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Fiddling with Books

It all began the day that Hope Grietzer and I found ourselves at the Broome County Public Library playing an unrehearsed concert for then-Senator Hillary Clinton. “Gosh! What should we play?!” And, on the spot, we came up with Red-Haired Boy and Arkansas Traveler, which both seemed to suit our audience nicely. Hope, an award-winning fiddler, had just moved back to New York State, and we were friends from the moment we met and discovered our shared love of music and children’s literature. As a parent and library employee, I had knowledge of and access to a limitless supply of books that nearly matched Hope’s fiddle repertoire, and so began a program we could only call “Fiddling with Books.” Libba Moore Grey’s book When Uncle Took the Fiddle has always been our opener, and I pretend to yawn and doze while Hope plays a snippet of Brahms’ Lullabye. All ages…

ALSC Online Courses

“How do ALSC online courses work?”

At the ALSC Office we get a lot of questions about our online courses. “What are they like?” “Do I need to know a lot of tech stuff?” “How is the class laid out?” We try to answer these questions as best as can (we’re librarians too!), but sometimes the easiest answer comes from the reviews we get from previous participants. Below, we’ve included comments from previous sessions of the five courses offered this fall. Class is in session on Monday, September 26. The Caldecott Medal “I knew nothing before taking this class and feel like I have learned much about art. I now look at picture books with delight and wonder and knowledge that I did not have previously.” “I appreciate the affordable classes since I cannot afford to attend conferences.” Connecting with ‘Tween Readers “I appreciated the instructor providing a bibliography of recommended books at the beginning of…