ALSC Online Courses

Postmodern Picturebooks: Changing Minds for Life

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Did you know we recently began offering this new course: Postmodern Picturebooks: Changing Minds for Life? Reading practices may limit reader potential and significantly impact life choices. Wait… What? As a librarian or educator working with young readers, you are in a position to change minds for life through guiding reader engagement with postmodern picturebooks. In this five week online course, you will explore the potential of several postmodern picturebooks to draw children in and excite their imaginations. You will develop practical resources for using these books with young readers by examining specific features of the books, generating storytime plans, and preparing parent guides for several exciting postmodern picturebooks. Registration is open! According to our evaluations, students have mentioned that they learn better when there are more participants in the course. Register today and tell a friend or colleague! Learn more about this course/instructor and take a look at the course syllabus….

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Libraries Abroad #PLA2018 #ALSCtour

At the PLA Conference I had the chance to attend a session called “Library Road Trips: Building Relationships with Libraries Abroad” and it was fun to hear the presenter talk about libraries in another countries (Cynthia spoke mostly about European countries). When I first started with ALSC it was exciting to learn that, in addition to our amazing members in the United States, we have a nice handful of international members! Most of our international members are from Canada, but we do have members in other parts of the world and I wanted to share some of these places here: Australia Greece Singapore Thailand Germany Saudi Arabia and more! At this session during PLA, the presenter explained some fun facts about these other libraries she visited and how they’re similar and different to what we might be used to. For example, she stated that many are facing similar challenges we’re…

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Engaging the Latino Community #PLA2018

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(Re)Building Latina/o Outreach: Steps to Engaging Your Community After attending my first Pura Belprè Celebration last year at Annual, I promised myself to attend more sessions and events which revolved around my culture. On Thursday at PLA 2018, I attended a great session called (Re)Building Latina/o Outreach: Steps to Engaging Your Community. What was great about the presentation was that many of the suggestions didn’t only apply to the Latino community – they applied to all types of cultures we might be serving in our spaces.

ALSC Online Courses

ALSC Spring Online Courses

ALSC Spring Courses

We have three online courses open for the Spring! NEW Course ALERT! Postmodern Picturebooks: Changing Minds for Life: Reading practices may limit reader potential and significantly impact life choices. Wait… What? As a librarian or educator working with young readers, you are in a position to change minds for life through guiding reader engagement with postmodern picturebooks. In this five week online course, you will explore the potential of several postmodern picturebooks to draw children in and excite their imaginations. You will develop practical resources for using these books with young readers by examining specific features of the books, generating storytime plans, and preparing parent guides for several exciting postmodern picturebooks. Learn more about this course, instructor, and how to register. Other featured courses: STEM Programs Made Easy Storytelling with Puppets Each of our online courses are limited to 30 students and begin April 2nd. Members receive a reduced rate…

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The 2018 ALSC National Institute…it’s coming!

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Wow, 2018 is here already! I remember when I first started my position with ALSC last year there was so much talk happening around the 2018 ALSC National Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio. I’m thrilled that the time is almost here! We’ve made some major exciting announcements over the past few months. Did you miss any of them? Here they are: Award winning author, Grace Lin, will be presenting our Opening General Session! Check out the press release. Our Breakfast for Bill speakers will include authors and illustrators, Margarita Engle, Raúl Colón, and Mike Curato! Check out the press release. Brian Selznick and David Serlin will be presenting our Closing General Session! Check out the press release. All Aboard! Embracing Advocacy and Inclusion! The programs lined up for the institute have also been fun to look through. As a new employee, I’ve been learning so much through our webinars, community forums,…

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Archived Webinar: Get Involved with ALSC!

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On Wednesday, November 8, Vice-President/President-Elect, Jamie Campbell Naidoo, led us through “Get Involved with ALSC: Navigating Opportunities within the Organization.” This fun, free, and informative webinar helped members and prospective members learn different ways to get involved with our organization…and as a 6-month-old employee, it also helped me! Communication within ALSC. Get in on this “ALSC goodness!” There are many different outlets for communication within ALSC. One of my favorites has been ALSC-L, our listserv. As Jamie mentioned, you do NOT need to be a member of ALSC to join ALSC-L. This listserv is an outlet where individuals with questions or recommendations related to library service to children can communicate. The amount of knowledge sharing that happens on this listserv has been super helpful for me as a person learning more about librarianship. It fascinates me when a subscriber posts that they are looking for a book in which they…

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Submit an ALSC Roadshow Request!

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The Roadshow…not just for conferences! So far this fiscal year we’ve approved one ALSC Roadshow request for the Idaho Library Conference which took place in October. We love when our members are willing to represent ALSC at their local conferences! But the ALSC Roadshow request isn’t just for conference events! Having 4,000+ members spread out across the country (and beyond) makes it an interesting task to figure out ways to connect as many members as possible. If you are interested in arranging a local get-together in your area to connect with other ALSC members or prospective ALSC members, I encourage you to submit an ALSC Roadshow request! Requests should be submitted at least four weeks in advance to give the Membership Committee enough time to discuss and come to a decision on your application. You can view the criteria and more information on our website. If you have any questions…

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Banned Books Week from a Grad Student’s Perspective

Occasionally, the ALSC staff has the pleasure of working with interns early in their careers. Sometimes they are future librarians, and sometimes they aspire to enter a different but related field. That was the case of one of our recent intern, Sania Zaffar. She is a student at Loyola University in Chicago studying to become a Special Education elementary teacher. When Sania began working with ALSC, she was not familiar with Banned Books Week, so she spent some time with Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director of the Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) to learn all about it. One of the things that stood out during their conversation was that books targeted toward middle-age youth are more challenged or banned than those for younger children. Check out Sania’s article, Never Judge a [Children’s] Book by Its Cover to find out more about why. This does not mean picture books are never called into…