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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…

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

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

Programming Be “Tween” the Lines #alsc18 #act4kids

I LOVE programs where I come out of the session with program plans that can be easily adapted for my library.  This program had plenty of great ideas, from fuzzy moon sand to boo bubbles.  My favorite program was the Barbie bungee.  A couple of us were given a pile of rubber bands to make an interlocking bungee for Barbie.  Our goal was for Barbie to bungee jump and for only her hair to touch the floor.  You didn’t want her to crash, but you wanted the hair to reach the floor.  We estimated how many rubber bands that we would need and tested it out.  Sadly, our Barbie crashed as we used 3 too many rubber bands. This program can be easily recreated.  Supplies you will need include: -some sort of doll (multiple that are exactly the same).  You can use superheroes, Barbies, or whatever would be fun for…

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See you in 2020! #alsc18 #act4kids

2020 Institute Logo

Thank you to everyone who joined us this year for the 2018 ALSC Institute and thank you for your efforts in embracing advocacy and inclusion! We hope these past few days sparked new ideas and new connections. The 2020 ALSC National Institute will take place October 1-3, 2020 in Minneapolis, MN! We’ll be updating the Institute page on our website as the next year unfolds.

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

The View From Up Top #alsc2018

I am now done presenting and I feel that I can now breathe and finish off the Institute in style. Thanks to everyone who attended my session and especially those who reached out afterwards (or in elevators and breakfast lines) to tell me nice things. I hope I spread some new ideas that were practical enough that I will see them pop up in libraries across the country. #act4kids There is just one day left and my notebook is filled with notes like: Anji Play! Scientist led STEAM walk Do NOT ‘other’ diverse books Treat poetry like ice cream, not broccoli Saturday Morning Cartooning Purchasing instruments for families to keep #narrativeplenitude I think my biggest takeaways at any conference or workshop are ones that come from these simple phrases I hear and jot down. Sessions don’t always relate exactly to what you are doing in your library, but it is…

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

Reception time at The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County #alsc18 #act4kids

Wow! Thank you to The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County for sponsoring tonight’s reception at the Institute. Tonight, we had the opportunity to explore the whole main branch, complete a scavenger hunt, and nibble on hors d’oeuvres. My favorite part was being able to make my own Ravenclaw button in their Makerspace and seeing everyone so excited for the green screen! I hope you had the opportunity to stop by, but if not, here are pictures of us having fun:   This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competency: VII. Professionalism and Professional Development.