Awards & Scholarships

Dr. Carolyn Brodie wins Scholastic Library Publishing Award

Congratulations to Dr. Brodie! Here’s the press release. Dr. Brodie was one of my instructors when I was working toward my MLS at Kent State. She is a wonderful teacher and mentor. And an active ALSC member. If you have the chance, check out the Virginia Hamilton Conference, an annual April event. This year it is taking place tomorrow and Friday. Dr. Brodie is a co-director of this conference held at Kent State University.

Blogger Jennifer Schultz

Full Steam Ahead

Although trains and train travel might not be as glamorous as it used to be, train books still hold a lot of appeal for toddlers.  Here are some books that will get you on the right track: If you enjoy incorporating audience participation and  a variety of funny voices, you’ll want to check out And the Train Goes… by William Bee.  “Here is the station all noisy and full, and the station clock goes tick-tock, tickety-tock…” We see the station master calling out, “All aboard who are coming aboard…” the whistle blowing “woo-woo, woo-woo,” and the train going “clickerty-click, clickerty-clack.”  Of course, these are all expected noises associated with trains.  However, on this train you’ll hear businessmen shouting, “Faster faster! Time is money, time is money,” a few ladies who lunch chattering, “Lovely cake, Doris, lovely tea, Mabel…” and at the end, a station parrot who repeats all the clangs, clatter,…

Blogger Jeanette Larson

National Institute

I realize that as an ALSC sponsored event, information about the National Institute has gone out to the listserv but I also realize that most of us need to get information from more than one source and the blog provides some permanence to the information. The 2008 ALSC National Institute will be held in Salt Lake City, UT, September 18 – 20, 2008. The theme is “Trailblaze Your Path to Library Success” and the focus is on youth services, of course. Topics such as Technology & Children’s Services, Programming in the New Millennium, and Inspiring Lifelong Reading will be covered by programs. One really interesting program will focus on “blogging the best books.” Some of the authors/illustrators expected to speak include: Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Newbery Medal-winning book “Bud, Not Buddy” (2000) and Newbery Honor books “Elijah of Buxton” (2008) and “The Watsons Go to Birmingham: 1963” (1996); the…