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.

- LibLearnX 2022

My experience on the 2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee

Congratulations to all involved in the YMA Awards– writers, artists, publishers, committee members, and everyone it took to create this year’s canon of beautiful stories. Let us also remember the stories and creators that weren’t recognized and the stories yet to come. They matter. Awards are a huge honor, but they are also just awards and not a measure of a story’s worth or a creator’s talent.  This year, I was on the ALSC Notable Children’s Recordings Committee. What an honor it was. Training for a half marathon was a helpful activity to complete the over 1,000 listening hours each member was assigned this year! 


Notable Children’s Books – January 2022 Discussion List

Each year the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee identifies 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 (birth through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. Attend the open 2022 Notable Children’s Books meetings to watch the discussions and learn about the Notable evaluation process. This winter the 2022 Notable Children’s Books Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, January 19 at 12:00 PM CST, Thursday, January 20 at 12:00 PM CST, and Friday, January 21 at 12:00 PM CST. Register to attend one or more of the upcoming meetings here. 2022 NCB Winter Discussion List (75 Titles Total) Last updated January 12,…

Audio books

2022 Notable Children’s Recordings Discussion List

Round 2 – January 2022 The 2022 Notable Children’s Recordings committee will be meeting via Zoom on January 13, 14, and 17 for their Round 2 discussions and YOU are invited to listen in! Audience members do not contribute to the discussion, but listen as the committee members debate each of the items on the discussion lists in their search for the materials that best meet the Notable criteria. This is an opportunity to hear about audio books and music that have been published in 2021. It is also an opportunity to learn about the evaluation process.