Dia, Diversity

One Week Til Dí­a!

In one week, on April 30th, libraries all over the country will be participating in El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), the annual celebration of children, books, and culture. This year, over 400 libraries will be celebrating across the country. Here at the ALSC office, we’ve heard from a lot of libraries that are doing some fun things. Here are a few examples below: On Saturday, April 28, the Harrington Library of the Plano (Texas) Public Library System will be hosting an event with crafts, stories and an “Manana Iguana” puppet show! On Tuesday, April 24, the Buckhead Branch of the Atlanta Fulton (Ga.) Public Library System will be be hosting even featuring Pura Belpré award-winning books, books authored by Pura Belpré, and a display about her life and career. On Tuesday, May 6, the Brentwood (N.Y.) Public Library will be celebrating their 6th…

Guest Blogger, News of Interest, YouTube

Procrastination suits you well!

There’s still time to enter the ALSC/YALSA video contest! The deadline is midnight on Monday, April 30th for the first ever ALSC/YALSA video contest. Time is running out, but for a librarian like you it’s no problem to create a short video and post it on YouTube.  Round up some tweens and young teens, develop a script, and start filming. Tick tock, tick tock…. http://www.ala.org/alsc/confevents/alscannual/presprog#contest Show us what tweens/young teens + technology looks like at YOUR library and you might win a $100 Amazon gift card. This contest is part of the first ever ALSC and YALSA Joint Presidents’ Program to be held at ALA Anaheim.  You do not need to be a ALSC or YALSA member to submit a video. The program will focus on tweens and young teens and exploring their use of technology. What is the life of a tween or young teen like in this digital…

Blogger Amanda Roberson

Keeping it Clean!

Language Rich Library Environments add value to your customer’s library experience but they also add more “stuff” to your children’s section. I often get questions about how to keep centers in a library clean.  The answer is three fold; encourage clean up, staff cleaning schedule and sanitization. Offer a stamp or sticker for kids who clean up their mess.  We post signs around some of our more messy centers that encourage kids to clean up. After they clean up what they played with they can show the Librarian and get a stamp.  Most children will do anything for a stamp or sticker. They are low cost and will save you and your staff a lot of cleaning. Clean up the area several times a day.  All of our staff takes responsibility to clean up from the pages, to the circulation and reference staff to the security guard, everyone picks up…

Blogger Meg Smith, Programming Ideas, Storytime, Summer Reading

Kick-off or Race Straight into Summer Reading Club?

     As we inch closer and closer to those hot summer days, I’m sure many of us around the country are gearing up for months of intense crowds and extensive programming. At our eight branches of the Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center in Fayetteville, NC, we prepare for eight weeks of story times and special programming, and of course, our annual Summer Reading Club. In previous years, we’ve organized a Summer Reading Club kick-off program for our participants, highlighting a professional programmer outside of our library system; many years we’ve featured a musician or magician to relate to our theme. Due to the content, some of these programs have been geared for children already in elementary school; many have been advertised as appropriate for all-ages.    This year, however, we’re making some changes. Instead of focusing on a kick-off event to celebrate our festivities this summer, we are turning toward more…

Awards & Scholarships, Blogger Mary R. Voors, News of Interest

It’s Time to Nominate!

The ALSC Distinguished Service Award is designed to honor an individual member of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library services to children and to the Association for Library Service to Children. Here are the guidelines: Both the nominee and the individual making the nomination must be members of ALSC. Committee members may also make nominations. Individuals nominated may be chosen from any facet of library services to children. The designee may be a practicing librarian in a public or school library, a library or information science educator, a member of the library press, or an editor or other employee of a publishing house. The individual may be active or retired. The nominee should be an individual who has made an immediate or sustained contribution to the understanding or expansion of library services to children and to the…

Guest Blogger, Special Needs Awareness

Going Beyond Sensory Storytime: Sensory School-Age Programming

While establishing sensory storytime programming for children with special needs and their families from 2008-2010 in my previous position at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, we became aware of a service gap for developmentally older children.  Purposefully, we did not set an age limit for the storytime and as a result, we served children aged 18 months through 22 within a program that was structured for preschool through early elementary-aged participants.  It was our hope that the storytime offered something for everyone who attended through social, physical and literacy activities–yet occasionally during the social time following the program a parent would express interest in an experience of a higher or more challenging level.  We compiled a list of contact information for families who would be interested in this programming when time allowed for it to be planned, yet time primarily allowed for the focus on the storytime programs being established through other…

Guest Blogger

Done with Dewey

I, for one, am tired of defending Dewey. Come on down to the 600’s you say. To technology. Where you’ll find dogs and sewing and airplanes. That might have been technology 125 years ago but things change, words change. Ask any person what technology is and we guarantee that they won’t mention domesticated animals or sewing or the human body. For years we taught Dewey through relay races and scavenger hunts, computer games and posters. We worked to make it as engaging and fun as possible. Our students would eagerly play along. They could answer questions about where to find books on elephants or India and alphabetize 8 words that started with Ar, but the moment we shifted the books on the shelf they were at a loss as to where to go. They had memorized the location of the books they liked, not how the system worked. Successful systems…

Author Spotlight, Awards & Scholarships, Publishing World

Apply to Host the 2013 Arbuthnot Lecture!

How would you like to host writer Michael Morpurgo at you library/university/community venue? ALSC is inviting applications to host the 2013 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Michael Morpurgo. Morpurgo has authored more than 100 titles of humor, magic and realism. A few of more popular titles include An Elephant in the Garden and Kensuke’s Kingdom. His book War Horse was recently adapted into a major motion picture directed by Steven Spielberg. From 2003-2005, Morpurgo served as the UK’s Children’s Laureate. The Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual event, announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, in which an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children’s literature presents a paper that makes a significant contribution to the field. A library school, department of education in a college or university or a children’s library system may be considered. The lecture is administered by ALSC. Host site application forms can be…