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Winter Learning @ Your Library!

Image of a Winter Landscape

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!

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Serving Diverse Communities

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…

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Follow the ALSC Board!

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?

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Strengthening Communities Through Libraries: STEAM Programming Toolkit and Minigrants

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…