Guest Blogger

Dinovember… In the Before-Times or During a Pandemic

November is Dinovember and dinosaurs have invaded the children’s department! Inspired by Refe and Susan Tuma’s What the Dinosaurs Did Last Night and librarians everywhere, Dinovember is a special month where dinosaurs come out to play. In 2019, our children’s department staff helped me celebrate our first Dinovember with programming, displays, and crafts. 

Blogger Heather Acerro

Keeping Connected with Custom Collections

At a time when Rochester Public Library (MN) has limited ability to provide direct services to children, teens, and families, our custom collection service has helped us stay connected. Since mid-March, RPL staff have been heavily engaged in city-wide pandemic response work, including setting up and staffing a day center for people experiencing homelessness and running a COVID-19 call center. We also provide library services through our digital library, Curbside pickup, Bookmobile services, Deposit & Homebound services, phone reference, and Internet access by appointment. This work has required our library to collaborate as a large team, with staff from multiple divisions sharing ideas and responsibilities on the various projects. As a result, our Youth Services team hasn’t had many opportunities to work together. During this time, two YS programs have allowed us to provide direct service to our kids, teens, and families. In June, we launched our Pen Pal program which has been…

Books

Batchelder Award – Call for Suggestions

Books are arriving and the 2021 Batchelder Award committee is busily reading, but we need your help in ensuring we are identifying the very best in children’s literature published in 2020.  Please consider suggesting a title to the committee for consideration.  Visit the Batchelder Award page, log into your ALA account, and fill out the suggestion form.  It’s that easy! The Batchelder Award is awarded to a United States publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding of those books originating in a country other than the United States and in a language other than English and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States during the preceding year. More information can be found on the Submission Process page and FAQ’s about ALSC’s Book & Media Awards pages. Hurry – suggestions close on October 31, 2020! Today’s guest blogger is Suzanne Harold , 2021 Batchelder Award Committee Chair. This…

Blogger Amy Steinbauer

Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month. If we were in more normal times, this is usually the time of year that libraries would partner with fire stations to give out helpful reminders for all ages about how to stay safe at home. Instead, we are all home, and hopefully safe! If you choose to virtually showcase some fire prevention tips this month, here are book ideas to help. I am also including a song and a felt rhyme. If you are focusing on curbside service only, consider making a firefighter bundle of books! “Five little firefighters” felt rhyme from Read, Rhyme, and Sing Note- I love felt stories because you have some creative license. You can make your firefighters look exactly as you want! This one didn’t take me too much time and I had a lot of fun thinking about how I could reflect my community back in little felt…

Blogger Children and Technology Committee

How to Stay Current on Kids Tech Trends

If you are like me and have been out of the branch since March, it seems a little daunting to stay current on the trends in kids tech. With remote learning being a popular path right now these resources can help you stay connected with your community and patrons in the online world!  One of my go-to quick reference sites is Common Sense Media. They are easily searchable for apps, games, movies and more. They offer quick information about each item and then a review that follows. It’s free and easily accessible online at https://www.commonsensemedia.org/.   Another popular choice is Children’s Technology Review. This is a subscription based site that will email a monthly newsletter of reviews for current children’s technology and interactive media products. The ratings are provided by people with a background in education and child development. https://reviews.childrenstech.com/ctr/about.php  School library journal has a page devoted to technology on their…

Children and Libraries (CAL)

“Children & Libraries” … and YOU!

Children and Libraries  (CAL) is the journal of the Association for Library Services to Children. “[I]t primarily serves as a vehicle for continuing education for librarians working with children, and showcases current scholarly research and practice in library service to children and significant activities and initiatives of the Association”  (http://www.ala.org/alsc/publications-resources/cal).