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Everyone is Welcome at PRIDE!

One of the things that patrons missed the most during the pandemic has been the ability to browse and see displays. My library has been offering a robust collection of “Grab and Go” items of curated books and bundles to offer patrons in even the most limited iterations of pandemic library service, a little something extra to take home. The pandemic has also made us rethink the physicality of the building. In before times, displays were in shelves or on bulletin boards, but now, we need to think about where people see us. As a result, we have been putting more displays on our windows! Window displays or “Library on the Glass” as I have coined it, can be anything from booklists, pictures of book covers, patron-created Haikus, notes of love for the library, etc. Since we opened fully for browsing and hanging at the library on June 1st, it…

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2022 Notable Children’s Recordings – Round 1 Discussion List

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee works to select, annotate, and present for publication an annual list of notable audio recordings of interest to children. This year the 2022 Notable Children’s Recordings Committee will be meeting virtually on: Friday, Jun 18, 2021 at 2:30 PM (Central Time) Monday, Jun 21, 2021 at 12:30 PM (Central Time) Tuesday, Jun 22, 2021 at 2:30 PM (Central Time) Click to register to attend and observe the discussions at any of these 3 open meetings. Here is the complete 2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Round 1 discussion list: Books: At the Mountain’s Base. By Traci Sorell. Read by Kimberly Guerrero. Listening Library. DD. C is for Country. By Lil Nas X. Ready by Lil Nas X. Listening Library. DD The Cat Man of Aleppo. By Karim Shamsi-Basha and Irene Latha. Read by Irene Latham and Ramsey Faragallah. Listening Library. DD. City of…

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Outdoor Storytime Survival Kit

Your library system has okayed outdoor storytime for the summer. You’ve read all the posts about best practices, planned a flexible program full of music, dancing, and big books and you’re ready to get started. Before you turn on your headset microphone, make sure you have these items packed in your go bag: Water. Don’t forget to stay hydrated! You will want to bring your own water bottle, especially if the program is off site.  Sun protection. It will be hot and if you live in the deep south like me, it will only get hotter. Bring sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen to protect yourself.   Bug spray. Is your program at a park or nature preserve? Don’t forget your bug spray! You don’t want to be slapping away mosquitos while singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It”.  Hair tie. You WILL sweat and if you’re a long haired individual…

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Growing with Project Ready

I am very fortunate. I have been able to work with the ALSC Early and Family Literacy Committee for the past two years, where bringing an equity, diversity and inclusion focus is now at the forefront of all our work. As we find current, relevant literacy research to share with the ALSC community, we are very intentional about integrating and including EDI perspectives.

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Technology Planning: One Library’s Story

Moving Our Library into the Technology Age Technology is growing and we need to grow with it. Every household, young child, teen and adult uses technology on a daily basis, whether in their own home or at a public facility, like our library. The Beginning of a New Journey Being a small library we struggled with getting technology to our patrons. It just wasn’t in our budget to support that kind of expense. Up until about two years ago, we only had three access computers for all of our patrons to use. We had to find another way, a way to get technology in the hands of our patrons, especially our students. We were very fortunate to have access and the ability to apply for a grant from the Illinois State Library for that very resource. With acceptance of the grant we were able to order Laptops and IPads for…

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2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee discussion list for Annual Conference 2021

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee identifies the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable” is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways.

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Children with Print Disabilities: Dyslexia Resources

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Today, we’d like to share some additional tips and tricks for patrons with dyslexia. Our April 2021 toolkit included resources for Children with Print Disabilities. This month’s post will share some additional tips and tricks to help make engaging with print content easier for patrons.