Blogger Jonathan Dolce

Sailing Into Summer READing 2022

Raising a Sunken Ship Years and years ago when I was a wee volunteer at a public library in Central Florida, I was lucky enough to be a part of a crew that put on a puppet show by the name of “Foghorn Follies“. They brought me on board as a hand in the show. Little did I know, but one day, when I raised anchor and sailed off to become a librarian, I’d once more sound the foghorn and gather unsuspecting audiences for the corniest puppet show this side of the St. John’s River. But first, Atlantis! Years ago, like, 40 of them, there was a Six Flags Great Adventure park in Florida called “Atlantis”. It was here that the Kiddie Kingdom featured a King’s Sandbox and where the Foghorn Follies show was moored. While the show only lasted two seasons, a librarian fell in love with the show,…

Blogger Amy Steinbauer

It’s a Beautiful Day in Your Neighborhood: Creating a Serviceable Service Map

It's a Beautiful Day in Your Neighborhood

My system is rethinking, relaunching, and rediscovering what our community and neighborhoods are like right now, and how the library can fit into our local communities. It feels like the perfect time to start this work, as our neighborhoods have been pretty closed off the last couple of years to keep us safe. I warned my staff when our fiscal year started in October, that pretty much all they would hear from me this year is the word: Resetting. And that word is perfect as a launch to reset yourself in the community, and reconnect.

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Engagement Connections

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The ALSC Membership Committee does a wonderful job at connecting members to meaningful engagement opportunities. I’m here to add a few upcoming items to the list! Below are recently announced opportunities for ALSC members to apply for or engage with over the next few days and month. Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award Applications for this grant are being accepted through this Friday, April 22! We’re grateful for our friends over at Simon & Schuster for funding this annual grant that is exclusively available for ALSC members to apply for. If you’ve ever wanted to host an author or illustrator visit, here’s your chance to apply for funding to make it happen! Submit your Committee Volunteer Form Now is the perfect time to submit volunteer forms for a process committee appointment! All of our committee members play a significant role in furthering ALSC’s impact to achieve our vision of building healthy, successful…

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Indigenous Voices: Authentic Children’s Literature in the Classroom and Library

Early in 2021, I began conversations with people at the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC), the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), and California Indian Education for All, about providing a virtual event that featured Native writers. It would be available to the public, at no charge. I was—to put it mildly—thrilled! 

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Learning Beyond: 21 st Century Summer and Out-Of-School Time Toolkit

Long before COVID-19 upended what we know about informal youth learning in libraries, ALSC commissioned a Task Force to consider the shift in core activities that would mark learning in the 21st Century. From this planning task force, an Implementation Task Force was formed in 2019. The Summer and Out-of-School Time Task Force was charged with creating a national tool predicated upon evidence-based approaches for developing quality and impactful programs and services for children. Learning Beyond: 21st Century Summer and Out-of-School Time Toolkit is the culmination of the ensuing work. The Toolkit reveal happened at the 2021 Annual Conference of the National Summer Learning Association in Washington, DC, where ALSC President Lucia Gonzalez introduced the work as “an integral part of the roadmap we need to help our children move forward through public library service.” 

Conferences/Meetings/Institutes

ALSC heads to Kansas City for #alsc22

Christina Soontornvat Opening Session Speaker at Institute

By now you’ve probably learned the news of our 2022 Institute happening this fall in Kansas City, MO. It’s been a long time since we’ve been together in person. (2018 Institute in Cincinnati feels like ages ago…I guess it was!) Opening Session Speaker and Programs Thanks to our friends at Scholastic Inc., we’re excited to welcome Christina Soontornvat as our Opening General Session Speaker! More speakers will be announced very soon along with Big Ideas sessions and other exciting news. The education programs are now available on the ALSC website and are all aimed to increase your ALSC Competency development! (But if you want to further enhance your Competency development before then, I encourage you to register for our spring online course, Utilizing the Competencies to Boost Skills and Services. This course begins the week of April 4th.) Registration The Institute is intentionally kept intimate to encourage small education programs,…

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Introducing the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge for ALSC Members

We are sure you’ve heard it said that it takes 21 days to form a habit. 21 days of consistent work to make a change. Maybe you’ve tried exercising for 21 days in a row or meditating for 21 days in a row to make it a habit…knowing that the more you exercise and meditate, the better you’ll feel. The same applies to learning and challenging yourself to be an ally and an advocate for change. 

Blogger Managing Children's Services Committee

Rock Your Next Interview!

Getting an interview for a position you are interested in is super exciting, but also can be pretty scary because many times you only have one chance to make a great impression. After 8 years of hiring for youth services positions at all levels, here are some of my tips for rocking your job interview. Be prepared to share your experience and successes. This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised by the amount of candidates I’ve interviewed that struggled with effectively sharing their qualifications. Before the interview, review your resume and think about how your previous experience has prepared you to succeed at this position. What are the highlights you want to be sure you share? Are there any programs, partnerships, or initiatives you helped to develop, implement, or improve? If there are any specific qualifications or skills that this position calls for, like understanding childhood development,…