Respect is a theme that kept popping up in my recent reading. I’m catching up on some middle-school fiction and dealing with demeaning, diminishing and disrespectful behavior from peers and adults is a motif that recurs over and over. Of course, it’s an issue that persists into the adult world. How people communicate on social media and in the comments section in traditional media has gotten lots of attention recently. Freedom of speech is easier to love if the speech isn’t directed at you.
Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Rhonda Pai.
There’s a new group of activists on the block – the Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI). This translator-led group includes editors and librarians. Our mission is to promote the increased publication of translations from other countries (the numbers are pitifully low) and to provide resources to help librarians understand how to use these titles so if they do get purchased they don’t sit on the shelf and then get withdrawn for lack of circulation.
While ordering some new board books to beef up our well-loved collection, I made a discovery. These books pack a powerful punch of feel-good that we could all use. Here’s why you and I need to keep several nearby:
Legendary civil rights activist Joan Trumpauer Mulholland is the subject of two new juvenile nonfiction selections. There is a picture book version, She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, written by her son Loki Mulholland and Angela Fairwell and illustrated by Charlotta Janssen, and a middle grade version of the same title, also written by Loki Mulholland with artwork by Charlotta Janssen. In this interview, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland reflects on her experiences and the impact of encouraging young people in their struggle for equal rights.
In my last post for the ALSC blog, I wrote about downloadable and streaming audiobooks. With our strengthening focus on media mentorship in ALSC, streaming video is another new media format that needs our attention for promotion and incorporation into our regular programs and services.
You know you’re a children’s librarian when … you contemplate tearing out your hair every time someone hands you a summer reading list that contains any of the following:
Wynken, Blynken, and Nod one night Sailed off in a wooden shoe,— Sailed on a river of crystal light Into a sea of dew. We all know this Eugene Field poem, don’t we? The rhythmic rocking of this language does a great job taking us back to when we first heard it, read it, maybe even memorized it.