Blogger Elizabeth Serrano

Tough Conversations – Resources to Share

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In my personal networks over the past few months, the question, “How do we talk to the kids about this?” has repeatedly surfaced as these continue to be challenging and unjust times. Every time I read or heard this question, though, I was reminded of the value of being a part of ALSC. Every time I read or heard this question, I was able to share an ALSC booklist, resource, or an article developed by (or which featured) our members. Below are the resources I’ve shared with friends and family, incase it is also helpful to you in supporting your own families and communities: Tough Topics booklist (grades K-8): Personally, what I appreciate about these lists is that, in addition to the titles, they also include trusted resources for adults to explore. Unity and Justice booklist #LooktoLibraries Resources: In particular, I have shared the Tough Conversations Tip Sheet. (A warm…

Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Serving Social-Emotional Needs—Middle Grade Edition

For the past three years, my library system (Cuyhaoga County Public Library in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, aka CCPL) has reached out to school librarians, ELA staff, and school administrators through School Librarian Book Buzz.  This event informs school staff of the services and materials CCPL has to offer, such as educator cards, databases, and more.  In addition, library staff give book talks on topics pertinent to teachers—STEAM titles, diverse titles, and, this year, books that serve social-emotional needs. I was honored to be chosen to discuss social-emotional books during this year’s online conference.  Last month, I shared titles for students in grades K-2.  This month, we’ll discuss middle grade books.  Onto my four picks for middle-grade students! Baloney and Friends Greg Pizzoli, author Publisher: Disney-Hyperion ISBN: 9781368054546 That third grader who would really benefit from a social-emotional book but just hates to read might be convinced to give this book…

Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Serving Social-Emotional Needs

For the past three years, my library system (Cuyhaoga County Public Library in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, aka CCPL) has reached out to school librarians, ELA staff, and school administrators through School Librarian Book Buzz.  This event informs school staff of the services and materials CCPL has to offer, such as educator cards, databases, and more.  In addition, library staff give book talks on topics pertinent to teachers—STEAM titles, diverse titles, and, this year, books that serve social-emotional needs. I was honored to be chosen to discuss social-emotional books during this year’s online conference.  This month, I’ll share titles for students in grades K-2.  Next month, we’ll discuss middle grade books.  Onto my four picks for young students! Author Grace Byers believes that all children can achieve their goals.  Featuring diversity of race, religion, and ability, I Believe I Can is short enough to read aloud to a group of young…

Blogger Maria Trivisonno

Tales from Self-Isolation

I haven’t had this much time off since high school summer vacation.  However, a pandemic is a much more stressful than time off school.  How did YOU continue being a librarian during this time off?  Here’s what I did. First, I helped with a portion of ALSC’s upcoming Virtual Storytime Services Resource Guide.  I am very excited to see the completed work! I live in Ohio, and thankfully, there were several online networking (and venting/commiserating) opportunities.  The State Library of Ohio continues to have a weekly “Ohio Youth Services Meet Up” every Tuesday morning.  I cannot tell you how much the sharing and listening that occurs in this meet up has helped me keep my sanity.  In addition, the North East Ohio Regional Library System also had a series of meet ups that served the same purpose. I watched a bunch of free webinars from publishers and publications previewing upcoming…

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Download the New Mismatched Pairs Booklist

Download the New Mismatched Pairs Booklist

Tweens have both diverse learning methods and diverse tastes in reading. We also know that readers like to explore their interests in ways that are concrete, as well as imaginative. Pairing nonfiction and fiction titles on the same subject can help readers draw connections and inspire critical thinking, as well as build vocabulary and reinforce ideas. This list presents twenty-six tween-friendly nonfiction books that have been paired with a complementary work of fiction. For more information on the fiction titles on this list, please talk with your local librarian.

Blogger Dan Bostrom

Great Gifts to Give Booklist

Download the Great Gifts to Give Booklist

Librarians are often asked for suggestions of titles to give as gifts. To address this, the ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee has compiled a new booklist with suggestions for special occasions such as: baby showers birthdays holidays graduation bar/bat mitzvah any time in life when a child turns a corner Grouped by type of request, these suggestions of recently published books were made by children’s librarians and book experts from around the country. You can download your own version of the Great Gifts to Give booklist.