Blogger Meg Smith

Grant Revitalizes Deposit Collections after Hurricane Matthew

Sometimes our programs and services can be discontinued through no fault of our own, and we have to think outside the box to re-envision this work. This was the case for us when Hurricane Matthew caused major flooding to our community in 2016. Our deposit collection services, located in the lower level of our Headquarters Library of Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center in Fayetteville, N.C., sustained severe damage when flooding damaged all central operations. Deposit collections provided a lending library of rotating, gently used, discarded children’s materials. These collections were sent to child care facilities and other community organizations serving youth. These child care facilities qualified for services because the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education ranked these centers with low ratings of one, two, or three stars. Each facility also served a minimum of ten children. The majority of users receiving deposit collection services…

Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee

Interview with Steven Herb, 2018 ALSC Distinguished Service Award Winner

To say the 2018 ALSC Distinguished Service Award recipient, Steven Herb, has had a long, interesting library career is a terrible understatement. From serving on and leading award committees, chairing the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee, being the President of ALSC, and leading the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, Herb has made lasting contributions to library services for children. We focus now on his interest in and experience with Intellectual Freedom.

Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

ALSC Teams Up with NSLA for National Summer Learning Day!

National Summer Learning Day 2018

National Summer Learning Day (NSLD) is coming up on July 12! ALSC has partnered with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to spread the word about how libraries keep kids learning during summer break. Ways you can celebrate: We encourage you to host a program or event on July 12 to join in on the National Summer Learning Day fun! Check out some of the events already posted to the NSLA database. If you are hosting a special summer learning event, we encourage you to register it here so your community members can find it. Librarians are encouraged to participate in a read aloud of Trombone Shorty, which is the official National Read Aloud Book for NSLD! NSLA has a ton of useful resources to share the impact of summer learning in their Knowledge Center. Some of these resources include a Digital Action Toolkit for Museums and Libraries, an archived webinar on Summer…

ALA Annual 2018

Notable Children’s Books Discussion List – #alaac18

The ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is charged with identifying the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

ALA Midwinter 2018

Let the Good Food and Drinks Roll- #alaac18

“In America, there might be better gastronomic destinations than New Orleans, but there is no place more uniquely wonderful. … With the best restaurants in New York, you’ll find something similar to it in Paris or Copenhagen or Chicago. But there is no place like New Orleans. So it’s a must-see city because there’s no explaining it, no describing it. You can’t compare it to anything. So, far and away New Orleans.” — Anthony Bourdain (this one’s for you)

Blogger Nina Lindsay

Diversity Jedi

Brick wall busted open

I value conferences most for their amazing conversations–the hallways are essentially a primordial Twitter, with threads going in multiple directions, between friends and strangers, for days.  A great way to spark those conversations, especially for introverts, are intriguing ribbons, and ALSC is always listening for phrases or ideas our members may want to don…for instance, by following popular hashtags. But we realized that the #DiversityJedi ribbons we shared on Twitter last week were not the best way to have this particular conversation.  #DiversityJedi is a more complicated concept than a ribbon can communicate, as commenters swiftly pointed out: “I get the sentiment, but If ALSC truly wants to recognize #diversityjedi work, they would not create a ribbon. They would show it through actions, in programming, publications, & policies. This work is imperative, but ribbons only appropriate and trivialize” @TeachChildLit “This is appropriation. This is hurtful. This is erasure. We named…

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…