A youth services librarian from Washington recently posted to the ALSC-L electronic discussion list, asking about research-based studies on summer reading and best practices for summer reading programs (SRPs). For those who now may be evaluating their 2017 SRP and/or looking ahead to next summer, below is a compilation of suggested resources for evaluating summer reading from ALSC-L subscribers who posted in response.
Have you heard? ALSC’s journal, Children and Libraries (CAL), received a 2017 Apex Grand Award for publication excellence. Of more than 1,360 entries in APEX 2017, only 100 received Grand Awards, the highest recognition the Apex judges can confer!
ALA has announced a competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, that will fund a cohort of 25-50 school and public libraries to design computational thinking and computer science programs for and with youth, including underrepresented youth. The grant application will open in late July. If you’d like to get notification when the application is open, sign up via this online form. The $500,000 program is part of Phase III of Libraries Ready to Code, an ongoing collaboration between ALA and Google to ensure library staff are prepared to develop and deliver programming that promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) among youth, two skills that will be required for challenges and jobs of the future. ALSC is partnering with ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy, AASL, and YALSA to implement this program. Learn more.
So, I crunched the numbers last week and calculated that #alaac17 (in my beautiful hometown of Chicago) is my 26th ALA Annual Conference, the very first being in Dallas in June 1989. Seventeen of those conferences have been with ALSC. And, seriously, this conference stuff never gets old! While much of the actual work at ALA Annual is similar from year to year, following a model that is tweaked and fine-tuned with each completed event, each individual conference provides its own unique moments. Here are just a few that made #alaac17 very special: Shaking Congressman John Lewis’s hand directly following his powerful acceptance remarks for the Sibert Medal (for “March: Book 3”). Witnessing the friendship, camaraderie, and love shared among ALSC committee members, the products of long months spent discussing, deliberating, working, and celebrating accomplishments together. (See some amazing details and photos below!) Seeing, hugging, laughing with, and/or catching up with (whatever…
Conferences are often described as energizing, inspiring. So many programs, events, exhibits! It’s easy to miss inspiration that surrounds us, quite literally, on the walls and ceilings.
The 2019 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture committee welcomes suggestions from ALSC members for the 2019 lecturer. The lecturer may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. Recent past lecturers include Jacqueline Woodson, Pat Mora, Peter Sis, and Lois Lowery. The complete list of past lecturers is on the ALSC website. Please send your proposed lecturer(s), with supporting rationale for each recommendation, to Barbara A. Genco, committee chair. The 2019 lecturer will be announced at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting. For more details about the lecture, please visit the Arbuthnot site.
ALSC’s 2017 Summer Reading Lists are now available! Compiled by the Quicklists Consulting Committee, the lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four lists are available for: Birth-Preschool; K-2nd; 3rd- 5th; and 6th-8th grade students. The lists are designed as brochures, with fun, colorful designs and a customizable back panel for adding library information, summer hours, etc. Best of all, the lists may be downloaded for free, copied, and distributed to children, parents, and caregivers in your library. Find the lists on the ALSC website. The summer reading lists are the newest additions to ALSC’s collection of recommended reading tools, which also features The Unity and Justice Book Lists, Mismatched Pairs: Paired Nonfiction and Fiction for Tweens, and Great Gifts to Give, among others.
In March, ALSC and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) co-hosted a Community Forum live chat on digital literacy and digital citizenship for children in libraries. The forum addressed the questions: 1) With library and education funding and policy in question, who is teaching children information literacy–where, and how? and 2) From “fake news,” to new privacy concerns, to government “data rescue” and the threat to intellectual freedom with loss of data and access to broadband, what on-the-ground strategies can library staff in public and school libraries employ to prepare children to be digitally literate citizens? Even if you missed the forum, you can still benefit from the conversation. The archived webcast is available for viewing. A transcript of the chat is also available. Special opportunity for ALA/ALSC members The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) is holding its 11th national conference June 26-28 in Chicago at Roosevelt University. The…