Blogger Heather Acerro

Program in a Post: Cotton Swab Pointillism

With this post and around $15 (or less), you can encourage young artists to try a fun new technique. Supplies: Paint (washable tempera or liquid watercolors) Paint cups Cotton Swab Paper Room Set Up: Like Art Links, Squart, or Art on the Spot, this is a great activity to take out on the road to community outreach events. This is a favorite activity for our ArtCart. Program Prep: We like to cut the paper into half sheets (around 4 1/4″ x 5 1/2″). Pour some paint in the bottom of your cups and place a few cotton swabs in each color. Invite kids and grown ups to make art. This is a super simple, colorful, and engaging activity!

Blogger Children and Technology Committee

Children and Technology: Assistive Technology

Vermont’s Jason Broughton wrote a stellar article on assistive tTechnology for the ALSC Blog back in December 2018, Assistive Technology: Equity and Inclusion for All, including information on what types of disabilities library staff may encounter and what assistive technologies may be available to best serve patrons with special needs. In addition, Elizabeth Gray wrote about Global Accessibility Awareness Day back in May. ALSC members spoke up with a desire for further information. The Children and Technology Committee has been working on a series of articles that will highlight best practices in assistive technology at individual libraries around the United States. We are working with practitioners in New York, Ohio, California, and Washington DC to share information on a wide variety of services. In librarianship, an essential component to the services we provide our communities is understanding those communities.  With that in mind, we’d like to share some resources that…

Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

The Switch

In August, I started a new job as a School Librarian at an innovative private school for urban youth in Trenton, NJ called Christina Seix Academy.  I love it! I work with a wonderful team of people and have the privilege of building a library for our community: teachers, parents, and most importantly, students ranging from PreK 3- 8th grade.  Our calendar is a little different from your average school, so by the time I started the kids had already been in class for 2 weeks, but everyone has made me feel welcomed, and the excitement that building around the new space is truly palpable.

Blogger Lisa Nowlain

Goodbye, youth librarianship!

My last day here at Nevada County is Friday. I couldn’t get them to give me a part-time position (even temporarily), and the inflexibility has been really tough on me as a new parent- and there was some other issues with a promotion I was supposed to get. Either way, my partner works full-time and we can afford to work a little less, so I’m looking for another job. Because I live in a rural county, I’m assuming that I don’t have other options for youth librarianship. I’ve been thinking a lot about the validation I’m getting for this decision, all of which is coming from a place of patrons supporting me, but I think speaks to a cultural issue we have in the US around women at work. In a position so dominated by people who identify as women, I think there is value in us thinking about what…

Blogger Gretchen Schulz

Book Recommendations: September 11 Remembrance

Good Morning, Today marks 18 years since the terrorist attacks against our United States on September 11, 2001. In observation of this, I have compiled a list of book recommendations for those interested in educating their young children of this historical day, and for grade schooler and middle schoolers interested in learning about or commemorating this day.

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Applications for the 2020 Bechtel Fellowship Are Now Open

Are you feeling a little burned-out and is it time for a “sabbatical” to “recharge your batteries” and gain a new perspective at work? Or, do you have a curious desire to deepen your knowledge about historical children’s literature? If either is the case, you should consider applying for the Bechtel Fellowship…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Check out the Interracial Books for Children Bulletin Archive!

Appalled by the inaccurate representation of marginalized groups, educators from the Mississippi Freedom Schools sought to inform educators, parents, and publishers about the use and selection of children’s books and textbooks. They came together to name and call out the racism, sexism, and injustice that is present in children’s literature and textbooks. They founded The Council on Interracial Books for Children (CIBC) in 1965 on the heels of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1966, CIBC published the first issue of the Interracial Books for Children Bulletin (IBCB) Bulletins provide critical, honest reviews written by educators from the specific group in question. CIBC made a point to advocate and uplift marginalized communities, including African Americans, Latinx, and Indigenous peoples through their journal. Filled with information that allows us to chart not only how far children’s literature has come but also parallels the push for representation today. Other topics include A study…

ALSC Member Profile

Meet Katie Connelly – ALSC’s Award Coordinator

Earlier this year, Katie Connelly joined the ALSC staff as Awards Coordinator. Here is your chance to learn a bit more about Katie through a series of questions. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it? I’m the new Awards Coordinator at ALSC! I’ve been here for five months and am enjoying learning the ins and outs of the role and being a part of this awesome team! Do you prefer to read newspapers in paper or online? Most of the time I read the news online. But there’s something really nice about starting a weekend morning off with a newspaper and a cup of coffee in hand. Is there a book which you love to read over and over again? What is it? A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. One of my teachers had our class read it in 7th grade, and it has ‘haunted…