Awards & Scholarships

Seeking Nominations for the Children’s Literature Award

The ALSC Children’s Literature Lecture is an annual event that started in 1970. Each year, a chosen lecturer prepares a paper and talk considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. Most recently, Bryan Collier presented the 2023 lecture, and Rita Williams Garcia is slated to present in 2024. The complete list of past lecturers is on the ALSC website.

Children and Libraries (CAL)

Dear Reader, Meet CAL

Hey ALSC Members, have you read Children and Libraries lately? Children and Libraries (CAL) is ALSC’s quarterly journal written by members just like you. When I was a fresh MLIS graduate and working as the only children’s librarian at my first job it was hard to find peers that I could rely on. Having already been a member of ALSC, however, I relied (and still do!) heavily on CAL. While I didn’t know many youth librarians in the field yet, I now recognize many names in each issue of CAL – for the articles they are authoring and the great work they are doing. Children and Libraries is an excellent form of continuing education for any librarian working with youth whether you’re new to the field or looking for new tips and best practices. 

Guest Blogger

Programming: It’s not (always) about the numbers

As a children’s librarian, my mantra has always been, it’s not about the numbers, it’s about the program. I have held book clubs with one child for weeks.   But sometimes we forget our own mantra, and it’s not a bad thing to promote your program. (I ended the book group with one child after 6 weeks.) Somehow I imagine the Dragnet music playing while I say that this is one story from the annals of Library Science and Marketing Math.  

Book Clubs

Elephant & Piggie Book Club!

When it comes to crafts, games, and storytimes, children tend to flock to these programs and have fun. Ironically, book clubs are the tough ones to sell to my youngest library patrons. This does not mean that first and second graders are not interested in books; on the contrary, there are several popular series and authors that they gravitate towards and these books could be used to build book clubs.

ALA Annual Conference 2023

Two Programs You May Enjoy at the 2023 ALA Annual Conference

As members of the Program Coordinating Committee, we read, review, and select the educational programs that are presented at the ALA Annual Conference that would be of particular interest to attendees who work with children and families.  Two such programs I am pleased to share with you below are sure to be engaging and informative.  

Guest Blogger

Emerging Leaders Survey: Opportunities with the New Members Round Table

One thing you may not know about ALA’s Emerging Leaders program is that every year, new cohort members get to choose a project from a list submitted by various round tables and committees to work on during their cohort year. The project I chose is “Driving Engagement: Developing a Marketing Strategy for NMRT”. The New Members Round Table (NMRT) primarily serves members of ALA who have been involved for less than 10 years and who want to be more involved in ALA as a whole. The way NMRT seeks to achieve this is with various programmatic offerings for its members. You have a lot of different options to get involved, including but not limited to committee assignments, mentorship matches, a resume review service, and even programs centered on how to attend ALA conferences!