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ECRR2 for Early Childhood Professionals

Ready to Read Toolkit

Supporting early childhood educators just got easier thanks to the new Every Child Ready to Read – Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators! ALSC Public Awareness Committee asked Judy Nelson and Sue McCleaf Nespeca, from the Every Child Ready to Read Committee and Dorothy Stoltz, one of the four authors of the new Toolkit, about why this is a big deal for libraries, community partners, and in turn the children we nurture.

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Fact vs Fake: Resources to Help Librarians Navigate Digital Literacy

One can’t help but to be publicly aware of so many things these days. And if you are a walking, talking, breathing, adult, anywhere in the world, you are certainly aware of the current intense interest in the power and persuasiveness of social media. The role of librarians when it comes to helping their patrons negotiate and assess the information that comes from those sources varies greatly depending upon your community, your library, your job.

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Countdown to Día 2017!

Have you already started planning for this year’s Día celebrations?  El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros is a celebration of children and reading across all language and cultures. While it is intended to be celebrated all year long, April 30 marks a special day of nationwide events.  ALSC has a number of resources ready to support your events, all available at dia.ala.org. Here are links to some of the great content found there: Fact Sheet: Learn about the history and goals of Día. Free Program Downloads: Explore resources including the publicity toolkit, web badges, coloring sheets, activity ideas, and booklists with groupings by grade on “Building STEAM with Día” and a “20 Years of Día.”  Don’t miss the special Book Day Cake recipe! Program Registry: Join the Día community by entering your event in the program registry. See what your colleagues are cooking-up and share your plans…

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ALSC Supports Libraries in This Post-Election Environment

#librariesrespond

Governmentally speaking, the year 2017 has been a rocky one thus far. Our new president and his administration (as well as the 24-hour news and social media cycles) continue to instigate deep political, social, and cultural divisions within our nation. Given the current environment, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

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Help Parents Navigate the Digital Technology Landscape

In today’s tech-driven society, parents are faced with the difficult task of helping their children use electronic media and online devices safely and effectively. ALSC Board Member Amy Koester thoughtfully addresses this issue in her op-ed for Media Planet’s Education and Career News, explaining that when parents and caregivers need help guiding their children on the use of technology and online content, they can turn to librarians for assistance.