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,…
As children’s librarians, we love to discuss weather with our young patrons. It can be reading the classic The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, or showing children how to imitate a rain cloud using shaving cream and food coloring. However, how often do we stop to think about how weather affects what we do as librarians?
I’m a color-coder. I dabble in bullet journaling, and the office supply section of any store is my favorite place to window shop. I’ve always been a tidy person–until I became a children’s librarian. As I write this, I am surrounded by piles of books, egg shakers, weeding reports and a few hula hoops. Sometimes I do programs where I am surrounded in actual garbage.
If you’re like me, you spend more time reading kidlit and YAlit than adult novels. That’s why I was tickled pink to find a kidlit easter egg1 in this year’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Less by Andrew Sean Greer.
Lately, I feel something is missing. Kindness. I’m not talking about in politics or in the congested MBTA cars in Boston, I’m talking about here, in library world.
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…
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.
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.