ALA Midwinter 2012

Congrats to Linda A. Perkins!

Congratulations to Linda A. Perkins, ALSC’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award recipient! Linda was present at the Monday board meeting at the 2012 Midwinter Meeting in Dallas, Texas where ALSC President Mary Fellows read the announcement (video forthcoming). The Distinguished Service Award is given to “an individual member of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) who has made significant contributions to and an impact on, library service to children and/or ALSC.” At the Monday board meeting Perkins noted that she had “stood on the shoulders” of ALSC leaders who came before her. Perkins time with ALSC has included serving on the ALSC Board of Directors three times, including once as the ALSC President (1991-92). A strong advocate for multiculturalism, during her tenure as president she helped build a relationship with REFORMA that eventually led to the creation of the Pura Belpré Award. She has also been integral in the…

Blogger Abby Johnson

Plugged In: How Blogs Helped Me Plan Storytime

Last Thursday, I finally returned to work from the fabulous ALA Midwinter meeting in Dallas. And what’s the first thing I had to do? Plan a couple of programs! I had preschool outreach visits scheduled for Friday and Monday and I had to get cracking on planning my baby storytimes, which start next week. Where did I turn? To the librarian blogosphere! I knew I wanted to do winter stories for my preschool visits, but I also knew that I was a little sick of the my go-to winter stories. I needed some fresh ideas, so I turned to Storytime Katie by Katie Salo, who was there for me as usual. I knew she had just done a storytime about winter animals, so that’s where I started. I looked up what books we had in that she had used. I picked out In the Snow by Sharon Phillips Denslow, a beautiful…