ALA Midwinter 2018

ALSC Actions and You

Teapot with snowflake painted on it.

About ALA Midwinter…it’s two weeks later and I am still fueled by the professional development, networking, dynamic work session with the Public Awareness Committee and bold direction of ALSC leadership. Here’s my short list of actions and share outs with my home team.


Read President-Elect Jamie Naidoo’s lovely Valentine to ALSC members, staff and especially volunteers.  From one volunteer to another, take 5 and submit your volunteer form today! Appointments start now.


Listen to the actual “call” to the Caldecott, Newbery and Coretta Scott King award winners! American Libraries editor and Dewey Decibel Podcast host Phil Morehouse goes behind the scenes of the 2018 YMA event and into viewing party at a school library in this episode.


Bay Area librarians at 2018 YMA event
Bay Area librarians at 2018 YMA event.


Check Out the (draft list) from 2018 Notable Children’s Books and Notable Children’s Recordings.  Even more recommended books to share with children and families.


Watch for the archived “Toxic Stress in the Library: The Upstream Impact of Life Adversity on Children” presentation by Dr. Janina Fariñas and Johanna Ulloa Girón MSW as part the Leadership and ALSC session.  I am eager to share this with my team at the San Francisco Public Library.


Follow Board Action decision to create a taskforce to explore the ALSC awards program within the context of our core values and our strategic plan, beginning with the Wilder Award. Remember there are 9 easy ways to keep in touch with ALSC.


Dive into the new Public Library + School Library Collaboration Toolkit developed by ALSC, AASL and YALSA.  Choke full of practical tools and assets to power up your school and library partnerships.


Now it’s your turn. What will you read, listen, check out, watch, follow, dive into and share?


Photo of Christy Estrovitz


Christy Estrovitz chairs the Public Awareness Committee while leading youth services for the San Francisco Public Library. She welcomes your questions and stories via


Featured Image by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-NC.  All other photos courtesy of Christy Estrovitz.

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