Child Advocacy, Other ALA Divisions/Programs, Partnerships, Professional Development, Programming Ideas

Professional Reading:
Early Literacy Storytimes @your library® and Ready-To-Go Storytimes

Angela and Dianna recommended these two titles in December at which time I commented that these books would be the March Professional Reading topic. Thanks for suggesting these titles! Both of these books offer wonderful suggestions in creating storytimes that will enhance the experience for children and caregivers. Early Literacy Storytimes @your library®: Partnering with Caregivers for Success, written by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz, adds to the important information of Every Child Ready to Read @your library®, a joint project of the Public Library Association and ALSC. The first section of this book clearly explains the current early literacy research and why it is important for library storytimes to include speaking points about early literacy skills to the adults who are bringing the children to the library. As Ghoting and Martin-Diaz write on page 18: Storytimes offer young children and their parents/caregivers exposure to a variety of skills,…

Conferences/Meetings/Institutes, Other ALA Divisions/Programs

PLA Conference Go-ers

I hope everyone who attended the PLA Conference this past week had a great experience as well as a safe trip home!  And a big thanks goes out to everyone who stopped by the booth to say hello to Aimee Strittmatter or me, your two loyal staff attendees! For those who didn’t attend PLA or didn’t peruse the exhibit floor, ALSC took part in a joint ALA booth where we promoted ALSC Initiatives (El dia de los niños, Kids! @ your library, etc.), professional awards and our upcoming Institute (September 18 – 20, Salt Lake City, more info to come!).  We had great traffic through the booth and lots of interested potential members–especially once they heard about all the great things ALSC members do! ALSC will again be taking part in a joint ALA booth at Annual.  Be on the look-out for more information about ALSC programs–especially new ALSC members, who are invited to…