Administrative and Management Skills

The Importance & Wonder of Award Seals

Header for ALA Award Seals page

Every book awards season, readers and librarians alike anxiously count down to the ALA Midwinter meeting where, at the Youth Media Awards, the announcement of winners and honorees will take place. For ALSC members, the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, Pura Belpré Medal, Sibert Medal and the Geisel Award – to name a few – looms large. Equally as important as the books chosen for those prestigious medals and awards, are the award seals that will soon appear on those books.

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Guerilla Programming: Mock Caldecott Edition

Like so many other libraries, our youth services department enjoys a large after-school crowd of Roblox-loving tweens. To cope with our slightly captive audience we have been working towards including more short, inter-departmental “guerilla” programming that takes advantage of our sudden influx of restless tweens in the evenings. One such recent program was a lightning round, Mock Caldecott event.

ALA Midwinter 2020

ALA Stop: Free exhibitions at the Free Library

I’m excited that ALA is in Philadelphia this year, because I promise you’ll be spoiled for choice at all of the activities that the City has to offer.  Museums and restaurants are the heart of Philadelphia, but for a truly unforgettable experience, I hope you’ll stop by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library and tour our Special Collection spaces.

ALA Midwinter 2020

2020 Notable Children’s Books Midwinter Discussion List

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and videos. The Notable Children’s Books committee has been busy reading hundreds of books for young people and has compiled a list of 221 nominated titles which are under consideration for the 2020 Notable Children’s Books list.