Blogger Mary R. Voors

Happy Birthday, ALSC Blog – Celebrating Ten Years

Break out the cake and candles! Today, the ALSC Blog celebrates a milestone. Ten years ago today, with a simple first post by Teresa Walls, the ALSC Blog was born. With today’s post, we now have 4145 published pieces representing  a wide variety of diverse topics, interests, and authors, but all working to fulfill the Blog’s stated mission:

to provide a venue for coverage of time sensitive news in children’s librarianship, current issues in the field, and programs, conferences, initiatives, resources, and activities of interest to ALSC members and those interested in children’s librarianship.”

With significantly over two million page views, every post contributed to the ALSC Blog, but it’s always fun to look at which post topics have received the most notice. Subjects revolving around STEAM, program planning, booklists, diversity, storytime ideas, and timely issues of cultural and social relevance have consistently drawn strong readership and response. Many, many people share in the success of this informational tool known as the ALSC Blog, including the stellar team of ALSC Bloggers, the hundreds of guest contributors, the variety of volunteer live bloggers reporting from conferences around the country, as well as the staff at the ALSC offices who offer consistent support and encouragement.

The most important component is you, the ALSC Blog reader. Without you, this blog has no reason to exist. We’d love to know… Has the ALSC Blog impacted your professional life?  What issues would you love the ALSC Blog to cover? What else should we know? Let us know in the comments below. And if YOU would like to write a guest piece for the ALSC Blog about an issue relevant to children’s librarianship, give us a holler at

We hope the future will bring plenty more blog posts! We’ll see you here.

(Image by normanack (tenth birthday cake auf flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons)


  1. erin wen


    1. Mary Voors Post author

      Thanks, Erin!

  2. Jonathan Dolce

    Yah! Congrats!

    1. Mary Voors Post author

      Thanks, Jonathan! You should go enjoy a piece of cake, too. Your contributions are valuable additions to the ALSC Blog.

  3. Roxie Munro

    Love love love this ALSC blog! Just about the best that I subscribe to. Always full of lively, informative, and engaging content, often written from a unique and personal point-of-view, from a variety of people, about their experiences and what they have learned working in this industry. Am honored to have been a guest contributor a few years ago, which was a lovely experience. Congratulations on your 10th birthday, and keep up the great work.

    1. Mary Voors Post author

      Roxie, you are so kind! Thank you!

  4. Jin Han


  5. Renee Grassi

    ALSC couldn’t do it without you, Mary!!! THANK YOU for everything!!!

    1. Mary Voors Post author

      You are so kind! But it’s a team effort. Thanks for all your support and help, Renee!

  6. Dan Bostrom

    Happy birthday, ALSC Blog! Congrats Mary and the ALSC team!

    1. Mary Voors Post author

      Thanks, Dan. And thank you for all you contributed!

  7. Kathia Ibacache


  8. Pat

    Happy birthday, and many thanks for being a great go-to source! I’ve consulted you for programming help as a children’s librarian, ideas to keep the job fresh, and now as a way of staying connected as I work with adults and yearn for children’s services. Fantastic job!

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