While some of my colleagues enjoy it about as much as root canal, I love weeding. I’m in the stacks at least once a week looking for likely candidates. Just as a garden needs to be cleared of the excess plant material and weeds choking out the blooms; so to a library needs to be cleared of old, worn, and disused materials.
It’s been a jam-packed ride so far at the National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning, taking place right now from October 24-26, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. A joint venture of the National Summer Learning Association and School’s Out Washington, it’s the stuff that FOMO dreams are made of with just 1.5 days and over 60 workshops about summer learning — and that doesn’t even include the general sessions and exhibits! This sold-out event brings together 1,000 teachers, afterschool providers, policymakers, consultants, vendors, and of course, librarians.
Author Sharon Mentyka discusses writing, the role of libraries, and her latest book Chasing at the Surface. I received a complimentary ARC of this book in preparation for this blog interview.
The big news that rounded out the week was the recent media guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Perhaps not so much of a surprise, the recommendation for no screentime before the age of 2 years-old was adjusted.
Save the date for the 2017 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Jacqueline Woodson!
Your mayor wants to promote a new initiative. A celebrity just wrote a book and wants to share it. The local sports team is coming!
When asked to write the October blog for ALSC’s Managing Children’s Services Committee, I wanted to write about an issue that is currently under consideration in my own library.
Hey, librarians! Have you ever heard people say… You’re a librarian? It must be nice to read all day. Why do I need librarians when I’ve got Google? Librarians have to go to grad school?!