Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Fall Titles Galore!

For the past four years, my library system (Cuyahoga County Public Library in suburban Cleveland, Ohio) has hosted a Youth Book Buzz, a day when several publishers and Baker & Taylor come to preview upcoming summer and fall books.  This year, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, DC Comics, and Inkyard Press, along with the aforementioned Baker & Taylor, sent a representative to booktalk titles along with ARCs (advance reader copies) for attendees to snatch up at the end of the presentations.  In addition, ARCs the library system received over the past year were also available to take. (Many thanks to CCPL’s Collection Development department!)   I came home with one bag full of middle grade novels, and one bag of teen books.  Picture books were available, but I focused on grabbing longer texts.  Here are some of the children’s books I’m excited to see coming out in August and the fall!…

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Ask ALSC

Welcome to Ask ALSC, where the Managing Youth Services Committee asks leaders in children’s libraries to share their response to an issue or situation. We hope to showcase a range of responses to topics that may affect ALSC members. If you’d like to respond to today’s topics, or suggest a topic for the future, please leave a comment. Today we will discuss advocacy. As librarians, we are constantly vying for resources to fund programs and purchase materials. With so much going on at the library this can seem like a monumental undertaking. I surveyed several librarians and asked how they advocated for their work and their programs. Below are the top three responses I received. Rely on others: This first response may come as a surprise but many librarians said they let others advocate for them. The teacher that you conduct outreach for, the parent who comes to story time,…

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See to Read

Public librarians commonly think that helping children get ready for kindergarten is early literacy skills, learning numbers, being able to follow simple instructions, learning to be part of a group. Oregon libraries also help parents meet a kindergarten registration requirement—vision screening. Why vision screening for preschoolers? See to Read, a partnership between the Oregon Library Association and the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic at Oregon Health and Science University, is guided by the belief that no child should begin learning to read and write with an undetected vision problem. According to the Elks Children’s Eye Clinic, 80% of learning in the first years comes through vision and often children are misdiagnosed with behavioral or developmental issues. See to Read aims to detect vision problems that can only be treated successfully if caught before age 7. How it works Library staff schedules a screening at no cost to the library, thanks to…

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Revisiting Your Summer Elevator Speech

Memorial day is around the corner, and for those of us who work in children’s services at public libraries, this means Summer Reading. Traditionally, summer is a time we encourage children to read (often for prizes),  help children meet their page-total goals, and ramp up our child-centered program offerings. It’s one of the most fun, exhausting, and rewarding times of the year to be in this field. Because of this focus in children, it’s also an excellent time to advocate for services to children and their families. We have a myriad of positive stories to share, as discussed in a blog post from last summer, and often a willing and eager audience in the many families that visit our libraries. Sharing our stories is vital.  It is even more vital in light of the 2018 OCLC report From Awareness to Funding.   According to the report,  the belief that “libraries…

ALA Annual 2019

Calling All Readers: Celebrate and Support the Freedom to Read Foundation!

Hey, ALSC members!  This post is for both the ALA Annual-going and the wish-they-were-going.  First, the going:  I know that there will be a lot happening at ALA Annual, but here’s an opportunity to celebrate that you won’t want to miss – The 50th Anniversary Celebration of The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) will be held Saturday, June 22, 2019 from 6-8 p.m. at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St NW, Grand Ballroom North.  Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. And, author Colson Whitehead is the keynote speaker! Register now! Read on to find out about other ways to support FTRF.

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ALSC Membership Survey

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The ALSC membership survey is here! The last time ALSC conducted this survey was in 2015, so we are definitely in need of an updated analysis on our membership. This survey will help us assess the following: Who are ALSC members? How are ALSC members using their membership? How can ALSC best serve its members? Feedback from the 2015 survey helped initiate important conversations and ideas that resulted in free archived webinars to members and initiated the pilot student gift membership program! This voluntary survey is open for just another two weeks and I hope you will take the time to contribute your thoughts about your experience with ALSC. Access As this survey is limited to ALSC members, please use your ALA username and password log into this page to access the survey link.