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Book to Film: Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck

When it comes to film adaptations of middle grade novels, there are some gold standards, some incredible lows, and a vast range of movies that fall somewhere in between. Adapting his own novel for the screen, Brian Selznick’s Wonderstruck lands somewhere in the upper middle of the pack – a strong adaptation that’s just a smidge too long and a smidge too solemn to be perfect. In its original form, Wonderstruck was split into two stories. In the 1920’s, a young, deaf girl named Rose runs away to New York City to seek out a beautiful actress she has a mysterious connection to. In the 1970’s, a boy named Ben, recently deafened by an accident, runs away to New York City to find the father he’s never met. The stories are connected, and they wind their way towards each other over the course of the book’s 600+ pages. Working from…

Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

Interview with 2017-18 ALSC Spectrum Scholar, Beatrice Canales

An interview with Beatrice Elizabeth Canales, 2017-2018 ALSC Spectrum Scholar What is your current title and what drew you to work in Children’s Services? From 2006 through 2015, I worked at the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) as a Teen Services Liaison and as an Academic Unit Assistant for the Department of Early Childhood Studies at San Antonio College (SAC). I left SAPL in 2015 to pursue my graduate degree but I continued at SAC Early Childhood Studies. The desire to work in Children’s Services have been part of my landscape since college. In college I was a volunteer tutor at a local elementary school and, as an Independent Study, I created a Children’s Advocacy student group. After college, I worked as a Children’s Advocate at a domestic violence shelter. More recently, after much soul searching, I believe that advocating for multicultural, anti-bias children’s literature starts at Emergent Literacy. How…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Celebrate Your Hard Work This Summer with a Literary Treat!

It’s August 27th. If your school district doesn’t start back until after Labor Day, you are in the home stretch with Summer Learning! If your Summer Learning program has already ended, CONGRATULATIONS!  You should take some time to celebrate all of the hard work you did the last few months to make this summer wonderful for the community you serve. If you find yourself with a bit of free time over the long weekend, might I suggest celebrating with a literary treat?

Blogger Kathia Ibacache

Is Access to Information ever Complex?

People might believe that access to information is a right for most U.S. citizens, with the exception of incarcerated persons. For some people, especially in urban areas with easy access to public libraries, personal computers, internet access, and educational institutions, access to information is a matter of every day practice. However, is access to information ever a complex issue? Access to Information In theory, the public’s understanding of access to information is correct as expressed in the American Library Association’s mission, which states the role of libraries is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” Nonetheless, what happens in communities in rural areas where transportation is scarce and people lack access to computers, the internet, books, and a public library? Then, access to information becomes problematic….

Blogger Building Partnerships committee

Getting Creative with Partnerships – Public Libraries and Community Arts Organizations

As children’s librarians, most of us excel at presenting programs based around our professional and educational training – early literacy storytimes, children’s literature book discussions, or library and research skills classes. We all draw from our unique, diverse backgrounds to provide other types of programs as well, in areas like STEAM for instance. However, no one librarian, or even library department or system, can present programs on every topic of interest to their community on their own. Programming is an area where building relationships with other community organizations can be especially beneficial. In particular, organizations related to the creative arts, such as music, theater, and writing, can be a great fit for collaborating with libraries. What are some of the benefits to working with these community arts organizations? Adds variety to the types of library programs available to patrons. Regular patrons will be pleased that you’re providing them with more…

AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee

Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Brunch and Books

Thanks in part to the Library Linx partnership program featured in the Public Library and School Library Collaboration toolkit, Deschutes Public Libraries (OR) have seen a significant increase in collaborative programming with area schools. One great success has been my involvement with a local high school. Eila Overcash, teacher-librarian at Summit High School, had a great brainstorm about three years ago. She wanted to attract new students to her media center as well as capitalize on the interest of the strong corps of readers she served every day. She began a weekly Brunch and Books program during the school’s lunch period; teens could drop by the library for tasty snacks, book-related craft projects or games, and connect with other students. Eila invited me to come to Brunch and Books once a month to do book talks and share library news. This fall will mark my third year visiting Summit High….