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Summer Reading Program Grants, STEAM Grants, and more!

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ALSC members! Take advantage of these grant opportunities that are still available for you to apply for. Also, enjoy the look of our new Professional Awards logo! Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship The Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship provides a $4,000 grant to a qualified children’s librarian to spend a total of four weeks or more reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature of the George A. Smathers Libraries, Universityof Florida, Gainesville. The Baldwin Library contains a special collection of 130,000 volumes of children’s literature published mostly before 1950. The fellowship is endowed in memory of Louise Seaman Bechtel and Ruth M. Baldwin. Applications for this close November 8th! Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant The ALSC Summer Reading Program Grant is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries by providing $3,000 in financial assistance, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development. Applications for this close November…

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See you in 2020! #alsc18 #act4kids

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Thank you to everyone who joined us this year for the 2018 ALSC Institute and thank you for your efforts in embracing advocacy and inclusion! We hope these past few days sparked new ideas and new connections. The 2020 ALSC National Institute will take place October 1-3, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN! We’ll be updating the Institute page on our website as the next year unfolds.

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Reception time at The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County #alsc18 #act4kids

Wow! Thank you to The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County for sponsoring tonight’s reception at the Institute. Tonight, we had the opportunity to explore the whole main branch, complete a scavenger hunt, and nibble on hors d’oeuvres. My favorite part was being able to make my own Ravenclaw button in their Makerspace and seeing everyone so excited for the green screen! I hope you had the opportunity to stop by, but if not, here are pictures of us having fun:   This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.

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It’s Institute Week! #alsc18 #act4kids

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It’s Institute week! We’re so excited to be meeting everyone in Cincinnati. In this post, two of our Institute Scholarship recipients share their excitement! We wish everyone safe travels and be on the look out for our live blog posts this week! From Sophie Kenney: As a librarian of color and one devoted to inclusive and equitable collections and programming, I’m most looking forward to the new Big Idea session: A is for Advocacy. I’m excited to hear and learn from the experts on the panel and take home strategies and practices that will enable my library to be more welcoming and representative of today’s modern, multicultural world. It’s not enough to believe in incorporating diversity, we need to get buy in from our stakeholders as well as administration so that the positive changes we make are institution-wide and lasting. From Hyunjin (Jin) Han: ALSC Institute is just around corner!…

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The ALSC Equity Fellowship

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This month I wanted to share a new and amazing opportunity for potential ALSC members of color. This post was written by members of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within ALSC Implementation Task Force. The current ALSC Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force was charged with implementing a number of recommendations from the first EDI Task Force. One those recommendations was a scholarship for ALSC members of color. We debated quite a long time about making this broad or deep, meaning, should we take this earmarked money and spread it widely to ensure lots of people get their memberships paid for, or should we select a smaller number of recipients and give them a deeper mentorship experience and pay for conference attendance. We looked at a number of factors including; long term culture change, why people aren’t getting involved in the committee process, and the historically white nature of the profession. In the end,…

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Interview with 2017-18 ALSC Spectrum Scholar, Beatrice Canales

An interview with Beatrice Elizabeth Canales, 2017-2018 ALSC Spectrum Scholar What is your current title and what drew you to work in Children’s Services? From 2006 through 2015, I worked at the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) as a Teen Services Liaison and as an Academic Unit Assistant for the Department of Early Childhood Studies at San Antonio College (SAC). I left SAPL in 2015 to pursue my graduate degree but I continued at SAC Early Childhood Studies. The desire to work in Children’s Services have been part of my landscape since college. In college I was a volunteer tutor at a local elementary school and, as an Independent Study, I created a Children’s Advocacy student group. After college, I worked as a Children’s Advocate at a domestic violence shelter. More recently, after much soul searching, I believe that advocating for multicultural, anti-bias children’s literature starts at Emergent Literacy. How…

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ALSC Mentoring Program Perspectives #mentorALSC

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In February, one of our ALSC Mentoring Program matches contributed a piece to the #mentorALSC Newsletter on their experience in the program up until that point. Below is their fun and inspiring message! Mentee – Marlowe Being new to the profession, the time spent in conversation with my mentor has been invaluable. It has provided training in the form of a wealth of ideas, networking opportunities with seasoned library professionals and increased my confidence within my newly minted role as the Youth Services Librarian. Our monthly conversations allow me to talk about upcoming events, current happenings within my library as well as current trends within the profession. In addition, the calls provide me with an opportunity to ask lots of questions using my mentor as a sounding board for my thoughts. It is especially beneficial for me as a mentee because my mentor is Paula Holmes who also happens to…

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Naomi Shihab Nye’s 2018 Arbuthnot Lecture Supplement

Arbuthnot Lecture Supplement

The 2018 Children & Libraries (CAL) digital supplement, featuring Naomi Shihab Nye’s 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, is now available. Published in addition to the four quarterly issues of CAL, the supplement allows for the Arbuthnot lecture to be released in a more timely fashion following the live event. Readers no longer have to wait for the fall or winter issue to read the annual lecture. The 2018 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture, “Refreshments Will Be Served: Our Lives of Reading & Writing,” was delivered by Nye on April 28 at the Western Washington University Performing Arts Center in Bellingham, Washington. And in case you missed it… The 2019 Arbuthnot Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Debbie Reese at the University of Wisconsin at Madison! Learn more about Dr. Debbie Reese on the ALSC website.