Awards & Scholarships

December Deadlines: 2024 ALSC Professional Awards

The Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee is seeking nominations and applications from ALSC members for the Distinguished Service Award and Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award. ALSC Distinguished Service Award: The ALSC Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who have “made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library services to children and to the Association for Library Service to Children,” whether that be through an impactful special project or a career of demonstrated commitment to children and ALSC. To be considered nominees must be: Online nominations must be submitted by December 23, 2023 to be considered. Visit the ALSC Distinguished Service Award page to learn more. Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award The Penguin Random House Young Reader’s Group Award is made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s Books. It provides a $600 stipend for up to four children’s librarians…


Promoting Healthy Tech Use in the Middle School Library

The “elevator pitch” I often use for my job is that I act as a bridge between youth technology and the school library. I integrate myself into class projects, ensuring smoother tech components, and teach a digital skills class covering topics such as device 101, email etiquette, and responsible research. During the pandemic and remote learning years, this “bridge” work ranged from directing students to the correct Zoom link to join class, to assisting students in accessing our digital Sora collections when our physical library was not accessible. Fortunately, it seems that with each passing year, we are re-entering a more normal version of school. However, while challenges with technology have changed, they haven’t disappeared, and in many cases, educators find it more important than ever to integrate healthy and responsible technology use into our learning environments. At the start of this school year, I organized several faculty development sessions…

Blogger Jaime Eastman

Personalized Self-Care for Success: A Guide to Prioritizing You

A cross stitch reads "I'm not a hot mess I'm a spicy disaster" surrounded by flowers and pepper plants.

Have you ever told someone it’s not selfish to practice self-care? On the other hand, how often have you prioritized your own self-care? Be honest. Even if it’s not as often as you’d like, that’s okay. As we move into winter breaks, holiday travel, and wrapping up another year, personalized self-care is hard. I’m struggling with it, too. Let’s talk about how we can make it better.

Blogger Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee

Nontraditional Times for Traditional Programs

Libraries are a melting pot, a representation of a beautifully diverse society. As we progress further into the 21st Century, this fact, this statement, is becoming more and more understood. A focus, and a very important one, has been put on equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in collections and spaces. However, do we take EDI components and take them into our library programs–namely the time and topic of our programs? What does this look like? Well, it means getting creative. It means thinking outside of the box. To be honest, I never really thought of programs outside of the 9 to 5 time frame until I became a working mom. I work until 6 PM most nights; it is impossible to take my daughter to what we view as a traditional storytime. I know I’m not just the only person this applies to. Many of your library patrons are in…

Blogger Suzi Wackerbarth

Dementia (and love) in recent picture books

Some of the children you work with may have grandparents or neighbors who have dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. This post is about books that talk about older people or grandparents who have dementia, and the children in their lives. We are learning so much these days about sensory play and toys, and how the senses are so important for folks with neurodiversity. Well, guess what? Dementia is another type of neurodiversity!  We all have personal stories, and sometimes a blog is a place to share them. Today I will share just this: a lot of us have people in our lives who are losing words, or places, or memories.  A few weeks ago, I was working a holiday at our central location. While pulling books for people that had holds, the books that were jumping out at me to look at along the way were the books about grandparents with…

Blogger Maria Trivisonno

The Art of Early Literacy Asides in Storytime

My library system pauses our storytimes during the month of December, so I always feel like this break is a perfect time to regroup and reevaluate storytime offerings.  This reevaluation can be on the branch level:  do you have the right number of storytimes for the right age group? Are they scheduled at times that work for your community?