Blogger Jeanette Larson, Conferences/Meetings/Institutes, Professional Development

Proposals for 2011 Annual Conference

This was posted to the listserv but bears wider promotion. I submitted a proposal for 2010 that was accepted. I have to say that one of the best professional development opportunities I have found is coordinating a program for a conference. I learn as much putting together the program as I do attending one. Consider sharing your successes and great ideas! The Association for Library Service to Children’s Program Coordinating Committee is now accepting proposals for innovative, creative programs that have broad appeal for the 2011 ALA Annual Conference to be held June 24-27, 2011 in New Orleans, LA. 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 and technology. You may find the ALSC Program Proposal forms at this site:, then under “ALSC activities at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference”…

Blogger Bethany Lafferty, Child Advocacy, Committees, Outreach, Programming Ideas

Marketing at Your Library

Have you ever had a song get so stuck in your head that you find yourself humming it all day? With the incredibly catchy “At Your Library”  song from the Kids! @ your library® Campaign tool kit, this is a good thing! Play Bill Harley’s lively, fun song at the beginning and end of your programs or as the message on your phone system while patrons are on hold, and we can guarantee that listeners will be thinking about the library a lot over the next few days! The song may be freely downloaded in any of its four different versions. There are also ideas for using the song in your library and your community, a public service announcement, the lyrics to the song, and sheet music.  This resource is versatile! Find all this and much more in the free Kids! @ your library® Campaign tool kit here:  There…

Committees, Outreach, Partnerships

Partnership Profile: Middle School Teacher Resource Center

The program below is one of many featured on ALA’s online clearinghouse for school/public library cooperation managed by the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation. Visit the clearinghouse to learn more or share your own exemplary partnership! Title of Program: Middle School Teacher Resource Center Type of Program: Assignment Alert Age level: Middle school Description of Program: The Middle School Teacher Resource Center is an online website that supports Portland Public School teachers and librarians. This online resource links teachers with librarians (school and Multnomah County Library) and curriculum specialists. Specific goals are to: help librarians and curriculum specialists reach and help more teachers and students; allow teachers, librarians and curriculum specialists to share their “best” units, and allow centralized librarians (Prof. Library, School Librarians & Public Librarians) to serve more schools. This website specifically provides: Lesson Plan Database–an archive of continually growing curriculum activities and resources searchable by…

Awards & Scholarships, Committees, Programming Ideas, Publishing World

The Maureen Hayes Award

“What was this writer thinking?!” “Would you like to ask the writer yourself?” Maureen Hayes knew the importance of bringing children and author/illustrator together and the impact it can have on their lives. In 2005 the Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Visit Award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. The award honors Maureen Hayes life-long effort to make such visits a reality. The award provides up to $4,000 towards the honorarium and travel costs of a writer/illustrator to visit a location where children might otherwise never have this amazing opportunity. Applicant must be an ALSC member, work in conjunction with other organizations, and be able to supply administrative support, facilities and visibly promote this presentation as a distinctive event. For more information or to apply for the award, visit the ALSC Web site. The deadline to apply is December 1. Questions? Please contact Linda Ernst, chair of the…

Awards & Scholarships, Committees, Conferences/Meetings/Institutes

The Penguin Young Reader’s Group Award

If you’ve never been to ALA Annual Conference, apply today for the Penguin Young Readers Group Award! This award, made possible by an annual gift from the Penguin Young Readers Group, enables up to four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference. Librarians must work directly with children in elementary, middle school or public libraries, and have one to ten years of experience as a children’s librarian by the opening of the Annual Conference. Each winner will each receive a $600 stipend to attend the conference. All applications must be in December 1, 2009. For more information or to apply for the award, visit the ALSC Web site. Questions? Please contact Linda Ernst, chair of the ALSC Grant Administration Committee, at

Awards & Scholarships, Committees

ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant

Call for applications! The ALSC/BWI Summer Reading Program Grant is designed to encourage reading programs for children in a public library by providing financial assistance of $3,000, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development. The application is easy to complete and is due December 1, 2009. The program must be (1) theme-based summer reading program in a public library and (2) open to all children from birth through 14 years. The applicant must work directly with children and be a personal member of ALSC. The Committee encourages proposals with innovative ways to encourage involvement of children with physical or mental disabilities. The application can be found on ALSC website under Awards and Scholarships, then Professional Awards. For more information or to apply for the grant, visit the ALSC Web site. Questions? Please contact Linda Ernst, chair of the ALSC Grant Administration Committee, at

Children's Literature (all forms), Committees, Literary and Related Awards

Input Wanted: The ALSC John Newbery Award

The 2010 John Newbery Book Award Committee is asking the ALSC membership to submit titles for consideration. The Newbery Award is presented annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year. Honor Books may be named. A contribution to American literature for children shall be a book for which children are an intended potential audience. The book displays respect for children’s understandings, abilities, and appreciations. “Distinguished” is defined as: marked by eminence and distinction: noted for significant achievement marked by excellence in quality marked by conspicuous excellence or eminence individually distinct For other terms and criteria, please refer to the ALSC Web site: The award will be announced at the ALA Youth Media Awards Press Conference during the ALA Midwinter Conference to be held in Boston, MA, in January,…

Children's Literature (all forms), Committees, Evaluation of Media, Literary and Related Awards

Caldecott Suggestions

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children published by an American publisher in the United States in English during the preceding year. There are no limitations as to the character of the picture book except that the illustrations must be original work. The award is restricted to artists who are citizens or residents of the United States. For additional information on the terms and criteria for the award, you can find the Caldecott Manual on the ALSC Web site. Please send your Caldecott suggestions to Rita Auerbach at