Monthly Archives: September 2011

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Can you make a happy face? How about a sad face or a scary face? Kids at the Lexington Park Library are making faces when they visit the library, all thanks to our new activity! The Circulation desk is a … Continue reading

Posted in Blogger Amanda Roberson | 5 Comments

Social Stories: Supporting Children with Special Needs

There are many of us in youth services that cannot afford the time, the staff, or the funds to create new programs specifically for children with special needs.  At the same time, we want to be able to welcome the growing … Continue reading

Posted in Blogger Renee Grassi, Child Advocacy, Library Design and Accessibility, Programming Ideas, Special Needs Awareness | 2 Comments

High Need, High Impact: Outreach to Teen Parents and their Children

Looking for ways that your library can serve teen parents and their children? At Santa Clara City Library, we can say that our family literacy librarian wrote the book on it – literally. Our own Ellin Klor, along with Sarah Lapin … Continue reading

Posted in Blogger Susan Baier, Early Literacy, Outreach | 1 Comment


Watching grown-ups and little ones interacting with words is a sight to see. Honestly, it’s incredibly beneficial for the child and an uplifting phenomenon for people in our profession — so, yes, why not words on the floor? Wait?! Back … Continue reading

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Apply for the Bechtel Fellowship

One of the 2011 Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship recipients, Victoria Penny from the First Regional Library in Hernando, Miss., talks about her experiences at the Baldwin Library at the University of Florida: I truly feel that the Bechtel Fellowship experience … Continue reading

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Upcoming ALSC Webinars – Fall 2011

ALSC online courses start today, so if you haven’t gotten signed up, maybe you should consider one of the more flexible and convenient ALSC webinars. ALSC webinars are one- to two-hour sessions focusing on important topics in children’s literature and … Continue reading

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September is World Alzheimer’s Month

September is World Alzheimer’s Month, an apt time to help raise awareness about this disease. The statistics are devastating — in the United States, for example, 5.4 million individuals in this country live with Alzheimer’s disease. So what does this … Continue reading

Posted in Blogger Mary R. Voors, Children's Literature (all forms) | 2 Comments

Providing a Great KIDS’ EXPERIENCE at the Library

Over four years ago, one of our local entertainers approached me about the idea of gathering local performers and instructors for a day-long event for kids. I loved the idea, but his enthusiasm was more than my brain could take … Continue reading

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