Blogger Alexa Newman

Kits, Bundles, and Theme Bags: Do You Have Them, and, What Do You Call Them?

Are you looking for new and different ways to get learning resources into the hands of your patrons? For the past couple of years, my library (the Algonquin Area Public Library in Algonquin, Illinois)  has been adding new collections of kits, bundles, and theme bags. They are proving to be very popular with our patrons; so much so that we are expanding them and looking for new ideas to explore. In this post, I’ll be introducing four of our most popular formats. These learning resources are valuable on several fronts. They are time savers for customers who are in a hurry, but need more than one item on a topic.  Many are aimed at building early literacy skills, or focus on specific academic subject areas. Others are great budget savers.They can be checked out and returned, and families don’t have to buy expensive toys and gadgets, instead they have the…

Blogger Angela Reynolds

Researching at the Baldwin

Old books

If you love old books, there’s a good reason to visit the University of Florida. At the George A. Smathers Library you’ll find the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature. With over 100,000 items, including approximately 3500 published in North America and Great Britain before 1823, this a truly a treasure trove of children’s books. And the best part? Anyone can visit and examine these books. By the way you’ll, feel like you are in a Harry Potter book when you enter the Grand Reading Room.

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Film Festivals At Your Library

We’re big, big film fans at my library. There is a tradition of watching movies at the library in our town, due almost entirely to an extremely successful adult program called Friday Night Films. Every Friday night, the library hosts two after-hours screenings of a recent film. Admission is free, and patrons can bring their own food or drink or buy popcorn at our cafe. Depending on the movie, there is anywhere from 100 to close to 400 people attending the films on any given Friday night. People in town expect that they will be able to see movies at the library, and this expectation carries over to the Children’s Department as well. In 2013 I took my love of book-to-film adaptations and together with my esteemed colleague Krishna Grady created RWD, or Read, Watch, Discuss, a book and movie bookgroup for kids. We have a RWD bookgroup three or four times…

Blogger Emily Bayci

Program in a Post: Spring Break Challenge Quest

This year during the public school’s spring breaks we decided to try something different: a spring break challenge quest. Instead of having one activity out during all of spring break, we rotated activities every day and chose different topics to challenge the mind, body and self. This gave children and their caregivers something to do at the library during break and helped keep it fresh for our repeat visitors. Each week day was a different challenge which included: Monday: Scavenger Hunt (three separate library-based scavenger hunts for each age group) Tuesday: String Coloring (make creative artwork using string and a piece of white paper) Wednesday: Binary Coding Challenge (use a binary alphabet to solve a code and make a personalized bookmark) Thursday: Yoga Stations (different yoga poses set up around the library) Friday: Tangram Challenges (create various shapes using tangrams) Our staff found that this was a fun way to implement various passive activities…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

The Library Needs YOU!

Next week marks the beginning of National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) and Virtual Library Legislative Day (VLLD) and the library needs YOU!  If you can’t make it to Washington, have no fear! There is still a place for you! Check out Africa Hands’ awesome post on how to get involved in VLLD, and explore the NLLD Issue Briefs and Schedule to get excited and informed. After contacting your representative, flex your advocacy muscles even further by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper, articulating the value of libraries! While it may seem like a small act, a letter to the editor is a great way to reach other voters and future library advocates. When writing a letter, here are a few tips from library advocacy experts to keep in mind: Know the readership/audience and frame your message accordingly. Is the readership primarily liberal or conservative? What highlighted issues,…

AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee

Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Expanding Partnerships

I’ve been fortunate to be part of Limitless Libraries, Nashville’s groundbreaking collaboration between school and public libraries, from both the school and public library perspectives.  Students and teachers in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) are automatically enrolled in Limitless Libraries, meaning their student and teacher ID numbers are also public library card numbers.  They can access all of Nashville Public Library’s (NPL’s) digital resources, and request physical materials that arrive through school delivery.  Additionally, Limitless Libraries supplements local schools’ library budgets to ensure all MNPS libraries have recent and relevant collections. Shortly after Limitless Libraries began, a private donor, inspired by the collaborative spirit of the program, donated $1 million through the Nashville Public Library Foundation to renovate two MNPS libraries—one high school and one middle school.  NPL’s funding and renovation experience combined with MNPS’s knowledge of their students and best school library practices to produce welcoming and functional school…

Awards & Scholarships

Submit Suggestions for 2018 Book Awards and Wilder Award

ALSC Book Awards: Send us your suggestions. Make suggestions for the 2018 book awards and Wilder Award

ALSC Members! Don’t miss your chance to extol the virtues of your favorite children’s author, illustrator, or book! Members are encouraged to submit suggestions for the 2018 book awards and Laura Ingalls Wilder Award consideration. Now it’s easier than ever to share your recommendation(s). You can submit your title or name directly to the award committee via an online webform. Hurry, Wilder Award suggestions are due May 15. All other award suggestion forms are due October 15. Find links to all the award suggestion submission forms on the ALSC website.  Please note: Have your ALA login/password handy to access the online forms.