Children and Libraries (CAL)

Learn, Share, & Reflect with Children & Libraries journal

Are you burning to share your latest programming win with your colleagues? Have you been working through a problem and willing to share what you’ve learned? If so, you might consider sharing your thoughts in a “Best Practices” piece for an upcoming issue of Children & Libraries. These short pieces are 1500 words or less and are intended to cover successes, challenges, and lessons learned from the real world experiences of children’s library staff. They also can help you reflect on your own experiences and work! 

Guest Blogger

Resiliency Kits: A Collection for Building a Self-Healing Community

Instead of a New Years resolution at the start of every year, I choose one word to focus on. This year I chose “anchor.” In 2022, I need a new idea of home, stability, and grounding. In 2021, my word was “resilience.” So many of us build resiliency out of necessity. We all experienced trauma throughout the pandemic, and continue to experience it today.

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Children’s Literature Lecture Award Nominations

The Children’s Literature Lecture Award Committee is seeking suggestions for our 2024 honoree (note: this is not the same as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award). The lecture will be given in 2024 at a site to be chosen next year. The lecturer may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a talk considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. Recent past winners include Bryan Collier (at left), Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Neil Gaiman, Dr. Debbie Reese, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jacqueline Woodson. The complete list of past lecturers is on the ALSC website. The nomination form is available online to ALSC members and the deadline for submissions is August 18.   The 2024 lecturer will be announced at the 2023 ALA LibLearnX Conference in January 2023 in New Orleans. For more details about the lecture, please visit the Children’s Literature Lecture Award site. (This piece originally appeared in The Horn Book Inc. Blog on…

- ALA Annual Conference 2022

Happy Birthday, (John) Newbery Award! #Newbery100

If you are planning to attend the 2022 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., please pack your party hat! The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has been celebrating 100 years of the (John) Newbery Award this past year via online webinars and an online symposium. Those of us headed to Washington, D.C. for ALA’s Annual Conference can now look forward to in-person celebrations at the Newbery Caldecott Legacy Banquet and at the Newbery 100! Celebration, which will be held at the Marriott Marquis (Independence Salons E F G H) on Saturday, June 25, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Guest Blogger

Including STEAM in Summer Library Programs

My library is using the iRead theme this year which is Read Beyond the Beaten Path. We want to include STEAM activities into our summer library program and decided to bring back something the library did before my time called “Creation Stations”. These are passive activities that can be done at each of our locations with a new activity every week. A few of the Creation Stations I have planned this year are yarn art, pipe cleaner constellations, straw rockets, build a tent, and leaf renderings. About half of the stations are science, math, and engineering based, and the other half are art based. I want to share one example of how I planned a creation station, how much prep went into it, and how we plan on executing it at our library.

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ALSC Budget Committee: Payday for Your Library

The ALSC Budget Committee has created a series of infographics about money and ALSC, designed to give our members a little more insight into our finances. The first one looked at our division’s revenues and expenses (check it out here). The second one offered guidance on funding available through ALSC and ALA for membership, conference attendance and more (take a look here).