Children & Technology

Tell Us About Great New Digital Media!

Hello from the Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Committee! Have you come across any new digital media you think all kids and parents should know about? Our committee is reviewing digital media released in 2020 in the U.S. for early learners (2-8) and their caregivers, and we’d love to see your recommendations! Please use this simple form to share your feedback with us. Deadline for submissions is January 1, 2021.

Guest Blogger

Global Reading with World Kid Lit: A Look Back at World Kid Lit Month 2020

Have you heard? September is World Kid Lit Month, and 2020 was the most successful so far, with record numbers sharing reading suggestions and shelfies with the hashtag #WorldKidLitMonth. Launched as a grassroots social media initiative in 2016, World Kid Lit Month is a time to celebrate world literature for children and teens, especially fiction, nonfiction and poetry translated to English from other languages. It creates a space to discuss why we should look beyond the books published in our own country and also how to find books first published elsewhere. There are countless reasons to explore world literature, and this year the following four themes prompted lots of engagement. Armchair travel Books are a discount ticket to everywhere,* and this reason for global reading was more compelling than ever during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown when physical travel grinded to a halt. #WorldKidLitMonth aims to open up the world to…

Administrative and Management Skills

A Blog Post About ALSC Budget – No seriously! Read it!

I’ve been a member of the Association of Library Service to Children for over fifteen years.  Well, I think; since they stopped sending out membership cards, I can’t keep track.  However long it’s been – it was at least a decade before the question of money ever occurred to me:  Is ALSC solvent?  Does it have money?  Who pays for all the ribbon tags people wear at conference?  On the great range between Donald and Scrooge, where does this organization actually fall?   I asked these questions for the first time a few years ago because I had just joined the Budget Committee, and suddenly the idea of finances was front-and-center in my committee work.  It was a two year appointment, and after bouncing around ALSC for a few years, I’m back once again.  Yes, it really is that much fun!  No, that’s not sarcasm.  I’m here again, aren’t I?   The…

Programming Ideas

Virtual and Augmented Reality! An #alsc20 Highlight by Eileen Drummond

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Virtual Reality, augmented reality – what is the difference?  How can a non- video game playing librarian like myself, incorporate this technology into a library program?  My own inclination is to shy away from technology that I don’t understand because I worry how I can help young people utilize that technology.  The 2020 Institute session “Virtual and Augmented Reality: Designing Immersive Learning Youth Programs” led by Zachary Stier introduces librarians to the idea of using virtual and augmented reality to educate and enhance the learning experiences of young people.  Augmented Reality is what the game Pokemon Go is.  It is interacting with digital elements using a smart device.  Virtual Reality is being immersed in an entirely new world.  I initially wondered  how can video games could be educational because the video games that my sons play, Fortnite and Star Wars Battlefront, do not seem to have much learning potential.  To…

Virtual Institute 2020

An #alsc20 Highlight by Jennifer Minehardt

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Wow, what an awesome two days spent at this year’s virtual ALSC National Institute! There were so many wonderful programs to choose from over the course of two days. I’m excited to go back and watch some of the sessions I missed! With that being said, I can’t wait to talk about this amazing new book, We Are Water Protectors, written by Carole Lindstrom and illustrated by Michaela Goade. We spent a wonderful hour and fifteen minutes listening to the author and illustrator talk about their work and their different processes and how they came to collaborate on this book together. This is an own voices story told by both an indigenous author and illustrator. The author told us that this book is her love letter to the people of the Standing Rock movement as well as all the indigenous people that are fighting to protect their water sources as…

Awards & Scholarships

Apply Now for Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Program Grant

It may seem like summer reading just ended, but many of us are already planning what our programs will look like for next year. As you envision Summer Reading 2021, would an extra $3,000 help your program to be more innovative? ALSC and the Programs and Services Recognition Committee are now accepting online applications for the ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. This $3,000 grant is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development. Due to COVID-19, the committee will consider proposals for virtual programming, as well as in-person programs which can take into account public health and safety measures Each application will be judged on the following: The plan and outline submitted for a theme-based summer reading program in a public library Program ideas that are open to all children (birth – 14 years) The committee encourages innovative proposals involving…

Virtual Institute 2020

An #alsc20 Highlight from Beatrice Canales

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The 2020 ALSC Institute was a new experience for me. This experience was the first time I attended the institute and since it was virtual, I had the time to savor many parts of it. The parts I could not attend was recorded so I will enjoy the conference later next week. As an educator, the two sessions that I enjoyed the most were, “Family Matters: Sharing Generational Love in Children’s Literature” and “Partnering to Improve Indigenous Representation”. The best part of these sessions and the overall sense of the conference pertain to the passion and responsibility of all librarians, educators, writers, illustrators, and more to show children of all ages that they matter. The “Family Matters: Sharing Generational Love in Children’s Literature” session demonstrated to the audience that “emotional truth” reigns in writing children’s literature. The audience felt that truth in the stories that the authors and illustrators used…

Guest Blogger

An #alsc20 Highlight by Faith Hvisdas

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Attending the ALSC Virtual Institute was an invigorating experience. After nearly seven months of living a new lifestyle due to the Coronavirus and world events, it was refreshing to hear from so many library professionals about how passionate they all still are about their work, and their willingness to serve communities. I especially appreciated the panel on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion within ALSC. This panel allowed several professionals to speak about the initiatives that ALSC is taking in these important areas. I enjoyed hearing from the Equity fellows, and hearing about the work that they are doing in libraries. When Ayn spoke, she mentioned that she would not get to go to Midwinter if it was not for this fellowship. Conferences are always an amazing way to learn and connect with others in our professional field. Ayn also mentioned her mentor, and how having a mentor was extremely supportive for…