El dí­a de los nií±os/El dí­a de los libros Podcast

The American Library Associaiton’s Public Information Office (PIO) has a great new podcast about the upcoming El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros on their blog, Visibility @ your library (http://www.pio.ala.org/visibility/?p=577).  The podcast features Linda Mays, ALSC program officer, who discusses Dí­a as an “opportunity to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children as well as their languages and culture.”  Held annually each April 30, Dí­a is a national celebration that brings together children, books, languages and cultures, while emphasizing the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Visit the Dí­a Web site (www.ala.org/dia) for more information. 

Author Spotlight

Effie Lee Morris Lecture

If you are in the San Francisco area or need an excuse to go there, consider the upcoming Effie Lee Morris Lecture. The 13th lecture will feature Pat Mora speaking about Bookjoy: The Zing of Writing. The lecture will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. in the Main Library, Lower Level, Koret Auditorium. A reception and book signing precedes the program at 5:00 p.m. in the Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room. The library is located at 100 Larkin St.; call 415-557-4277 or visit sfpl.org for more information. If you are unable to attend the lecture, an exhibit will feature facsimiles of original manuscripts from Mora’s work in the Fisher Children’s Center on the Second Floor of the Main Library from May 1-June 5, 2009.     Pat Mora is the founder of El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros, an honorary member of ALA, and the…

Blogger Eva Mitnick

Books read in childhood change lives

I just finished reading The Child that Books Built: a Life in Reading by Francis Spufford (Metropolitan Books, 2002).  In it, a self-described book addict details the intense and visceral thrall in which books have held him since the age of six.  Books, and his relationship to them, made him who he is. Spufford’s particular love of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia books, which transported him as no other books could, is echoed by Laura Miller’s The Magician’s Book: a Skeptic’s Adventures in Narnia (Little, Brown and Company, 2008), in which Miller explores the Narnia books and her own childhood obsession with them in detail, trying to figure out why and how they affected her so profoundly.  Frances Clarke Sayers, children’s librarian extraordinaire at New York Public Library, UCLA, and many other institutions, wrote and spoke eloquently about the power of children’s literature.  In her speech “Of Memory and Muchness,” given in…

Blogger Stacy Dillon

The Library Sleepover

Friends and colleagues look at me like I’m mad when I tell them that I spent 12 hours overnight in the library with a bunch of 4th grade boys on Friday. “The Library Sleepover,” as it has been dubbed, morphed out of an 8th grade right-of-passage into a fundraiser for our school. Like many independent schools, the one where I work has an auction to help with fundraising. Many of the faculty donate their time to auction items, and the librarians are no exception. The Middle School Librarian, the Middle School Math Teacher, and I (Lower School Librarian) auction off a night of fun and games in the library. We have made it work for various ages and genders – ranging from 7th grade girls, to 3rd grade boys and girls, to this year’s 4th grade boys. The parents drop the students off at school at 7p.m. on Friday. They…

Blogger Jeanette Larson

CREW Weeding Manual Updated

This would be self-promotion because I wrote the new edition except that the manual is available free for all. The Texas State Library has published an updated (3rd edition) of the standard weeding manual which outlines the CREW method for weeding collections. One thing I tried to do was include more specifically about weeding children’s materials. Some paper copies will be available directly from the Texas State Library later this year and they have in the past been very generous in allowing other organizations to print copies. Click on the title to go to the Texas State Library webpage for CREW where you can download a pdf copy of CREW: A Weeding Manual for Modern Libraries. Also available there are some powerpoints and other materials that can be used (with credit) for training staff. I always welcome feedback and additional ideas for a future edition!

Children's Literature (all forms)

Blog on Latino Authors and Books

by Adriana Dominguez Hello everyone! I was thrilled to listen to the interview with Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo on the work that he is doing to reach out to Latino children, and inspired to take advantage of Teresa Walls’ gracious invitation to participate in this forum to let you know about my own outreach efforts in this area.      I know many of you, but please allow me to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me: I have over 10 years of experience in Latino publishing, most recently as Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where I managed the children’s division of the Latino imprint, Rayo. Prior to that, I was Children’s Reviews Editor at Crí­ticas magazine, published by School Library Journal. I’ve worked for a number of publishers, both on a full time basis and as a freelance consultant, on English and Spanish language books.   After…

Child Advocacy

Episode 9: Outreach to Latino Populations, A Conversation with Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo

Download the podcast. Episode 9 Episode 9: Outreach to Latino Populations The Latinos are the fastest growing minority population in the United States. Dr. Jamie Campbell Naidoo predicts that within 20 to 30 years, they are going to be the majority. In this 24-minute podcast, ALSC member Dr. Naidoo discusses what led him to research and teach diversity and outreach the importance of intercultural literature and self-identification information about the Latino Children’s Literature Conference ¡Imagí­nense!, a multifaceted program combining current research and practice to assist librarians, teachers, and other educators in meeting the literacy needs of Latino children and adolescents. The Imaginense Libros blog is http://imaginenselibros.blogspot.com/. Dr. Jamie C. Naidoo, University of Alabama – SLIS, Founder and Director of ¡Imagí­nense Libros! Below is an edited transcript of the podcast: ALSC Blog: Hello and welcome to episode 9 of the ALSC Blog Podcast. My name is Teresa Walls. I am the…

Awards & Scholarships

ALSC Award Podcasts

Hear about the 2009 ALSC book and media awards from the committee chairs themselves through new podcasts by Sarah Long, the executive director of the North Suburban Library System.  The podcasts are available on the system’s Library Beat Web site, and feature interviews about the Newbery Award with Committee Chair Rose Treviño; the Caldecott Award with Committee Chair Nell Colburn; and the Carnegie Award with Committee Chair Margaret Tice.  Visit Library Beat for other articles and podcasts.