Feliz Dí­a!

The Association for Library Service to Children would like to wish everyone a very happy Dí­a! Today — Saturday, April 30, 2011 — marks the 15th anniversary of El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros, called Dí­a, the celebration of children, books, reading and culture. Libraries all over the country are celebrating Dí­a today with laughter, stories, and games. To find an event near you, please visit the Dí­a map. To learn more about El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros, please visit the Dí­a homepage.

Blogger Amanda Roberson, Early Literacy

Felt Boards in the Hands of Children!

Felt boards aren’t just for story time anymore! Adding a felt board with interactive pieces can be a great addition to your Children’s area and be an awesome step in creating a Language Rich Library Environment. As Children’s Librarians we are masters of the felt board, using boards to create exciting retellings of favorite tales or develop original stories for groups to experience.  Now what if we turn the tables, giving children the floor to create their own tales, retell favorite stories and engage in other school readiness skills on the felt board? Where do I begin? Felt boards can be used in a variety of ways to be a part of a Library Rich Environment and can be incorporated easily and economically.  You can have a wall of felt like West Bloomfield Library in Michigan or you can use part of a wall or end cap to hang a…

Blogger Mary R. Voors

Here Comes the Bride!

It’s hours away from the Royal Wedding!  Tomorrow, Prince William & Catherine Middleton will be married at Westminster Abbey. Kids and adults alike have heard about this grand event for weeks; some estimates say as many as two billion people will watch all or part of the ceremony. Whether you are counting down the hours until television/Internet coverage of the festivities begins, or you are one of those not at all interested in the extravagance of this particular brouhaha, this is an excellent opportunity to build a quick and easy topical display at your library. Many children’s books are available which would be appropriate for a display of this type. Consider displaying a variety of fiction and informational books about weddings, with information about their customs, traditions, & significance such as Weddings by Ann Morris or Junie B. Jones is (Almost) a Flower Girl by Barbara Park. Or consider books…

Blogger Susan Baier, Children's Literature (all forms), Programming Ideas

Bringing The Big Read to Kids

Santa Clara City Library, with the support of the library’s Foundation and Friends, received a NEA Big Read grant and recently wrapped up a multi-week series of programs themed around Jack London’s Call of the Wild. The book has particular significance in our community, for the opening scenes take place in our city and Jack London had many friends in the Santa Clara Valley. During the Big Read, numerous books discussions on Call of the Wild were held at the library and at other historical city sites. I hoped to include kids in the community reading celebration, but wanted to choose a more accessible, age-appropriate book. Sheep by Valerie Hobbs seemed a perfect companion piece to Call of the Wild. Both books feature a dog protagonist taken away from a comfortable existence and forced to endure harsh circumstances. Sheep was also a recipient of a California Young Reader Medal, an annual award…

Blogger Kelley Beeson, Children & Technology, Children's Literature (all forms), Digital World, Evaluation of Media

iPad and Smart Phone Apps for Kids

I hear an incessant knocking at the library door these days: Knock Knock KNOCK KNOCK! Who’s There? I say meekly. It’s a gang of KidApps and we want in! Where do KidLibs fit into all these iPad and Smart Phone apps for kids?  If you’ve dipped a toe into this world like I’ve been doing the past few weeks, it’s pretty overwhelming and it’s only just getting started.  Everywhere I look, someone is buzzing about this stuff.  Will and Kate have a children’s book app?  Since the devices themselves, for the moment, are keeping many libraries out of the KidApp world- at least in terms of their collections, I’m thinking that we might begin by doing what we do best: offering workshops for the public and lists of and links to resources that suggest titles and help evaluate. Unlike adult and teen book apps, these apps are enhanced to make the…

Professional Development, Webinars

This Week: Leveling Easy Readers

What’s better than a quick presentation on a topic that relates directly to your library? If you’re looking to build on your emerging literacy programs, but don’t have the time for a longer course before summer, there are still spaces available for the Leveling Easy Readers webinar this week on Thursday, April 28. Registration will be accepted up to the day of the event. For more information on pricing, check out the webinar description. Leveling Easy Readers Thursday, April 28 @ 1 PM CDT And don’t forget! Two weeks from Friday, ALSC will be offering another exciting webinar, Family Programs on a Shoestring @your library. This will take place on Friday, May 13 @ 12 PM CDT. Questions? Please contact ALSC Program Officer Jenny Najduch at jnajduch@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4026.

Blogger Mary R. Voors, Call to Action, News of Interest

Want to be a Guest Contributor?

Recently you may have noticed more activity on this blog. We have a dynamic group of ALSC bloggers who are each posting regularly, normally once a month. We’ve also built in the opportunity for other interested blog readers and people interested in the field of Children’s Librarianship to post as “Guest Contributors.” Here’s a sampling of posts by guest bloggers from the last month: In the post ABCs of Inclusive Youth Programming,  Renee Grassi — a Youth Services librarian at the Deerfield Public Library in Deerfield, Illinois — wrote about including children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in library programs and the opportunities we all have to be inclusive and welcoming. Christie Gibrich, a Senior Librarian at Bowles Life Center Branch Library in Grand Prairie, Texas and a Rainbow Project Committee Member shared information with us about Rainbow Books, the annual bibliography of the ALA’s GLBT-RT/SRRT joint project, The Rainbow Project. For…

Guest Blogger, Slice of Life

Uncertain times won’t bring this future librarian down

As a library school student with one semester left before graduation, I can’t help but be excited at the prospect of finally crossing the finish line, receiving that master’s degree, and starting my career as a youth services librarian. Who wouldn’t be excited to be one step closer to her dream? But the vibe I’ve been getting lately from news articles, library literature and even some of my fellow classmates in their online discussion board comments is something quite the opposite of excitement. Their text has become the equivalent of ominous sideways glances telling me just one thing: be afraid. Phrases like “uncertain times” have been tossed around while libraries face budget cuts, reduced hours, branch closings, and layoffs. The library where I work as a part-time youth services staff member is currently in the middle of a hiring freeze. The promise of a degree is not necessarily the promise…