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.
I did it. I finally did it. And greeting me in my inbox were the words: “Someone, probably you, requested to create or renew your password for your list server account alscboard.” Yes, indeed, it was “probably me.” But do I dare follow the link to officially subscribe to the ALSC Board Electronic Discussion List? Do I dare follow the conversations and decision making processes of library rockstars?
We bet you heard about the ALSC Early Programs and Services Committee three minute survey to determine future projects that will benefit you. Now you can “refer a friend” and win a prize!
Science. Technology. Engineering. Art. Math. Libraries all over are offering children and families the opportunity to experience STEAM programming on a daily basis. The beauty of these interdisciplinary programs is that they allow children a chance to explore, learn, and think creatively in a vibrant community space. Last year, ALSC received funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to provide twelve minigrants to ALSC members. These minigrants enabled libraries to provide out-of-school time STEAM learning for children in their communities. This year, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has again presented ALSC with a $124,528 Youth Literacy grant. If you have a fabulous idea for STEAM learning at your library and are in need of funding for your brilliant plans, you can apply for one of twelve $5,000 minigrants here: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/CYdeVGNdgW5jf2db2EMub1f1 . Applications are due by October 20th, so start brainstorming today! ALSC has also developed the Librarian…