September is Hispanic Heritage Month, and while I would never claim to be an expert on Hispanic Heritage, I do know a thing or two about books. So here are some of my top recommendations to share with your patrons this month – and all year long.
How has your library been handling programming in the time of COVID? At Darien, most of what we do – from storytimes to vendor programming – has gone virtual. But as the months wear on, we’ve come to realize that patrons (much like their hard-working librarians) are pretty burnt out on technology. So last month when we reopened to the public, the Youth Services Team rolled out a few fresh ideas for engaging with our community.
When was the last time you took a good, honest look at the classic titles on your library’s shelves? Now more than ever, we need to be considering not only the harm some of our childhood favorites do to children of color – particularly Black children – but also the messages they send to white children.
June is quickly approaching, and that means it’s time to seek out those Pride Month picks to share (whether digitally or physically) with your young patrons! While there are quite a few great LGBTQ+ titles for children out there – with more hitting shelves every year – I’ve taken the time to select some of my favorites to share here.
Here we are, almost to May, and for most of us my comment about existing in a semi-limbo is just as relevant today as it was last month. But even during this strange time of social distancing, remote library services, and updated disinfecting practices, we’re all still here, doing our best to serve our communities while staying safe and healthy. As a collection development librarian, “doing my best to serve my community” mostly entails purchasing e-books, creating booklists, and sharing electronic book recommendations and resources. So that’s what I’m going to share yet again this month, in the hope that my book recommendations will be useful for at least some of you. For this post, we’re celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (which is just around the corner). Below you’ll find some of my favorite titles for a range of ages as well as great lists to check out from other…
Library services across the country are in a sort of limbo at the moment. While your library may be open today, there’s no telling if the same will be true next week or next month. I’m currently functioning in a work-at-home fugue as we all do our best to figure out what an entirely remote library service model looks like, in a time when no one’s sure what the future holds. Whether your library is open or closed, National Poetry Month is quickly approaching. And while I may be using these titles in a different way than I’d originally imagined – it’s a bit difficult to do a book display without shelves – here are some of my top poetry picks for kids:
March is Women’s History Month, which means it’s crunch-time for finding the best storytime and display selections within your library’s collection. While there are a lot of great recommendations out there (check out the end of this post for a short list of other sites’ picks), here are 15 of my favorite picture books celebrating women:
The Youth Media Awards may have only been announced two days ago – and what incredible choices those committees made – but I’m already looking forward to tracking down the next best books of the year. With that in mind, I spent pretty much my entire time at Midwinter touring the Exhibit hall, chatting up vendors, and asking for book recommendations. Here are just ten of the titles for kids currently on my TBR pile: