Blogger Public Awareness Committee

Building a Home Library for Friends and Family

Do you often field gift book questions from patrons around the holiday season? I’ve had my share of parents ask me for the best new picture book of the year for their daughter or a grandparent who wants to gift their tween a book but has no clue where to start. If you have also had these experiences, check out ALSC’s updated booklists! These are a great resource to help parents, grandparents and caregivers of all sorts purchase great books for the children in their lives during the winter holiday season- or any time of year. The ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting Committee, have updated the four Building a Home Library booklists to provide advice to caregivers and others interested in constructing an excellent, star quality library for children at home. The committee looked to include less mainstream gems, wonderful multicultural books, beloved…

Blogger Public Awareness Committee

The Year of the Horse

Dí­a is not only a celebration of children and books, but a commitment to work daily towards connecting families and children to diverse books, cultures and languages. It may seem like quite the challenge at times to integrate diversity into your library everyday, but there are plenty of uncomplicated routes to daily diversity! If you take a moment to contemplate the many holidays and traditions celebrated throughout the world you will begin to see a wealth of opportunity. Everybody loves a party, so why not highlight various cultures through their respective festivities? It is a fun way to embrace the Dí­a initiative and encourage an awareness of various cultures in your community.  The Year of the Horse could be a great first step towards a year of multicultural observance in 2014! On the Western calendar, the start of the new year falls on January 31st, 2014 and is The Year…