Public librarians commonly think that helping children get ready for kindergarten is early literacy skills, learning numbers, being able to follow simple instructions, learning to be part of a group. Oregon libraries also help parents meet a kindergarten registration requirement—vision screening. Why vision screening for preschoolers? See to Read, a partnership between the Oregon Library Association and the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at Oregon Health and Science University, is guided by the belief that no child should begin learning to read and write with an undetected vision problem. According to the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, 80% of learning in the first years comes through vision and often children are misdiagnosed with behavioral or developmental issues. See to Read aims to detect vision problems that can only be treated successfully if caught before age 7. How it works Library staff schedules a screening at no cost to the library, thanks to…
Memorial day is around the corner, and for those of us who work in children’s services at public libraries, this means Summer Reading. Traditionally, summer is a time we encourage children to read (often for prizes), help children meet their page-total goals, and ramp up our child-centered program offerings. It’s one of the most fun, exhausting, and rewarding times of the year to be in this field. Because of this focus in children, it’s also an excellent time to advocate for services to children and their families. We have a myriad of positive stories to share, as discussed in a blog post from last summer, and often a willing and eager audience in the many families that visit our libraries. Sharing our stories is vital. It is even more vital in light of the 2018 OCLC report From Awareness to Funding. According to the report, the belief that “libraries…
Hey, ALSC members! This post is for both the ALA Annual-going and the wish-they-were-going. First, the going: I know that there will be a lot happening at ALA Annual, but here’s an opportunity to celebrate that you won’t want to miss – The 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Grand Ballroom North. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. And, author Colson Whitehead is the keynote speaker! Register now! Read on to find out about other ways to support FTRF.
In Youth Services as we wind down from one season of programming, we are simultaneously gearing up for the next one. The pace is often so frantic, it’s hard to feel like you have enough time to thoughtfully plan and evaluate the staple of Youth Services—storytime.
I’ve been growing a reputation in my system. I am known as the trash collector. It’s not something I ever thought I would be… I haven’t always been the best recycler.
The ALSC membership survey is here! The last time ALSC conducted this survey was in 2015, so we are definitely in need of an updated analysis on our membership. This survey will help us assess the following: Who are ALSC members? How are ALSC members using their membership? How can ALSC best serve its members? Feedback from the 2015 survey helped initiate important conversations and ideas that resulted in free archived webinars to members and initiated the pilot student gift membership program! This voluntary survey is open for just another two weeks and I hope you will take the time to contribute your thoughts about your experience with ALSC. Access As this survey is limited to ALSC members, please use your ALA username and password log into this page to access the survey link.
As June looms closer and all of our programs and prizes that fit the Summer Reading Program theme have been selected, ordered, and organized it can become easy to ignore the self-care needed to keep our spirits and energy high throughout our busiest season. This is my tenth summer working as a children’s services librarian and while it took a few years, my friends and family finally realize that May through July is my tax season. These are the months where I see the most patrons, do the most labor intensive programming, and host the most storytimes for a wide range of ages. With this in mind, I have created a list of things we can do to ensure our self-care does not go by the wayside. For while our duties will be increased our energy is finite and we must plan accordingly.
To watch the lecture, click here. For analysis by Indigo’s Bookshelf, click here. For analysis by Nina Lindsay on Reading While White, click here. Lisa Nowlain is a youth librarian in the Nevada County Community Library. She is also an artist type that never updates her website.