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2024 Children’s Literature Lecture featuring Rita Williams-Garcia

ALSC is proud to announce that the 2024 Children’s Literature Lecture will take place at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, together with the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information, the Allegheny County Library Association, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, and the United Black Book Clubs of Pittsburgh, on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 in the Main Oakland Lecture Hall.Award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia will deliver the lecture entitled “A Funny Thing About Memory.” The event will start at 7 pm, followed by a reception and a book signing.

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December Deadlines: 2024 ALSC Professional Awards

The Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee is seeking nominations and applications from ALSC members for the Distinguished Service Award and Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award. ALSC Distinguished Service Award: The ALSC Distinguished Service Award honors individuals who have “made significant contributions to, and an impact on, library services to children and to the Association for Library Service to Children,” whether that be through an impactful special project or a career of demonstrated commitment to children and ALSC. To be considered nominees must be: Online nominations must be submitted by December 23, 2023 to be considered. Visit the ALSC Distinguished Service Award page to learn more. Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award The Penguin Random House Young Reader’s Group Award is made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group and Random House Children’s Books. It provides a $600 stipend for up to four children’s librarians…

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More about the Bechtel Fellowship!

Are you familiar with ALSC’s Bechtel Fellowship? (Maybe you saw yesterday’s blog post?) The grant provides up to $7,500 to a children’s librarian to spend up to four weeks reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature (University of Florida, Gainesville), which contains a special collection of 130,000 volumes of children’s literature published mostly before 1950. Now, if your response to that is, “Nirvana!,” then maybe it’s time for you to seriously consider applying for the Fellowship. Is the Bechtel for Me? I know; it’s a big commitment. You may not be ready to take the plunge just yet. But this post provides food for thought if you’re contemplating this opportunity and even if you’re not quite there yet! Christina H. Dorr, 2010 Bechtel Fellowship recipient, shared her experience recently for the ALSC Blog. In a sidebar to Charmette Kendrick’s (2007 recipient) Children and Libraries (CAL) article,…

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Seeking Nominations for the Children’s Literature Award

The ALSC Children’s Literature Lecture is an annual event that started in 1970. Each year, a chosen lecturer prepares a paper and talk considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. Most recently, Bryan Collier presented the 2023 lecture, and Rita Williams Garcia is slated to present in 2024. The complete list of past lecturers is on the ALSC website.

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Art as a Mirror: Maureen Hayes Award Broadens Children’s Horizons

Children from dominant social groups… have suffered from the lack of availability about others… They need books that will help them understand the multicultural nature of the world they live in, and their place as a member of just one group, as well as their connections to all other humans. . . If they see only reflections of themselves, they will grow up with an exaggerated sense of their own importance and value in the world—a dangerous ethnocentrism. Rudine Sims Bishop, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors.”

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An ALSC Budget Story: Receiving the Bechtel Fellowship, as Told by ALSC Member Joe Prince

Happy winter, everyone! Children’s library workers kick off each winter season with the excitement of the YMA Press Conference at LibLearnX, the rush of getting the awards seals on the newly announced winning books, and the recently appointed book award committees starting a new cycle of work. Yet, whereas the YMA Press Conference and ALSC book awards activities tend to get so much of our attention, ALSC buzzes yearlong with its work in support of numerous funded programs and activities to further and strengthen the work of children’s librarians, children’s librarianship, and the practice of the profession. One such program is the Louise Seaman Bechtel Fellowship. This fellowship provides a grant of up to $7,500 for a qualified children’s librarian to spend up to 4 weeks reading and studying at the Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature, one of the Special and Area Studies Collections of the George A. Smathers…