- LibLearnX 2022

Children’s programming dominates Day Three of #LibLearnX

Hello from day three!

This morning kicked off with a chat with Molly Shannon and Cynthia D’aprix Sweeney, and I immediately learned that Shannon’s mother studied library science, and librarians are close to her heart. She survived childhood tragedy with a strength and sassiness that made me really excited to read her upcoming memoir!

Cynthia D'aprix Sweeney and Molly Shannon
Cynthia D’aprix Sweeney and Molly Shannon

I spent the morning and early afternoon hopping around multiple sessions, because today was full of topics in youth librarianship! We discussed diversity in book evaluation committees, incorporating games from around the world in International Games Week, and mindfulness in storytime. Once again, I am thrilled I can replay sessions I loved, and go back and watch ones I missed, because there were too many good ones! This is the extreme benefit of virtual conferences.

One of my favorites of the day was getting inspired by Cicely Lewis and her Read Woke campaign. Lewis is rocking the world and I love it. I can’t wait to incorporate her ideas in my library.

Cicely Lewis
Cicely Lewis

My other afternoon favorite was a panel that included one of my personal library heroes, Betsy Diamant-Cohen, of “Mother Goose on the Loose” fame. I got to learn from experts about her group’s studies and pilot programming for expectant parents and newborns. I love this idea, and I am thrilled about all the work they have been doing. I came away with so many ideas and excited to learn more.

Panelists for Library Programming for Expectant Parents and Parents of Newborns
Panelists for Library Programming for Expectant Parents and Parents of Newborns

It’s been an awesome day, and tomorrow… the Youth Media Awards. Can’t wait!


Conference Blogger Rebecca Ballard is Regional Children’s Services Coordinator for the Athens Regional Library System. An ALA and ALSC member for the past 7 years, Rebecca is really looking forward to the huge number and variety of educational sessions at the conference, having already made a spreadsheet of sessions to attend. (There aren’t enough hours in the day.) Rebecca will be drinking lots of coffee and getting excited about all the stuff to learn and share.


Please note that as a guest post, the views expressed here do not represent the official position of ALA or ALSC.

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