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Contribute to Children and Libraries

Have you done something cool at your library?  Coordinated a research project with implications to youth librarianship?  Have something to say but not sure where to share it?  Look no further than Children and Libraries, the quarterly journal published by ALSC.  Children and Libraries (affectionately called CAL) is always on the lookout for articles of interest to ALSC members.   Have you done something cool at your library?  Coordinated a research project with implications to youth librarianship?  Have something to say but not sure where to share it?  Look no further than Children and Libraries, the quarterly journal published by ALSC.  Children and Libraries (affectionately called CAL) is always on the lookout for articles of interest to ALSC members. 

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100 Years of the Newbery Medal – Exploring with KT Horning

2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the Newbery Medal, and an author’s life will be changed. In celebration of this impending celebration, ALSC once again offered their continuing education course on the Newbery Medal with KT Horning. Over 20 librarians, library professionals, scholars, and library science students participated in the 6-week course from early July through mid-August for a chance to explore the Newbery medal from 1922 til now. And wow, has this medal been on a journey.  2022 marks the 100th anniversary of the Newbery Medal, and an author’s life will be changed. In celebration of this impending celebration, ALSC once again offered their continuing education course on the Newbery Medal with KT Horning. Over 20 librarians, library professionals, scholars, and library science students participated in the 6-week course from early July through mid-August for a chance to explore the Newbery medal from 1922 til now. And wow, has…

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The Legacy of the Pura Belpré Award: Insights from Alma Flor Ada

The History of the Pura Belpré Award In the 1920s, the New York Public Library hired Pura Belpré as Hispanic Assistant. Now she’s known as the first Puerto Rican librarian in the system, but her legacy in children’s librarianship and literature cannot be captured by that title alone.  In the 1920s, the New York Public Library hired Pura Belpré as Hispanic Assistant. Now she’s known as the first Puerto Rican librarian in the system, but her legacy in children’s librarianship and literature cannot be captured by that title alone. 

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Partnership is Possible: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and Public Libraries

Dolly Parton believes that, “You can never get enough books into the hands of enough children.” In support of this belief and in honor of her father who never learned how to read or write, she established Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL), a program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, regardless of their family’s income. Local support from foundations, and/or governmental agencies pay for the cost that is required for each book mailed.

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Getting Ready for Summer Reading during a pandemic

Our educational and hybrid strategy for Tails and Tales  Summer reading is more important than ever this year as librarians are looking to create programs that combine technology, print resources and personal interaction to offer multiple access points for kids to enjoy educational, fun and safe activities through their local library. And, while we all want summer reading to be a huge success, it goes without saying that planning during a pandemic is quite a challenge!