Category Archives: Blogger Kiera Parrott

Making the Leap from Library to Non-Library Positions

I am a librarian. I am a librarian the way that I am brunette or a vegetarian or a chocolate-lover or a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Being a librarian is part of my essential self-concept. When I am … Continue reading


Middle grade or YA?

Putting aside instances of violence, sex, and spicy language, I’ve often found myself debating the placement of particular books and where they fall on the middle grade-young adult spectrum. Back in my children’s lit course in library school, we learned … Continue reading


Hosting an Unconference in a Few Easy Steps

Since 2009, my library has organized and hosted a one-day unconference for youth services librarians called KidLibCamp. Our very first unconference was organized by Linda Braun (YALSA Past President) in collaboration with then-Head of Children’s Services, Gretchen Caserotti. The event … Continue reading

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A Wild Ride at the ALSC Preconference #ala2013

If you’re feeling a bit numb this morning, it may be because I used up ALL THE FEELINGS at yesterday’s ALSC Preconference, A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal. There was so much picture book love, author and … Continue reading

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A Visit to ChiPubLib #ala2013

Today I stopped by the majestic Harold Washington Library Center of the Chicago Public Library. Opened to the public in 1991, this neo-classical gem is the landmark library in the city. With nine floors, including the grand Winter Garden and … Continue reading

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Reorganizing Non-fiction: A Dewey Hybrid Model

Almost five years after reorganizing our picture book collection we recently decided to commit to a plan and dig in to a full-on rethinking of the children’s non-fiction collection.  The project, called Operation Awesome NonFic Reorg (at least that’s what … Continue reading


Play Boxes: Mini Playspaces in Your Library

About a year ago I became fascinated with playspaces popping up in public libraries around the country. Miniature kitchens, corner art stations, neat science-themed installations. Yes! I decided to investigate and see if we could develop a playspace out of … Continue reading


Caldecott Secrets

Looking for some juicy inside gossip on the secret discussions that took place at this year’s Caldecott Committee meetings? Sorry to say you won’t find them here- or anywhere for that matter. Members who serve on ALSC award committees sign … Continue reading

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