Blogger Alyson Feldman-Piltch

Getting back on the horse

Four years ago, I was what one would call an extremely active ALA and ALSC member.  In addition being a full-time graduate student, I was a guest blogger for ALSC, served on the ALSC Intellectual Freedom Committee, and served on the GLBT-RT’s Stonewall Book Award Committee, and unsuccessfully attempted to manage an EMIERT committee.  I attended conferences, participated in listserv discussions–the works! But then I got sick and I wasn’t able to attend Annual. And then, I had to step back from committee work, blogging, all of it. Personally, I found it disheartening and frustrating.  Over the past year, year and half, I’ve started to get involved again, but it’s difficult.  While I was healing networking and connections fell to the wayside, and I felt out of the loop. Deciding to get back involved with ALSC and ALA was an easy decision for me.  I wasn’t sure how to restart,…

Blogger Renee Grassi

A Librarian’s Open Letter to Jacqueline Laurita

Hi Jacqueline, First off, I have a confession to make. I have never watched an episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, nor have I watched any of the Real Housewife series or spin offs.  It’s just not my cup of tea. In fact, there are probably many other librarians out there who share my opinion. And that’s perfectly okay because that’s not why I’m writing this open letter to you today. This is not the first time a children’s librarian used this blog before to broadcast their message to a celebrity. In 2012, I fangirled my adoration for Glee’s Chris Colfer for writing a book and encouraging children to read.  That same year, Susan Baeir penned an open letter to Kourtney Kardashian about how she admired Kourtney’s commitment to reading and literacy in raising her son. I’m not sure if you, Chris Colfer, and Kourtney Kardashian share many things in…

Blogger Lisa Nowlain

If humans were oviparous

I have been looking around at all the pregnant people at our library and thinking hard about what life would be like if we laid eggs. Would we need incubators at the library? Would we have storytimes for eggs? Babies might come out a lot more developed, so we’d have to change baby storytime. Hopefully there would be more gender equality. Honestly, this month’s post is a little wackadoo because your humble Youth Library is losing it over Summer Reading (and all the programs that happen before it). Lisa Nowlain is the Youth Librarian at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada County, CA. She is also an artist type.

Blogger Angela Reynolds

Kid-Lit Tour of London

A serious whim recently turned into a 4-day trip to London, England. I had been drooling over the exhibit Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library for some time. When my friend Kirsten suggested we go to London to see the Winnie the Pooh exhibit at the Victoria & Albert Museum, we began to plan in earnest. I bought tickets for the Harry Potter exhibit before I even got my flight booked. Tickets were selling fast and the exhibit did sell out, a first for the British Library. But I had two spots for the last day.