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…

Institute 2018

What’s the Big Idea? #alsc18 #act4kids

National Institute 2018

If our previous posts haven’t already enticed you to sign up for the ALSC Institute in Cincinnati this September, the inclusion of two “Big Ideas” sessions should seal the deal! New this year, the Big Ideas sessions will kick off Thursday’s and Saturday’s activities with top-of-mind topics discussed by industry leaders. In the Big Ideas session “A is for Advocacy,” a veritable who’s-who of children’s literature scholars will present their perspectives and action steps to bring diverse literature front and center in libraries and classrooms. The panel discussion runs from 11 am-12 pm on Thursday, September 27, and features four speakers: Edith Campbell is an Assistant Education Librarian at the Cunningham Memorial Library at Indiana State University, and blogs at CrazyQuiltEdi; Patricia E. Enciso is Professor of Literacy, Literature, and Equity Studies at Ohio State University, and the author of numerous publications; Jamie Campbell Naidoo is a Ph.D. and Foster-EBSCO…

Institute 2018

Keynote Speakers at the 2018 National Institute #alsc18 #act4kids

National Institute 2018

We are so excited for the opening general session of the 2018 ALSC National Institute with award winning author and illustrator Grace Lin! In addition to writing and illustrating fabulous books, Grace is an advocate for diversity and an inspiring speaker.  If you haven’t watched her excellent Tedx talk  “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf,” go ahead and watch. We’ll wait. Wasn’t that great? We can hardly wait to see, hear and meet Grace live and in person. Her new book, A Big Mooncake for Little Star, will be available in August from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – just in time for the Institute. After a good night’s sleep, you won’t want to miss this year’s Breakfast for Bill panel on Friday, September 28th.  Author Margarita Engle and two of her illustrators, Raúl Colón and Mike Curato, will discuss the creative collaboration process. Engle and Colón…