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The Wild Year: ALSC in 2013

Join ALSC in 2013We here at ALSC are very excited about 2013. Not only do we get to continue the celebration of the Caldecott 75th Anniversary, we’re also super psyched about welcoming a new batch of ALSC award winners at the 2013 Youth Media Awards (#ALAyma).

But that’s not all that’s have going on. 2013 will be a year for awesome ideas and difference-making programs. Everyone is invited to participate. just to give you a small taste of what’s coming up, we’ve put together this handy little list:

  • Host a Dí­a event in your library – 2013 El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is April 30, 2013, but many libraries find their own time to celebrate. That’s great, because Dí­a is Diversity in Action. The best way to participate is to hold your own celebration and as soon as you start planning, make sure to submit your registration to the 2013 National Dí­a Program Registry!
  • The Importance of Play – In 2013, ALSC is inviting you to learn more about how libraries can use play to enhance their early learning efforts. One great way to create your own Read! Build! Play! program at your library. ALSC created their Importance of Play page to help you with ideas. Included is a white paper which can help you make the case to your administrators for more play in libraries.
  • A Wild Ride: 75 Years of the Caldecott Medal – Okay, this is gonna be awesome. Join us in Chicago for the 2013 ALSC Preconference featuring authors like Paul O. Zelinsky, Brian Selznick, Jerry Pinkney, Erin Stead, Philip Stead, and Leonard Marcus. Yes, it will be amazing.
  • Facebook Forums – If you can’t make it to Chicago in June, these are a great way to participate in the Caldecott 75th Anniversary. You don’t even need a Facebook account! In 2013, ALSC will be holding forums with Melissa Sweet and Laura Vaccaro Seeger among others!
  • Four more quarters of great online courses! – Have you seen some the great topics that ALSC online classes cover? Caldecott history. ALSC Core Competencies. Graphic Novels. And these are offered four times a year! Oh yeah and ALSC members also receive a discount.

That should get you started. If you’re not an ALSC member, 2013 is a great year to consider becoming one. You’ve got all of those reasons above and then your fellow children’s librarians, academics, youth advocates, and children’s literature experts can give you a few more reasons.

Happy New Year and see you in 2013!

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