Professional Development

Upcoming ALSC Webinars – Fall 2011

Making time for professional development has never been easier! ALSC webinar fit your schedule and your budget. These one- to two-hour webinars inform and excite. Some will run several times over the next few months, but some are here for a limited time only. For a full schedule of upcoming ALSC webinars, see below: November Sensory Storytime: Preschool Programming that Makes Sense for Kids with Autism Thurs., Nov. 3, 2011, from 10:30 – 11:30 AM CT Mon., Nov. 14, 2011, 10:30 – 11:30 AM CT Making Every Day a Dí­a Day: Incorporating Dí­a into Current Youth Programming Wed., Nov. 9, 2011, 1 – 2 PM CT December Connecting with Many Children from Many Cultures: Cultural Literacy @your library Mon., Dec. 5, 2011, 1 – 2 PM CT Storytelling 2.0 Fri., Dec.16, 2011, 10 – 11 AM CT January Dí­a 201: Community Partnerships, Marketing, and Funding Wed., Jan. 11, 2012, 1…

Blogger Mary R. Voors

It’s Time to Say “Thank You!”

Think of all the people you know who choose to make a positive impact on kids. Teachers, bus drivers, nurses, cafeteria workers, tutors, Big Brothers, Big Sisters, doctors, crossing guards, social workers, foster parents, and yes, children’s librarians, are some of the people who impact our kids and communities on an ongoing and daily basis. Next Thursday, November 3rd, is Thank a Youth Worker Day.  This international day of celebrating and honoring youth workers is a great day to recognize all those unsung heroes and heroines who work with or on behalf of children and youth to facilitate their personal, social, and educational development. I challenge you to think of one, or two, or five youth workers who have made a difference in a child’s life and use this Thursday as an “excuse” to say “Thank You.” And let me also take this opportunity to say thank YOU for all you…

Blogger Amanda Roberson

Writing in the Library!

The new ECRR 2 introduces five simple practices kids can engage in that will help them acquire the skills to be ready to read; singing, talking, reading, playing, writing. Most of these skills can be practiced easily at the library with Language Rich Environments. However, when you say write in the library most Librarians will cringe! Keep in mind that you can practice writing without a crayon, pen or pencil or paper. The practice of writing involves the recognition of shapes and letters as well as small motor coordination and then the combination of the two. When trying to incorporate writing in your children’s space, think of activities that will develop small motor coordination and shape and letter recognition. I am listing a few that I have included in the children’s room at the Lexington Park Library, where I work as well as some I have seen in other spaces….

Professional Development

Next Week: Sensory Storytime webinar

Sensory Storytime: Preschool Programming that Makes Sense for Kids with Autism Thurs., Nov 3 @ 10:30 – 11:30 AM CT Next week Thursday, ALSC brings you Sensory Storytime, an hour-long webinar with Barbara Klipper, youth services librarian at The Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT. Attendees will learn the ins and outs of Sensory Processing Disorders and how to structure a Sensory Storytime. This course will guide you in developing vibrant programs for children with autism as well as help shape your library into a warm, welcoming atmosphere for all children. For more information on prices and registration, please contact Jenny Najduch at or 1-800-545-2433 ext 4026.

Blogger Renee Grassi

Be Brave!

I had the absolute pleasure of presenting on a panel with three other sensational youth services librarians this week at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference.  Representing small, medium, and large libraries, we talked about the development of programs and outreach services to children and young adults with special needs.  One librarian presented on using American Sign Language (ASL) in her storytime.  Another discussed how she led book discussions and reader’s theater programs with a group of high school students.  The third librarian talked about how she incorporates sensory-friendly crafts into her programs.  While each of our programs are vastly different from the other, I realized there was one common thread throughout: bravery. At one point or another, all four of us were “newbies.”  We may have planned dozens of storytimes, booktalks, or book discussions, but there was a moment when we had to lead that program for the first time for…


ALSC website migration to new content management system

Over the last several months, ALSC has been working closely with ALA’s Information Technology & Telecommunications Services Dept. to prepare our website ( for migration to a new content management system. While we’ve made every effort to ensure a smooth transition to the new site, we are prepared for any unexpected glitches that may pop up on the new site. Please know that we are monitoring the new site very closely and addressing and fixing any problems as quickly as possible. We are confident you’ll enjoy the “new and improved” ALSC website and we welcome all feedback at In the meantime, please pardon any glitches that may occur on the ALSC site as we transition.

Blogger Susan Baier

Celebrate Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights, begins today. We started the celebration a little early at our library during our Family Storytime this past Saturday. Santa Clara is home to a sizeable Indian population, so Diwali decorations were easily obtained at a local Indian grocer. Candles and light play an important role in Diwali. Open flames in a children’s program is rarely a good idea, so our Diwali diyas (clay lamps) were illuminated with LED tealights. The children were welcomed to the program by a peacock puppet, for the peacock is the national bird of India. Our featured stories were Lighting A Lamp: a Diwali Story by Jonny Zucker and My Daddy is a Giant by Carl Novac. (The latter admittedly has nothing to do with Diwali, but was read in both English and Hindi.) The staff member who read in Hindi also did a demonstration of how to drape…

ALA Midwinter 2012

2011 Estela and Raíºl Mora Award

Congratulations to the Springfield Public Library in Oregon and the Santa Ana Public Library in California! These two library systems have been selected as the recipients of the 2011 Estela and Raíºl Mora Award for exemplary efforts in promoting El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros. A press release offers more information: Springfield Public Library planned its Dí­a celebration with the help of volunteers. Public school classrooms were invited to create milagros (artistic expressions of wishes and desires) which were displayed at the library. Bilingual author Amy Costales presented songs and stories. Craft activities included bookmarks, piñatas, creating favorite book characters out of clay and bookmaking with the help of a bilingual list of story-starting ideas. Notably, the event was inclusive of parents with lower literacy skills, who were invited to orally share stories during craft activities. Two hundred people attended and 70 Spanish and bilingual books were…