ALA Annual 2024

Join Our #alaac24 Live Blogging Team

Get ready to dive into the heart of the library world! From June 27th through July 2nd, the American Library Association (ALA) will be hosting its annual conference in the vibrant city of San Diego, CA. This event offers library professionals a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and be inspired. If you are one of the lucky attendees heading to San Diego for this conference, we invite you to join ALSC Blog’s ALAAC24 Live Blogging Team! We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to share their experiences, insights, and discoveries with those who are unable to attend in person.

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Spotlight on ALSC Committees & Children and Libraries!

ALSC’s members are the association’s lifeblood and driving force! Through the hard work of our committees, task forces, and other working groups, ALSC is able to offer valuable resources like toolkits, reading lists, webinars, and more. Committee contributions also are apparent right here on the ALSC Blog, as evidenced by the many informational posts they share. Have you checked out these recent contributions? These are just a few examples of the beneficial inspiration, assets, and insights ALSC members bring to Blog readers and the field at large. Committees & Children and Libraries And, did you know that ALSC committees are also active in Children and Libraries (CAL), ALSC’s quarterly journal, sharing their know-how and indispensable information there as well? Regular committee columns in CAL cover many different topics. Here are just a few examples from past issues. Sharing Your Talents Are you ready to take on a new challenge? Share…

Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee

Book Résumés

The Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2023  were announced early last month. As I reviewed the titles that made the list, I learned about a powerful resource: Book Résumés.  Unite Against Book Bans and the publishing community have teamed up to create an incredible resource for anyone encountering book challenges. A book résumé contains “a synopsis, reviews, awards, accolades, and links to resources and relevant media. These are the types of resources that professionally-trained librarians and educators use when they select books. A book résumé may also include information about how the title has been successfully retained in schools and public libraries where it has been challenged”. The amount of book résumés extend beyond the top ten most challenged titles. During these unprecedented times “thousands of books face censorship” so the website is updated on a regular basis. I’m impressed with how accessible and robust this resource is. As…

Guest Blogger

The Magic of Big: A Month of Read-Alouds and Great Conversations

When I made the jump from a public library to a public elementary school in January 2024, I took with me my eager anticipation for that year’s Youth Media Award announcements, and walked into a situation where I was given extensive curricular freedom. As I planned out my curriculum for the rest of the semester, I thought of the books I enjoyed reading aloud, I planned an entire author/illustrator study on Jon Klassen, and dreamed of Dewey Decimal System races.

Blogger Children and Technology Committee

Unplug and Recharge With Screen-Free Fun at the Library

Screen-Free Week Banner

International Screen-Free Week (May 6 – 12, 2024) is wrapping up tomorrow and it seems like a good opportunity to talk about ways libraries and library workers can support children and their parents and caregivers in this very important aspect of media literacy – developing habits around media use that support healthy development and wellbeing.    Screen-Free Week is an annual celebration in May that encourages children to turn off screens in order to connect with family, friends, nature, and their own creativity. The organizing nonprofit, Fairplay has a wealth of resources for libraries, schools and communities who wish to participate, including organizing kids, pledges, handouts, and a list of fun screen-free activity ideas (I shared these at storytime this week).   Conversations around screen time can be fraught with worry and judgment, so I love any opportunity to celebrate the joy of unplugging and share resources without shaming parents and caregivers….