ALA Annual 2010

Taking Libraries into the Community: Beyond Brick Borders

I’m back home after a whirlwind of a long weekend in D.C. and it’s strange indeed to be wearing a sweater against the cool and overcast weather here in Venice, CA after that astonishing and record-breaking D.C. heat. Here’s a report on the first ALSC program I attended this weekend.  Please find handouts and more information under the program name on this page. Taking Libraries into the Community: Beyond Brick Borders: Presented by Shawn Brommers of South Central Library System in Madison, Wisconsin; Mary Fellows of the Upper Hudson Library System, and Evelyn Walkowicz of the Henderson District Public Libraries in Las Vegas, NV. Ms. Brommers discusses a variety of community programming, including: Motheread/Fatheread – literacy program using children’s books to teach adult (parent) literacy; for example, working with incarcerated dads. Reach Out and Read – bringing books and early literacy info, through pediatricians and clinics, to new parents Think…

ALA Annual 2010

ALSC at ALA Annual Conference

Don’t miss any of these great ALSC events happening in DC! More information is available on the ALSC website. A printable version of ALSC programs happening at Conference is also available on the ALSC website. Friday, June 25 ALSC 101 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., EMB-Capital A If you’re new to ALSC or if this is your first conference as a children’s librarian, then this program is for you! We’ll provide you with information about the perks of ALSC membership, tips on how to get involved in the organization, and tricks of the trade for navigating Annual Conference. ALSC Happy Hour 6 – 8 p.m., Gordon Biersch, 900 F Street NW Stop by and grab a drink with friends old and new! Drinks are not sponsored by ALSC, but we’d love to see you there to mix and mingle with other members. Saturday, June 26 Tech Petting Zoo 2:30 – 4:30…

Programming Ideas

Reading with Ranger

The Allen County (IN) Public Library has Paws to Read, a program where trained therapy dogs and their handlers listen to children read. My five-year-old was thrilled to share stories with Ranger last night at the Grabill Branch Library. I say “share” because he is not reading yet, but the handler kindly read the books while he listened with Ranger. “What story did you pick? A dog story?” I asked him. “Yes, and a cat story because he lives with two cats and doesn’t even chase them. Can you believe that?” I can. I also know that it was an excellent library experience for him and that when he does start reading independently, reading to Ranger will be wonderful practice. In the April 2, 2010, Spotlight: Reading to Rover, Pat Bailey of the University of California – Davis News Service writes, “Kids, dogs and a good book are a great…

ALA Annual 2010

Discover D.C. – The Great Blogdown to the 2010 ALA Annual Conference – #8

We’re in the home stretch — less than a week and a half before thousands of librarians and library staff from all over descend on Our Nation’s Capital.  And just in time for everyone’s arrival, Washington’s Metro transit system will be implementing round one of its FY ’11 fare hikes.  Not unlike many libraries around the country, Metro has been struggling to keep its budget balanced amidst declining revenue.  Thus, to keep a long story short, fares on Metrorail and Metrobuses will be increasing on Sunday, June 27 (pending final approval from the Metro Board on June 24), right during the Annual Conference.  Metro’s Trip Planner has already incorporated the new fares, so check it out to determine the price of your trip. Here’s a quick rundown of the changes in Metrorail fares: Regular Fare (Weekdays before 9:30am & 3-7pm, after 2am on Weekends) $1.75 minimum, $4.60 maximum (before June 27)        …

Other ALA Divisions/Programs

Application process open for 2011 Emerging Leaders

The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2011 class of Emerging Leaders. Applications can be found at The deadline to apply is July 30. The program is designed to enable a group of library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership. Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers and get an inside look into the ALA structure and activities. In order to be eligible for participation in the program, those selected must meet the following criteria: Be under 35 years of age or be a library worker of any age with fewer than five years experience working in a library, and Be able to attend both ALA conferences and work virtually in between each, Be prepared to commit to serve on either an ALA, division, chapter or round table committee, taskforce or…

Blogger Abby Johnson

The Underwater Library

It’s summer. For children’s librarians in a public library, this means only one thing – Summer Reading Club (SRC)! This summer we’re Making a Splash at my library, so we’ve decorated our department like it’s underwater and I thought I’d share some pictures today.We wanted to make the decorations impossible to miss so that everyone would know that something fun is going on at the library this summer. Here you can see our Summer Reading Club sign-up table at the front of our department. For the first few weeks of SRC, we have this table set up to ease the load at our reference desk. After the sign-ups slow down a bit, we’ll take down  the table. We hung blue crepe paper from the ceiling to simulate water. It’s simple, but people get it. And all over the department, we hung paper fish and sea creatures. We have a few…

ALA Annual 2010

Discover D.C. – The Great Blogdown to the 2010 ALA Annual Conference – #7

Less than 3 weeks to go, Conference fans! Attendees to the Annual Conference this year will have the good fortune of visiting Washington during the Smithsonian‘s annual Folklife Festival on the National Mall (June 24-28 & July 1-5).  Each year, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival spotlights some of the many cultures that make our country and our world so special.  This year’s festival celebrates the cultures of  Asian Pacific Americans and Mexico.  There will also be a tribute to Haiti as well as a special area dedicated to the Smithsonian itself – Smithsonian Inside Out, which serves as a kick-off to the Institution’s bold new vision for the future.  Enjoy each culture’s arts, crafts, music, food, and more! Be sure to visit our wiki page for more tips and information at for much more on D.C. and the Annual Conference. – Chris