ALA Midwinter 2020

2020 Notable Children’s Books Midwinter Discussion List

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, and videos. The Notable Children’s Books committee has been busy reading hundreds of books for young people and has compiled a list of 221 nominated titles which are under consideration for the 2020 Notable Children’s Books list.

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Successful Library Partnerships in Action

CAL Rewind, ALSC's Children & Libraries

Collaboration among organizations can build community awareness, enable resource sharing, and create positive synergy. Here is a sampling of Children and Libraries articles that highlight successful library partnerships. Click on each article link to read the full story about these creative relationships. Community/Library Partnership Together We’re Stronger: Helping Missoula’s Families All Under One Roof by Pam Carlton Libraries are the place to go for information and entertainment. Joining forces with community partners allows libraries to reach an even larger and more diverse population. Knowing this, the Missoula (MT) Public Library embraced an opportunity to collaborate with the Missoula Food Bank and University of Montana. The result: a dynamic learning center, EmPower Place, at the food bank facility. This “all under one roof” partnership model allowed the three organizations to collaborate and contribute their unique strengths in the creation of the space. EmPower Place’s grand opening was held in 2017, and had…

Blogger Emily Mroczek-Bayci

Best of the Decade: Children’s Librarianship

It is time to look at the best of the decade in children’s librarianship and literature, because what a decade it has been! There’s been highs and lows from drama in publishing to people holding one another accountable for better books, better representation, better [programming and better everything. Let’s take some time to celebrate the good that has happened. And strive to do even better in the decade to come! These awards are solely my own opinion, not the opinions of ALSC and are completely for fun! Best Newbery Award Winner: I’m very partial to Merci Suarez Changes Gears (the last and best Newbery winner of the decade!) but have to admit that I’m of course biased because that was my year on the committee. From Rebecca Stead starting the decade strong with When You Reach Me, to a sports book in verse winning with The Crossover by Kwame Alexander…

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

LEGO Robotics Leagues: Your Answer to STEM Programs with Coding and Teamwork

Are you looking for a program idea that merges STEM with teamwork, coding and LEGO?  Why not try setting up a LEGO Robotics League? In its third year at Brooklyn Public library, The Brooklyn Robotics League was offered in 32 branches in 2019 and participates in the NYC FIRST LEGO league program for grades 4-8. The overall goal is to teach youth how to be confident problem-solving members of their community through FIRST LEGO’s core values of gracious professionalism and cooperation.  This is achieved in a process that includes exploring new skills, using creativity to solve problems, applying what was learned, respecting others, embracing differences, teamwork and celebration of the project.