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What I’m bringing back from #alsc18

A notebook full of notes and a head full of ideas–that’s a large part of what I’m bringing home from #alsc18. (OK, and a few books!) I heard about so many amazing, creative programs people have done that will give me the push to try some new things at my library. I heard about research that will help guide some of my decision-making at work, especially when ordering books. And I met a lot of people who made the weekend extra fun. (Hey, Iowa librarians!) Like I said, I’m coming away from #alsc18 with notes and ideas, but I’m also coming away with a grateful heart. I love being a children’s librarian and am so grateful that I get to do this work. Attending Institute was another reminder of just how lucky I am, and how fun–and important–our job is! Thanks ALSC for a great weekend and for filling my…

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The Real Takeaways From #alsc18

The ALSC Institute has wrapped up, I am at the airport beginning the long trip home, and already excited to start the long TBR list in my notebook. Ready to #act4kids by learning more and pushing myself to grow. If you were #alscleftbehind, here are some ways you can dive into all the magic. Big Ideas Session: A is for Advocacy The Danger of a Single Story, Ted Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Decolonization is Not a Metaphor, Tuck & Yang (Re)Imagining Black Boyhood: Toward a Critical Framework for Educational Research, Dumas & Nelson The Silenced Dialogue: Power and Pedagogy in Educating Other People’s Children, Delpit Perceptions of Diversity in Book Reviews, Malinda Lo CrazyQuiltEdi, Edith Campbell Grown-ups Are People Too: Promoting caregiver bonding with awesome early literacy programming  GroovaRoo to Ice, Ice, Baby Infant Bonding and Attatchment to the Caregiver: Insights from basic and clinical science, Sullivan, Perry, Sloan,…

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

First program worth the sprint down the street! #alsc18

After a crazy morning of travel, I arrived at #alsc18 just in time for the first program–Identity in Children’s Literature. I’m so glad I made it for this one! Authors T.R. Simon and Kelly Yang and author/illustrator Mike Curato were each paired with a children’s librarian for this program. Each artist spoke about their book and then the librarian spoke about a program based around the book. What a great idea! I came away with interesting information about each of the books, along with some new ideas for programming. I was especially intrigued by Librarian Natasha Forrester Campbell’s idea for a game based on Yang’s Front Desk. Now I just have to figure out when to try that one! So many interesting ideas in this program. So inspiring. So worth sprinting down the street to make it there in time!   This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: VII….

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First conference presentation at #alsc18

I am here in the Queen City and excited to present at my first national conference! The registration area was quite crowded this morning, and the conference venue is a treat to walk around. Ornate French Art Deco details abound! The first Big Ideas session really sets the tone for this institute: A is for Advocacy. Library professionals are advocates! How are we planning strategically to reframe our work to promote and empower diversity in our communities? We can start the conversation with these main ideas: Reframing, Renaming, Reclaiming #act4kids

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Waffle-y Good at #alsc18

I promised some food photography. This waffle was eaten last night after the ALSC Youth Connection Reception at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Sometimes when you #act4kids, you need to refuel. Just a hop away from the museum and about 8 walking minutes from the conference hotel, Taste of Belgium on the Banks instantly got my group hungry with just the yummy smell that surrounds you as you walk in. The menu is loaded with waffles, crepes, galettes, and desserts galore! I ordered the Belgium chocolate & cream waffle, which I devoured, but the table also loved the brussel sprouts, frites, and wide variety of adult beverages. Having a yummy time in Cincinnati so far, can’t wait to start talking advocacy and brains!  

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Leaving On A Jetplane to Present at the #alsc18

As I write this I am waiting at the airport ready to continue my journey to #alsc18 and so excited to #act4kids by presenting to rooms filled with my passionate peers. I won’t lie to you friends, I am shaking in my sandals right now. I have presented before, but this feels like the biggest thing I have ever done in this profession. Having never attended the Institute before, I feel like a newbie that is being thrown in the ring waiting to battle Ali or Tyson. These are good nerves though. If you are passionate about what you do, I am sure you have had an idea worthy of sharing. One of the best feelings, apart from hot fudge sundaes and toddler giggles, is contributing to your profession in a way that moves it forward. I am hopeful that my program, Grown-ups Are People Too, will do just that….