Summer learning isn’t just for kids! Include an ALSC online summer course in your plans! ALSC is pleased to offer a variety of quality, fun, online courses. All courses will run between four and six weeks and will be taught in an online learning community using Moodle. The best part is, all of the courses are self-directed, so you wil not need to log on at a specific time.
Early this year, I learned that my library was one of the lucky recipients of an ALSC & Dollar General Literacy Foundation “Strengthening Communities Through Libraries” grant. We used the funds to create STEAM programming kits to be used alone or in different combinations for outreach programs. Our vision was to take these kits into after-school care sites serving disadvantaged populations and deliver the same type of STEAM programs we would at the library. We put out feelers to multiple sites, asking if we could come once per month to deliver a program. We thought that we would be lucky to get our foot in the door at a couple of places. In reality, we got ten enthusiastic “yes, please come” replies within days. And that’s how we ended up doing fifty extra STEAM programs that reached hundreds of kids in just five months. Every month, we developed a basic…
Can you believe it is already the end of May? Between summer reading preparation, end of the school year classroom visits, outreach, collection weeding, programming, and preparing for my library to join a new consortium-the past few months have totally flown by! 2017 so far has seen some stellar new graphic novel publications and throughout the past few months I’ve encountered some standout titles. As we move forward into the month of June and the beginning of summer, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite new releases of the past few months below. Check out my top picks to freshen up your graphic novel shelves for all your summer readers! Secret Coders: Secrets & Sequences Written by Gene Luen Yang; Illustrated by Mike Holmes. Another awesome addition to the Secret Coders series was released in March and it does not dissapoint. Blending sci-fi adventure with computing and math concepts, this book is a stellar choice for middle…
Margarita Engle is the new Young People’s Poet Laureate! But what is the Young People’s Poet Laureate? How can you get the word out to librarians, teachers and children of all ages?
In just a few short weeks, librarians will head to Chicago for ALA’s Annual Conference. This event includes a full line-up of ALSC programs, including the President’s Program and Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Awards Banquet, hundreds of exhibits to explore, and much more. We’d love it if you consider being a live blogger!
This is the time of year when you can’t avoid the evidence-it’s graduation time. You either know someone who is graduating or someone you know is going to a graduation. A friend’s child barely made it across the finish line and there’s relief. Others are in the throes of meeting final requirements, getting signatures, and making arrangements for the big day and beyond.
“Perceive. Rise. Engage.” This summer the Association for Library Service to Children invites you to an ALSC PREconference celebrating the 2017 Batchelder, Belpré, Caldecott, Geisel, Newbery, and Sibert Honor Books. Seventeen authors, illustrators, and publishers of this year’s honor titles will be in conversation, considering the ways in which their very different books are connected along some interesting and compelling thematic lines.
This week, I am tasked with the difficulty of saying goodbye to my patrons.