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.

ALA Annual 2019

Notable Children’s Books Discussion List – #alaac19

The ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is charged with identifying the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable”  is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. Here is the complete list of 65 titles which will be discussed at the ALA Annual Meetings in Washington DC beginning at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Enjoy!

ALA Annual 2019

#alaac19 Books about Washington D.C.: Reading to Charm, Delight, and Ponder On

The grandeur of the architecture touches you as a visitor to Washington D.C. when strolling down Pennsylvania Avenue.  Is it the gracefulness of the U.S. Capitol building dome designed and constructed during Abraham Lincoln’s presidency – or something more?  Is it the inspiration of the White House, National Art Gallery East Building, and the National Archives – or something more? A captivating blend of enterprise, excellence, and goodness fills the air drawing you to explore our national treasures.  How can you be prepared to soak in this grandeur?  Can this legacy and history of the United States be captured in a short list of suggested books?  Can a few books capture the essence of the importance of Washington D.C. as the nation’s capital?   Probably not, but we can prepare you to not miss out on the essence of D.C. ALSC Local Arrangements – Eboni Njoki, committee chair, and members, Kristen…

ALA Annual 2019

Eating in D.C. #alaac19

While you weren’t looking, Washington DC has become one of the best dining destinations in the country. Celebrity chef Jose Andres has been cooking here to acclaim for years, and relatively new upstarts Rose’s Luxury and Bad Saint have won Michelin stars and the James Beard award respectively. Many of these are an easy walk from the Convention Center. We’ll share those, and also some links to other spots slightly further afield for those looking for further adventure.

Grants and Fundraising

1876 Club – An Interview with Courtney Young and Andrew Medlar

Often it can be uncomfortable to think about or talk about the end of one’s life. None of us really wants to consider our own death, let alone how we want our assets handled after we are gone. However, such conversations are not only important but necessary. We may think that only celebrities or wealthy people need to worry about estate planning, but if you own a home, have a savings account, a life insurance policy, or even a few stocks, no matter how small, you should have an estate plan. While each person has their own considerations for such planning, I’d like to share an idea, a new program created by ALA. Named for the year of ALA’s founding, the 1876 Club is a planned giving program for ALA members under 50 years old. Planned giving, often called legacy giving, is a way to leave a specific amount of…

ALA Annual 2019

ALSC Preconference Program – It’s not too late!

One of the most exciting things about attending an ALA conference is having the opportunity to meet the creative and interesting people who bring us outstanding books for children.  From the Newbery/Caldecott/Legacy Banquet to the Pura Belpré Celebración, attendees can hear the inspirational stories of the honorees and stand in receiving lines to shake their hands and say a few words.  Those who serve on award committees sometimes have the pleasure of spending some quality time with the authors and illustrators and these are moments that they always treasure. But what about those authors, illustrators and publishers whose books have silver medals on their covers?  They are just as creative and interesting and spending time with them can be just as inspirational and fun. Every other year, ALSC organizes a preconference honoring the silver medalists and giving attendees the opportunity to spend time chatting with these honorees.  Most of the…