Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Library Resolutions

Happy New Year! Over the years, I’ve started to give up on New Year’s Resolutions.  For me, they usually involve some form of overachieving or totally revamping something, and then when I eventually give up, I feel horrible. This year, I’ve decided to not have personal resolutions, but instead professional ones; resolutions that will help me be a better librarian and better serve my community. Below are my top 3.

Blogger Alexa Newman

Workplace Dress Codes – Does Your Library Have One?

The next two weeks at work are a couple of my favorites. You would probably assume the reason for this is because of the holidays: time off, free treats to be found everywhere, and most everyone is in a good mood. In reality, they rank up there because my library is running a Jeans for Charity event. Two or three times a year, our staff is allowed to wear jeans in exchange for a $5 minimum donation to charity. A different charity is selected each time. Past beneficiaries include animal shelters, Family Alliance (a health service), and a battered women’s shelter. Why, Alexa, (you ask) are you so excited to wear jeans?  Because my library has a dress code. A dress code that prohibits blue jeans, shorts, sneakers, t-shirts with writing (other than our SRP shirts), and backless shoes. It is probably best escribed as business-professional. I do enjoy dressing…

Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Trending Tweenward

Anyone who has worked with me probably knows that I have a special place in my heart for Tweens. I love tween books and tween programs.  At my old branch, we had a Tween Area, and I have even graced a few of my Tweens’ Snapchats. What I also like about Tweens is that they are a bridge.  They are bridge to Children’s Librarians and Teen Librarians, to us and Teen Services- particularly if you are like me and serving as a Children’s and Teen Librarian!  In my experience when you say “I’m a Children’s Librarian” to someone, what comes to mind is younger kids. Tweens can sometimes be forgotten or overlooked, making me wonder if there will ever be a Tween Librarian position. I guess it was a no brainer that I attended YALSA’s 2017 YA Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky two weeks ago.  I sat in on sessions ranging…

Blogger Angela Reynolds

At the last

This is my last regular post for the ALSC blog: life and job and projects have taken over. I’ve been doing this since 2008; it is time to move aside and let some fresh voices in. I have certainly enjoyed my time here as a regular blogger: it has given me a place to share ideas, programs,  and experiences. Blogging for ALSC has helped me grow as a professional, has allowed me to look at what I do as a librarian and share it with others. We can learn so much from fellow librarians in person, at conferences, via blogs, and on Twitter. I absolutely intend to keep reading the ALSC blog, as it is a great place for news, ideas, issues, conference updates, association happenings, and of course, books. Working with the ALSC blog staff has been great: they make it easy to post and their enthusiasm and encouragement…

Blogger Alexa Newman

A Super! Library Card, or, A Nerd Finds Bliss with a Piece of Plastic

September was Library Card Sign-Up Month, and my library promoted it, as did many of yours, I’m sure. ALA offered several promotional aids, downloads, and materials for Library Card Sign-Up Month. This year’s honorary chairs were the Teen Titans. Cool, huh?! Some libraries partner with local businesses to offer discounts when you present your library card. The Crystal Lake Public Library in Crystal Lake, IL (my home library) is one such library. Businesses they have partnered with include both national and locally owned shops and restaurants including Wendy’s, Chili’s, Dairy Queen, and Jersey Mikes. My library offered small gifts for both patrons signing up for new cards and for people who just showed their cards to desk staff. We also offered a limited edition Teen Titans library card. What was extra cool, in my humble and nerdy opinion, was that patrons (and staff) could exchange their current card for the…

Blogger Alexa Newman

Growing Pains

  Jackhammers, shattering glass, cranes, bulldozers, earthmovers, and more.  Things have been pretty chaotic for me and my coworkers this past month.  We have started a Library expansion project.  So, that’s where my mind has been turned lately. It’s been exciting and frustrating in turns.  The construction noise has been a challenge for us and our patrons. I wish I could accurately describe the cacophony.  It is fun to watch the construction work and to chart the progress of the project.       We are packing up books and furniture to put into storage: the movers arrived this morning.  Finding materials has become a bit of an adventure. Many collections have been shifted or moved entirely.  Shelving is coming down and being relocated. Meanwhile we are trying to carry on programming and services as per usual.   We are running five youth programs this morning, one youth and one teen program this…

Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

A New Classic

Yesterday, Jonda McNair posted about classic Coretta Scott King (CSK)  books on the CSK Blog.  McNair pointed out that often when one thinks of a classic book, they do not think of books written by and about African-Americans. Citing an article she wrote in The Reading Teacher in 2010, McNair shares what her criteria for a classic book in African-American literature are- often  books can be grouped into three categories: “universal experiences (e.g., death, love, and friendship) from an African American perspective, breakthrough books that are a “first” in some way or break new ground, and literary innovation (e.g., use of language, style, etc.).” At the end of the post, Jonda shares the titles of some CSK winners that meet this criteria, and are what she considers CSK Classics, one of which is a personal favorite, Everett Anderson’s Goodbye. As I sat on the train this morning to work, I thought about classics…