ALA Annual 2018

Notable Children’s Books Discussion List – #alaac18

The ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is charged with identifying the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

ALA Midwinter 2018

Let the Good Food and Drinks Roll- #alaac18

“In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful. … With the best restaurants in New York, you’ll find something similar to it in Paris or Copenhagen or Chicago. But there is no place like New Orleans. So it’s a must-see city because there’s no explaining it, no describing it. You can’t compare it to anything. So, far and away New Orleans.” — Anthony Bourdain (this one’s for you)

Institute 2018

ALSC Connection at the 2018 National Institute #alsc18

National Institute 2018

Think the ALSC National Institute is just about breakout sessions and speakers? Think again! It is also a great place to network with other librarians and educators and learn about how you can get involved with ALSC. In addition to a great lineup of programs and some amazing keynote speakers, we have several ALSC Connection opportunities where Institute attendees can unwind, swap stories, and get a glimpse inside some of Cincinnati’s literary and historical institutions! On Wednesday, September 26, the Friends of ALSC are sponsoring a reception at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Mingle with others interested in library service to children while enjoying stunning views of the Ohio River, light hors d’ouevres and a cash bar. Attendees will also have the opportunity to explore some of the Freedom Center’s exhibits. This free event is open to everyone, even those who are not registered for the Institute. However, advance…

ALA Annual 2018

#alaac18: Staying Safe in New Orleans

There are under 3 weeks left until the ALA Annual! As the Chair of ALSC’s Local Arrangements Committee, I’m feeling that nervous combination of anticipation and excitement, like I’m the hostess for the biggest party I’ve ever imagined. And because I feel like all of the ALSC members in particular, and ALA members in general, are like friends or extended family, I want to make sure everyone stays safe while you’re here in my hometown. Most ALA Annual events are taking place in the Warehouse District, the area surrounding the Morial Convention Center. There are a lot of great restaurants and museums that you could experience just staying in that area, but I highly recommend also traveling across Canal Street and visiting the historic French Quarter. And just on the far side of the French Quarter is Frenchman Street in the Faubourg Marigny neighborhood, which is home to some of…

ALA Annual 2018

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program

ALSC Charlemae Rollins President's Program

As Annual Conference draws near, I invite you to the  2018 ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program, “Considering All Children: A New Ideal in Evaluating and Engaging around Books for Youth” on Monday, June 25 2018, from 1pm-2:30pm at the Ernest Morial Convention Center Rm 260-262, or on Twitter at #ALSCAllKids. The canon of American literature for children upholds “quality” and “excellence,” emphasizing that young readers deserve the very best.  But who is deciding which books stand out? How are some critics and some children privileged in our field’s thinking? How are some dismissed or made invisible?

ALA Annual 2018

Visit Literary New Orleans #alaac18

ALA Annual is just around the corner and ALSC’s Local Arrangements Committee is getting excited to welcome you to our home turf. If you’re planning on attending, don’t forget to check out our guide for information about transportation, dining, and more. And if you’re one of the unlucky “left behind” librarians, you can be there with us in spirit by checking out some of our favorite books that show off a distinct local flare. Adam Beebe (New Orleans Public Library) recommends: The Red Feather by Sherry Milam A boy notices a red feather blowing down his street and is suddenly overtaken by a second line parade with Mardi Gras Indians. This book has wonderful illustrations and rhyming verse full of Mardi Gras colloquialisms like “Iko Iko A Nay”. What I love most about this book is that the story manages to be educational while still exquisitely capturing the spirit and…