ALA Annual 2013

Sammy’s Pics with Famous Folk

Sammy, the interviewing Toucan from Indiana, got pictures taken with dozens of famous folk at ALA.  Sammy also collected interviews from many people affiliated with libraries in one way or another.  Be sure to check Sammy’s YouTube channel for the interviews from the conference later this week, including interviews with Cory Doctorow, Brian Azzarello, and a librarian in a hallway outside a Women’s Restroom (at a Tweetup, of course).  Sammy got to attend several exciting events at ALA including the Newbery Caldecott Wilder Award Banquet, the Odyssey Award Ceremony, and the Printz Reception. Over the course of the conference, several people asked me how I got started working with Sammy.  Sammy and I used to interview my Early Literacy Assistant at my previous job and then, at ALA last year, Sammy took the plunge and interviewed a famous author, Tom Angelberger.  We’ve been partners ever since.  I highly recommend working…

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Top Inspirational Moments @ALA2013

In my first blog post, I wrote I wanted to be inspired by this year’s Annual Conference…and ALA brought it, big time.  I’ve posted about fabulous Lauren Myracle and the best panel discussion ever; here’s 5 more inspirational moments from the conference (in no particular order): Father Michael Pfleger, who spoke about gun violence and how libraries can help, looking out at a room full of librarians and saying, “Do you know how powerful you are?”  He spoke passionately about children, saying “…we can’t keep telling children what they can’t do.” Author and illustrator Peter H. Reynolds and “International Dot Day” on September 15th.  I can’t wait to make plans to celebrate this at my library! In “Storytelling Mojo,” telling another person, in 90 seconds, how my library is evolving and realizing I was focused, positive and articulate.  Listening to that person and realizing that her challenges and concerns are so…

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#ala2013 ALSC Membership Meeting

ALSC President Carolyn Brodie opened the ALSC Membership Meeting by recognizing the attending members who have been involved in ALSC for 25+ years, as well as first-time attending members. How wonderful to see so many librarians at various stages of their careers who are united in their dedication to serving children. Among the mentioned ALSC Success Stories: Everyday Advocacy The 75th Anniversary Caldecott celebration LEGO DUPLO Read! Build! Play! Upcoming discussions for the board: Emerging leader projects Frequency of the Wilder Award Division budgets Next, the committee for the 2013 Distinguished Service Award recognized their chosen recipient, Cynthia K. Richey of the Mt. Lebanon (PA) Public Library. In her acceptance speech, Richey talked about her small start in libraries–as a page at age 13–and her joy at having made libraries her life’s work, with children’s services at the heart. It was announced that the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot, featuring Andrea…

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STEM Storytimes at #ala2013

Yesterday I went to one of my favorite sessions of this conference (so far!): STEM Storytimes Extenders, part of ALSC’s Preschool Discussion Group. Amy Koester of the fabulous blog The Show Me Librarian gave us some great ideas about how to incorporate STEM elements into the storytimes we’re already doing, as well as how to develop specific STEM programming for little ones. Participants were encouraged to share ideas and it added greatly to the discussion! Some ideas I’ll be bringing back to my library include: Exploring STEM concepts through the books we’re already using in storytime by asking questions and elaborating Including STEM activities and science vocabulary (use a children’s dictionary for simple definitions!) on take-home sheets Creating STEM stations in programs or as passive activitieI to the department for kids and parents to explore together I got MANY more great ideas at this session, which I’m eager to take…

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Our Oscars at #ala2013

I’m sure several posts will bout appearing on this blog about the Newbery/Caldecott banquet and speeches. They’re sure to have affected many people in many ways. Last night was my first time going to the speeches and it was an amazing night. I didn’t go to the banquet, but came to sit in the back at 8:00, and the first thing that struck me was how HUGE and PACKED the room was! There where over 100 tables and then several sections of seats in the back, plus people standing or sitting on the floor. Sitting there, applauding madly for the medal and honor winner with so many people who love books and children as much as I do, was an emotionally overwhelmingly experience. John Klassen, Katherine Appplegate, and Katherine Paterson each gave talks that were funny and touching and reiterated that what we do as librarians is so important. Not…

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Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing: Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast at #ala2013

One of the things I love about going to ALA conferences are the moments when I feel a great sense of connection with the library community. This morning as I sang with my fellow librarians at the CSK Book Awards Breakfast was one such moment. Near the beginning of the ceremony the entire group stood and sang “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” along with the young vocalist, Riziki Covington. This musical prelude created a celebratory, joyful, and respectful atmosphere that remained throughout the event. Several other moments stood out to me this morning, such as Jacqueline Woodson’s inspiring speech about the future of African-American children’s literature, as well as our society, and Andrea Pinkney’s humorous and humble speech of thanks and appreciation as she talked about her book, “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America.” This was my second year attending this awards ceremony and I highly recommend…

ALA Annual 2013

Junk Food, Beer and Books–Incredible Food for Thought #ala2013

Susan Linn, Director, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, gave a compelling presentation this morning that urged librarians to consider how commercialism plays a role in the lives of children, in and outside of the library.  A few insights from the handout distributed: Marketing to children is unfair.  Kids are more vulnerable than adults.  Their developing brains are no match for today’s invasive and sophisticated advertising. It encourages unhealthy eating It glorifies violence It sexualizes kids I think most people in the room are aware of these facts, but Linn gave countless examples that really brought the message home; e.g. SpongeBob Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, a toddler toilet with a tablet/smart phone holder, and the ubiquitous Disney princesses. She also cited the recent ALSC Blog post “Going Commercial Free” in her discussion of what libraries can do.  Linn acknowledged that removing coloring sheets and toys from the library is a positive step…