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Librarian Hacks: Tips for rough days

I love being a children’s librarian. But, who can honestly say it’s all peaches and roses 24 hours a day? Everyone is going to have a case of the Monday’s sometimes. Especially when Winter seems to be dragging on for a million months and the to-do list is never-ending and there are 8642 programs in a week but you already have to plan for six months in ahead… Here are some of my favorite “hacks” that make these tough days a little easier and some tips for getting thru them. Emergency storytime kit. -Books, a funky hat or puppet something you can grab in the “IforgotIwasdoingstorytimeandthere’s60toddlersrunningaroundscreaming” moments. Have some books ready that you are comfortable with. My fall backs are Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox and Say Hello Like This by Mary Murphy. Songs to fall back on. When the wiggles just don’t seem to be coming out…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Leadership and ALSC at #alamw18

One of my favorite parts of Ala Midwinter 2018 was the Leadership and ALSC program. It started with an opening message from ALSC President Nina Lindsay, an update from the ALA Washington office and then a part where everybody in the room introduced themselves and said where they worked and their affiliation with ALSC. This part was super awesome because you were able to put faces to names and make new connections with people. I would highly recommend individuals to go to this program at future conferences. The second half of the program was a presentation- “Toxic Stress in the Library: The Upstream Impact of Life Adversity on Children,” presented by Dr. Janina Fariñas and Johanna Ulloa Girón MSW. The dynamic and brilliant duo tackled important and relevant issues about toxic stress and how it influences the way public libraries provide services to children. They provided real-life examples and solutions which they…

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Finishing #alamw2018 strong with Bill Nye in real life! And Greg Mone too!

Science nerds and librarians were thrilled with a geeky and fun end to ALA Midwinter 2018 with Bill Nye (the science guy) and Greg Mone. Nye and Mone have a new middle-grade series out- Jack and the Geniuses, where kids go on scientific adventures around the world. The duo talked about their new series and interviewed one another. Here is some fun information I learned from the closing keynote: Bill Nye’s mom was a World War II Code Breaker! (Totally where he got his smarts) One of Jupiter’s moons- Europa is a fascinating area where there may (or may not) have been life. Side note (If Bill Nye could fund any expedition anywhere, it would be to Europa). One of Greg Mone’s and Bill Nye’s first interactions was surfing, where Bill kept talking about the science of waves etc. etc. People can eat three burritos for lunch on Antartica and then…

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New members dinner at #alamw18

The ALSC Membership committee tried something new at this conference, a fun dutch (pay your own way) dinner for new members during the first night of ALA Midwinter. There were about 25-attendees including new-to ALSC members, old friends and individuals from the membership committee. It was a fun way to connect with old and new friends and find a familiar face to navigate the conference with. The membership committee had a great time and we are looking forward to doing more events like this at future conferences, so be on the lookout!!

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The Great Ribbon Adventure #alamw2018

Books, buttons and tote bags are seemingly the most popular swag at library conferences. However the one is always the most fun to me is ribbons! I’m very impressed by the people who have 55-ribbon long chains under their conference badges. I’m lucky to have three (and then I spill coffee on them all) Here are some gems I found so far this year: What’s the favorite ribbon you got from Midwinter? Or any conference for that matter? Who has the record for longest ribbon-chain? If you could create your own ribbon, what would it be? Let me know in the comments!


Bill Morris Seminar at #alamw18

On Friday during ALA Midwinter, I had the privilege of attending the 2018 Bill Morris Seminar. Here a cohort of ALSC members were trained by the masters in book discussion and book evaluation. As I prepare to better myself as a gatekeeper of books and to truly place quality materials into children’s hands, here are five of my top takeaways: When evaluating books, leave your “at-home” stories there. Focus on information pertaining to the quality of the book, that will truly help the conversation move forward. Every committee is different and an award decision is truly based on the committees decision. A decision is based on the process of a large number of people (can go from 8-15). The committee is stronger together because committees are comprised of a multiple of background, world views and personalities. I heard the line, “trust the process,” many many times– there is an integrity…

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Small but mighty: Conquering February Library Events

For me, February is one of the most exciting but most overwhelming months in library-land. It’s the shortest month of the year and SO much is happening! Here is a small sampling of some February Library events and program ideas to go with them. I know I missed many, so please add ideas in the comments! February- African American History Month An important theme every month of the year, African American History Month is another opportunity to highlight amazing materials about past and current notable African Americans. Scavenger hunts are a simple, but fun and educational way to share knowledge with school-aged kids. I have also been pleased to find a growing amount of diverse and educational picture books for story times. February- National Library Lovers Month National Library lovers month is a great way to do shameless self-promotion for the best place ever- the library! One activity I did…

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First time at 2018 ALA Midwinter? Join Us for a Welcome Dinner

For new (and old) ALSC members, conferences can seem overwhelming. The ALSC membership committee wants to meet you and welcome you to ALSC and to Denver! What: ALSC “Dutch” (pay your own) Dinner When: Friday February 9th at 6:30 pm Where: Euclid Hall, 1317 14th Street Who: New ALSC members or first-time Midwinter attendees! Why: To learn more about ALSC, eat delicious food, make new friends and learn how to conquer the weekend! How: Please RSVP at this link: or email There’s More!: After dinner, a group will head to the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) event featuring illustrator Jillian Tamaki.  Anyone interested is invited to join.