Last month, the organization We Need Diverse Books announced that they were no longer going to be using the term and hashtag #OwnVoices to describe books. I know many librarians and teachers had come to rely on the hashtag to identify diverse books by creators that have authentic experience and expertise. So… now what?
Happy Pride! There are so many more picture books with LGBTQ+ content than there used to be and June is the perfect time for a picture books for Pride Month display. As I was putting together my display this year, I was delighted that we have more books to choose from than ever before. If you’re putting up a Pride display, here are some books to consider including.
Are you “behind the scenes” staff at your library? Think you’re not directly serving customers? Think again! I’m a collection development librarian and even though I’m not in the public eye for most of my day, customer service is still an important part of what I do. Here’s how I make it a priority in my day.
Does your library have a StoryWalk®? Are you thinking of adding one? My library added ours in 2019 and our patrons LOVE IT! One question I get all the time is how to get publisher permission for StoryWalks®. Today, I’ll share what I’ve learned in the past 2 years.
It’s March. Again. After the most surreal year most (all?) of us have ever experienced. Time for our collective COVID trauma anniversary. It’s okay if you’re not okay right now. And just remember that your colleagues, vendors, and patrons may not be okay right now either. And even if you’ve been doing okay, there may be some new or old emotions welling up again. I want to share some resources that may help.
Have you committed to a reading challenge in 2021? There are all kinds of reading challenges on the web, challenging you to step outside your reading comfort zone and check off certain reading tasks throughout the year. I think it can be a really beneficial for librarians because I think we’re able to provide better service to our patrons if we challenge ourselves to read widely. I wasn’t going to commit to one this year, but then I saw that the American Indian Library Association is presenting their first ever Read Native reading challenge and I knew that was the one for me!
Did you tune in for the live Youth Media Award announcements this morning?! It’s one of my favorite conference activities, whether I’m attending in person or not. I wasn’t sure what it would be like without the reactions from the crowd, so I made my own crowd!
This afternoon I was able to tune into Poet Laureate Joy Harjo’s talk while tackling some meal prep tasks in my kitchen. Joy Harjo (Muscogee (Creek)) is the 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry and the first Native American to hold the position. One thing that poet laureates do (I learned) is that she works on a special project of her choice with the Library of Congress. Joy Harjo’s chosen project is a story map of living Native poets called Living Nations, Living Words and it’s an amazing resource.