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June News from ALSC

Here’s a quick digest of June news from ALSC to keep you up-to-date on our latest resources and upcoming professional development opportunities.

Gardening Reads for Kids

In addition to the 2024 Summer Reading Lists, ALSC has a fun new recommended reading list. The Gardening Booklist features fantastic titles for nature lovers, backyard explorers, and budding horticulturalists. From flowers to fungi, and windowsills to urban plots, this list of beautifully illustrated books delivers dozens of stories about the beauty and wonder of gardens big and small. Compiled by the Quicklists Consulting committee for the American Horticultural Society’s 32nd annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium, the annotated list includes fiction and nonfiction titles for children from birth to grade 7.

ALSC National Institute – Catch the Early Bird!

Don’t miss out on the savings! The early bird registration rate for the 2024 National Institute ends Tuesday, July 2. The Institute, September 19-21, 2024, in Denver, Colorado, is an intimate, intensive learning experience with a youth services focus that delivers practical and meaningful professional development programs, inspiring keynote sessions, networking opportunities, and more. Learn more at the ALSC website.

eLearning Opportunities

Looking for a professional development opportunity that fits your schedule? Check out these upcoming eLearning offerings:

Online Courses

Outreach Services for Underserved Children – July 8 – August 4, 2024
In this four-week, asynchronous course, participants will learn how to:

  • identify and create partnerships with organizations that serve underserved children,
  • Create a core collection of materials to use in outreach services, and
  • Identify goals and outcomes for these services.

American Sign Language with Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide – January 6 – February 16, 2025
American Sign Language is most commonly used in storytimes for babies, but the applications can go much further. In this 6-week, asynchronous eCourse, programming expert and signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children.

Learn more about ALSC courses. Or click on the course titles above for specific details.


Two webinars are scheduled for August.

Boost Creative Thinking to Serve Kids: The Six Thinking Hats Technique
Wednesday, August 7, 2024 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. CT

Is your library looking for new ways to reach children and families while maximizing your staff’s skills and talents? Sometimes what we need in administrative planning is a new way of thinking! Presenter Dorothy Stoltz leads a demonstration of Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats—drawing forth one’s genius to enrich work and life and focusing not on telling you what to think but rather showing you how to think creatively.

Tackling Controversial Topics with Kids in the Library
Wednesday, August 21, 2024 | 1:30-3:00 p.m. CT

Librarians are often called upon to serve a reader going through a crisis—whether it’s a separation, divorce, death, or natural curiosity about race, sex, gender, or religion. It can be daunting to know what or how much to say and how to preserve the child’s privacy without undermining parents and family. This art-based workshop offers practical strategies for engaging and supporting a child in the exploration of a tough topic or experience from a place of integrity, compassion, and with healthy boundaries.

Visit our Webinars page for more information or click on the hyperlinked titles above for specific details.

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This post addresses ALSC Core Competencies VII: Professionalism and Professional Development & IV: Collection Knowledge and Management.

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