Blogger Advocacy and Legislation Committee

National Library Week Provides Countless Advocacy Opportunities

National Library Week is coming right up, celebrated this year April 7-13 with the theme Libraries = Strong Communities. As you are no doubt aware, since 1958, the American Library Association has set aside this special week every year in April in order to highlight library efforts throughout the nation. Melinda Gates chairs the week this year. Events As part of National Library Week’s festivities, the State of America’s Library Report will be released and will include the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2018, as published annually by the Office for Intellectual Freedom. Also that week, on Tuesday, April 9, National Library Workers Day (NLWD) is celebrated and provides an opportunity to recognize the hard work of all library employees. Wednesday, April 10 is National Bookmobile Day and Thursday, April 11 is Take Action for Libraries Day. Naturally, having a week dedicated to highlighting our efforts on a national…

Blogger Kaitlin Frick

STEAM on a Shoestring: Technology

For those of you following my work (well, I can certainly dream I have devoted followers), you may recognize this technology-related post as a continuation of my STEAM on a Shoestring series, all about bringing new life to your old STEAM routine. If you haven’t read the previous two, you can find great Science and Engineering ideas from some of my personal library role models by following the links provided. If you have already read those previous posts, however, you might notice something a little different this time: While previous posts have highlighted the work of numerous library professionals, this one will include lots of ideas from one librarian. Alessandra Affinito is a Senior Children’s Librarian with New York Public Library, and when I think tech programming for kids, I think of her.

Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Interactive Picture Books

In 2011, I read a most unique (at that time) picture book—Herve Tullet’s Press Here.  My guess is that most of you are now familiar with the book, but in case you are not:  Tullet created an interactive story where the author instructs the child to press a yellow dot which appears to affect when happens after the page turn.  Thanks to the child’s directed actions, the dot multiplies, changes colors, moves around the page, and grows.  Meanwhile, the child gets a chance to tap, rub, tilt, and blow on the book.   I though the book was brilliant.  In a way, it mimicked interacting with a tablet while still giving the child an experience with a book. I was so delighted with Press Here that I purchased multiple copies that holiday season and gave it to every toddler and preschooler I know.  Several relatives of these kids told me…

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Library Lab STEM Program at Brooklyn Public Library

Slime is having a moment at Brooklyn Public Library!  It’s one of six new experiments we are offering through 2019 Library Lab STEM programming for children ages 6-12. All Library Lab experiments are designed to give children the opportunity to have fun with STEM topics. I was inspired to develop three of the new units by Calling All Minds: How to Think Like an Inventor, by Temple Grandin which will be available in paperback from Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, in April 2019.  In the Levers and Pulleys unit, children can explore the mechanics of force by making a small model of a wishing well and a jumping jack puppet that has moving limbs. In the Bird Kite experiment, kids can learn about the forces of lift and drag in the exploration of flight.  And in the Optical Illusions unit, we explore how color, light and…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Calling All Gamers!

We’ve all seen it before: kids gathered around a computer, playing the latest version of Minecraft or Tanki, squabbling for space as they swap tips and best practices (though they might not call them that). Or maybe you’ve seen a motley crew of kids come running down your stairs after your weekly chess program, excitedly chattering about this move or that move. No matter how you slice it, games have a place in libraries. The format they may take changes from month to month, library to library, but the fact remains the same: Libraries are a great place to game and learn.

Call to Action

Involvement Challenge

Are you looking to get more involved at your library? Consider these options. Do you have a staff intranet? Ask if it would be OK to contribute content. We recently started using Jostle, and the Manager overseeing its content asked for a few more reporters. My boss asked me if I was interested, and I looked at it as a great way to be creative in a couple different ways. The first idea I am flushing out is a series titled: Meet the Management Team. We have a group of 15 Managers who meet bi-weekly at a Management Team meeting, so I started with our Executive Director, and our Deputy Director. My thought behind it was to ask them for interesting facts about themselves that staff may not know about them, but may help us to understand how their management style has become what it is. For example, my manager…

Commitment to Client Group

ALSC Equity Fellows at #alamw19

ALSC Equity Fellows at Midwinter 2019

ALSC’s six Equity Fellows attended the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle in January. Thank you to members of the ALSC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force for their mentorship throughout the Midwinter conference and beyond to help the fellows feel welcomed in our organization. We reached out to the fellows to learn more about their experience attending Midwinter and this is what some of them shared: Some favorite highlights of ALA Midwinter as an ALSC Equity fellow included getting to know the other fellows and mentors on a more personal level, hearing about and seeing the soon-to-be published titles, and attending the ALA Youth Media Awards as well as VIP publisher events. One of the best things about attending conferences is the people you meet or reconnect with. Since I arrived to Seattle early, I took the initiative and went to the Joint Youth Executive Meeting on Thursday afternoon despite not…