Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

2020 Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training

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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…

Awards & Scholarships

The Mentor Connection, Finding the Next Distinguished Service Award Winner

I am certain many, if not all of you reading this blog can think of an individual who had a profound impact on your future direction in children’s services. A person whose interest, support, and encouragement you have always remembered and been grateful for in your life. It might have been a person who gave you the freedom to develop programs that hadn’t been done in your community and that freedom made the difference for children who didn’t know what a library could mean in their lives. Such an individual should be recognized by our profession with a Distinguished Service Award.

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

2021 Arbuthnot Lecturer – Send Your Suggestions!

The Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee is seeking suggestions for our 2021 honoree. The lecturer may be an author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature.  The lecture will be given in April or May of 2021 at a site to be chosen next year. ALSC members are welcome to send suggestions to the committee for consideration. The nomination form is available online and the deadline for submissions is July 31. Recent past lecturers include Dr. Debbie Reese, Naomi Shihab Nye, Jacqueline Woodson, and Pat Mora. The complete list of past lecturers is on the ALSC website. The 2021 lecturer will be announced at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting next January in Philadelphia. For more details about the lecture, please visit the Arbuthnot site. –Jennifer Duffy, Children’s Librarian at King County Library System (WA), is writing this post for the 2021 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee.  She can be reached at…

Blogger Lisa Nowlain

What made me read?

The new Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report was released last month, and it has some interesting statistics in it. For instance: “Three critical measures of a school-aged child’s (ages 6–17) relationship with reading have remained fairly steady since 2010. In the seventh edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report: -Fifty-eight percent say they love or like reading books for fun. -Fifty-two percent agree reading books for fun is extremely or very important. -Thirty-one percent read books for fun 5–7 days a week (known as frequent readers); 41% of kids read for fun 1–4 days a week (known as moderately frequent readers); 28% of kids read for fun less than 1 day a week (known as infrequent readers).” “In the past two years, both kids and parents are less likely to say that when picking a children’s book to read for fun, the type of book doesn’t matter, it…