ALSC is always on the lookout for people who would like to present online courses and webinars for ALSC members. Maybe you’ve considered submitting a proposal, but doubts have held you back. Need a little encouragement? Here are some of the top myths about teaching an online course or webinar for ALSC:
Thanks to the generosity of the Friends of ALSC, I was able to attend the recent ALSC Mini Institute in Atlanta. Having not previously been able to attend a national professional conference or workshop, it was extremely exciting and rewarding to be in the company of so many of my fellow youth librarians in a place of learning and engagement.
India is a land of contrasts. I often find myself straddling the gulf between two vastly different worlds. As a Teacher Librarian at an elite international school, I have the opportunity to work with some of the most privileged, promising children in the country. However, when I volunteer in the slum just a few blocks from my school there are 50 children crammed cheek-by-jowl into a tiny classroom.
Earlier this month, a family came into the Children’s Services department at the Allen County Public Library to use the computers. I happened to be collecting books for an upcoming “Check Out Diverse Books” program, so when the youngest boy told me his name was CJ, I showed him his namesake in the award-winning Last Stop On Market Street. When he saw that not only did he share a name with the character, but that the character looked like him too, CJ’s grin was SO HUGE!
Ever heard the story of the frog sisters on the Moon? Maybe the one about Coyote scattering the stars, or the magical fishhook in the sky that pulled the islands out of the ocean? Storytelling (digital and live) is a natural program tool for libraries. Traditional sky lore has multi-cultural dimensions that can enrich your programs with stories of the sun, moon, and stars from around the world.
Award season is upon us, as librarians across the country comb through the many wonderful picture books published in 2016 to choose the one most worthy of the coveted Caldecott medal. Just as some books are published with much fanfare and excitement, others quietly appear on library shelves. Without high publicity or recognition, they fend for themselves.
This is the time of the year in which public libraries are preparing for their Summer Reading Program. Ours will be called “Summer @ Your Library” as an initiative to transform our SRP in a more welcoming and inclusive program. This initiative also considers inviting teens with special needs to join our team of volunteers.
I’m a baby boomer who came to adulthood during the first flush of feminism. In those days we went to consciousness raising groups and talked about such radical notions as women in professions and getting help from men with housework and childcare. We’ve come a long way since those days. Women in the United States are now CEOs, scientists and serious presidential candidates who win the popular vote. Last year our country decided for the first time to put a woman’s image on our currency (what took so long?), a Muslim beauty contestant who wears the hajib strutted in a burkini during the swimsuit part of a pageant, and Mattel introduced Barbie dolls with more realistic and varied bodies.