Every September, libraries across the nation celebrate Library Card Sign-Up month. This year my library celebrated with a little party.
Yes, I know it’s only the beginning of August, but if you’re still in Summer Reading mode, than maybe you haven’t started planning for the fall yet. If you’re a plan ahead master, then feel free to skip this post.
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,…
Lately, I feel something is missing. Kindness. I’m not talking about in politics or in the congested MBTA cars in Boston, I’m talking about here, in library world.
Back in October when I surveyed my tweens and teens with the question “If we could have any type of program in the world, what would you want to do?”, in some form or another the words Comic Con and Cosplay came up. So, when we received a grant for teen programming, I had a general direction of where to look.
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’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.
One of the things I love the most about my job is interacting with all of the kids that come in after school. One of the things I dread most about my job, is interacting with all of the kids that come in after school.