ALA Annual 2010

Discover D.C. – The Great Blogdown to the Annual Conference #2

If you’re planning an extended visit in the Washington DC area before or after the annual conference, consider a day trip to one of the near-by cities accessible from DC by car or public transportation.  During the week, commuter trains service both Frederick (MD) and Harper’s Ferry (WV)   and Fredericksburg (VA).   By car, these are a short drive away when commuters aren’t on the road.  These cities offer lots of charm, shopping, and tourist attractions. Baseball aficionados may want to visit Baltimore (MD), also reachable by commuter rail and Amtrak.  Baltimore was the birthplace of George Herman “Babe” Ruth.  During the Annual Conference, Oriole Park at Camden Yards will be the site of the “Battle of the Beltways,” part of the MLB interleague series between the Baltimore Orioles (AL) and the Washington Nationals (NL). Check out the ALSC Annual Conference Wiki for additional tips for theatre-lovers, shoppers, history buffs, and more.  The ALSC Local Arrangements Committee…

ALA Annual 2010

Discover D.C. – The Great Blogdown to the Annual Conference #1

The ALSC Local Arrangements Committee is ready and waiting to welcome you to our nation’s capital for this year’s ALA Annual Conference, June 24-29.  We’ll be periodically sharing tidbits of information about D.C. and the conference here on the ALSC Blog during the next 2 1/2 months as we blogdown to the Annual Conference. Getting Around D.C. – The Metro The key to getting around Washington is familiarizing yourself with our Metro Transit System.  Known to locals as simply the Metro (several of its lines run at or above ground level, so it’s not strictly a subway), the transit system’s rail portion has been in operation since April 1976.  If you find yourself traveling on the Red Line through Downtown D.C., you’ll be on the oldest part of the system.  With 106.3 miles of tracks and 86 stations in 2 states and the District of Columbia, Metro is the 2nd largest…

Children's Literature (all forms)

An Invitation from the ALSC 2011 Batchelder Award Committee

The 2011 Mildred L. Batchelder Award Committee invites you to help identify eligible titles. The terms of the award are as follows: “The Mildred L. Batchelder Award shall be made to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English in the United States during the preceding year.” Honor books may be named. There are additional considerations. Eligible books are for readers within the age range of 0-14 years. Readers “should be able to sense that the book came from another country.” Books should have a “substantial” translated text since this award focuses on text rather than illustration. Books should not be unduly Americanized. Both fiction and nonfiction are eligible, but folklore is excluded. For your information, the 2011 Award will be announced at the ALA Youth Media…


ALSC Accepting Program Proposals for 2011 Annual Conference

Thinking of submitting a program proposal for ALA 2011? The Association for Library Service to Children’s Program Coordinating Committee is still 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. To submit a program, download the ALSC Program Proposal form. Once completed, submit to the ALSC Program Coordinating Committee Chair, Diane Janoff at or mail to: Diane Janoff, Queens Library-Poppenhusen, 121-23 14th Ave, College Point, NY 11356. For more information visit the ALSC Web site (scroll down to the bottom) or read the ALSC Program Proposal Information Sheet. ALSC committees, members, and other interested individuals are welcome to submit a proposal. Individuals who…

Blogger Abby Johnson

Recipe for Life-Sized Candy Land

1. A super-dedicated and crafty staff person. (At least one. Not pictured.) 2. Laminated construction paper for game squares. (Tape them down. They will still be slippery, so make sure to ask kids to walk carefully to each square.) 3. Giant peppermint sticks. (Made with empty wrapping paper tubes and construction paper.) 4. Giant lollipops. (Made with construction paper and dowel rods.) 4. Giant gumdrops and snowflakes. (Gumdrops were made with papier mache, using a large butter tub as a mold.) 5. A candy castle. (Made from a donated appliance box and other odds and ends.) 6. A display of books about candy. 7. A team of dramatic teen volunteers to dress up as characters. (Not pictured.) Our volunteers also helped with the prep by making signs and other decorations. 8. Lots of kids looking for something to do on spring break! (Or summer break. Or any time, really.) Mix liberally and…

Blogger Bethany Lafferty

Countdown to Dia!

Let the countdown to Dí­a begin!  El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Dí­a, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates each year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Not sure what to plan or how to do it?  Visit the “Celebrations” page for ideas.  Register your library’s Dí­a program, print brochures and use the interactive map to see what other communities are doing to celebrate nationwide. Become a fan of Dí­a on Facebook and follow the countdown to the Dí­a Celebrations on April 30! Bethany Lafferty, ALSC Public Awareness Committee member

Blogger Susan Baier

Have Rolling Bag, Will Travel – Participating in Community Outreach Events

Outreach is one of my favorite aspects of my job, and I eagerly accept most invitations to staff a library information table at community events. Taking the library message outside the walls of your building and into the community is critical in these lean budget years where we need all the advocates we can get! You’ll introduce nonusers to your services and entice them to visit, and you’ll connect in new ways with your current patrons. Over the years, I’ve learned (often the hard way) about the best approaches to these outreach opportunities. These are my standard items to bring to any event: Bookmarks with library information Library giveaways like pencils, magnets, reusable bags, etc. Stickers for the kids (a surefire way to draw families to your table!) Library calendar of events/flyers for upcoming programs Baskets and literature holders for giveaways Tablecloth and banner with library name Scissors and tape…


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

El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), known as Dí­a, is a celebration EVERY DAY of children, families, and reading that culminates every year on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of advocating literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Dí­a is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros. Visit her Book Joy blog at for more information and ideas. Through a series of grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) continues to increase public awareness of the event in libraries throughout the country….