In July, the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee announced our plan for the 2020-2021 calendar year: creating a vibrant, dynamic toolkit that provides ALSC members with up-to-date resources for working with marginalized populations. As a dynamic document, these pages will continue to grow and develop as we find new resources, share our experiences, and continue to learn from each other.
In August, we released our first toolkit page with resources for autism and other sensory processing disorders. In developing this resource, we realized that in order to provide relevant, meaningful content we need to also provide ourselves time and space to curate those resources.
As much as we would love to bring you a new toolkit page every month, we’ve found it’s much more realistic to plan for a new resource every other month. In the other months, we hope to highlight a program or “unpack” something from the previous month’s toolkit. With that in mind, we urge you to send us recommendations or exemplary programs that you would like us to highlight. We’d love to touch base with purveyors of programs for underserved children and learn more about the amazing work they’re doing.
Even though our timeline is changing, we’re still committed to creating a vibrant, useful toolkit that will serve ALSC members for years to come. And we still need your help to do that. While we have brainstormed some populations to get started, we also know that each library is unique. Which underserved population would you most like to see featured? Let us know!
Please continue to email us with your recommendations, favorite resources, and inspiring community programming and outreach endeavors. We would love to add your recommendations to our toolkit pages, plan to support your populations, and continue to highlight the great work that you do.
- Do you have a successful program you’d like to share? We would love to coordinate with you to highlight that work.
- Do you have a great community connection who can provide more guidance for libraries? Let us know so that we can reach out to them.
As 2020 has taught us, grace and flexibility are key. Together, we will continue to move forward in doing the great work for our children, our communities, and our libraries every day.
Jaime Eastman is a Senior Public Services Librarian and Family Place Coordinator at the Harrington Library in Plano, Texas. She’s looking forward to reading all your emails this month. Go ahead, send one now!
Joe Prince is the Curriculum & Outreach Educator at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. He’s looking forward to all the recommendations readers will send this month. You’re going to send some, aren’t you?