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Making a Connection: How Serving on a Process Committee Helped Me Get Through a Global Pandemic

I know that everyone is always interested in what it’s like to serve on the Newbery or Caldecott or other selection committees. I’ve served on the Newbery Committee and it is certainly an amazing experience. But don’t discount the strong connections you can make serving on process committees. 

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Ultimate Summer Reading Programming Guide 2021

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Summer Reading 2021 So, it’s the ninth hour. Summer Reading 2021 is just about here. Things are changing rapidly, though. COVID safety guidelines are positively fluid. What’s a children’s librarian to do?! Fear not, fearless reader — you’ve got OPTIONS! A Spectrum of Five Options Five options…well, more like 5.2 Passive programming Hybrid programming Limited seating indoor programming Outdoor programming 100% digital programming Pre-recorded Live streaming Passive Programming I know you know what it is. However! There’s an awesome new reference and even a free webinar about this very topic that I want to direct you to. The webinar is a called “Passive Programming That Pulls Them In: Provocative Passive Programming Ideas”. You can find it on Niche Academy. As a matter of fact, they have an upcoming live webinar. Here’s the 10-4: PASSIVE PROGRAMMING THAT PULLS THEM IN: PROVOCATIVE PASSIVE PROGRAMMING IDEAS Wed May 12 at 2:00 pm US…

Blogger Emily Mroczek-Bayci

Virtual Programming is Here to Stay

With COVID numbers decreasing, the rollout of vaccines and the weather getting better it can seem like a good time to say goodbye to your camcorder and video editing. I am here to convince you otherwise. Virtual programming should not go anywhere. It is accessible, necessary and important for 21st century libraries. 1. We Already Know How to Do ItHalf the barrier for virtual programming in “the before” was not having the proper tools. Think about all the time and money your library has probably invested into virtual programming and how much you have grown since a year ago. Why throw away all of that valuable knowledge? 2. Virtual Programming is AccessibleVirtual programming allows individuals who cannot access the library attend programs, people who need to be able to pause something or add subtitles watch at their own pace, and reaches people outside of your geographic zone. The reach goes…


Spotlight on: Managing Children’s Services Committee

The Public Awareness and Advocacy Committee is excited to share information about another ALSC committee with you! Previously we have featured the School Age Programs & Services Committee, the Library Services to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee, and the Early and Family Literacy Committee. This month we are highlighting the Managing Children’s Services Committee. Co-chairs Krista Riggs and Mike Rogalla kindly answered our questions so you can learn more about this Priority Group VI committee! Can you share a brief history of the committee? The Managing Children’s Services Committee was established in 1990 at the request of the ALSC board of directors. It consists of two co-chairs, appointed in alternating years, plus eight members appointed from the ALSC membership at large, plus one CORE liaison [formerly LLAMA]. The committee functions virtually, with members serving two year terms. What is your committee’s charge? To identify best practices and emerging trends…

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Pandemic Connections: Being an ALSC Mentor/Mentee in 2021

The ALSC Mentoring program seeks to match individuals with an interest in library service to children together to learn from each other and support ALSC’s goals. Each person comes to the program with their own hopes, ideas and experiences and the program is well structured to support both mentor and mentee in connecting productively over a fairly short period of time, January- June.


All Students Are Welcome: Culturally Responsive Libraries

In August 2019, the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) system in Albuquerque, New Mexico gave every K-8 classroom a collection of culturally responsive books for their classroom libraries. These books reflected the interests and the diversity of students and represented diverse authors and points of view. The underlying goal was to encourage the APS student population to feel seen, valued, and welcomed in schools, and to help students value the races and cultures of others. This was no small feat since the process involved tons of books—literally. APS is located in the largest city in New Mexico with a population of 560,000, spread across 1,200 square miles, including 144 schools with approximately 80,000 students. This makes APS amongst the fifty largest school districts in the United States. The two APS employees behind this massive undertaking were Rachel Altobelli (Director of Library Services and Instructional Materials) and Jessica Villalobos (Senior Director of…


Planning for Outdoor Storytimes

I miss in-person storytimes. I miss the cacophony of voices prior to settling into our opening song. I miss encouraging full body movements of the Fruit Salad Song without worrying about fitting everything into the camera frame of a computer. Most of all, I miss watching toddlers scurry about on the fringes of the storytime crowd, absorbing everything. The joy and chaos of an in-person storytime always brings a smile to my face. Now that it’s growing warmer and nicer weather (if not actual sunshine) more consistent, I see many librarians considering outdoor storytimes. I planned an outdoor storytime run as part of my summer programming last year; then Covid hit and shut everything down. Now I’m excited to bring this plan to fruition. What do you need for an outdoor storytime? Here are some things to consider.