ALA Midwinter 2019

Seattle Flavor – #alamw19 in the Emerald City

The Gum Wall recently came up in a discussion about Midwinter and got me thinking about Seattle “must-do’s”.  Before moving to the Olympic Peninsula, I lived in Seattle for over a decade where I worked at a tourist destination and spent a big part of my work day helping people from around the world navigate the city.   If you need a break from the fluorescent glow of the Exhibits Hall and the low light of the conference meeting rooms, here are a few ideas. Visit the Space Needle.  Or at the very least, photo bomb the Needle take a picture of yourself with Needle in the background.  Voilá! Ready for the holiday card.  Be sure to take the Monorail to the Space Needle so you feel like a Jetson. Eat lunch at Pike Place Market.  The Market is alive with people and color, from the iconic fish throwing to the…

Blogger Pamela Groseclose

Creating a Successful Tween Book Club

Book Clubs are always an excellent tween and even teen program, but it is often difficult to get one started. There can be many barriers to making it work. One of which is competing against school activities and precious time with family.  Tweens and teens are busier than ever, and libraries are having to go the extra mile to attract families to library programming. In the past, I have only been able to have success with book clubs through outreach. My former library was lucky enough to team up with the local school librarians to offer a book club over the lunch hour for students. Recently, I moved out of state to pursue another job. One of the things I missed most was doing a book club. Looking back, I realized it was my library’s version of a tween advisory board. I felt lost with it. I decided that I…

Blogger Kaitlin Frick

STEAM on a Shoestring: Science

Last month, I posted ideas for engineering programs on a budget. I hope you had a chance to try out the programs – please email me if you did! – and found a great new activity for your young patrons. I had so much fun putting together that post, I decided to turn it into a mini-series. So this month, I’ve asked librarian friends to share ideas for science programs they (and their patrons) love:

Blogger Mary R. Voors

Everyday Advocacy Member Content Editor Needed

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) seeks a member content editor for its Everyday Advocacy website and “Everyday Advocacy Matters” newsletter. The mission of Everyday Advocacy is to educate youth services librarians on the importance of advocacy and to provide them with tools to assist in articulating their own value within the library profession and community. Applications for this position are due February 4, 2019. The EA member content editor prepares, solicits and curates material for the EA website and provides complete copy for four quarterly issues of the “EA Matters” newsletter. Full details, including duties, qualifications and compensation are available online at the Everyday Advocacy website. ALSC membership is required for the position. Candidates should send a cover letter, resume that includes management, writing and web publishing experiences, and two writing samples. Familiarity with web publishing and web content management is required. Applications are due February 4…

ALA Midwinter 2019

Seattle: Outside of the Convention Center

Welcome to Seattle!  While there are tons of activities and sights that would jump to the top of the list in summer, January can be soggy.  So here are some fun indoor pursuits while you’re in town for Midwinter.   If you are a Marvel fan, the new exhibit at MoPop (formerly the EMP or Experience Music Project) may catch your eye: There are a number of other exhibits there as well, including a Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.   While you may have already visited the Seattle Art Museum on a past trip, a lesser-known gem that’s also within reach of the convention center is the Frye Art Museum.   One of the most-talked about new sights in downtown Seattle is the Amazon Spheres.  It’s a hot ticket to get in to one of the public tours, available 30 days in advance.  Check here…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Have YOU submitted your Mock YMA Election Results?

In just over two weeks, on Monday morning, January 28th, the Youth Media Awards will be announced at #alamw19. Excitedly, we will all hear what wins some of the most prestigious book awards in the world, including the Newbery Award, the Caldecott Award, the Printz Award, the Batchelder Award, and more. As excitement builds, librarians in schools and libraries around the country offer Mock YMA elections to help stimulate and share the reading enthusiasm and excitement. The ALSC Blog collects results from these mock elections and compiles the results on its Mock Elections page.

Blogger Children and Technology Committee

Reviewing “The New Childhood” by Jordan Shapiro

In his new book, The New Childhood, Jordan Shapiro explores the changing digital world that children are growing up in and how parents can prepare them to navigate this world. Shapiro does not shy away from the fact that many parents are intimidated and wary about letting their children interact with the digital world to too great an extent, but at the same time he advocates that it is the role of parents to make sure their children have the tools to thrive in the world that they will be entering into as adults. One of the more striking points that Shapiro makes is in his comparison of sandbox play and digital play. Examining the field of childhood development, Shapiro demonstrates all of the ways in which digital play can fulfill the same roles as sandbox play while also preparing children for a world that is going to constantly demand…