ALA Annual 2018

Wolves, alternative universes and legacies, Banquet #alacc18

From howling like wolves, to laughing at Erin E. Kellys illustrious illustration career, to bonding over the state of the world- the 2018 Newbery-Caldecott Legacy Banquet was a historic night to remember. ALA President Jim Neal told some jokes and even added five additional commandments about books and reading! ALSC President Nina Lindsay shared the groundbreaking news of changing the name of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Lifetime Achievement Award to the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. The food was delicious, the vibe was electric and it truly was a library prom. Many generous sponsors supported the banquet and many individuals were recognized on the big screen for their contributions to ALSC. The committees that selected the 2018 Caldecott, Newbery and Legacy Award Winners were also recognized. Without question, the highlight of the banquet was the phenomenal speeches by the award winners. The order of the speeches is Caldecott chair, Caldecott winner,…

Blogger Emily Bayci

Participatory design with kids #alaac2018 #reachout

Participatory design was an important buzz word when I was in grad school. My professors and classmates talked all the time about how librarians could involve our patrons in projects, in programs and have our community really be a part of what happens during a program. The theories and practices prove that participatory design creates more successful and beneficial programs, but it is hard to implement in real life, especially with children. It’s easy to let it slip to the wayside.

ALA Annual 2018

New Orleans Spirit Strong at #alaac2018

It’s not often that you can walk into a city and immediately feel a bumpin’ welcoming and relaxed jazz vibe. New Orleans is that city. From the moment I arrived at the airport, there was a welcoming jazz band playing music for conference attendees! All the workers were welcoming people to the city and giving advice on surviving the heat! The exhibit hall was getting set up, with pieces of New Orleans flair spicing it up! I took a walk down Bourbon Street and could see a mix of locals, tourists, college partiers and of course librarians. This is NOLA! and NOLA is more than ready for us. Are we ready for it?!  

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Take ALSC on a Road(show): Represent ALSC at a local event

Do you like meeting new people? Do you find yourself randomly talking about children’s librarianship topics? Do you want to spread your love of ALSC? If you answered yes to any of these questions, than an ALSC Roadshow is something you should do! No, that does not mean you will be singing about ALSC on the side of the road (though we all know that children’s librarians are natural performers). ALSC provides limited funding to members who are interested in staffing booths, presenting programs or coordinating social events at conferences, alumni events, or even local get-togethers! All you need to do is a fill out a request by visiting the roadshow portion of the ALSC website- http://www.ala.org/alsc/member-center/roadshow or filling out the form here. Requests can be for materials only, or for funds for a special event or to cover conference registration! Requestors must be ALSC member and all requests must…

Blogger Emily Bayci

Love and Children’s Books: Wedding Readings

Our wedding is five days away (four by the time this blog publishes) so clearly, love and marriage is high on my mind. Although our wedding does not use any of these, I can’t help but reflect on my favorite wedding readings about love from children’s literature. It seems right to start with one of the most beloved characters, Winnie the Pooh and the example of true friendship from A.A. Milne. “’If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.’ Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh?’ he whispered. ‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing,’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’ ‘We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet. ‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered. ‘If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together…there is something you must always…

Blogger Emily Bayci

Librarian Hacks: Tips for rough days

I love being a children’s librarian. But, who can honestly say it’s all peaches and roses 24 hours a day? Everyone is going to have a case of the Monday’s sometimes. Especially when Winter seems to be dragging on for a million months and the to-do list is never-ending and there are 8642 programs in a week but you already have to plan for six months in ahead… Here are some of my favorite “hacks” that make these tough days a little easier and some tips for getting thru them. Emergency storytime kit. -Books, a funky hat or puppet something you can grab in the “IforgotIwasdoingstorytimeandthere’s60toddlersrunningaroundscreaming” moments. Have some books ready that you are comfortable with. My fall backs are Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox and Say Hello Like This by Mary Murphy. Songs to fall back on. When the wiggles just don’t seem to be coming out…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Leadership and ALSC at #alamw18

One of my favorite parts of Ala Midwinter 2018 was the Leadership and ALSC program. It started with an opening message from ALSC President Nina Lindsay, an update from the ALA Washington office and then a part where everybody in the room introduced themselves and said where they worked and their affiliation with ALSC. This part was super awesome because you were able to put faces to names and make new connections with people. I would highly recommend individuals to go to this program at future conferences. The second half of the program was a presentation- “Toxic Stress in the Library: The Upstream Impact of Life Adversity on Children,” presented by Dr. Janina Fariñas and Johanna Ulloa Girón MSW. The dynamic and brilliant duo tackled important and relevant issues about toxic stress and how it influences the way public libraries provide services to children. They provided real-life examples and solutions which they…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Finishing #alamw2018 strong with Bill Nye in real life! And Greg Mone too!

Science nerds and librarians were thrilled with a geeky and fun end to ALA Midwinter 2018 with Bill Nye (the science guy) and Greg Mone. Nye and Mone have a new middle-grade series out- Jack and the Geniuses, where kids go on scientific adventures around the world. The duo talked about their new series and interviewed one another. Here is some fun information I learned from the closing keynote: Bill Nye’s mom was a World War II Code Breaker! (Totally where he got his smarts) One of Jupiter’s moons- Europa is a fascinating area where there may (or may not) have been life. Side note (If Bill Nye could fund any expedition anywhere, it would be to Europa). One of Greg Mone’s and Bill Nye’s first interactions was surfing, where Bill kept talking about the science of waves etc. etc. People can eat three burritos for lunch on Antartica and then…