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Children’s Librarians, I love you!

I had the tremendous pleasure of attending the ALSC National Institute in Kansas City from September 29 to October 2. The educational programs were wonderful! If you haven’t had a chance to look through the slide decks, check them out here. The authors and speakers at the General Sessions were AMAZING. The line-up included Christina Soontornvat, Angela Joy, Adam Gidwitz, Hena Khan, B.B. Alston, Julian Randall and Young Vo. ALSC was not playing with their panelists!  I came home with a renewed appreciation for kid lit writers, and a ton of new books to read. While the programs and panelists were wonderful, my very favorite take-away from the National Institute was how much I love Children’s Librarians! It was amazing to be joined together with people who have committed their professional lives to “engage communities to build healthy, successful futures for all children” (ALSC Vision Statement). We are such a positive,…

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Children’s Librarians, I love you!

I had the tremendous pleasure of attending the ALSC National Institute in Kansas City from September 29 to October 2. The educational programs were wonderful! If you haven’t had a chance to look through the slide decks, check them out here. The authors and speakers at the General Sessions were AMAZING. The line-up included Christina Soontornvat, Angela Joy, Adam Gidwitz, Hena Khan, B.B. Alston, Julian Randall and Young Vo. ALSC was not playing with their panelists!  I came home with a renewed appreciation for kid lit writers, and a ton of new books to read. While the programs and panelists were wonderful, my very favorite take-away from the National Institute was how much I love Children’s Librarians! It was amazing to be joined together with people who have committed their professional lives to “engage communities to build healthy, successful futures for all children” (ALSC Vision Statement). We are such a positive,…

Administrative and Management Skills

Project Management for Children’s Librarians Who Hate Details: You Can Do It!

I have undertaken a really big grant project in my current position. It launches tomorrow. It was supposed to launch last week, but I got Covid the week before, which could not have been worse timing. I had to push everything back a week, which was really frustrating and disappointing. I want everything to START already!

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A Perfect Program

We’ve been hearing about and experiencing a lot of trauma in our libraries and in our world. A new report came out from the Urban Libraries Unite that I am ruminating on and plan to write about next month. Library work, the work of serving the community, can be really tough.  Sometimes you just need to let loose and plan something that checks off all the boxes of education, literacy, and community outreach goals but is also really fun for you and your staff and good for the soul. May I recommend chickens and bluegrass and caterpillars?