Collection Development

Professional Reading:
Crash Course in Children’s Services

When I was working toward my M.L.S. at Kent State University in Ohio, I imagined myself completing the degree and finding a job as the one librarian wearing the many hats of a librarian/library director in a small library probably in Ohio. That isn’t the course that my professional life actually has followed thus far, but if it had, Crash Course in Children’s Services by Penny Peck would be required reading for personnel working with me in that small library. Penny Peck offers an easy to read “how to” book full of helpful tips to library personnel who maybe are librarians but didn’t complete coursework in materials and services for children, or more likely, library staff who haven’t had the opportunity to take such courses. It is also a good refresher. This title was mentioned by Tina, an ALSC Blog reader, back in October. Thanks, Tina! I hope you have…

Blogger Jeanette Larson

Advocacy and the Modern Librarian: It’s Time to Speak Up!

Want to learn more about how to be an advocate for library issues? The ALA Washington Office is offering its first “Speaking Up!” webinar on Thursday March 6th at 4:00pm eastern. Although the training will be generalized for the various advocacy issues, we all know that we need to speak up for children and their library needs. If you want to improve your advocacy skills, this may be a great opportunity for you. You can learn more and register at This is a free training opportunity. Webinars don’t require that you travel any further than your computer so they are a great way to get staff development in small doses. Generally all you need is a computer that can access the Internet and a phone that can dial a toll free (or occassionally a toll) number.

Blogger Angela Reynolds

Missionary work?

I think I was in graduate school when the idea was first proposed to me. I was doing some outreach at an elementary school–working with an after school group– we made puppets and put on a puppet show. I was working on an individual study of puppetry; I needed this experience as much as they needed a new face and something different to do. One of the after-school staff was also working on a degree; he was in Seminary school. He asked about me, I told him I was working on my MLS. To become a Librarian. “Oh,” he said, “so you are a missionary too.” Since then, I’ve warmed to the idea. When I go out to the local hospital, to the Mom & Baby group, to talk about how important reading is, and end up assuring the young mother who is speaking both Russian and English to her…

Blogger Jeanette Larson

Public Library Preschool Storytimes/AMIGOS Training

Please bear with an element of self-promotion. I’m conducting a Live Online training session on storytimes for AMIGOS in April. It will cover basics of preparing a preschool storytime and will be suited for new children’s staff and paraprofessionals. It’s part of AMIGOS’ Live Online training program so people don’t have to travel. You participate live from your computer using Voice Over Internet Protocol. The course is available for Network Education Exchange with member rates offered for members of a number of other organizations. For details, visit April 8 and April 10, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Central Time (participants attend both sessions) Public Library Preschool Storytimes Audience: Public library youth staff and volunteers Description: Storytimes are an effective early literacy tool and may be one of the most visible and valued programs in any public library. Learn how to plan a program that meets the developmental needs and interests of preschool children and supports…

Child Advocacy

Episode 2: Just One More Book!!

Download the podcast. Just One More Book!! is one of the ALSC Great Web Sites for Kids, filed under Literature & Languages’ Favorite Children’s Stories category. Advertising- and sponsorship-free, Just One More Book!! (JOMB) is a podcast powered by passion. Mark and Andrea, a husband and wife team, both work full-time jobs and squeeze in a recording session during their morning coffee ritual after dropping their eight-year-old and six-year-old daughters off at school and before heading to work themselves. They publish four shows a week: Mondays being interviews; Wednesdays and Fridays are book chats; Saturday’s content varies. During their conversation for this approximately 15-minute podcast, Andrea and Mark answer my questions. Mentioned are: Podcasters Across Borders Kidlitosphere Conference Dennis Lee, poet JOMB’s interview with Henry Winkler JOMB’s Interview with Simon James Stuart McLean, storyteller Episode 2 Just One More Book!!

Child Advocacy

Upcoming ACEI Conference

Colleagues, Did you know that one of ALSC’s listed organizations will hold an exciting conference in Atlanta, Georgia, from March 26 — 29, 2008? The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) Annual International Conference and Exhibition: Beyond Standards: Reaching Every Child’s Potential has much to offer librarians who serve youth. With over 225 sessions, 30 exhibitors, and inspiring and knowledgeable keynote speakers, including literacy professor and researcher Richard Allington, librarians can learn a great deal alongside our ACEI colleagues who also serve the literacy needs of young people. Check out the conference information found at: I encourage you to consider networking and learning alongside other attendees at this event. Yours in service to youth, Judi Moreillon ALSC Liaison with National Organizations Serving Youth Committee

Blogger Jeanette Larson

NAEYC’s Week of the Young Child

Sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) the Week of the Young Child (WOYC) is a time to celebrate children and raise awareness of their needs.  This year — between April 13-19, 2008 — NAEYC affiliate groups across the nation will be drawing attention to our youngest citizens with this annual event.  The NAEYC website provides a number of valuable tools for to assist in planning celebrations and alerting the public to the needs of young children. The planning handbook offers some great ideas for programs and events during this week.  ( Viki Ash, a member of ALSC’s Liaison with National Organizations Serving Children and Youth Committee, reminds us that if we haven’t made contact with our local NAEYC affiliate, we should do so now. Find your affiliate contact information at  Libraries and NAEYC are natural partners in the effort to foster the  development of young children.

Blogger Jeanette Larson

Diane Stanley Original Art

  One of the fundraiser’s for the Texas Library Disaster Relief Fund each year is a raffle for a piece of original art by a noted children’s book illustrator. You don’t have to live in Texas to take a chance on art.  This year Diane Stanley has donated a piece of art from the book, Charles Dickens – The Man Who Had Great Expectations. The 13 in. by 12 in. original full color gouache illustration features a Christmas holiday scene. This would look great in any library or home. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the upcoming TLA conference or by mail (must be received by the Texas Library Association office by March 31). The drawing will be held at the conference in Dallas on Thursday, April 17 and you could be the lucky winner. You don’t need to be present to win (although we do love to…