This post is by guest blogger Ivy Kuhrman, the Young Adult Librarian at the Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library in New York City. The ALSC Children and Technology committee invited Ivy to write this piece to share information about the Andrew Heiskell Library’s innovative use of accessible technology in their youth services. The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library provides free library services to patrons living in New York City and Long Island who are blind, low vision, or otherwise unable to read standard print. In addition to free and accessible reading materials in both braille and audio formats and a robust calendar of library programming for all ages, we offer access to a wealth of accessible technology for patrons at the library and beyond!
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A Splash of Summer Reading: Outreach at Your Local Pool!
Have you included outreach in your summer reading plans? If not, I have got the place for you! Your community’s municipal pool will be packed this summer and your library should view this as a major outreach opportunity!
Commitment to a Library for ALL
Libraries are for everyone! All are welcome at the library! If you work in any type of library, especiallypublic libraries, you most likely have heard or seen this message. As a member of the ALSC Program Coordinating Committee, I find it incredibly meaningful to play a role in selecting sessions that are presented at the annual library conference and to have the opportunity to review conference proposals with an equity lens. Every year librarians and educators from all over the country earnestly attend the ALA conference to hear about how they can positively grow and impact their communities and I sincerely believe that attendees will appreciate the diverse and inclusive ALSC sessions that will be presented in Chicago this upcoming June. Among those sessions will be, “Transforming Everyday Spaces: Deepening Equity in Early ChildhoodLearning” presented by Elizabeth McChesney. As the liaison for this program, I would like to encourageconference participants…
2024 Legacy Award Committee Seeking Suggestions
Hello, this is Caroline Ward, chair of the 2024 Children’s Literature Legacy Award. Our committee is now accepting suggestions for the Legacy Award from ALSC members. The deadline for submitting suggestions is April 15, 2023.
Art as a Mirror: Maureen Hayes Award Broadens Children’s Horizons
Children from dominant social groups… have suffered from the lack of availability about others… They need books that will help them understand the multicultural nature of the world they live in, and their place as a member of just one group, as well as their connections to all other humans. . . If they see only reflections of themselves, they will grow up with an exaggerated sense of their own importance and value in the world—a dangerous ethnocentrism. Rudine Sims Bishop, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors.”
Happy Birthday, Children and Libraries!
What were you doing 20 years ago? In the spring of 2003? We won’t talk about ages, but,twenty years ago, I was playing Pippi in a touring production of Pippi Longstocking: the Musical. Always a devoted patron of libraries wherever I went, my path to librarianship did not come untillater in life.
What is the ALSC Program Coordinating Committee?
Hi everyone! My name is Tanya and I am a co-chair of the ALSC Program Coordinating Committee. ALSC has many committees that do countless things. Maybe you are like me and have never heard of this particular ALSC Committee. Or maybe you have heard of it but have no idea what we do. I am here to tell you about us!
2023 Children’s Literature Lecture
ALSC is proud to announce that the 2023 Children’s Literature Lecture will take place at University of Dayton, Ohio on Wednesday, April 12, 2023 in the Kennedy Union Ballroom. Author and illustrator Bryan Collier will give the 2023 Children’s Literature Lecture. The event will start at 6 P.M. with a reception and the lecture starting at 7 P.M. After the lecture, a book signing will be available.