ALSC Board Member Profile

Meet Your ALSC Board: Chris Caputo

Late this past summer, we began a feature in which we profile ALSC Board members. We hope to offer information about the people who work to guide the organization so that you can feel more comfortable in reaching out to them with your concerns, questions, or comments. To continue this series, we invite you to meet ALSC Board member, Christine Caputo. ********************************************************************************************************* Why did you join ALSC? How long have you been a member? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables? I went to college to become a school librarian and in my junior year, one of my professors talked to my class about professional organizations, including ALA, ALSC, and AASL.  Feeling flush with money from my part-time job, I gleefully joined all three as a way to connect to other librarians across the country. I’ve been a member of ALSC for almost 30 years (minus a…

Guest Blogger

Library Support for a Community in Grief

On Friday, May 19th of this year, 36-year-old Terrance Miles was murdered at 12:15 AM outside his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as he took trash to the dumpster. Miles was an assistant football coach at Northside High School, a basketball and football coach with Metro Youth Sports, an administrator at Forest Park Elementary School, a mentor with the Boys & Girls Club, and the father of two.  His was the 11th homicide in Allen County in 2017. The Tecumseh Branch of the Allen County Public Library, located between Forest Park Elementary and Northside High School, serves as a community hub where students wait for parents to pick them up after work.  That Friday after school, students entered in small, distraught clusters.  They’d just received a letter informing families of his death. When a student asked us to display a photo of Miles on the reference desk, it snapped into…


Santa’s Little Helper…Gift Guides at The Public Library!

There are lots of great gift guides out there but the best, in my opinion, is the library! How great is it that you can check out a book first to see if you want to buy it for someone! Here are a few suggestions! Want something interactive for preschoolers and younger? Try these three! Scholastic’s “Touch and Feel” Winter (ISBN 978-1—3381-6145-8)  is sensory fun for toddlers. It isn’t a story, but rather a padded board book of words (warm fire, reindeer, slippers, etc.) on each page and most pages do have something to feel (foil paper, fake fur, foam marshmallow for the cocoa, etc.).The four children featured are of various ages and two of them appear to be diverse. Practice making a real taco recipe with flaps, wheels, and tabs in Tacos! An Interactive Recipe Book (ISBN 978-0-7148-7505-7) and if you like it, try both Pizza and Pancakes in…

Friends of ALSC

Student Gift Membership Recipient – Angela Bair

In January 2017, free two-year ALSC/ALA memberships were granted to 100 students. These memberships were made possible through funds from the Friends of ALSC. The objective of this pilot program is to encourage and support new professionals in their ALSC membership and engagement and to begin networking, taking advantage of professional development, and career support. Below is a post written by student gift recipient, Angela Bair, on her journey thus far with ALSC.