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada County, CA. She is also an artist type.

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Gun Violence Prevention Resources

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 04:01:12 +0000

According to a March 2 report on CNN, there have been 12 school shootings thus far in 2018. While the debate rages on how best to prevent future gun-related tragedies from happening, one thing is certain: public outcry and the demand for legislative change regarding gun laws have reached an all-time high.   In the wake of so many shootings, including the massacre in Parkland, FL, your community may be searching for anti-gun-violence resources and information on future action they can take. Here are a few tools to help you get started.   Coming up quickly on March 14 at 10am across every time zone, students, teachers, and others can participate in the National School Walk-Out, a campaign ignited by Women’s March Youth EMPOWER and designed “to demand Congress pass legislation to keep us safe from gun violence at our schools, on our streets and in our homes and places...

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My Year with the 2018 Caldecott Committee

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 05:01:54 +0000

Hi, ALSC blog friends! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year and a half since I’ve “seen” you/written a post. I’ve been very busy this past year, working with the rest of the 2018 Caldecott committee, but I’m eager to be back here on the blog. So, let me tell you ALL the secrets of my year with the Caldecott committee. (No, not any discussion secrets. Those will remain in the Governors Square 15 ballroom in Denver.) I will tell you the secrets to what I think made an incredibly successful year and committee: Make friends with your mailpersons. I let my regular mailperson know that I would be receiving a lot of packages this year, for the Caldecott committee. Since they knew it was important, they left a plastic US Postal Service bin over the packages on rainy days to protect them. Post-it notes. I should have invested...

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Bridging the Gap on Educational Apps

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 05:01:16 +0000

Part of our role as Children’s Librarians is to help parents navigate the plethora of options available for early education on a digital platform. While these apps have lots of potential when used with parental guidance, the sheer numbers can be overwhelming for parents to sort through. This is where we can step in with exposure to free or low-cost educational apps that are readily available for use on mobile devices. Many library systems have a tablet device for use with programs or roving reference services. This device can also be used to assist parents and their children in testing educational apps before they commit to them. Our library is moving towards a model where mounted tablets would allow the staff to rotate educational apps every few weeks or so, allowing for a wide variety of educational apps to be experienced by our customers. This arrangement allows for librarians to...

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Let’s Talk About Diversity… with Melissa Iwai

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 05:01:55 +0000

As pretty much anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m passionate about my job. I devour children’s books, love the creative process of putting together programs, and can’t get enough of school outreach. The thing I love most, though, is the opportunity I have to promote diverse books, to offer children mirrors as well as windows. There’s only one problem: As a white, cisgender, non-disabled individual, I’ve never personally dealt with a lack of representation in books. While I’m in no way saying librarians and teachers can’t recommend books featuring characters unlike themselves, I feel it’s important for the children and families in my library to hear about diverse books from people who have struggled – and in many ways still struggle – with a lack of representation. So, once a month I host a diverse booktalk where local authors and/or illustrators come to the library to share some...

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Apply to Host the 2019 Arbuthnot Lecture with Debbie Reese!

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:01:51 +0000

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee are proud to announce the opening of the application to host the 2019 event featuring scholar, blogger, and advocate for indigenous peoples, Debbie Reese PhD. The Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual event, announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, in which an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature presents a paper that makes a significant contribution to the field. A library school, department of education in a college or university or a children’s library system may be considered. The lecture is administered by ALSC. Apply Today! Host site application forms can be downloaded at Applications are due May 15, 2018. Information about host site responsibilities is included in the application materials. The lecture traditionally is held in April or early May. About Debbie Reese In February, Debbie Reese, PhD was selected by...

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