Books of Comfort for Children in Crisis

Cover image of child being consoled by an adult

For me, one of the most comforting lines in children’s literature occurs at the conclusion of Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Max, who has been out and about in his wild rumpus returns home and finds his supper waiting for him, “and it was still hot”. But for many children such comfort has been stripped from them for any number of reasons, natural disaster, death, horrific loss…

Blogger Alexa Newman

Kits, Bundles, and Theme Bags: Do You Have Them, and, What Do You Call Them?

Are you looking for new and different ways to get learning resources into the hands of your patrons? For the past couple of years, my library (the Algonquin Area Public Library in Algonquin, Illinois)  has been adding new collections of kits, bundles, and theme bags. They are proving to be very popular with our patrons; so much so that we are expanding them and looking for new ideas to explore. In this post, I’ll be introducing four of our most popular formats. These learning resources are valuable on several fronts. They are time savers for customers who are in a hurry, but need more than one item on a topic.  Many are aimed at building early literacy skills, or focus on specific academic subject areas. Others are great budget savers.They can be checked out and returned, and families don’t have to buy expensive toys and gadgets, instead they have the…

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Collecting for Makers

Depending on who you speak to, “Maker” culture is either a revolutionary new idea that has revitalized library services or a clever re-branding of programs libraries were already providing. Whatever your viewpoint, Maker culture continues to grow and thrive. We’ve had a Makerspace since 2013 in our library, but the past six months have seen an unprecedented uptick of patrons exploring the options in our TEA Room – Technology, Engineering, and the Arts. As a new generation of children discover the art supplies, circuit boards, and the 3D printer, we are examining anew our “maker” collection and its greater purpose in the library. When we originally opened our Makerspace, we wanted to have a collection of books that lived in the room and was specifically for its use. We purchased about 25 books – duct tape craft ideas, origami books, Raspberry Pi guides, and many more. But we quickly ran into…

ALA Midwinter 2017

Top Rainbow Reads for Kids!

At ALA Midwinter I had the honor of finishing my time on the Rainbow Booklist Committee with two days of interesting discussions about wonderful books.  I am pleased to share with you our final list of the best LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) books for kids and teens that were published between July 2015 and December 2016. You can find the entire list on the Rainbow Booklist website; I am going to highlight the top books for kids through grades 6 here. The final list includes almost 50 titles and of these we selected a top 10. Top ten titles are indicated with an *.

ALA Midwinter 2017

Notable Children’s Books – 2017 Discussion List

The 2017 Notable Children’s Books Selection committee, chaired by Paige Bentley-Flannery,  has been hard at work all year reading, re-reading, & evaluating books published in the 2016 calendar year to arrive at a list of nominated titles. At the ALA Midwinter Meetings, the committee will be discussing the nominated titles and they invite you to listen in.

ALA Midwinter 2017

Notable Children’s Videos – 2017 Discussion List

The 2017 (Andrew) Carnegie Notable Children’s Videos Committee, chaired by Joanna Fabicon, will be discussing more than 20 DVDs published in 2016 and invite you to listen in. This committee is tasked with two functions: first, to select the most distinguished American Video (DVD) for children; and second, to select and annotate a list of notable videos of interest to children.