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Pandemic Connections: Being an ALSC Mentor/Mentee in 2021

The ALSC Mentoring program seeks to match individuals with an interest in library service to children together to learn from each other and support ALSC’s goals. Each person comes to the program with their own hopes, ideas and experiences and the program is well structured to support both mentor and mentee in connecting productively over a fairly short period of time, January- June.

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Supporting school librarians as we serve our children in their educational pursuits

As many students are heading back to in-person and/or hybrid learning after a year of learning on-line, how can we support and collaborate with school librarians to make these transitions successful for our children? One of the easiest ways to support your school librarians is to educate yourself about the standards they use when teaching children. We know that teachers in every subject and discipline use standards that address exactly the concepts and skills a child needs to show learning and mastery in that subject. Just as there are standards for every educational subject, there are also national standards for librarians. 

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New Approaches to Virtual STEM Programs for Kids

When Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) closed to the public nearly a year ago, children’s librarians scrambled to adapt programming to the virtual world. Library Lab STEM programs began with a cooking demonstration showing the chemical reactions in Snickerdoodle cookies and expanded to a variety of science and coding experiments. 

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Refreshing Online Engagement in the New Year

For almost a year now, school and youth services librarians have been working hard to teach lessons, create programs, and share those programs online. From virtual storytime and other programming to Zoom book clubs—we have had to change everything we do to suit a virtual environment. At this point in the pandemic, we are all very familiar with platforms like Zoom, Facebook Live, and Instagram Live… and we are all getting a little bored with them too. Need to add a little life into your virtual programming? Check out these virtual tools. 

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All About Me: The Thrill of recommending the perfect book!

I’m not sure if we can universally agree on this, but one of the best feelings for a librarian (if not THE best feeling) is finding that perfect book for someone. As a school librarian, I’m always chasing this feeling for my students…but I’m also chasing it for the classroom teachers in my school. A teacher will ask me, “Hey Laura, I’m teaching a unit on neighborhoods – do you have any books you’d recommend for me to share with my class?” Or they’ll ask if I can share the books myself during Library class to support the work they’re doing throughout the day. It never fails to make my heart race excitedly when I know I’ve found the best title to suit a lesson.

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November is National Family Literacy Month

November is National Family Literacy Month. As librarians, we know the benefits of reading together as a family. We know that it assists in language development, enhances comprehension, and fosters the joy of reading. But, literacy is so much more! According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 

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Take-Home Programs for Children

Since March, we’ve all had to find new ways to reach our patrons. From Stay-at-Home Storytimes to virtual live animal programs, we’ve tried many different ideas for engaging our patrons at the Simsbury Public Library, CT. Our live Zoom programs continue to be popular, but we know that kids and families miss the hands-on learning they’d enjoy at an in-person library program. While we can’t completely replicate that experience right now, we can create craft and activity kits that allow families to take a piece of library programming home with them. This summer, we offered “Take & Makes” every Friday and “Bag of Tricks” on select Wednesdays. We made 50 units of each activity, and families could pick them up anytime during our curbside service hours. It was so fun to watch kids jump out of the car and run to pick up a kit. This strategy proved so popular…