Children's Literature (all forms)

The Latest Additions to Great Web Sites for Kids

The ALSC Great Web Sites Committee has added more recommended Web sites to Great Web Sites for Kids (, an online resource containing hundreds of links to commendable Web sites for children. Great Web Sites for Kids (GWS) features links to Web sites of interest to children 14 years of age and younger, organized into diverse subject headings from astronomy and space to zoos and aquariums, from games and entertainment to geography and maps. There is also a special section with sites of interest to parents, caregivers and teachers. Members of the ALSC Great Web Sites for Kids Committee review potential sites for inclusion and vote on the sites to be included. They also regularly check the entire site to ensure currency and re-evaluate sites when necessary. The newly added sites are: ABC Fast Phonics — Build Your Wild Self – Children’s Literature Network — Click Magazine…

Blogger Jeanette Larson

CPSC Rules on Lead Testing

While this will certainly be posted to a number of lists, it is important to youth services staff. The American Library Association has reported that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSA) has released the final rule on children’s products containing lead.  In the rule, CPSC confirmed that libraries have no independent obligation to test library books for lead under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).  CPSC also announced its intention to release a Statement of Policy specifically providing guidance for libraries with regard to the treatment of older children’s books that could potentially contain lead.  According to ALA conversations with CPSC officials, that Statement of Policy should be released within the next several weeks. While awaiting the Statement of Policy, ALA recommends that libraries take the following actions.  If a library is aware that any children’s book does indeed contain lead above the legal limits or otherwise presents a…

Blogger Jeanette Larson

Children’s Literature Assembly

If you are in the Philadelphia area, or will be there for NCTE in November, consider the workshop hosted by the Children’s Literature Assembly. It is on biographies and will feature a host of wonderful authors including Russell Freedman, Gene Barretta, Candace Fleming, Deborah Hopkinson, Kathleen Krull, Anne Schwartz, and Shadra Strickland. The workshop is on Monday, November 23, 2009. For more details and registration information go to the NCTE site and select “Workshop.” This post-NCTE conference workshop is open to members and non-members (of NCTE) and you don’t have to have registered for the conference in order to register for this all-day workshop.

Blogger Bethany Lafferty

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month during September with the Kids! @ your library® Campaign.  The online toolkit provides ideas and templates that you can adapt to showcase materials and resources in your library.  You can also find free resources at: The official site for Library Card Sign-Up Month. The Association for Library Services to Children, Public Awareness Committee (PAC) wants to hear about your success! Share program ideas and resources by adding content to the Kids! @ your library® Campaign wiki at: . We also want to hear if you have used resources from the Campaign toolkit.  Please add content directly to the wiki or email information to Bethany Lafferty, PAC Member, at . Bethany A. Lafferty – PAC member Green Valley Library Youth Services Department Head Henderson, NV

Professional Development

piecing together

by Teresa Walls I’m putting together a pecha kucha (a 6-minute powerpoint presentation of 20 slides) to be shared at the Allen County (IN) Public Library Camp. Patricia Ross Conover’s “Quilt It” project from her book, Technology Projects for Library Media Specialists and Teachers is my inspiration. Speaking of library camps, I wish I lived closer to the Darien Library (CT) so I could have attended the Darien KidLibCamp 2009. The participants created a PB Works wiki and jotted notes about their various participant-led sessions. Thanks to them for that! With the wonders of blogs and wikis and social networking (such as ALA Connect), we also have lots of virtual places to gather where we can help each other piece together something with purpose — focusing on exceptional library service to children.

Morris Seminar

Morris Seminar Reflections: Eye-opening Presentations, Excellent Books, Thought-provoking Discussions

I never met Bill Morris, though many of his stories have found their way to me. The stories people tell about Bill Morris are so engaging–so powerful–that they often leave me wishing I could have known him too. And sometimes they leave me feeling that surely I must have known him after all… I was selected to attend ALSC’s first Bill Morris Seminar and I loved every minute of it. All the eye-opening presentations, excellent books, thought-provoking discussions and truly incredible new friends and mentors melded together into a perfect, magical day that I will carry with me always. Charged with intensity and fun, this seminar pays a brilliant tribute to Bill Morris. It allows his legacy to carry on in such a special, life-changing way. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of it. Julie Roach Cambridge Public Library Cambridge, MA

ALSC Online Courses

ALSC Online Education – Fall 2009 Courses

Start the school year off on the right foot by taking an online education course from ALSC! Starting in October, ALSC is offering two engaging courses that will enhance your skills and knowledge. The two fall courses being offered are: “The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future” and “Children with Disabilities in the Library.” Registration is now open, and discounted rates are available for ALSC members. Courses begin the week of Oct. 5 and run through Nov. 13, 2009. “The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future,” discusses different aspects of the award, the history of the medal and how it’s changed over time.  Participants are given an opportunity to read, discuss and consider past and present Newbery winners with their colleagues from across the nation. The instructor of the course is Kathleen T. Horning, director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Children with Disabilities in…

Morris Seminar

Morris Seminar Reflections: Great Friendships with Like Minded and Outstanding Librarians

I was so excited when I heard that ALSC was going to host the first Bill Morris Seminar.  I couldn’t wait to apply.  The thought of spending time learning about evaluating library materials with people from all over the country was very appealing to me.  I knew the seminar would help me in my every day job of selecting materials for my library.  I also knew that it would help me to achieve some of my goals to join some incredibly fun book award committees.  I was so happy that my application was selected and I was invited to attend. I eagerly anticipated the day of the Bill Morris Seminar.  I knew just from the reading list that it was going to be a fun day with some great book discussion.  I was prepared with books, notes and a head full of thoughts.  I loved hearing from the ALSC President…