ALSC Board

The 2010 ALSC Election Results

Here are the election results. Many thanks to all of our candidates! Vice-President/President-Elect Mary Fellows, Upper Hudson Library System, Albany, N.Y. Board of Directors Nina Lindsay, Oakland Public Library, Oakland, Calif. Carolyn Brodie, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio Caldecott Committee, 2012 Pabby Arnold, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Baton Rouge, La. Cathryn M. Mercier, Simmons College, Boston, Mass. John Peters, New York Public Library, New York, N.Y. April Roy, Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Mo. Christine Caputo, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. Allison Santos, Princeton Public Library, Princeton, N.J. Tony Carmack, Ashburn Public Library, Ashburn, Va. Ellen Fader, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Ore. Newbery Committee, 2012 Amanda Williams, Austin Public Library, Austin, Texas Stacy Dillon, Little Red School House, New York, N.Y. Lynn Rutan, Holland, Mich. Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, Calif. Laura Amos, Grissom Branch Library, Newport News, Va. Mary Clark, Greenwich Country Day…

Awards & Scholarships

Nominate your Dí­a for the 2010 Mora Award

Now that we are in the midst of celebrating Dí­a at our libraries and schools, it is a great time to consider nominating your celebration for the Mora Award! The Estela and Raíºl Mora Award was established by author and poet Pat Mora to promote El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-speaking, is pleased to announce the competition for the 2010 Mora Award. The Award has been presented annually since 2000 to the most exemplary program celebrating El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros, also known as Dí­a. It consists of a $1,000 stipend and a plaque to be displayed by the winning library or school. Libraries and schools that plan and implement Dí­a programs in 2010 are eligible to submit an application by August 15, 2010. For…

ALA Annual 2010

Discover D.C. – The Great Blogdown to the Annual Conference #3

Well, just over 2 months to left to go and counting….. For many of the tourists who visit Washington, D.C., the “high point” of their time here is a trip to the top of the Washington Monument.  Did you know that there are two other places to get a great view of our nation’s capital (and avoid the crowds)?  The Old Post Office Pavilion — 12th Street & Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Near Federal Triangle Metro Station (Blue and Orange Lines) Built in 1899, the 315 ft. tower offers an observation deck at 270 feet, the third highest viewing point in D.C.  Enjoy the unparalleled views and check out the Bells of Congress, just below the observation deck.  Don’t forget to grab a snack or a souvenir at the shops and food court on the ground level.   Washington National Cathedral Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW Construction was begun in 1907 and…


Partnership Profile: Bristlecone Storytelling Festival

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: Bristlecone Storytelling Festival Type of Program: Special Events Age level: Elementary & Secondary Description of Program: The Clark County School District storytelling festival is an exciting, voluntary program offered to fourth through sixth grade students in all elementary and middle schools. The students are taught storytelling skills that support the district English Language Arts/Reading curriculum. The Bristlecone Storytelling Festival Teacher’s Guide is a tool for librarians and teachers to use as they lead their students through the steps of the storytelling process. The teacher’s guide includes student activities, structure, strategies, and tips to enhance learning and to ensure a successful storytelling experience for all. Many elementary and middle school…

Awards & Scholarships

2011 May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Application

Just a reminder that the application deadline to host the 2011 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture that will feature Lois Lowry is May 1. Information about Lois Lowry, the lecture and the host application is available on the ALSC Web Site. The winning application will be announced at ALA Annual Conference during the ALSC Awards Presentation and Member’s Meeting on Monday, June 28 at 10:30am.

Author Spotlight


Caldecott Medal Winner Ed Young, New York Times Bestselling Author Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and award-winning authors Tor Seidler and Margaret McMullan will headline the Southampton Children’s Literature Conference, July 28-August 1. Part of the internationally renowned Southampton Writer’s Conferences sponsored by Stony Brook Southampton’s acclaimed MFA in Writing and Literature Program, the Children’s Literature Conference offers a unique forum for established and emerging writers, artists, and lovers of children’s literature to study and discuss the craft of writing for young readers. The Southampton Writer’s Conference, which Tom Wolfe has called ‘the best conference in the Country,’ is known for its prestigious faculty and for attracting participants from around the world. The Children’s Literature Conference is ‘rapidly becoming one of the best places in the country to learn about writing for young people,’ according to Conference Director Emma Walton Hamilton, who is also Executive Director of the MFA Program’s Young American…

News of Interest

Kids for King Education Initiative

There is still time for children to participate in the Kids for King Education Initiative. The Kids for King Education Initiative is part of The Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation, Inc.. There are three grade categories: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Children are invited to write an essay, create a piece of art, or produce a short video expressing what they have learned about Dr. King’s ideals of Democracy, Justice, Love and Hope as well as how they plan to carry the legacy forward. If the child’s essay, art, or video entry is selected, she/he will be recognized on a trip to Washington, D.C. accompanied by a legal guardian in the fall of 2010. Visit for more information and an entry form. The deadline has been extended to April 30, 2010.


ALSC 2010 National Institute

Dear Colleagues, Online registration is now available for the 2010 ALSC Institute to be held September 23-25 in Atlanta, GA. You will receive nearly 30 hours of programming, all handout materials, multiple networking activities, five meals and three snacks breaks. Meet Ashley Bryan, Carmen Deedy, John McCutcheon, Brian Selznick, David Saylor, Walter Dean Myers and Christopher Myers. Thirty hours of programming includes sessions on children’s technology, literature and programming. Enjoy an evening reception at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Transportation sponsored by Peachtree Publishers. Network with your peers. The Institute will be held at the Emory Conference Center on the campus of Emory University. The Atlanta weather in September is sublime, the venue is gorgeous and the people are friendly. Join us for a great conference devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature and technology. Sharon Deeds 2010 ALSC Institute Task Force Co-chair Youth Services Coordinator DeKalb County Public Library…