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Bilingual Outreach at the Doctor’s Office

One of the most formidable aspects of public library work is reaching out to community members who are not current library users. This challenge can be made more daunting when trying to reach immigrant and non-English speaking populations who may not be present at more typical outreach events like back-to-school nights. Meeting these groups where they are is important as many times they have not previously used libraries and are not sure what services we provide or if they are able to get a library card. To bridge this gap, Alexandria Library staff members have been visiting a local doctor’s office in a low-income Hispanic neighborhood for the last three years. Every Monday morning at 8:30am, Patricia Amaya and Christian Reynolds arrive wearing aprons embroidered with the library logo to engage parents and children while they wait for their appointments. Patricia, a native Spanish speaker, talks with adults about what the…

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Think Spring, Warm Weather, and Gardens! Botanical Stories in Libraryland

Sitting here at my laptop, wondering what to write about as I gaze out the window. Snow on the neighboring roofs, frost on my window, a high of 7 degrees outside. What subject jumps to mind? Spring, warm weather, and gardens, of course! And, as a result of my wistful daydreaming, below is a sampling of articles that feature libraries that incorporated gardens into their community and programming. A Bumper Crop of Ideas: Library Gardens Offer Many Teachable Programs, Moments By Sandy Kallunki Children & Libraries (CAL), Vol. 13, No. 2 (Summer 2015) Gardening can promote healthier eating, sustain environmental health, inspire a sense of community, and offer outdoor experiences for all ages. It’s no surprise that libraries are among the public places introducing gardens. Learn how to combine early literacy components and garden-related activities to create engaging and rewarding library programming from this CAL article. Photo courtesy of Brown County…

Blogger Nina Lindsay

ALA ED Search: “MLIS Preferred” Supports ALSC Core Values

A recently successful member petition will place a measure on the spring ballot to overturn a recent ALA Council action regarding requirements for the ALA Executive Director (ED).  The measure would change the language of the job announcement for the next ALA Executive Director from “MLIS preferred” (or CAEP/school librarian equivalent) back to “MLIS required.”    Background

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.

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Spanish-speaking children get prepared to enter kindergarten at Multnomah County Library

Recent results of Multnomah County Library’s Listos para el kinder (Ready for Kindergarten) showed participant children tripled their school readiness skills while their families increased their library usage and involvement in their children’s learning. Education Northwest, a third-party evaluation firm, worked with library staff members to develop, implement and conduct a child activity and pre- and post-program parent survey. The child activity measured the extent to which children participating in Listos develop kindergarten readiness skills in three areas: approaches to learning, social and emotional development, and language and literacy. The parent surveys assessed the extent to which parents use the learned tools to support their children’s academic growth. The largest gains were made by children who did not previously participate in an early childhood program and whose parents did not complete high school. These children grew from an average baseline score of 10.6 to a follow up score of 33….

ALA Midwinter 2018

First time at 2018 ALA Midwinter? Join Us for a Welcome Dinner

For new (and old) ALSC members, conferences can seem overwhelming. The ALSC membership committee wants to meet you and welcome you to ALSC and to Denver! What: ALSC “Dutch” (pay your own) Dinner When: Friday February 9th at 6:30 pm Where: Euclid Hall, 1317 14th Street Who: New ALSC members or first-time Midwinter attendees! Why: To learn more about ALSC, eat delicious food, make new friends and learn how to conquer the weekend! How: Please RSVP at this link: or email There’s More!: After dinner, a group will head to the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) event featuring illustrator Jillian Tamaki.  Anyone interested is invited to join.

Blogger Renee Grassi

ALSC Community Forum: Inclusive Spaces and Services for Children of All Abilities

          ALSC Community Forum January 10, 2018 @ 3PM (Central) Topic: Inclusive Spaces and Services for Children of All Abilities Jason Driver, Renee Grassi, Eva Thaler-Sroussi, and ALSC President Nina Lindsay will be hosting an ALSC Community Forum live chat on the topic of Inclusive Spaces and Services for Children of All Abilities.  This forum will include a live text discussion with the opportunity to ask questions to our presenters. In the past 5 years alone, the topic of inclusion, accessibility, and youth librarianship has moved forward in positive and innovative ways. This discussion will focus on tangible practices for inclusion of children of all abilities in library spaces and services.  What can we do to make our youth departments, our branches, or our libraries more welcoming to children and their families?  What have we learned from our successes and our failures in programs and services?…