*see this post **see this example or this example to get the brain juice going You can contact me through my website, http://lisanowlain.com/. Lisa Nowlain is currently about to start at a community college library, but has worked as a Youth Librarian in Nevada County (CA), Darien Library, and in Oakland. See her artwork at lisanowlain.com
It’s almost that time of year again! The 2020 ALA Youth Media Awards are coming up on January 27, 2020 at 8 a.m. ET. The ALSC Blog has a “YMA Mock Elections” page dedicated to each award year and libraries, schools, bookstore, and book clubs are welcome to submit their mock election results based on the exciting and robust discussions they’ve had in their own groups. Check out the real 2019 recorded webcast and 2019 Mock Elections results page. The 2020 Mock Elections submission form is now open! We look forward to receiving and posting your mock results on the 2020 page. Please submit your results by January 17, 2020 to have them featured on the ALSC Blog.
In celebration of Picture Book Month, I’ve yet again reached out to some of my favorite librarians for their takes on the best picture books of 2019. Like my August and October posts, the following are in the words of the librarians themselves.
Who’s celebrating the 100th anniversary of Children’s Book Week? The Library of Congress! They’ve launched a new collection: Children’s Book Selections that include seventy-one treasures. What will you find? Classic and lesser-known works published in the United States and England before 1924. These historical and rare books span many generations and topics. Themes include learning to read, reading to learn and reading for fun. They are all available for you to read, share, and reuse how you like. What to look for? Highlights include examples from England’s golden age of book illustration. From Randolph Caldecott and Walter Crane, as well as works from American illustrators, like W. W. Denslow and Peter Newell. This delightful collection offers a record of the past. Books are available for download in multiple formats. In Peter Newell’s The Rocket Book, rhyming text accompanies illustrations that incorporate holes in the center of each page. See…
Greetings from the new ALSC Early and Family Literacy Committee (EFL)! We thought it would be helpful to share with the ALSC membership the thinking that led to the formation of the newest ALSC committee. We sat down with Melissa Depper, Storytime Supervisor for the Arapahoe Libraries in Colorado, and former co-chair of the ALSC Every Child Ready to Read Oversight Committee (2016-2018), to ask about the new EFL Committee’s history and goals.
For the second post in our series highlighting best practices in assistive technology, we’re focusing on the Ohio Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled (OLBPD). OLBPD partners with the State Library of Ohio Talking Book Program to serve as a Regional Library for the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped of the Library of Congress. Through this partnership, eligible Ohio borrowers may receive braille and audio materials via postage-free mail. Their collection includes audio and Braille books and magazines, described DVDs and Blu-Rays, and Playaway pre-loaded digital products. Today’s interview is with Will Reed, OLBPD Manager, who shares more information about OLBPD’s resources and community impacts. What is your library’s role within the disability community? Will Reed: OLBPD serves as the regional library for the State of Ohio as part of the National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Print Disabled, providing free audio and braille library materials…
Recently I have been going through files that describe the work of Alice M. Jordan (1870-1960) the pioneering children’s librarian in the Boston Public Library. Among Miss Jordan’s accomplishments were the following: establishing children’s services in the BPL, creating the New England Round Table of Children’s Librarians, an early and still active professional organization, mentoring Bertha Mahony Miller (1882-1969), who founded the Horn Book Magazine and teaching at Simmons College. Her contemporaries were two other pioneers Anne Carroll Moore (1871-1961) at the New York Public Library and Caroline Hewins (1846-1926) at the Hartford Public Library in Connecticut.
Over the past five years, Too Small to Fail, the early childhood initiative of the Clinton Foundation, has been leading a partnership with the LaundryCares Foundation to transform laundromats across the country into playful, literacy-rich environments for children and families.