In addition to the Gay Pride celebrations in San Francisco this weekend, we also had an opportunity to celebrate & honor award-winning authors as they accepted their well-deserved accolades. You can now read the acceptance speeches online. (How cool is that?) Just click to download and read the speeches. Batchelder [PDF – 652K] Belpré [PDF – 595K] Caldecott [PDF – 616K] Carnegie [PDF – 936K] Geisel [PDF – 1MB] Newbery [PDF – 2MB] Sibert [PDF – 1MB] Wilder [PDF – 1MB] Enjoy!
Category: ALA Annual 2015
ALSC Membership Meeting (abridged, in comics) at #alaac15
Winging My Way Back from #alaac15
I write this blog post as I’m sitting in the San Francisco Airport, waiting to depart for home. My shuttle got me here about 3 hours before my flight is scheduled to leave. Luckily, I have some great books to occupy my time while waiting and while on the plane. Here are a few of the great books I picked up at the Exhibit Hall and at publisher events during the conference. These are some of the books that I’m looking the most forward to and make sure to pack in my carry-on for airport/plane reading. Jump Back Paul: The Life and Times of Paul Laurence Dunbar by Sally Derby, illustrated by Sean Qualls One by Sarah Crossan Untwine by Edwidge Danticat The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin Fellow conference-goers, what books are making it into your carry-ons for the trip home?…
U is for Ukulele
#alaac15 provides space for meetings of all kinds. Although we’re apparently not that “uncommon,” yesterday I attended a meet-up of ukulele-playing librarians at the ALA Networking Uncommons. We exchanged emails, discussed creating a group FB page and played a few songs. Perhaps next year, we can have an ALSC session on Using your Uke for Story Time and Outreach. Wouldn’t that be fun? Check out today’s gatherings at the Networking Uncommons. https://www.alsc.ala.org/blog/
#WNDB: Talk to Action at #alaac15
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Pura Belpré Celebración #alaac15
Sunday’s Pura Belpré 19th annual award ceremony featured a vibrant mix of illuminating speeches, laughter, and entertainment that celebrated Latino Children’s Literature. Highlights included: Yuyi Morales’s acceptance speech in which she vividly recounted her positive and life-changing experiences as a young mother and new immigrant visiting the San Francisco Public Library’s Western Addition branch. Ann, a librarian at the branch, put The Watsons Go to Birmingham in her hands and it was the first English language chapter book she loved, that she shared with her son. Duncan Tonatiuh invited civil rights leader Sylvia Mendez, the subject of his award-winning book Separate Is Never Equal, to address the audience. United States Poet Laurete Juan Felipe Herrera’s speech chronicled his research and writing that documented the extraordinary achievements of Hispanic-Americans. Heartfelt speeches by Susan Guevara, John Parra, and Marjorie Agosín. A fantastic performance by by Quenepas, a Bomba youth song and dance…
Babies Need Words Everyday at #alaac15
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Managing Youth Services Innovators at #alaac15
We all want great staff at our libraries, yet many of us have found ourselves in frustrating situations with administration at our libraries. How do we, as managers, support youth services innovators, folks who embrace change and want to bring new, innovative programs and services to our libraries? How can innovators make their needs heard with their managers? I had the pleasure of speaking on a panel of amazing youth services librarians, addressing these very issues. Managing the Future: Supporting Your Youth Services Innovators took place on Saturday morning and we had a great discussion about how managers can support youth services staff and what youth services staff can do to make their needs know when they feel like they’re not being supported. You can follow the conversations we had at the Twitter hashtag #futureYS, and here are MY takeaways from the session (yes, I’m learning even from the session…