Blogger Kaitlin Frick

Preparing Caregivers for the First Day of School

Have you ever noticed that we spend an inordinate amount of time preparing children for anticipated milestones? “What books do you have with siblings?” a very pregnant, harried-looking caregiver might ask. Another approaches the desk saying, “He refuses to even go near the potty. I just want him to know it’s not scary.” These are year-round events, ones we must always be ready to handle. But there’s one milestone in the lives of small children that’s quickly, predictably approaching: the first day of school. And while it’s important to provide the perfect picture books to help those concerned caregivers, if our work stops there, we’re missing a golden opportunity to prepare caregivers right alongside those first-time school attendees.

Blogger Heather Acerro

Summer Reading Slump

Hey, how are you holding up? It is about halfway through the summer reading season, and I am sure you are exhausted! Please remember to take care of yourself. Here are some ideas to get started: If you haven’t done so already, plan a vacation. Even taking a few days off to stay home and do things not related to work. Basically, get something to look forward to on your calendar. Take a walk. Since you get breaks, I encourage you to take them and get outside to enjoy summer for a few minutes. Read an uplifting book. One that I highly recommend is “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. I’ve dedicated my summer to Up Lit and found several lists online. Binge (or just regular watch) an excellent show. Here are some of my current favorites: *Queer Eye (Netflix): So much more than a makeover, this is…

Blogger Meg Smith

Summertime Kids Means Summertime Fun

Though 4th of July has come and gone, summer reading is still in full swing. A critical part of our summer reading initiatives is our outreach programming to provide resources to youth unable to visit the library. One of our most successful outreach programs is our involvement with Summertime Kids. The Friends of the Cumberland County Public Library, Inc. recently received a $10,000.00 Summertime Kids Grant through Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. to provide books and book bags to youth involved in Summertime Kids camps. Summertime Kids camps provide summer resources and experiences to youth from underserved communities, and public library staff partner with camp sites to provide books and book bags to participants. During Summertime Kids programming, youth services staff encourage campers to develop their skills in choosing reading materials as participants select two books they take home to begin or add to their home libraries. Children and teens also…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Library Service for Children in Migrant Detention Centers

During the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. a resolution was passed by the American Library Association in regards to library service for children in detention at migrant detention centers. It denounces the existence of family and youth detention centers, the deplorable conditions found there, and the removal of educational and recreational programming including storytimes. It also urges libraries in or near their service areas to reach out and work with the local authorities, schools, and other governmental support agencies to reinstate or start outreach services to those centers.

Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Reader’s Advisory Fun

  About a two months ago now, I left my job at the Boston Public Library and moved to Pennsylvania.  One of my favorite things to do while working at the BPL- and one of my favorite things about being a librarian, actually- was reader’s advisory.   When it comes to Reader’s Advisory (RA), I’m like a Dr. Seuss book.  I would do RA with a mouse, in a house, with a goat or on a boat.  I am grateful that it is one of those things that has always come naturally to me.  It’s also why I always loved purchasing books for my branches, because it allowed me to keep an eye out for books that could appeal to my most voracious, yet picky readers.

ALA Annual 2019

ALA Annual Has Come and Gone But ALSC is Still at Work!

Hello ALSC members and prospective members! I’m thrilled to be serving you as your new president!  What a whirlwind ALA Annual was!  So many great programs, books, author sightings and engagement with members and conference attendees.  A few of the outstanding programs were The Newbery/Caldecott/Legacy Banquet with heartfelt speeches by the winners, The Coretta Scott King 50th Anniversary Breakfast and the Charlemae Rollins President’s Program ‘Subversive Activism: Creating Social Change Through Libraries, Children’s Literature and Art featuring Dr. Nicole Cooke, Dr. Janina Fariñas and acclaimed author/illustrator Yuyi Morales.  The conference also featured Leadership & ALSC, and the Monday morning membership meeting and Awards presentation.  Your board met two times during the conference.  A few highlights of the meetings: A Task Force will be formed to look into diversifying and developing new revenue streams for ALSC. The Strategic Plan is nearing the 2020 completion and the board will be deciding soon…

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Big Body Play in the Library

Education professor Dr. Frances Carlson coined the term “big body play” to describe the boisterous and physical kind of play engaged in by children.  Whereas fighting is a display of frustration, BBP is a display of joy with the intent of having fun.  BBP can occur alone or with friends, in a structured or unstructured format, with objects (such as balls) or by simply using one’s body.