Children's Literature (all forms), Collection Development, Library Design and Accessibility, Professional Development

At-Home Dads / Working Moms and other booklists

The staff of the Allen County (Ind.) Public Library’s Children’s Services department has many booklists. One that has recently been highlighted on the ACPL Kids Blog is At-Home Dads / Working Moms. I encourage you to check out their booklists and share lists that you and your colleagues have compiled.

What I Wasn't Taught in Library School...

What I Wasn’t Taught in Library School…

My early experiences don’t translate well to today’s libraries but some of the early lessons included: Teamsters drive trucks, they don’t unload them.  One week into my first job after library school, the Director and I got to unload the 18-wheeler delivering new shelving to the small town [pop. 10,000] library I worked at because there was no one else do to it.  We then got to put it together. Cows are no help in changing tires… the first spring [1973] I made the rounds to country schools promoting the summer reading program I had a flat tire on a country [read: unpaved] road.  While the cows in the adjoining field came over to watch, they were no help in changing the tire.  Fortunately, the owner’s manual of my VW bug (1967, a classic year) had excellent directions and my library training had directed me to research my options so…

What I Wasn't Taught in Library School...

What I Wasn’t Taught in Library School… Plumbing 101

One of my most “enlightening” experiences came from the urinals in the men’s bathroom.  We had problems with them continuing to run after flushing, so we (the three women who were the only employees at the branch) learned how to take a screwdriver to adjust the valve.  I guess you can say that I learned Plumbing 101 from working at the library–definitely didn’t take that course in library school!  Rebecca Bishop

News of Interest, Partnerships, Programming Ideas

Curiosity Centers with the help of PBS

PBS has created easy-to-use activities designed for children’s programming. These activities were recently mailed to public libraries on the back of a colorful Curious George banner. These activities may also be found online at under Curiosity Center Activities located in the column on the left of the page. The activities detail how to set up and run hands-on “Curiosity Centers” where children can explore earth science topics, making their own discoveries about recycling, wind, and soil and sand. Book recommendations are included as well as simple materials lists, learning goals, and leader notes. A related Curious George episode may be borrowed from PBS. If you would like to borrow an episode, please contact

Committees, Conferences/Meetings/Institutes, Mentoring, Our Organizational Support, Professional Development

Call for ALSC program proposals – 2010 ALA Annual Conference

The Association for Library Service to Children Program Coordinating Committee is now accepting proposals for innovative, creative programs that have broad appeal for the 2010 ALA Annual Conference to be held June 24 – 30, 2010, in Washington, DC. The committee is looking for a wide range of themes and topics such as advocacy, multiculturalism, administration and management, early literacy, research, partnerships, best practices, programming, outreach, technology and so forth. You can find the ALSC Program Proposal forms at this site:, then click on “ALSC @ Annual Conference”. ALSC committees, members, and other interested individuals are welcome to submit a proposal. Individuals may want to seek a letter of support from an appropriate ALSC committee to strengthen their proposal. Please note that participants attending ALSC programs are seeking valuable educational experiences. Presentations should advance the educational process and provide a valuable learning experience. The Program Coordinating Committee will not…

Blogger Jeanette Larson, Slice of Life

Playing Librarian

  I’m not sure how I feel about this gift idea. As a child many of us, of course, played librarian. My mother often talked about how I checked books out to my siblings and neighbors, along with teaching my younger brothers to read and holding play storytimes. So maybe this kit, offered by Perpetual Kid, would be a great gift for a nostalgic librarian or a child who plays library but I do have to take some offense at the thought that this kit “Includes all of the tools used by professional librarians.” Or look at it as this year’s gag gift for the office party. If you are so inclined, find it at 

Awards & Scholarships, Committees

Deadline approaching for ALSC Professional Awards

It’s true. December 1st will be here in less than two weeks. If you are interested and eligible and haven’t applied yet, time is running out. Bookapalooza, a windfall of books for three libraries Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship, a $4,000 stipend to study for a month at the University of Florida’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Grant, a $3,000 grant to financially assist an outstanding children’s summer reading program ALSC Distinguished Service Award, $1,000 and an engraved pin to honor an ALSC member for significant contributions to library service to children and ALSC (must be nominated by an ALSC member) The Penguin Young Readers Group Award, a $600 stipend for up to four winners (each with less than 10 years experience as a children’s librarian) to attend their first ALA Annual Conference The Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award, a $4,000 award to bring together children and a…