Awards & Scholarships

Silver and Gold: a Call for Volunteers

“The job of a child is to learn as much as possible about the world through new eyes that cast no judgment. It is not that they cannot handle inconvenient truths; it is we as adults who shy away from controversial topics and feel uncomfortable — even ashamed.” This quote is from Javaka Steptoe’s 2017 Caldecott Medal Acceptance Speech, which I am still re-reading, along with his CSK Illustrator Award Acceptance Speech.   This particular quote is interesting to me because, taking it out of context as I have, I am curious about what each of us as librarians and educators who work with children and books imagine are the inconvenient truths we feel uncomfortable, “even ashamed,” in confronting. At the end of his speech, after giving thanks to Leo (and Diane) Dillon and Jerry Pinkney, the only other African Americans to receive the Caldecott Medal, he thanked his father John…

Blogger Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee

Beyond GLBT Book Month: Don’t Forget GLBTQ Families After June’s Over

Crayons in rainbow order

For the last three years, June is GLBT Book Month has been observed by the American Library Association. Libraries of all types from across the country have participated through promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other queer-related literature to people of all ages. In its short history with ALA, GLBT Book Month has already had a large effect in getting GLBTQ books into the hands of our communities. GLBT Book Month is a great time to fill a librarian’s quiver with arrows they can use all year long. Many wonderful people in the LIS community put together book lists and ideas that can be used throughout June to highlight these resources. But don’t just sequester these ideas in the back of your mind and pack up all the rainbows when July 1 rolls around! Taking a moment to focus on a specific kind of literature is good. In the midst…

Blogger Building Partnerships committee

Sharing a Love of Reading – Prime Time Family Reading

Prime Time Family is a national family engagement program designed to build a love of reading.  In 2012 the program was brought to Washington State by Humanities Washington’s Family Reading program.  The King County Library System began offering Prime Time in 2012 in partnership with Humanities Washington at one elementary school in our service area.  It has since grown to six weekly sessions in 4-6 libraries each year. Prime Time Family Reading is curriculum-based.  The curriculum, created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 1991, emphasizes the importance of families reading together to discuss significant cultural and ethical themes. The program creates a precondition for future learning by empowering parents and caregivers of 6-10 year olds to help their children enjoy reading and improve their reading abilities. Over the six weeks, families with children ages 3-10 participate in weekly 90-minute sessions held in the evening at King County Library…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Top Takeaways from 2017 FLA Conference

2017 FLA Conference

Two words – water. slide. Ok, technically not one of the takeaways, but WOW!  what a site for a conference!           The FLA Conference will be held at Caribe Royale in Orlando, Florida for two more years.  That’s two more chances to enjoy an amazing facility in the tinsel-coated heart of Orlando.  You have to be a guest to sashay down the slippery path of watery fun, but it is so worth it! Turns out, I’m the only one who said this was a top-five takeaway.  Let’s explore what everyone else had to say. Here’s Your Top 10 Takeaways! Networking!  This was the #1 of the takeaways by FLA conference attendees in an informal, unscientific poll.  Networking is a chance to catch up with colleagues, make new ones and hear about the latest from around the Sunshine State. Pre-Conference Rocked! – “We received very practical, helpful information that could be utilized immediately.” Performers Showcase…