Blogger Ericka Chilcoat

A Message from E.V. Barnett

Earl Vernon Barnett was my uncle, and he passed away in 2009. I saw him when our family took trips to visit relatives in Phoenix, Arizona. I had such a good time on those trips. Part of it was hanging out with my cousins-we’d and walk down the street from my grandmother’s place to the “candy house”, where a woman sold all kinds of goodies out of a window in the front of her house. The best part though, was sitting in my grandmother’s living room, surrounded by cousins, aunts(I have 10 of them) and listening to the stories and anecdotes that were passed around the room like a box of chocolates. As a shy little girl, I didn’t have much to say, but I adored my aunties. They have some great nicknames-Pappy, Cookie, Bright, Peanut–and you can only imagine the stories behind how they got those names. It was…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Engage Teen Tween Inclusion – Inspiring Día Celebrations

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) – is just around the corner. Dig Deeper This year include teens and tweens.  Educate them about the humanitarian crisis that continues on the U.S.-Mexico border. According to  No More Deaths / No Más Muertes, an Arizona-based advocacy group, “no one has any information on the role of public libraries and the digital search for missing migrants”.  Similarly the Colibri Center for Human Rights reports that they do not “make any targeted use of public libraries for…casework or outreach. However, many families learn about us and contact us via Facebook or our website…some of these families use public libraries as a resource to get on the internet.” Introduce teens and tweens to Duncan Tonatiuh‘s work through Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, his art, his blog and videos of interviews with this exceptional artist, activist and author. The most famous Hispanic-Americans You’ve Never Heard Of There…

Blogger Alexa Newman

Book Lists. We’ve Got ‘Em!

Today I’m dedicating my post to promoting all of the wonderful ALSC book lists that are available resources for you to download, reproduce, and distribute to your patrons/students. You can customize most of the lists and include library information such as your hours and address. Why reinvent the wheel? Take advantage of the hard work done by ALSC committees and use these awesome lists. Many of the lists have been created by the Quicklists Consulting Committee. Other committees that have created some great book lists are the School Age Programs and Services Committee, the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee, and the International Relations Committee. The committee members put a lot of thought, research, and effort into creating these lists. Several of the bibliographies are annotated. Three of the newest include the 2017  Building STEAM with Dia list, Mismatched Pairs: Paired Nonfiction and Fiction for Tweens, and the Unity. Kindness. Peace.  book list. A…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Fact vs Fake: Resources to Help Librarians Navigate Digital Literacy

One can’t help but to be publicly aware of so many things these days. And if you are a walking, talking, breathing, adult, anywhere in the world, you are certainly aware of the current intense interest in the power and persuasiveness of social media. The role of librarians when it comes to helping their patrons negotiate and assess the information that comes from those sources varies greatly depending upon your community, your library, your job.

Blogger Jennifer Schultz

We Can Do It: Books for Women’s History Month

March is wrapping up, but there’s still plenty of time to create displays and booklists about Women’s History Month! If you’re looking for books that are immediate attention-grabbers, here are some awesome women’s history titles that have very popular at our libraries: This was a recent patron request, and I can’t wait for my turn to read it! DK books are super popular with our patrons, and probably yours as well; they are filled with fascinating information and graphics that are tailor-made for young readers who crave fun informational reads. Divided into sections such as “Political Pioneers,” “Screen Stars,” “Internet Impacts,” and more, each women’s tribute features notable women who made contributions in the same field before and after her lifespan.   While working on this post at the reference desk, a young patron asked for National Geographic books; like DK, National Geographic Kids books have bright graphics and gobsmacking…

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Join us in celebrating Día 2017!

Together with Día

Día (El día de los niños, El día de los libros), the national literacy initiative, is celebrated throughout the year and culminates on April 30. On and around April 30, libraries, schools, communities, and families around the country will celebrate by connecting children with diverse books and programs. Since 1996, when nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and literacy as an expansion of Children’s Day, Día celebrations have continued to grow. Why Día? Children depend on adults to help them understand the world around them. Now, more than ever, it is important to teach children how to learn about the cultures and languages of others. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of doing this is through the sharing of books. Through Día, libraries work to… • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories, and libraries….

Awards & Scholarships

What an Honor!

On Monday, the Institute of Museum and Library Services named Rochester Public Library (RPL) as one of this year’s 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. This prestigious award honors institutions for their extraordinary public service and remarkable contributions to their communities. Four of our outstanding programs serve children and teens and we’ve blogged about them here! RPL identified the need for a LGBTQIA Safe Space within the community through conversations with the public and consultation with local organizations. Articulated needs included accurate information, safe spaces to gather, special events, and LGBTQIA materials. RPL responded with improvements to book collections, displays, and book lists. RPL also began offering: q club, a safe and welcoming meet-up for teens; Parents Empower Pride, a program for parents of LGBTQIA children; Rainbow Family Meet-Up, a gathering for LGBTQIA families; and special events like PrideProm, LGBTQIA speakers, and training programs. In…