ALA Annual 2011

Visit the de Grummond Collection at Annual!

If you plan on attending ALA Annual in New Orleans this summer, don’t miss out on an opportunity to visit the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection during this one-day tour! The collection is located in Hattiesburg on the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi. Organized by Ellen Ruffin, the tour will provide a unique look into an astounding collection. The cost for the entire trip is $50.00; please see the attached PDF for more information:

Call to Action

Get Your Name in Print!

ALSC’s official journal, Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children (CAL), is now soliciting manuscripts for its 2011 volume year and beyond. CAL, which publishes three times per year (spring, summer/fall, and winter), is a refereed publication with a target audience of more than 3,700 children’s librarians (public and school). Any topics of interest and import to children’s librarians are welcome. It’s a great way to get published in the profession and to share your research and program successes, as well as lessons learned, with thousands of colleagues in the field. All academic manuscripts are reviewed by at least two peer referees in consideration for publication. Accepted articles will carry the author’s byline and a brief bio; articles are unpaid. For more information on how to submit articles for consideration, please contact Editor Sharon Korbeck Verbeten at

Author Spotlight

Free Tickets to 2011 Arbuthnot Lecture in St. Louis

On Friday, April 15, 2011 bestselling children’s author Lois Lowry will give the 2011 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture in St. Louis, Mo. The event begins at 7 P.M. and will take place in the Main Reading Room of the St. Louis County Library (SLCL). The event is free and open to the public. Tickets can be obtained by visiting St. Louis County Library’s event registration page,

ALSC Online Courses

One Week Left to Register for ALSC Online Courses

Children’s librarians, award enthusiasts, and book lovers: there’s only one week left to sign up for ALSC’s online education courses! Registration continues for the four Winter 2011 courses: Information Literacy — From Preschool to High School, Out of this World Youth Programming, Introduction to Graphic Novels for Children, and the Newbery Medal: Past Present and Future. These courses begin Feburary 7, 2011, so registration closes on Monday, January 31, 2011. Please sign up now to guarantee yourself a spot! Detailed descriptions and registration information is available on the ALSC Web site at Fees are $95 for personal ALSC members; $145 for personal ALA members; and $165 for non-members. Questions? Please contact ALSC Program Officer Jenny Najduch at or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4026.

Blogger Mary R. Voors

A Simple and Inexpensive Display Idea

Aren’t we all looking for display ideas which we can use in our libraries that don’t take a lot of time or money?  Here’s a fun display idea put together by librarian Erica Anderson-Senter. All of us have experienced the customer who wants a specific book and she (or he) only knows the color of the binding. Build on that concept to create a fun book display! First, start with a simple sign with construction paper accents: Now look through your book collection and find a variety of books with the appropriate color cover. You can ask the kids in your Library to help in this hunt. Put the books together with the sign, and there you have it! A fun, easy, and inexpensive book display! Do you have an idea for a easy AND inexpensive display which you’d like to share? Let us know!

ALA Midwinter 2011

2011 Notable Children’s Books

Many people viewed the blog post earlier this month which listed the titles discussed as possible Notable Children’s Books for 2011. From the ALA ALSC page, here is a complete list of the 2011 Notable Children’s Books. Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators! Each year a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. According to ALSC policy, the current year’s Newbery, Caldecott,  Belpré, Sibert, Geisel, and Batchelder Award and Honor books automatically are added to the Notable Children’s…

Child Advocacy

Authors Speak Out for Libraries

As part of ALA President Roberta Stevens’ initiative Our Authors, Our Advocates: Authors Speak Out for Libraries, ALA’s Public Information Office has developed the following website to be used a resource for library advocates: The site features a number of videos from selected authors asking for support for libraries. Below is a sample piece from five-time Coretta Scott King award winner Sharon Draper. Please take a look at the videos on the site and help us promote libraries through these storytellers.