Blogger Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee

Advocacy through Partnerships with Sports Organizations

It may be the dog days of summer where you live, but here in South Florida we are celebrating the ultimate cool cats and hockey champions, The Florida Panthers! Partnerships with sports teams and their non-profit foundations can be an impactful way to advocate for your library’s vision and mission and participate with a culture of enthusiasts.  The Florida Panthers Foundation was established to benefit the South Florida community by focusing on several priority areas, including supporting health and education initiatives for children.  Through this relationship, which has been built over multiple years, we’ve been able to create free family literacy bonding experiences and reach many new library card holders.  Several years ago, a Panthers Summer Reading Tour was started to build excitement and give residents a chance to learn more about hockey. Fans can connect with special guest readers (like players and broadcasters) at storytimes, meet the mascots, participate…

Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Reading to Newborn Babies

Due to my position in Family Engagement, a local hospital reached out and asked if I would be able to visit parents and staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and discuss the importance of reading to infants in the NICU.  Due to continuing precautions, I was not able to see the babies, but I had a delightful conversation with families and staff, bringing board books, explaining brain development, and discussing the benefits of reading to children from birth, even (especially) in a hospital setting. 

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ASL in the Classroom: ALSC E-Course Comes to Life

Just after the month turned to April, I logged into the ALA e-learning site and began American Sign Language with Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide.  Taught by Kathy MacMillan, a leading researcher and author on use of ASL with children and in teaching ASL to library workers, this asynchronous course provided one of the most fulfilling and long-lasting professional development opportunities that I immediately folded into my classroom practices.

Blogger Kary Henry


I am a huge fan of the Olympics. I love the sports, the stories, even the commercials! From the athletes to the ads, all of it tugs on my heartstrings. Do I cry? Why, yes, yes, I do! Building on this love of Olympics (minus the tears), I decided to offer an Olympics program at the Library but wanted to put a unique spin on it. Thus were born the Mini-Olympics.

Blogger Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee

Understanding Trauma in Underserved Children and Their Caregivers: The Vital Role of Librarians

Trauma is an all-too-common experience for many children and their caregivers, particularly those in underserved communities. The effects of trauma can be profound and long-lasting, influencing every aspect of a child’s development and a caregiver’s ability to provide support. Libraries, as we know, have a unique role to play in recognizing and addressing trauma. By developing specialized programs and resources, librarians can provide support to those in need. Also, those who support the supporters. The ALSC Library Services to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee is currently constructing a toolkit designed to help librarians and library workers understand and address trauma, allowing families healing and growth. What is trauma? According to Merriam-Webster, Trauma is 1 a: an injury (such as a wound) to living tissue caused by an extrinsic agent b: a disordered psychic or behavioral state resulting from severe mental or emotional stress or physical injury c: an emotional…

Blogger Children and Technology Committee

Virtual Committee Work in a Digital World

Hello! I am the co-chair of the ALSC’s Children and Technology Committee. This will be my fourth and final year on the committee (two as a committee member and two as the co-chair). Serving on this virtual committee has provided me with unique opportunities and challenges. The virtual setting allows for greater flexibility in scheduling and increased participation from members across the country.