Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Back to School with School Corps

Got school outreach on your mind? You’re not alone. For 25 years, the Multnomah County Library School Corps team has helped students thrive in Oregon’s most populous county.  Founded in 1997, School Corps began as a way to maintain the library’s connection with youth. According to the library’s website, “the team has reached more than 83,000 students with 131,000 books, saving 8,700 hours of educator time.”  School Corps, which currently consists of a team of three staff, provides a menu of programs and services to K-12 schools. Many of these programs and services existed during its inception but have adapted with the times. Sample menu items include:  Buckets of Books: 24-30 books on a topic plus a teacher’s guide Assignment alert: discover a new booklist, collection, or list of websites Presentations: covering a multitude of topics and library resources In honor of School Corps’ milestone and the start of a…


Pace Yourself!

Life for most of us is finally reopening after 2+ years of the pandemic. Children’s Librarians are ready to jump back into action but be aware there’s a “new normal” for us to return to. Programs may be in-person, on-line or a hybrid version. We have not only maintained our usual job assignments but some may have various versions of them. In addition, there are new ones we’ve taken over due to staff shortages or reassignments. We try to do them all to the best of our ability however, we should remember to pace ourselves.  Burnout can happen to anyone, especially those with good intentions. Here’s a few tips to keep in mind when your schedule fills up.  Keep it simple Use simple activities as mini-programs added onto a scheduled storytime in house, or offer as take-home activities a few times throughout your series. For example, have two glasses of…

Blogger Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee

The Benefits of Community Partnerships

September is here, school bells are ringing, public youth services librarians are wrapping up their Summer Reading programs and the ambitious may have already begun brainstorming for next summer’s program. As you evaluate and plan for your programs, think about the benefits of involving community partners in reaching your goals. Summer Reading is not just a program, for my library it’s also our biggest public awareness campaign. One of the goals I had for our 2022 Summer Reading Program was to increase community partner involvement through a couple avenues, business sponsorships and outreach. For 2022,  local businesses sponsored the Summer Reading Program by donating prizes, off-site programming spaces, and food for various events. The reciprocal benefits of engaging with community partners are invaluable in library success. Our sponsors enable us to provide more engaging programming through funds and in-kind donations, and in return we provide them placements on our promotional…

Blogger ALSC Membership Committee

Fall Into Fall with the ALSC Membership Committee

In anticipation of this year’s soon approaching ALSC Institute, the ALSC Membership Committee will be hosting a virtual gathering as an opportunity to meet and/or reconnect with others. All current and potential ALSC members are invited to attend our Virtual Fall Membership Gathering on Wednesday, September 21st at 11am PT / 12 pm MT / 1pm CT / 2pm ET. The Membership Committee hopes to continue to provide an intentional and fun space for people to connect.

Guest Blogger

Great Music for Preschool Storytimes

Who doesn’t love using music in storytime? It gets the wiggles out, it’s a great device for transitions, plus singing is a building block for early literacy. But it’s easy to get stuck in the songs we all know and use a lot. One of my colleagues, Cindy Kohl, is our department’s children’s music guru, and she finds new music all the time. I’d love to share some great songs with you!

Administrative and Management Skills

Project Management for Children’s Librarians Who Hate Details: You Can Do It!

I have undertaken a really big grant project in my current position. It launches tomorrow. It was supposed to launch last week, but I got Covid the week before, which could not have been worse timing. I had to push everything back a week, which was really frustrating and disappointing. I want everything to START already!