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Last Year’s “Light the Way” Grant Winner: Partnering with Juvenile Detention Facilities to Provide Maker-Space Outreach and Programming Using Music

The J. Lewis Crozer Library in Chester and the Middletown Free Library are located just over six miles apart in southeastern Pennsylvania. However, the libraries’ service populations are very different. The city of Chester has an unemployment rate of 9% and a poverty rate of 33%, with almost half of those under the age of 18 living in poverty. The city of 34,000 is also among the most diverse in the state, with a population that is approximately 75% African American, 17.2% White, and 9% Hispanic. Middletown has a suburban population of 15,807, which is 93.7% White and 3.1% African-American, and a median annual income of $77,000. However, the two libraries have a shared goal of expanding outreach and programming offerings for young people who are underserved by libraries.


The Nonconformist Book Club

Are you running a successful book club at the library or your local school? If your book club lacks a spark, what model do you follow? Perhaps it is time to think outside the box and change your modus operandi. I have run numerous book clubs for youth including a book club for differently abled teens. They have all been unique even though they have one common denominator, reading a book.  The distinction relates to the age group of the book club members, their personal features, or the goals of the program. Here you have three models that seek to connect and respond to the needs of our clients. Book Club for Differently Abled Teens: In this book club I worked with teens and their teachers once a month. Reading a book posed a challenge for some of the members, so we used early chapter audiobooks instead. Then, the teachers…

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Road Trip! Children’s Book Art in Libraries

Road Trip: Children's Book Art in Libraries

Happy Picture Book Month to all! When I recently received an email from Sarah Johnson (thanks, Sarah!) about Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie children’s library card at Forbes Library in Northampton, Mass., it got me thinking. I bet there are lots of instances of children’s book art adorning library spaces all over the country. One well-placed query on the ALSC-L electronic discussion list and my guess was confirmed! I  received some great examples of illustrators working with libraries, and children’s spaces decked out with fun, bright, inspiring illustrations straight out of the pages of beloved picture books and the imaginations of the artists. Join me on this virtual road trip to discover children’s book art in libraries. Bring on the Art! Check out these libraries and the wonderful gems they showcase! Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro, Vermont The Brooks Memorial Library exhibits original art from children’s picture books in their children’s book illustrator exhibition…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

¡Día De Los Muertos! ¡Celebramos!

¡Día De Los Muertos! Hoy celebramos Día De Los Muertos. Día De Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is not just on November 1st.  It is a three-day festival – October 31 – November 2 – that is celebrated throughout Latin America.  Here in the U.S., places that have large Latino populations, such as Los Angeles, California, and Phoenix, Arizona celebrate with incredible picturesque decorations like papel picado (estampo), costumbres, dulces y mucho mas. Día De Los Muertos is a huge fiesta – a national holiday – national, as in no school today, chicos! Remember, though, Día De Los Muertos is not Halloween.  Even though trick-or-treating has become more common on Día De Los Muertos, Halloween  is a Northern European tradition.  Instead, Day of the Dead is a blend of Aztec and Catholic beliefs. And yet, even ancient Egyptians once believed that “the spirits of the dead returned every autumn to…

Guest Blogger

And We Will Help – Creating Libraries and Advocating for Librarianship

About a year has gone by since my last post. I was planning to write a three-part series about the amazing reading culture in Germany, however, since that time, I completed a six-figure renovation on a high school library, and moved on to an elementary school, the oldest in our school district. It has a gem of a library, waiting patiently to be loved back to life.

ALSC Member Profile

ALSC Member of the Month – Sarah Stippich

Each month, we work to profile an ALSC member, and learn a little about their professional life as well as 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, Sarah Stippich.