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Calling All Artists!

  The ALSC Public Awareness Committee is seeking art submissions from members and non-members alike to support the Championing Children’s Services Toolkit. This advocacy toolkit will go live just in time for ALA Annual and will be a resource for children’s librarians, youth staff, and library advocates like board of trustees and friends of the library groups. The goal of the toolkit is to help communicate to elected officials and other library stakeholders about the crucial work being done in library children’s departments that supports kids and family success.

ALA Midwinter 2019

Seattle: Outside of the Convention Center

Welcome to Seattle!  While there are tons of activities and sights that would jump to the top of the list in summer, January can be soggy.  So here are some fun indoor pursuits while you’re in town for Midwinter.   If you are a Marvel fan, the new exhibit at MoPop (formerly the EMP or Experience Music Project) may catch your eye: http://www.mopop.org/ There are a number of other exhibits there as well, including a Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.   While you may have already visited the Seattle Art Museum on a past trip, a lesser-known gem that’s also within reach of the convention center is the Frye Art Museum. http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/exhibitions/now-on-view https://fryemuseum.org/upcoming_exhibitions/   One of the most-talked about new sights in downtown Seattle is the Amazon Spheres.  It’s a hot ticket to get in to one of the public tours, available 30 days in advance.  Check here…

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Children’s Librarians are experts at asking “Why not me?”

A new year is just around the corner and we all know what that means – new year’s resolutions. As I sat down to think about what my professional development new year’s resolutions would be, so many different ideas came to mind – find a new blog to follow, attend one session at midwinter that I wouldn’t normally attend, listen to a webinar from outside of the library profession. As I was listing away in crazed Leslie Knope-fashion, a question from a blog post that a mentor shared passed through my mind and gave me pause. The question was from Bernadette Jiwa’s “The Story of Telling” monthly blog update and goes as follows: “From the time my son Kieran was ten, he told everyone who asked that he wanted to be a LEGO designer when he grew up. Some people tried to temper his enthusiasm, not because they were unkind,…

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Assistive Technologies: Equity And Inclusion For All

For years, those with disabilities have struggled to have access to information, resources, assignments, or materials due to accessibility or instructional problems. With improvements in technologies over the past ten years, however, the landscape is a hopeful one, and filled with opportunities for libraries to seize. Going forward we need to begin working on changing mindsets to make things even more accessible for the youth we serve. How can we harness these technologies as we work towards fulfilling our core competency of eliminating barriers?

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Thanksgiving Under the Microscope

Now that Thanksgiving has passed and the holiday books begin to make their way back to your shelves, it’s the perfect time to train your critical eye upon this sometimes-controversial, and frequently inaccurate and inauthentic, array of titles. As librarians and purveyors of information, we have a duty to provide resources that reflect truth and diversity. Many of our books often share the “First Thanksgiving” narrative that shows happy Pilgrims and American Indians* sharing a meal blissfully side by side. Or, this narrative shows up as a classic school play where children dress up.

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Library Services to Immigrant and Refugee Families & ALSC Library Service to Special Populations Toolkit

If you’re wondering where you can find resources for immigrant and refugee families or other special populations in your community, ALSC is here to help! In 2015, the ALSC Committee for Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers created this incredible toolkit that includes many helpful links and book lists. Last month, ALSC held a forum for members on this very topic. If you missed it, members can access the archived forum here. You may want to mark your calendar now for an upcoming FREE webinar on April 9, 2019 Early Childhood Expertise Beyond Libraryland: Serving Refugee and Immigrant Families. The webinar will address the following learning outcomes: Learn about the experiences of families who leave behind their home countries. Gain understanding of the impact of separation and trauma. Discover innovative ways to address the needs of families experiencing separation and relocation. Consider the potential barriers to service at their libraries….

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Children’s Librarians are Experts with the Data to Back It Up!

Do you ever try to explain your job to a friend, family member, or member of your community that isn’t a “library person”? Sure, you can simply say you work with children in libraries, but what if they ask more? If you’re like me, you start in on a long winded spiel about early literacy, collection development, and programming and begin to notice their eyes glaze over.