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Join us on April 19th for ALSC 101

While many are familiar with the Newbery and Caldecott committees, did you know that the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has over 60 additional opportunities to participate in committee work, task forces, and discussion groups? From creating best of the best book lists to helping coordinate ALSC’s annual budget, there is an ALSC Committee for everyone. Join us on Friday, April 19th, at 2:00 PM EST for ALSC 101 and an exploration of ALSC Committee work. 

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PLA Visitors: Welcome to Columbus Libraries!

Are you attending the 2024 Public Library Association Conference? I might just see you there! Welcome to Columbus, Ohio – the 14th most populous city in the United States. We might be pretty well known for the Ohio State University’s football team – but we are also home to some pretty incredible library systems.  While visiting (or while following along from home!) learn about some of the various libraries filling Columbus and the surrounding suburbs: And more! With just a bit longer drive, you can also visit Alexandria Public Library, Fairfield County District Library, Granville Public Library, London Public Library, Marysville Public Library, Pataskala Public Library, Pickaway County District Library, Plain City Public Library, and the Wagnalls Memorial Library.  I like to leave conferences with pictures and tangible ideas of things I can replicate at home – and what better way to do that than visiting our area libraries while…

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What does it mean to be an ALSC student member?

Being an ALSC student member means embarking on an adventure! Being an ALSC student member means opening unknown doors while holding trustworthy hands!  I started my library career as a page at the Boise Public Library in 2009. During this time, I convinced myself that I wanted to be a children’s librarian because of the wonderful experiences I had with the children’s department and children’s librarians. But what did I know about being a children’s librarian? English is not my first language. I didn’t grow up in the U.S. with access to classic children’s authors like Eric Carle, Roald Dahl, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, or even Dr. Seuss. Could I even be a children’s librarian here?   Despite my lack (I thought) of qualifications, I was determined to pursue librarianship. After taking the TOEFL and GRE twice and then receiving rejection letters from two schools, I was able to start a…

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New Year, New Goals

We are almost two weeks into 2024 – how are you feeling about those New Year’s resolutions? I made a new goal for myself last year – not to make New Year’s resolutions on the first day of the year. The first few weeks bring post-holiday catch-up projects that make new priorities hard to accomplish. Instead, I like to spend January thinking about what I want to accomplish this year, and make a goal by February 1.  What is something you want to try to accomplish this year? Consider some of these ideas: No matter what your goal is for 2024 (or your lack of a goal – no goal is okay too!), the ALSC Membership Committee wishes you all a great year of books, kids, and libraries (and hopefully a little less pivoting in 2024 – let’s leave that behind in 2020-2023).  Annamarie Carlson is the Youth Manager at…

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Spreading Book Joy All November Long

A family reads together at a Día program

Book joy! Yes…I know you are thinking…at the end of every library…there is book joy. These familiar lyrics are from the theme song of Reading Rainbow, a children’s television series featuring stories from around the world. From 1983 to 2006, Reading Rainbow was dedicated to encouraging the love of books, reading, and exploring the world through books. As November arrives with falling leaves, changing temperatures, and picturesque landscapes, society’s tumultuous relationship with books stays at the forefront of our minds. It behooves us to continue to stand together in celebration and praise for all libraries are, have been, and will continue to be. Check out these November events to reclaim the joy in libraries by partaking in these literary celebrations.  National Author’s Day (Nov. 1) originated in 1928 but has been formally acknowledged since 1949. Readers use this day to show appreciation for the authors that color their bookshelves with…