Can you believe how quickly this year has gone by? I feel like it was only last week that I was thinking about LibLearnX 2023, and here we are in December 2023 gearing up for LibLearnX 2024! So what’s going on this year at LibLearnX you ask? Well, quite a bit! This post will discuss some children’s services related events, but to see everything, just click here!
On Saturday, I’m excited to attend “Using Media Literacy as a Tool to Interrogate Picture Books,” and “Establishing Early Children’s Literacy Book Ecosystems in Indigenous Communities: Reading Nation Waterfall.” In “Using Media Literacy as a Tool to Interrogate Picture Books”, participants will learn about National Association for Media Literacy Education’s framework for media literacy and how to use that to critically explore picture books, focusing on a specific five Caldecott winners. “Establishing Early Children’s Literacy Book Ecosystems in Indigenous Communities: Reading Nation Waterfall” will tackle how libraries can help prioritize literacy in underserved communities by learning about what a book ecosystem is and how to develop them.
On Sunday, “Embracing Neurodiversity in Youth Services” and “Library Programming for Expectant Parents and Parents of Newborns that Build Community Partnerships” will be at the top of my list. “Embracing Neurodiversity in Youth Services” will explore how to support neurodivergent kids and teens in regards to space, reference and programs. Moderated by Betsy Diamant-Cohen, “Library Programming for Expectant Parents and Parents of Newborns that Build Community Partnerships” takes a look into how to best reach this group with the tools to build a strong early literacy foundation for young children.
Of course what I’m most excited for (and you probably are too) is the Youth Media Awards! This will take place on Monday at 8 AM. This session will present the awards for some of the best books of the year including, but not limited to the Newbery Award, the Geisel Award and the Pura Belpre Award. Don’t worry–you can watch along at home too!
Beyond all the great panels being offered, of course there is the marketplace where all the exhibitors will be! The map for the marketplace can be found here. Since we’re still a few weeks out from the conference, new things are being added everyday! Keep your eye out for new featured speakers, panels, events and meetings. The homepage for LibLearnX can be found here.
We can’t wait to see you at LibLearnX!
Sarah Clarke is the Children’s Department Head at the Great Neck Library in New York, and a member of the ALSC Membership Committee.
This blog post relates to ALSC Core Competencies of: VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.