Blogger Jonathan Dolce

2022 We Look Forward To You

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Whether you’re holding on with frostbitten fingers to 2021 or planning for the summer of 2022, this newsletter has something for you! And either way, you made it through 2021. There are reasons to be optimistic heading into the new year. Read on, comrades! – This dreidel-making project is sure to give students’ summarizing skills a whirl! [READ MORE]– This reading passage teaches students about traditions associated with Hanukkah. [READ MORE]– Discovery Education’s Social-Emotional Learning Center is a collection of SEL resources that support you and your students. [LEARN MORE]– Want more activities for Hanukkah? [READ MORE] All Things Comics Disney+ confirms the WandaVision spinoff, Agatha: House of Harkness. Orange Marmalade and 9 other must-read school romance manhwa. Great YA comics from 2021 you don’t want to miss. Book Club Bonuses FREE DOWNLOAD: A Guide to Using All Because You Matter at Home and in the Classroom Written for Scholastic by educator Vera Ahiyya Click here to find the latest teachers guides, including…

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Picture Book Month

November is Picture Book Month! It is a time to celebrate our love for picture books. Picture books are important. They elicit emotions. They help us embrace our uniqueness. They help us understand each other. Whether silly, serious, or informative, they lead to great discussions. Picture books bring us together!  

Blogger Intellectual Freedom Committee

Grassroots 101: How to Save Your Library from Organized Censorship

There is a dramatic surge in materials challenges at school and public libraries across the United States. What can librarians do to protect intellectual freedom? As a local activist turned elected local official, I have a few thoughts on how you can defend against book banning in the community where you live. If challenges occur at a library where you work, you must be unbiased and confer with the leadership of your institution.  It’s all about organizing: mobilizing large numbers of people.

Blogger Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee


The season of thanks and giving is upon us! In this second year of the pandemic, gratitude is grander, more profound, and even sweeter. In the Public Awareness and Advocacy committee, we are particularly grateful for ALSC and all children’s services workers.  ALSC staff and volunteers have kept up the great work in the midst of shutdowns, furloughs, and staff shortages. It is because of them we are able to join together (usually virtually) and continue to do the work of supporting our libraries and communities. They have continued meeting regularly, posting to the blog, and doing good work on behalf of children’s service workers everywhere.  Children’s services workers have provided virtual and outdoor programs, take home crafts, and online reference without skipping a beat. Their hard work on behalf of their community has kept children and families engaged.  This holiday season, the ALSC Public Awareness and Advocacy committee is…

Guest Blogger

Librarians Can Be Essential To Helping Children Cope with Cancer

According to the American Childhood Cancer Organization, it is estimated that 15,780 children (0-19 years of age) are diagnosed with cancer every year. Approximately 1 child in 285 is diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. before their 20th birthday. Every 3 minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer somewhere in the world [1]. When a child is going through cancer treatment, the challenges extend to the entire family, and librarians can play a crucial role in helping them cope. Cancer is a disease of high complexity, with demands that go beyond the assistance of healthcare professionals. More than diagnosis and treatment, these children need a long chain of support that includes mental health counseling, encouraging and advising families on how to support the children, specific hygiene care (since children can be immunosuppressed due to treatments), and because children going through cancer treatment will miss their classes, there is a process…


A Booklist for NAHM (and Beyond)

You may be aware that November is Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. Often we see beautiful displays of books by and about Native/Indigenous people in our schools and libraries in November, but these are titles that should be highlighted and utilized all year. This is especially true because Native/Indigenous authors and illustrators have been criminally underrepresented in books for children over the years, therefor making it all the more critical for library workers and educators to spread the word and get these books into the hands of young readers.