Bubbles, books, music, live creatures, families and so many smiles…these are the sights and sounds of Día de los niños, Día de los libros in San Francisco. This is my last post as PAC Chair and I am dedicating it to Día, one of my favorite events inspired by the partnership of ALSC and REFORMA. As a longstanding Día leader, San Francisco Public Library plays an essential role. Maricela Leon-Barrera, SFPL’s Early Learning Coordinator, works all year planning, preparing, promoting and wrangling resources to connect children with books and delights. On the heels of the 19th celebration, Maricela shares her insights. Q: What does Día mean to San Francisco families? Día is a unique celebration and an opportunity for families to enjoy time together and connect with other families in a safe and welcoming outdoor space. It’s truly a literacy themed street party for the entire family!…
The ALSC Public Awareness Committee is pleased to share a new Information Sheet now available in support of National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). It is intended to aid children’s librarians in promoting our expertise to legislators, and to reinforce the important role that libraries play in young patrons’ lives.
It’s that time of year again! If you’re lucky, you’ve completed all of your planning for summer and are currently relaxing with a cup of tea. If you’re like me, you’re frantically trying to finalize all of your programs for the summer while simultaneously waiting patiently for your reading logs to arrive so you can begin your outreach. Like most people, I do a huge portion of my Summer Learning outreach in May and June. At the beginning of May, I reach out to all of the schools in my district and arrange for a time to visit the school. In the past, I have spoken at large school assemblies or done individual classroom visits. Our library system gives out a free book to every child who signs up for our Summer Learning program, so I also bring enough logs and age appropriate books for every child in the school…
El día de los niños, El día de los libros or The Day of the Child, The Day of the Book will take place on April 30, 2018. Now is the perfect time to plan your program and be a part of the celebración!
According to a March 2 report on CNN, there have been 12 school shootings thus far in 2018. While the debate rages on how best to prevent future gun-related tragedies from happening, one thing is certain: public outcry and the demand for legislative change regarding gun laws have reached an all-time high.
About ALA Midwinter…it’s two weeks later and I am still fueled by the professional development, networking, dynamic work session with the Public Awareness Committee and bold direction of ALSC leadership. Here’s my short list of actions and share outs with my home team.
This past weekend marked the fifth annual Activist Academy Training of the Idaho chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). From an engaging workshop on power analysis, to an informative session on lobbying, it was a day packed with information for any aspiring Everyday Advocate.
In late 2017, the Public Awareness Committee sent out a Championing Children’s Services survey to ALSC members. We will be using the data to create a Toolkit later in 2018, but we would like to share some of the fascinating results with you now!