Guest Blogger

Using the Covid experience to help us grow in our work

Earlier this year, Maeve Brewer and Mary Voors joined the ALSC Mentoring program with the hope that collaborative learning and personal/professional growth would result. We decided that one of our mentorship goals would be to write a blogpost on the general topic of how we can use the Covid experience to help us become stronger and more adaptable children’s librarians and managers.

Early Literacy

Early Literacy Resources for Children’s Librarians

As a new youth librarian fresh out of graduate school, I knew that I wanted to specialize myself in early literacy, improve my storytimes, and create budget-friendly passive programs in the children’s space at my library. I spent several hours scouring the internet trying to find the best free early literacy resources and I thought I would share a few of my favorites and why I like them. 

Guest Blogger

Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children’s Literature in the Classroom and Library

Early in 2021, I began conversations with people at the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC), the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), and California Indian Education for All, about providing a virtual event that featured Native writers. It would be available to the public, at no charge. I was—to put it mildly—thrilled! 

Children and Libraries (CAL)

Volunteer Referees for CAL

Have you been looking for new ways to become involved in professional service but aren’t quite sure where to begin? Do you feel intimidated by writing an article or blog post, yet still feel you have something to contribute? Children & Libraries (CAL) may have the answer! As the Association for Library Service to Children’s (ALSC) official and refereed journal, we are always looking for new ALSC members to serve as volunteer referees for our scholarly articles. It’s an easy way to volunteer, requires no experience, and can help support effective librarianship practice for the field at large.

Guest Blogger

ALSC Budget Committee: Find Your Money

You’re an ALSC member, or ALSC-curious. You know about the network of support, the child-focused initiatives, how loudly we lose our minds during the Youth Media Award announcements. But did you know that ALSC can provide you funding for your professional development or committee projects? There’s money for membership, conference attendance, library school and committee initiatives. There might be money for your committee or for you. Yes, you!

Guest Blogger

True or False: Kahoot! is the answer to family fun at your library

In April of 2020, Johnson County Library, a 14-branch system in Eastern Kansas serving approximately 600,000 individuals, launched online trivia passive programming via the Kahoot! Platform. Our goal was to better engage our patrons during the shutdown caused by COVID-19.  Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that is intuitive to use and allows for the easy creation of online trivia games based on any topic of interest from kids books to pets.