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ALSC Blog Update: March 17, 2020

As a member driven organization, ALSC relies on the time, expertise, and dedication of our 4,000 members to create content and move association work forward. During this time, we know our members are focusing on their families, their own work, and how to best serve those they care about and their communities. We hope to pick back up on regular posts on the ALSC Blog soon. Please feel free to continue to share helpful or interesting resources you are using during this time in the comments under the pinned post: ALSC is Thinking of You and Asking for Your Strategies in Coping with COVID-19.

Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Winter Preschool STEAM

Back in October, I wrote about the aptly named Fall Fun Preschool STEAM program, the first of its kind I had offered.  I had been inspired by a colleague’s presentation, which you can read more about in the link. In February, our department held a Winter Preschool STEAM program that was also tons of fun, and I wanted to share. About 30 people (kids and caregivers) attended.  We started by creating a sensory snowman…aka a snow globe.  Voss water bottles were PERFECT for the snowman, and the lid resembled a hat.  Strips of blue flannel for a scarf really made him pop.  I’ve made snow globes before with glycerin and they never really worked.  Using clear glue, as suggested in the link, was a great upgrade…and added to the science as we discussed how the glitter was suspended by the glue. Next, we made a “melted” snowman…basically, it was white…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Nuts and Bolts: How to Join a Process Committee

Newbery. Caldecott. Coretta Scott King. The Siebert. Notables. Many of us dream of serving on an Award or Notable committee during our service to ALSC. But if promoting yourself and being on a ballot has you reaching for a paper bag, relax, there are other options. Have you ever considered volunteering for a process committee? It’s as easy as 1-2-3! What Does a Process Committees Do? ALSC breaks committees into 7 priority groups (PG), but we’re going to focus on the 5 Process Committees. Step 1: Pick themes that sound like a good match for your interests. Child Advocacy (PG 1) Professional Awards and Scholarships (PG 3) Organizational Support (PG 4) Partnerships (PG 6) Professional Development (PG 7) Step 2: Take a closer look at the committees in each priority group. For example, the amazing Public Awareness Committee falls under PG 1. Then look at their ALA Connect Page. The…

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Sharing the Love of Reading: Why Do We Want Our Children to Love Reading?

As a teacher-librarian, the question I am asked most often is “how can I get my child to read?” I have become an expert at teaching others using all the data and research responses used to promote literacy, and I’ve thought a lot about offering advice when I hear that a child still hates reading. I lived through this question for many years.  When my daughter was born. I was committed to raising her with all the knowledge and best practices I had been taught.  And it worked. We read daily, she had an extensive vocabulary and entered school ready to read. She learned quickly and progressed in school the way she should. Then at the beginning of second grade, she rebelled. She hated to read. I went back to the research, trying everything and anything I could to bring back her love of reading. Nothing worked and it carried…

ALA Midwinter 2020

What I learned from my #alaleftbehind adventure #alamw20

Live blogging from a conference when you’re not actually there is not as crazy as it seems- thanks to the Internet of course! Again and again I wonder how “they” ever did it anything my BFF the internet! Here are five fun things I’ve learned while NOT attending a conference: Graphic Novels are taking over the world. The fact that a graphic novel won the Odyssey (Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka) and the Newbery (Jerry Craft’s New Kid) and a Printz Honor (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Meby Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell)is so unprecedentedly awesome. Hopefully this can show to all the teachers, educators, students (myself) out there that graphic novels are REAL literature with so, so many benefits! It is important to think critically. Yes, my favorite song of all-time is EVERYTHING IS AWESOME but I need to remember it might not always be awesome! #critlib is the latest…