ALA Annual 2017

ALA Chicago – The Great and The Cool

As a first timer in an ALA Conference, I felt the energy, curiosity, and overwhelming desire to attend as many programs and listen to as many amazing authors and speakers as possible. This trip was possible, in part, thank to the 2017 ALSC Penguin Young Readers Group Award, which allowed me to attend the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and the Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet. The Great: Teen Space Upon my arrival, I set foot in the Harold Washington Library Center. Here, I attended three STEM tours for children, teens, and adults. Each one of these STEM spaces was designed based on age group and space. The Children’s STEM space used a large STEM table where children could build drawing materials from a Maker Space organizer unit on a daily basis. No need for a STEM staff. This initiative is based on children’s interest, curiosity to navigate the Maker Space unit, and desire…

ALA Annual 2017

Five Tips for Newbies Attending an ALA Conference

For many librarians, June means the ALA Annual Conference, but for we children’s librarians, June means the start of Summer Reading! I’d never attended the annual conference before, in part because that time of year is the busiest time of year for us at the library. Going out of town in the days before SRC officially kicked off always seemed impossible. But after hearing raves about the 2016 conference from other children’s librarians, I was determined to finally attend Chicago in 2017!

Awards & Scholarships

Suggestions for the Batchelder Award?

ALSC Personal Members are invited to suggest titles for the 2018 Batchelder Award given to an American publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originally published in a foreign language in a foreign country and subsequently published in English in the United States during 2017. Please remember that only books from this publishing year are under consideration for the 2018 award. Publishers, authors and illustrators may not suggest their own books. The deadline for suggestions by ALSC members is October 15, 2017 so there is sufficient time to consider the suggestion before the Midwinter Meeting. Please use the submission form at http://www.ala.org/alsc/shib_login/?q=batchelder-suggestion-form-2018. The award will be announced at the Youth Media Awards press conference during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in February 2018. For more information about the award, visit the ALSC website at http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/batchelderaward/batchelderabout ************************************************************************************************ Today’s guest post was written by Mary Beth Dunhouse,…

Awards & Scholarships

Silver and Gold: a Call for Volunteers

“The job of a child is to learn as much as possible about the world through new eyes that cast no judgment. It is not that they cannot handle inconvenient truths; it is we as adults who shy away from controversial topics and feel uncomfortable — even ashamed.” This quote is from Javaka Steptoe’s 2017 Caldecott Medal Acceptance Speech, which I am still re-reading, along with his CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance Speech.   This particular quote is interesting to me because, taking it out of context as I have, I am curious about what each of us as librarians and educators who work with children and books imagine are the inconvenient truths we feel uncomfortable, “even ashamed,” in confronting. At the end of his speech, after giving thanks to Leo (and Diane) Dillon and Jerry Pinkney, the only other African Americans to receive the Caldecott Medal, he thanked his father John…