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Naomi Shihab Nye’s 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture Supplement

Arbuthnot Lecture Supplement

The 2018 Children & Libraries (CAL) digital supplement, featuring Naomi Shihab Nye’s 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, is now available. Published in addition to the four quarterly issues of CAL, the supplement allows for the Arbuthnot lecture to be released in a more timely fashion following the live event. Readers no longer have to wait for the fall or winter issue to read the annual lecture. The 2018 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, “Refreshments Will Be Served: Our Lives of Reading & Writing,” was delivered by Nye on April 28 at the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center in Bellingham, Washington. And in case you missed it… The 2019 Arbuthnot Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Debbie Reese at the University of Wisconsin at Madison! Learn more about Dr. Debbie Reese on the ALSC website.  

ALA Annual 2018

ALSC New Member Dinner at #alaac18

The first new member dinner was coordinated by the ALSC Membership Committee in Denver at MW 2018! We were so excited to host another dinner here in New Orleans for the 2018 Annual Conference. A group of about 24 people met this evening at Outlaw Pizza Company at 6:30pm. A few thanks… Thank you to Outlaw Pizza Company for providing us with a nice private space and great customer service! The food was excellent! My second thank you goes out to our Membership Committee for coordinating this dinner again. Trying to find a big enough (affordable) space, make a flyer, reach out to new ALSC/conference members, get confirmations, and coordinate food is not always the easiest, but they made it happen here in New Orleans. My third thank you is for all who came, mingled, and took a slice of pizza home with them (there was a lot!). And finally my fourth…

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ALSC Teams Up with NSLA for National Summer Learning Day!

National Summer Learning Day 2018

National Summer Learning Day (NSLD) is coming up on July 12! ALSC has partnered with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to spread the word about how libraries keep kids learning during summer break. Ways you can celebrate: We encourage you to host a program or event on July 12 to join in on the National Summer Learning Day fun! Check out some of the events already posted to the NSLA database. If you are hosting a special summer learning event, we encourage you to register it here so your community members can find it. Librarians are encouraged to participate in a read aloud of Trombone Shorty, which is the official National Read Aloud Book for NSLD! NSLA has a ton of useful resources to share the impact of summer learning in their Knowledge Center. Some of these resources include a Digital Action Toolkit for Museums and Libraries, an archived webinar on Summer…

ALSC Online Courses

Postmodern Picturebooks: Changing Minds for Life

postmodern picturebooks

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

PLA presentation photo

(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!

ALSC institute graphic

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,…