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True Play at Libraries #alsc22

Presenters Carissa Christner, Madison Public Library, and Holly Storck-Post from Madison Public Library led a discussion about true play to a packed room this afternoon. Carissa Christner defined true play as deep and uninterrupted engagement in the activity of one’s own choice. The presenters then led the audience through a presentation of how they implemented true play spaces at their branches and the opportunities and challenges that cropped up during the development and implementation phases.

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Evaluating AAPI Youth Literature at #alsc22

Did you know there’s a rubric for evaluating Asian American and Pacific Islander Youth Literature? At this morning’s “More than a Checkbox” at #alsc22, Amy Kyung-Eun Breslin, Sarah Park Dahlen, Kristen Kwisnek, and Becky Leathersich shared key elements from the rubric and then led us through applying the rubric to different books.They emphasized the critical importance of visibility, problems of the Model Minority stereotype, that context and nuance are essential to evaluation. Other key factors are power and agency of characters – who are the heroes? can they solve problems? Take a look at author/illustrator agency – are they a cultural insider? What research have they done? Is there a co-author who is an insider? And they encouraged us to think about what impact the book might have on an AAPI child listening to a non-AAPI person read it aloud.

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Opening night at #alsc22

So I was going to write about the opening session highlights at #alsc22. And I will. Though I want to start with how good it is to be at an in-person conference again. To be in a room with people who care passionately about the things that you care about. To sit around a table sharing a meal with conversations about mock Caldecotts and Newberys, about favorite books of the year, about booktalks and reader’s advisory. It was a pleasure just to be in the room.