Blogger Bethany Lafferty, Child Advocacy, Committees, Programming Ideas

Keep your cool with the Kids! @ Your Library Tool Kit

Greetings from the ALSC Public Awareness Committee! Summer is nearly here, and with temperatures rising, and kids out of school, what’s a busy librarian to do? Keep your cool with the Kids! @ your library® tool kit, which has some great ideas to help you with your summer program plans! Here are 10 FREE ideas from our online tool kit to get your summer off to a great start! More details for each activity can be found at the Kids! Website. 1.       Use our scripts for the “Library Dragon” or “The Chicken and the Librarian” to host your own reader’s theatre program. 2.       Hold a bookmark contest, and distribute the winning bookmarks as part of your summer reading program. 3.       Have your tweens decorate the library entrance for summer using sidewalk chalk. 4.       Children’s Book Week is around the corner — visit the CBW website for posters, bookmarks, and activities!…

ALA Annual 2010

Discover D.C. – The Great Blogdown to the ALA Annual Conference #4

Nearly 6 more weeks to go! Washington, D.C. was first laid out by Pierre Charles L’Enfant in 1791.  L’Enfant’s plan was never fully recognized after an argument broke out between him and Andrew Ellicott, who had been conducting the survey of the District’s boundaries along with Benjamin Banneker.  Ellicott’s revised version of L’Enfant’s plan is the basis for how Washington is presently laid out.  When traveling around town, it will be hard to get lost if you keep these few things in mind: 1) The Lettered Streets (A-W) run east/west (parallel to the Mall).  A Street is closest to the Mall with the letters following alphabetically as you work north or south of the Mall. a) B Street is now Constitution Avenue north of the Mall and Independence Avenue south of the Mall b) There is no J Street c) I Street is sometimes referred to as Eye Street to avoid confusion with…

Blogger Susan Baier, Outreach, Summer Reading

Countdown to Summer Reading: School Visits

by Susan Baier, Santa Clara City Library The month of May brings flowers, Cinco de Mayo,  Mothers’ Day, and Memorial Day. But I would guess that for most youth services librarians, May should be declared “National OMG  — Summer Reading Starts Next Month!” Month. That’s how I always view it, anyway. My May calendar is almost full with appointments to visit schools to promote summer reading. But as I talk with other librarians both virtually and face-to-face, I’m sensing that the traditional summer reading school visit isn’t the “must-do” task that it was in years past. Budget cuts and hiring freezes have forced libraries to reconsider many practices that used to be commonplace, and some have determined they simply don’t have the resources to send librarians off site for school outreach. These are hard decisions for every library, and there aren’t absolute right or wrong answers. But for me, school…