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 www.KidsForKing.org for more information and an entry form. The deadline has been extended to April 30, 2010.

Conferences/Meetings/Institutes, Professional Development

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. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/confevents/institute/index.cfm 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…