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Contribute to Children and Libraries

Have you done something cool at your library?  Coordinated a research project with implications to youth librarianship?  Have something to say but not sure where to share it?  Look no further than Children and Libraries, the quarterly journal published by ALSC.  Children and Libraries (affectionately called CAL) is always on the lookout for articles of interest to ALSC members.  

Have you done something cool at your library?  Coordinated a research project with implications to youth librarianship?  Have something to say but not sure where to share it?  Look no further than Children and Libraries, the quarterly journal published by ALSC.  Children and Libraries (affectionately called CAL) is always on the lookout for articles of interest to ALSC members. 

Not sure what to write about?  Summer reading loss and the impacts of learning loss due to COVID-19, a research paper on Drag Queen Storytimes, a comparison of elementary and middle grade novel collections to recommended reading lists are all articles from a recent CAL issue.  Articles do not need to be researched-based, but should be of interest to members of ALSC.  Think of what might be interesting to you and write about it.  Of particular interest right now to most of us are articles and ideas about how libraries are planning on moving forward (hopefully) from COVID-19 and what the new normal might be. 

CAL also welcomes articles from ALSC Committees about the work they’ve been doing—the Journal works with several committees to include articles and if you’re serving on a committee currently, chances are there’s an opportunity to share what you’ve been working on in the pages of CAL. 

If writing isn’t your jam, CAL periodically looks for ALSC members to offer peer reviews of research articles for accuracy and relevancy.  The review process is easy, the time commitment relatively low, and it’s a great way to volunteer in a limited-duration capacity.  

Interested in writing or reviewing?  Contact the amazing Sharon Verbeten, CAL Editor at CALeditor@yahoo.com.  She’s happy to work with you to help shape your idea into something splendid. 

Be on the lookout for a very special issue commemorating the Newbery Award’s 100th Anniversary in Spring of 2022!  (Can you believe the Newbery is turning 100?) 


Jennifer Knight is a Youth Services Librarian in Coos Bay, Oregon and a current co-chair of Children and Libraries Editorial Advisory Committee. 

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