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The ALSC Membership Committee does a wonderful job at connecting members to meaningful engagement opportunities. I’m here to add a few upcoming items to the list! Below are recently announced opportunities for ALSC members to apply for or engage with over the next few days and month.

Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award

Applications for this grant are being accepted through this Friday, April 22! We’re grateful for our friends over at Simon & Schuster for funding this annual grant that is exclusively available for ALSC members to apply for. If you’ve ever wanted to host an author or illustrator visit, here’s your chance to apply for funding to make it happen!

Submit your Committee Volunteer Form

Now is the perfect time to submit volunteer forms for a process committee appointment! All of our committee members play a significant role in furthering ALSC’s impact to achieve our vision of building healthy, successful futures for ALL children. I think ALSC President, Lucia Gonzalez, said it best: “ALSC can speak our languages and show our colors only through our active engagement and participation in the work of the organization.” I hope you’ll take some time to fill out a committee volunteer form this week. ALSC Vice-President, Amy Koester, is currently making process committee appointments for terms that begin July 1!

Friends of ALSC Institute Scholarships

To support ALSC’s goal of providing quality continuing education for children’s librarians, the Friends of ALSC are offering two scholarships to the ALSC National Institute this fall, in Kansas City, MO. The scholarships will include Institute registration (at the early bird rate) and a $1,000 travel stipend to cover airfare and hotel lodging. Applications for this opportunity are due by May 2!

Morris Seminar moves to the Institute!

Moving forward, the biennial Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training will precede our National Institute! Applications for the 2022 Morris Seminar are open and will be due by May 2. Participants will gather on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at the Marriott Kansas City Downtown in Kansas City, Missouri, to learn together about children’s media evaluation techniques. Participants will learn from experts in the field of children’s media evaluation, as well as from those who have served on ALSC’s media evaluation committees, to develop their professional evaluation skills. You can learn all the details about this year’s seminar by visiting the ALSC website.

I hope many ALSC members will consider applying for all the things! And if you’re not already a member of ALSC, I hope you’ll join in time to be eligible to apply for these opportunities.

Elizabeth Serrano (a.k.a. Elly) is ALSC’s Membership and Marketing Specialist. She can be reached at eserrano@ala.org. Please feel free to reach out to her to say hello and ask your ALSC questions!

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