Blogger Early Childhood Programs and Services committee

Trauma Toolkit

In January 2024 the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee published the Early Childhood Trauma Toolkit in order to support caregivers and library workers working with young children (ages 0-8) who have experienced trauma. The resources included are books and booklists, podcasts, videos, websites, and articles. Additionally, each of these sections provides materials for use by caregivers, families, and library workers. Our committee is grateful to the ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee for compiling and annotating a list of picture books for caregivers to share with children. As mentioned in the toolkit’s introduction, trauma is vast and manifests in many forms. According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, “A growing body of research has established that young children may be affected by events that threaten their safety or the safety of their parents/caregivers, and their symptoms have been well documented. These traumas can be the result of intentional violence—such as…

Blogger Managing Children's Services Committee

Smile! Here Comes Summer Reading!

Summer Reading is almost here and for some who are reading this, it has already started! The last couple weeks before kick off day are often chaotic and filled with the stress of preparing for big events, numerous programs, decorating the department and organizing materials for all the check ins. Many children’s librarians are feeling lost in this mountain of work amidst doing numerous outreach visits. Here are some ideas and inspiration collected by the Managing Children’s Services Committee to get you and your staff to your kick off day …with a smile.

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…