Rethinking Literacy Conference

Media Mentorship made its debut in Maine on April 27, 2017 at the 28th Annual Reading Round Up of Children’s and Young Adult (YA) Librarians. The conference, Rethinking Literacy: Multiple Literacies for the 21st Century, kicked off with a rollicking performance by John Schumacher (a.k.a. Mr. Shu) the Ambassador of School Libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. Sessions were on a multitude of topics: best graphic novels; engaging ESL students; an arts approach to literacy; workshops on best apps for school and public libraries; using digital technologies to reshape literacy; exploring media literacy, and more.

ALA Annual 2017

Preconference to Delve into 2017 Award Honor Books

ALSC Preconference - June 23, 2017

Attending the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago? Plan to arrive early and attend the ALSC PREconference, “Perceive. Rise. Engage: Celebrate the 2017 ALSC Honor Books,” scheduled for Friday, June 23, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us in conversation with authors, illustrators, and publishers as we celebrate and explore the 2017 Batchelder, Caldecott, Geisel, Newbery, Pura Belpré, and Sibert Honor Books. The event will feature three separate panel discussions with honorees, and lunch is included. Panel Discussions Panel 1: Perceive 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Our life’s experiences color the way we perceive the world around us. Panelists will offer their insights into the different ways that we observe our environments. Panelists include: David Milgrim, Geisel honoree for Go Otto Go Taylor Norman, associate editor, Chronicle Books, publisher of Over the Ocean, Batchelder Honor Book Greg Pizzoli, Geisel honoree for Good Night Owl Eric Rohmann, Sibert honoree for…

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Think Spring? Think Books!

March…how did that happen?!?  2017 seems to be passing with ever more speed.  With much of the country enjoying warm temperatures recently, we can all hope that spring comes quickly. When winter finally leaves, my thoughts turn to BookExpo 2017, which will be held in New York City at the Javits Center, from Wednesday, May 31 – Friday, June 2. If you are not familiar with BookExpo, it bills itself as the #1 book and author event in the United States.  Many ALA members attend the event in addition to ALA Annual, as the authors in attendance and books promoted at each are not the same…especially the authors! If you do go to BookExpo 2017, here are a few thoughts and tips based on my experiences that I hope you will find helpful: I encounter a lot people who work outside the library world at BookExpo, including non-profit workers, educators and…

ALA Midwinter 2017

Mid-Winter Round Up

What an exciting time to be on the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee! Censorship, privacy, equity of access, diversity and information literacy are all hot button issues across the country.  It might be fair to say this is a challenging time as well.   At the ALA Midwinter Conference, this Committee considered how we might safeguard and promote the intellectual freedom of children despite the advent of a more conservative political environment.