ALSC members Christine Caputo and Marianne Martens recently attended the 2017 International Federation of Libraries and Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in Wroclaw (pronounced something like vrot-slav), Poland. Wroclaw is a beautiful city in western Poland, that in 2016 was both the European capital of culture and also the world book capital. The world book capital makes perfect sense based on the number of bookstores in the city, and the beautiful libraries.
Author Julia Finley Mosca and illustrator Daniel Rieley have broken a barrier with The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin. One of the first autistic persons to speak publicly about her condition, Dr. Grandin’s insight into the minds of cows, and her perseverance, led her into the halls of corporate America and changed the ethical standards for processing meat. Dr. Grandin has received numerous honors and written many books.
Beginning last month, we began a feature in which we profile ALSC Board members. We hope to offer information about the people who work to guide the organization so that you can feel more comfortable in reaching out to them with your concerns, questions, or comments. To continue this series, we invite you to meet ALSC Fiscal Officer, Paula Holmes.
Too many bad things are happening in the news lately: crowds marching for hate, raging wildfires, devastating floods in Texas, the destructive hurricane in Florida, the Clovis-Carter City library shooting… It’s times like these we look for comfort in our dear family and friends and try to find sanctuary (maybe in a park or library).
It’s Everybody Plays day at Simsbury Public Library in Connecticut, and I stop for a moment to look around our large program room. Children and adults are trying out the balance path, playing at the train table, digging their hands into the rice bin, and rolling a ball through the tunnel into the play tent. One little one in particular has his curly head bent over the sensory table, which holds lots of different kinds of beans today.
The Notable Children’s Recordings committee wants to hear from you! We are seeking suggestions from ALSC members (current, individual) of new children’s recordings that they have enjoyed this year.
We can all recall those long mornings, filling out paper work at the doctor’s office while stashing a tissue box under your elbow, looking up between the clock and the door to the examination rooms. Calculating it’s not worth staring at those two items, you might glance over to the magazine rack and pick up something to browse through. Now, what if, as your name was called, you brought the magazine in with you and could discuss what you read with your doctor?
Children’s librarians remain a vital necessity in the community, since most children are influenced by their local libraries. Children’s librarians are responsible for a wide range of responsibilities and must maintain and establish the skills necessary to provide the best services.