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Children’s Librarians are Experts with the Data to Back It Up!

Do you ever try to explain your job to a friend, family member, or member of your community that isn’t a “library person”? Sure, you can simply say you work with children in libraries, but what if they ask more? If you’re like me, you start in on a long winded spiel about early literacy, collection development, and programming and begin to notice their eyes glaze over.

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Children’s Librarians are Experts at Teaching Each Other: Takeaways and Photos from the 2018 ALSC Institute in Cincinnati

This is the first time I have attended an ALSC Institute and I found it to be an exciting weekend filled with some of the best professional training sessions I have ever had the opportunity to take part in. I also got the chance to meet a few of the other members of the Public Awareness Committee face to face for the first time.

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2, 4, 6, 8! In ALSC We Love to Advocate!

Are you interested in learning more about how you can build support for your library? Do you also happen to be heading to Cincinnati this week for the 2018 ALSC Institute? If so, have we got a program for you! The ALSC Public Awareness Committee and the Advocacy and Legislation Committee are excited to share their session titled “Demystifying Advocacy: Building Support for Your Library.” During the hour and a half, we’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look into the history of the “Championing Children’s Services Toolkit” – an advocacy resource currently being developed by the Public Awareness Committee to showcase the value of all library staff who work with youth. We’ll talk about a top-secret and super exciting part of our toolkit (spoiler alert, it involves a video that we hope to film at ALA Midwinter!) and then the Advocacy and Legislation Committee will walk you through a fun, hands-on…

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Multicultural Musings: The Virginia Hamilton Conference

I’ve recently taken a deep dive into my family genealogy.  Besides a lot of research into old historical documents, I took a DNA test and discovered that I’m as Italian as I thought I was—a fact about which I am extremely happy, long being proud of the heritage and birthplace of all four of my grandparents.  I also discovered a trace amount of Iberian and Senegalese DNA.  Could Moorish Spain be in my past?  I just love the idea that I am connected to yet another part of history.  I’m now itching to read up on the subject.   Thinking about culture always leads me into thoughts on diversity.  I am a white librarian working in a community that is overwhelmingly African-American.  I grew up loving books and I want the children I work with to feel the same.  I think it’s the responsibility of all children’s librarians to read…

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Children’s Learning Garden

My library branch is in the middle of a food desert.  Our lower-income neighborhood has no true grocery store; instead, convenient marts and fast food restaurants abound.  Most of the children who come to the library grab snacks or fried food from the nearby gas station.   I myself am not a paragon of nutrition, but when you see even the skinniest of kids in the summer living on 2 liters of pop and off-brand hot Cheetos, you realize that the long-term effects on children’s health are very real…even if you can’t tell by simply looking at them.   We have long served lunches from our local food bank to children, but, at the prompting of our administration, we wanted to do something different—get the kids outside and gardening.  Many of our youth live in apartment buildings, so outdoor play and gardening knowledge can be hard to come by.  …

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Celebrate Your Hard Work This Summer with a Literary Treat!

It’s August 27th. If your school district doesn’t start back until after Labor Day, you are in the home stretch with Summer Learning! If your Summer Learning program has already ended, CONGRATULATIONS!  You should take some time to celebrate all of the hard work you did the last few months to make this summer wonderful for the community you serve. If you find yourself with a bit of free time over the long weekend, might I suggest celebrating with a literary treat?