Blogger Abby Johnson

Pride Month at Your Library

June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month! How does your library commemorate Pride Month and/or welcome rainbow kids and families throughout the year? My library is planning a month of Pride programs for the first time this year. I am really excited because this programming and outreach is way overdue. When you’re new at Pride programming, where can you turn? I’ve collected some great resources for you to check out here.

Blogger Abby Johnson

Advocating for Diverse Books

I went to a grown-up pre-conference at the 2022 PLA Conference: Actively Anti-Racist Service to Leisure Readers (check out our PLA 2022 live blogging here!). Many times when choosing conference sessions, I look for content specific to youth librarianship. It’s what I know, it’s what I do. But here’s your sign to look outside our youth librarian box now and then. Although the presenters, Robin Bradford, Alene Moroni, and Becky Spratford are experienced in adult services, everything they said translates easily to youth collections. I want to share my takeaways advocating for diverse books in your collections.

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Introducing the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge for ALSC Members

We are sure you’ve heard it said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. 21 days of consistent work to make a change. Maybe you’ve tried exercising for 21 days in a row or meditating for 21 days in a row to make it a habit…knowing that the more you exercise and meditate, the better you’ll feel. The same applies to learning and challenging yourself to be an ally and an advocate for change. 

Blogger Jonathan Dolce

March Activities, News, STEM and More!

words hello march in cursive surrounded by a circle of colorful flowers and foliage

March Activities, News, STEM and More means tons of ideas for March programming and crafting. Plus, enjoy a plethora of bookish news. For STEM/STEAM programming, we have you covered and of course, it’s all the FREE resources you have come to love and count on. Read on, enjoy and let us know what works for you and what crashed and burned! It’s all good! But first: And secondly, I’ve made the editorial decision to pull the Just for YA! portion of this newsletter. If you still want to receive it, just send me an email at jdolce@mylakelibrary.org, or comment below. Thanks! Let’s Celebrate! The first annual Black Children’s Book Week will take place this year, February 27- March 5 Celebrate Black Children’s Book Week February 27th – March 5th! 24 Black Heroes Our Kids Should Know By Name March is… Plan your event with resources on Our Planet: Earth Celebrate National Library Week April 3…

Blogger Heather Acerro

Diversity in STEM & Social Studies Titles

Over the last few years, the Youth Services team at Rochester Public Library (MN) has been asked to help diversify school curriculum support materials, including social studies and STEM. These projects are a lot of fun and begin with the creation of a spreadsheet to document our finds, audit the materials for diversity & inclusion, identify subject matter, and review and track other factors instructors would like us to consider. For example, we are currently working with the kindergarten curriculum subject “Our Country, It’s a Great Place” which covers understanding what it means to be an American Citizen, identifying symbols of the USA, immigration, and identifying leaders of today. A few of our recommendations are: Dreamers by Yuyi Morales Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes V is for Voting by Kate Farrell We are a Garden: How diversity took root in America by Lisa Westberg Peters & Victoria…

Blogger Tess Prendergast

Diversifying Our Storytime Book Selections

Do you have a shelf of go-to books for your storytimes? These books probably have big, bright illustrations, engaging text that invites participation, and are just a blast to read aloud. But are many of your storytime books about caterpillars, puppies, and trucks? If storytime is for all kids, should they also see kids like themselves in the books we share with them?

Blogger Amy Steinbauer

Hidden Figures Trading Cards

This post is in honor of my colleague, Julia Pflager, who created an amazing passive/self-directed program that should be shared with all. Julie and I used to work together, and one of our favorite things to do was to plan bimonthly big programs where we would decorate the children’s room with larger than life items and self-directed activities and programs that featured different programming themes. It was so much fun!