Early Literacy

Drag Queen Story Hour

Drag Queens at the Library? Yes! Drag Queens at the library reading picture books? Definitely YES!! Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) was created in San Francisco, CA by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions.  It has since expanded to New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and a multitude of other cities. Libraries all over the country are embracing this program with open arms! DQSH is a delightful celebration of diversity and gender fluidity. It gives children and their families and caregivers positive role models who break gender stereotypes, and encourage children to be exactly who they want to be. Check out below to see what three librarians think about bringing the program to their libraries, and to see a few photos!   From the New York Public Library, Early Literacy Coordinator, Eva Shapiro, says “Drag Queen Story Hour is a wonderful addition to the New York Public Library’s early literacy programming. This…

ALA Annual 2017

Membership Meeting and Leadership & ALSC at Annual

I’ve been employed with ALSC for just one month and Annual came so fast! Before I could even blink, hotel confirmations were in, material was printed, and trunks were packed. Prior to my employment with ALSC, I knew about ALA as an organization, but I truthfully did not have much knowledge regarding Annual Conference. It’s mind blowing the amount of work that gets put into this; from staff, to members, to volunteers.  A large portion of my professional background comes from the YMCA. I worked for both the YMCA of Greater New York and the YMCA of Metro Chicago. A common thread that I find between both YMCA associations and ALSC is this aspect of inclusivity. Both the YMCA and ALSC (also ALA as a whole) put diversity and advocacy as organizational objectives. I’m very excited that during two key ALSC meetings we will be discussing these topics. During the…

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Engage Teen Tween Inclusion – Inspiring Día Celebrations

El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) – is just around the corner. Dig Deeper This year include teens and tweens.  Educate them about the humanitarian crisis that continues on the U.S.-Mexico border. According to  No More Deaths / No Más Muertes, an Arizona-based advocacy group, “no one has any information on the role of public libraries and the digital search for missing migrants”.  Similarly the Colibri Center for Human Rights reports that they do not “make any targeted use of public libraries for…casework or outreach. However, many families learn about us and contact us via Facebook or our website…some of these families use public libraries as a resource to get on the internet.” Introduce teens and tweens to Duncan Tonatiuh‘s work through Pancho Rabbit and the Coyote, his art, his blog and videos of interviews with this exceptional artist, activist and author. The most famous Hispanic-Americans You’ve Never Heard Of There…

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Join us in celebrating Día 2017!

Together with Día

Día (El día de los niños, El día de los libros), the national literacy initiative, is celebrated throughout the year and culminates on April 30. On and around April 30, libraries, schools, communities, and families around the country will celebrate by connecting children with diverse books and programs. Since 1996, when nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and literacy as an expansion of Children’s Day, Día celebrations have continued to grow. Why Día? Children depend on adults to help them understand the world around them. Now, more than ever, it is important to teach children how to learn about the cultures and languages of others. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways of doing this is through the sharing of books. Through Día, libraries work to… • Celebrate children and connect them to the world of learning through books, stories, and libraries….

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Countdown to Día 2017!

Have you already started planning for this year’s Día celebrations?  El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros is a celebration of children and reading across all language and cultures. While it is intended to be celebrated all year long, April 30 marks a special day of nationwide events.  ALSC has a number of resources ready to support your events, all available at dia.ala.org. Here are links to some of the great content found there: Fact Sheet: Learn about the history and goals of Día. Free Program Downloads: Explore resources including the publicity toolkit, web badges, coloring sheets, activity ideas, and booklists with groupings by grade on “Building STEAM with Día” and a “20 Years of Día.”  Don’t miss the special Book Day Cake recipe! Program Registry: Join the Día community by entering your event in the program registry. See what your colleagues are cooking-up and share your plans…