Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Getting back on the horse

Four years ago, I was what one would call an extremely active ALA and ALSC member.  In addition being a full-time graduate student, I was a guest blogger for ALSC, served on the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee, and served on the GLBT-RT’s Stonewall Book Award Committee, and unsuccessfully attempted to manage an EMIERT committee.  I attended conferences, participated in listserv discussions–the works! But then I got sick and I wasn’t able to attend Annual. And then, I had to step back from committee work, blogging, all of it. Personally, I found it disheartening and frustrating.  Over the past year, year and half, I’ve started to get involved again, but it’s difficult.  While I was healing networking and connections fell to the wayside, and I felt out of the loop. Deciding to get back involved with ALSC and ALA was an easy decision for me.  I wasn’t sure how to restart,…

Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Tales from a 6th grade Bookclub

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to obtain a through a private donor for a program with our local Catholic school- St. John’s. After meeting with the Head of School we decided to offer a bookclub to all Upper School students (6,7,8 graders) that would begin in January after winter vacation The club meets once a month on Fridays in the school after classes are done for the day.  Six students signed up and each month I lead them through a conversation and activity based on a book, that they get to keep thanks to the donor funds. My favorite activity was trying to draw portraits using our feet after reading Dusti Bowling’s Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus. Afterwards we looked at the works of different artists born without arms.  Other activities have included choreographing their own dance pieces and 90 second book summary videos. My favorite…

ALA Midwinter 2018

Tips for a Midwinter First Timer

ALA’s Midwinter Conference is almost here! (in case you couldn’t tell from all the other posts). Midwinter is actually one of my favorite conferences.  While Midwinter has been described as “not as glitzy as Annual” to me, a lot of important work goes on, and I don’t just mean the Youth Media Awards.    Committees meet, seminars like the Morris are held, and you get a chance to here from different ALA groups speak.