According to a March 2 report on CNN, there have been 12 school shootings thus far in 2018. While the debate rages on how best to prevent future gun-related tragedies from happening, one thing is certain: public outcry and the demand for legislative change regarding gun laws have reached an all-time high.
About ALA Midwinter…it’s two weeks later and I am still fueled by the professional development, networking, dynamic work session with the Public Awareness Committee and bold direction of ALSC leadership. Here’s my short list of actions and share outs with my home team.
This past weekend marked the fifth annual Activist Academy Training of the Idaho chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). From an engaging workshop on power analysis, to an informative session on lobbying, it was a day packed with information for any aspiring Everyday Advocate.
In late 2017, the Public Awareness Committee sent out a Championing Children’s Services survey to ALSC members. We will be using the data to create a Toolkit later in 2018, but we would like to share some of the fascinating results with you now!
Fangirls and Fanboys: If you’ve been longing to do a fandom-based program at your library but don’t quite know where to begin, here’s a helpful guide to get you started.
When you think of winter, you may picture snow, holiday decorations, gift giving, delicious treats, and time spent with family or friends. You may also visualize yourself reading a good book by the fire while the rain taps on the window. A great way to combine all of these fun elements of winter is to offer a Winter Learning program at your library!
You hear a lot about gratitude this time of year. As an ALSC member, I am so grateful that ALSC is continually developing materials to aid me in better serving the diverse communities in which I live and work. The online resources available under the Professional Tools for Librarians Serving Youth section of the ALSC website have grown, and now include an additional section under Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Building on the “Supporting Libraries in Today’s Changing Environment” document created earlier this year, this new piece is called Serving Diverse Communities. It contains a list of resources intended to help librarians support children and families through uncertain times. While no means exhaustive, the list is wide-ranging in content. A printable pdf is available. Trying to create a display of reassuring reads for kids? Booklists such as Unity. Kindness. Peace. are included under Book & Media Lists. Searching for the best…
The ALSC Public Awareness Committee, in conjunction with ALSC Leadership, is working on a new campaign that will help you promote all the terrific things Children’s Librarians do to those who hold public office.