ALA Midwinter 2014

Post #alamw14 – Reading Terminal Market

Those of us who are home from ALA Midwinter in Philly are probably spending plenty of time reflecting right now. The books, the conversations, the new ideas, the new friends. I met a gaggle of school librarians from Tacoma my first night in Philly and had great fun chatting with them about books and school and libraries, and ran into them several times- instant friends because of our common interests and passions. This happens so much at the conference that it is an experience we cannot replace any other way. Of course we all spent hours looking at books, talking about books, getting new ideas for storytime and blogs and programs and crafts. But the other conference experience that totally ROCKS in Philly is the aptly named Reading (pronounced RED like the color) Terminal Market. Right across from the convention center, this is a foodie’s dream. Tamales, Po Boys, falafel,…

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Take Note of These Books at #alamw14

Several blogger have written about attending the 2014 Notable Children’s Books committee meetings this conference. I was able to sit in on their meetings today and it was so interesting to see how they run their discussion. As they went through each book on the list, they started by sharing positives and then everyone was given a chance to address any concerns they had about the title. Committee members keep an open mind about the books they’re discussing, allowing their opinions to be changed as people make points and bring up concerns. The discussions have to be very brief; they went through 32 books in the space of about 2.5 hours. And they do all that with an audience! Since these are open meetings, sitting in is a great experience for anyone interested in book evaluation or book discussion. And the nominees are updated throughout the year on the Children’s…

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So excited to be included in Barbara Klipper’s new book! #alamw14

  One of my favorite conference moments was seeing Barbara Klipper’s new book for sale at the ALA Store. It includes two chapters about our library’s programs for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. I highly recommend buying a copy or two for your collection. — Rebecca Hickman, Youth Services Librarian III Alvin Sherman Library, Nova Southeastern University

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Discussing Preschool Services at #alamw14

Play time is learning time! Yesterday, the Preschool Services Discussion Group met to talk about the importance of play in serving young children at the library. Librarian Amanda Roberson spoke about why play helps children learn, ways to incorporate play in storytime, and the importance of modeling play for parents from all socioeconomic backgrounds. Many parents struggle to know how to play with their child. When toys given as gifts or bought at the store are designed for children to play with individually, the library can be an excellent place to expose children to toys designed for group play. Blocks, dress-up, sensory balls, straws and connectors, plastic animals, play food… all toys that encourage children to interact with parents and peers for lots of storytelling and imagination. How do you play at YOUR library? — Abby Johnson New Albany-Floyd County Public Library New Albany, IN

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Youth Media Awards Announcements at #alamw14

This morning was the first time I attended the YMAs and I was completely wrapped up in the excitement and adrenaline of the crowd. I screamed. I gasped. I was shocked, surprised, and delighted. What an incredible hour! The electric atmosphere is so different from watching at home in your pajamas (I can’t be the only one who has done that) and so I wanted to share some of the fun moments you might not have seen or heard if you live streamed the event. ~The Andrew Carnegie Medal committee standing up to be recognized for selecting the excellent video of “Bink and Gollie: Two for One”, waving donuts in the air. ~The Siebert committee flapping their arms like wings to celebrate “Parrots Over Puerto Rico.” ~The Caldecott committee with train whistles. Whistles no one could hear because the noise from the crowd was deafening! ~The Printz committee sporting matching…

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Watching the 2014 Youth Media Awards at #alamw14

#alayma  It is always a highlight of the Midwinter Conference to attend the announcements of the Youth Media Awards and today was no exception. Frequent cheers and applause punctuated this morning’s program held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The large crowd who got up early to watch the announcements in person sometimes erupted into shrieks of excitement, but the awards were not just being enjoyed at the Convention Center. At libraries and homes around the country, interested readers gathered around their computers to enjoy the live webcast. A complete list of all the honored titles can be found here.  Congratulations to all the winners. And a HUGE thank you to all the committee members who devotedly read, viewed, and listened all year long to arrive at these winners!

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Author: David Lubar on the Pop Top Stage

David Lubar spoke on the Pop Top Stage, Popular Topics Everyday for an hour shortly after the Youth Media Awards. He is a hysterical author who talked about his books, read from his new young adult book coming out in the fall of 2015, and told some very funny jokes. A local author from New Jersey, he is so funny to listen and is definitely an author for boys who love Captain Underpants for his younger novels and does some great work for middle grade students and young adult too! I’m excited to hear him again when he comes to our library this summer for an author visit with our kids.