Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Reading to Newborn Babies

Due to my position in Family Engagement, a local hospital reached out and asked if I would be able to visit parents and staff in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and discuss the importance of reading to infants in the NICU.  Due to continuing precautions, I was not able to see the babies, but I had a delightful conversation with families and staff, bringing board books, explaining brain development, and discussing the benefits of reading to children from birth, even (especially) in a hospital setting. 

Blogger Kary Henry

Mini-Olympics

I am a huge fan of the Olympics. I love the sports, the stories, even the commercials! From the athletes to the ads, all of it tugs on my heartstrings. Do I cry? Why, yes, yes, I do! Building on this love of Olympics (minus the tears), I decided to offer an Olympics program at the Library but wanted to put a unique spin on it. Thus were born the Mini-Olympics.

Blogger Erika Hogan

Once More, With Feeling: Read Aloud Fun

Round robin. Turn taking. When it’s time to read aloud, a lot of kids might look the other way in school. But in a library program, we can ask for volunteers. In read aloud book clubs, children benefit from listening and interpreting text whether they volunteer as readers or not. Even looking at the pages while someone else reads offers a new kind of experience and a taste of what grown up book clubs are all about: conversation and community. I’ve found the most success with strategies that lean into the fun, offering high appeal texts, especially those with lots of graphics on the page.

ALA Annual 2024

“What Fear Will Steal from You”: Final Thoughts on #alaac24

Sitting on my suitcase as I triumphantly zip it up, I appreciate what an apt metaphor this is for my first #alaac24. My mind is as full of ideas and my heart as full of hope as my suitcase is of books. Ideas for how to expand students’ access to texts. Hope that the books in my suitcase will make it to and remain on the shelf in my Florida district.  The 2022–23 school year saw a 33% increase in book bans from the previous year, with Florida making up 40% of the bans and having more book bans than any other state. As scary as it is, I remind myself of Taraji P. Henson’s words on the main stage at #alaac24: “What fear will steal from you if you give it power.” I will not give fear the power to steal my hope. What do you do to maintain…

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Re-Igniting Imagination as an Adult #alaac24

“Experience Can Diminish Our Imagination” was one of Trevor Noah’s phrases that resonated with me during his interview yesterday at the Opening General Session with past ALA president Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada. Noah explained he felt that adults still have imagination, but we choose to spend it on how quickly we can find a faster way to drive home after work rather than let it wander as children can. I might add I think it is also easy for the mundane to sneak into our adult work lives unless we are careful. Noah’s New Book Noah shared how his soon-to-be-released (October 2024) children’s picture book Into the Uncut Grass allowed him to use his imagination to create a new story rather than just rely on real life memories as he did with Born a Crime: Stories from Growing up in South Africa. He shares his desire to write a children’s book…

ALA Annual 2024

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Celebrates 55 Years at #ALAAC2024

Last night was a true treat! I attended the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table‘s 55th anniversary celebration. Shuttle buses took us to the University of San Diego’s breathtakingly beautiful campus. (It is on a hill overlooking the city!) Kwame Alexander acted as the Master of Ceremonies and took the audience through the 55-year history of the CSKs before introducing some of this year’s CSK winners, Carole Boston Weatherford, Jeffery Boston Weatherford, Dare Coulter, and Vashti Harrison. Three children, who are avid readers and fans, then interviewed the winners. The audience got to learn more about their award-winning books, what inspires them, and the importance of perseverance. When asked, “What should I do if I ever write a book with my mother?” Jeffery Boston Weatherford made me get teary-eyed as he talked about mothers as angels who take care of us and guide us. The answer to the final…

Blogger Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee

Everyday Advocacy: journey through our new webpage

Let’s all admit it, few of us spend much time really delving into organization web pages unless we need to use them for work or are specifically seeking out information.  We don’t tend to scroll them for fun.  Let’s change that!  I invite you all to take just a moment and look through our newly updated “Everyday Advocacy” page on the American Library Service to Children (ALSC) website.  The ALSC Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee has worked to update it over the past months, and it’s looking pretty great. The page can be found on the ALSC website under the “Initiatives” tab or at this handy dandy link https://www.ala.org/alsc/initiatives/everyday-advocacy.  In its most basic form it provides great information about what advocacy is and how to advocate for yourself, your programs, your library, and librarianship as a whole.  Information that is great for us all.  You should start with the “Be…