I live in Portland, OR. If you have been following the news, you know that things have been very tense here with federal law enforcement actively shooting tear gas and impact munitions, as well as seizing people from the streets and holding them in unmarked vans or arresting them. It is a scary time as the pandemic continues and more information is shared about the dangers of tear gas, especially for women. Personally, I have been working on different ways to support this revolution.
Self-care During Covid Self-care During COVID is critical. Through daily practice, you can help relax your body, increase mental focus and keep things in perspective. COVID and our efforts to keep safe can create stress and strain. Enjoy this handy guide, specifically designed for librarians for getting the most joy out of your every day. The Librarian’s Breath Who you are as a librarian is reflected by your breath. In addition to a refreshing breath mint, try the following three steps: Beginner’s Program Shelving picture books requires a complete lateral stretch.Note how the shelver forms a triangle. To the casual shelver, this pose may feel intense, but does become easier after above three carts of shelving. This posture gets its name from a common shelving situation. The shelver is diagonally aligned when a patron approaches. Beginners should use this opportunity to utilize a kick stool to support themselves as they…
The Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee is devoting the 2020-2021 calendar year to creating a vibrant, dynamic toolkit that provides ALSC members with up-to-date resources for working with marginalized populations. Each toolkit page will provide professional and leisure reading recommendations, support for programming, and materials for families. As dynamic documents, these pages will continue to grow and develop as we find new resources, share our experiences, and continue to learn. This month, our focus is serving children who have autism and other sensory processing disorders. As our understanding of these children and their needs increases, libraries are recognizing an important role in supporting these families in their community. This may involve specialized resources, adapted programming, and community partnerships to support children and their caregivers. We are hoping to use this opportunity to bring awareness to the unique considerations of library service to this population, provide support…
I used to think I understood children (and parents) pretty well. And I probably did. But becoming a mother brought me to a whole different level of understanding, and I think it made me a better person in general, and a better children’s librarian specifically.
During some recent discussions to restructure the ALSC committees, it was decided that the ALSC Building Partnerships committee would end after ALA Annual 2020. The hope is that partnerships can be worked into all of the different committee work that ALSC does, rather than have a separate committee for this charge.
The summer of 2020 is one for the books, with librarians nationwide facing more challenges than ever before. In addition to planning around uncertain re-openings and operations, libraries are also working to promote the importance of summer reading as “summer slide” academic regression compounds into COVID Slide, a term for the months-long learning loss due to extended school closures. To help parents and caregivers support their kids during this time, Highlights and Baker & Taylor have launched the Highlights Activity Bingo reading program.
My year as President has ended and I wanted to thank you all for your support of ALSC during our eventful year. I’m using this blog as an opportunity to wrap up our year and to thank key individuals who have made our important work possible.
On March 17th, the Free Library of Philadelphia closed its physical locations (along with libraries across Pennsylvania) to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Although our locations closed, our staff kept working diligently to ensure that we reached as many patrons as possible. Like the majority of library systems around the country, we didn’t have a plan for pandemics or a set of best practices guidelines for a situation like this, and our staff worked passionately and creatively to devise online programs. Book clubs met online, storytimes took place on social media, and trial-and-error guided us as we sought to keep our communities connected, engaged, and sane.