Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Applications for the 2020 Bechtel Fellowship Are Now Open

Are you feeling a little burned-out and is it time for a “sabbatical” to “recharge your batteries” and gain a new perspective at work? Or, do you have a curious desire to deepen your knowledge about historical children’s literature? If either is the case, you should consider applying for the Bechtel Fellowship…

Collection Development

Connecting Collections with Front Line Staff

A selection of books on the new book shelf at Westerville Public Library

In June, the ALSC Collection Management Discussion Group met for a lively discussion in a basement conference room at ALA Annual 2019. We discussed everything from evaluating dyslexia-friendly fonts to conducting diversity audits, but one topic captured a lot of conversation time: how collection development specialists communicate with front line library staff.

Guest Blogger

Making Ukuleles at Guernsey Memorial Library

When I read the ALSC Blog post titled Tiny Triumphs: Using Ukuleles with Success in the Library, I was really excited to learn that ukuleles are popular with other libraries. I wanted to share a two day course we recently completed in which we assembled ukuleles from kits. We decorated the ukuleles and then were taught how to tune them and play basic cords. Our instructors were Marie and Greg Eden. Marie Eden lived in Oahu, Hawaii from the second grade until the seventh grade.  During the seventh grade at King Intermediate School in Kaneohe, Hawaii, part of the curriculum was learning to play the ukulele. After her class performed Christmas songs at a local mall, she enjoyed it so much that when she was gifted her first ukulele that Christmas she joined a youth band at her church called, “The God Squad.”  After she got married she taught her…


World Breastfeeding Week – Books for Your Library

The Background Last Week was World Breastfeeding Week (WBW). This special time is celebrated across the globe every year from August 1-7 to support and increase awareness of breastfeeding. WBW commemorates the Innocenti Declaration, signed in August 1990, by government policymakers, the World Health Organization (WHO), and UNICEF to promote and protect this important first food. Breastfeeding is a human right; it saves lives; and it helps communities. However, there is very little in the way of children’s books on this important topic.


The Best Apps Available for Helping Your Kids To Read

Helping your child with their reading is a necessary but also immensely pleasurable activity, both for you and your son or daughter. As well as the conventional means of sharing books and stories, there are now a number of great reading apps which can add to the enjoyment and the success in your child’s learning journey. Here are some of the best apps currently available. Starting out Starfall Learn to Read Kicking off with the alphabet and bringing in phonemes (sounds) which help your child to pronounce all of the English words, this app then moves on to comprehension, covering all of the beginner bases which will set your child off on the right foot to becoming an accomplished reader, writer and speaker. Reading Raven This app also has a particular focus on phonics-based learning, and helps kids master all the steps to recognizing letters, sounds and ultimately words, by…

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Big Body Play in the Library

Education professor Dr. Frances Carlson coined the term “big body play” to describe the boisterous and physical kind of play engaged in by children.  Whereas fighting is a display of frustration, BBP is a display of joy with the intent of having fun.  BBP can occur alone or with friends, in a structured or unstructured format, with objects (such as balls) or by simply using one’s body.