The situation is changing moment to moment and decisions are constantly being reevaluated. The safety of our public is our top priority, as much as we believe in the necessity of the library’s services. We are caught in a difficult place, and the need to slow the spread is winning out: More and more libraries are finding themselves being closed to the public or shut down entirely.
January is an engaging time! It’s a new year, a new month, and a new decade! Sometimes it stresses me out to think of all the ways that I can get newly energized with this spirit. I like to think of it as my Leslie Knope spirit- as I am always trying to better myself as a children’s librarian, manager, friend, and human being. Let’s grab our glasses- Laurie Berkner style, and have a look at some ways to refresh.
I’m excited that ALA is in Philadelphia this year, because I promise you’ll be spoiled for choice at all of the activities that the City has to offer. Museums and restaurants are the heart of Philadelphia, but for a truly unforgettable experience, I hope you’ll stop by the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library and tour our Special Collection spaces.
The Quality of Being Thankful It’s the week of Thanksgiving as I sit here to write my blog post. I am thinking of the million and one things I have to do before and on Thursday as the hostess of the yearly holiday for my family. I am busy, but I am grateful. My library’s Marketing Director shared with staff on our intranet, an article titled In Praise of Gratitude, published by Harvard Health Publishing (2019). It discusses beneficial research done on gratitude from a psychological stand point. It also lists ways people can cultivate gratitude in an effort to get outside themselves. From the article, I particularly enjoyed this sentiment: “With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger…
Are you looking to improve on your summer programming? Maybe things are getting a little stale and you’re ready to change it up? Why not try something new like attending the National Summer Learning Association’s conference, Summer Changes Everything, October 21-23 in Atlanta?
ALSC is seeking applications for its seventh biennial “Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training,” to be held on Friday, January 24, 2020, prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, Pa. This invitational seminar supports and honors William C. Morris’ dedication to connecting librarians and children with excellent children’s books. The Morris Seminar will bring new ALSC members and members with limited evaluation experience together with those who have served on ALSC’s media evaluation committees in an environment to train and mentor them in the group process and in children’s media evaluation techniques. The seminar will result in new and emerging leaders for future ALSC evaluation committees. The Morris Endowment supports those selected to attend the training seminar by offering the seminar at no charge to the attendee. This includes all materials, breakfast, lunch, and afternoon break on Friday. To help defray additional costs for hotel and other expenses, a…
It’s so easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle at ALA. There are so many resources and it can be overwhelming so I wanted to give a shout out to a few! Other perks include a yoga room, the shuttle service and the Annual app which is literally my lifeline and the Networking Uncommons. Take advantage of the amazing opportunities!
Please join us in Washington, D.C. at the ALSC panel The Urgency of History: How Librarians Prepare Kids for Their Times. The panel includes Gennifer Choldenko, Varian Johnson, Marissa Moss, Sharon Robinson, and Elizabeth Partridge. Check out the details below.