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…
Today I would like to highlight the work of several committees whose work is used on a daily basis by ALSC members, parents, teachers, librarians, and many others looking for excellent book recommendations. ALSC booklists help fulfill our commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion by highlighting books that feature children in our communities and our lives.
When do you update your book lists at the library? Once a year? Monthly?
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.
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.
There are two weeks left in 2016 and life is chaotic with end of the year parties, secret Santa exchanges and putting the final touches on projects. There is one project that is more intimidating than anything else: too many books to read.
We are helpers, we are sanctuaries, and we are here to serve. On Friday, ALSC published the Unity. Kindness. Peace. booklist for librarians, parents, caregivers, teachers and other caring adults faced with children asking tough questions about the recent election and looking for positive ways to take action. Thank you, Quicklists Consulting Committee, for your rapid response to this need. The booklist is available for free download on the ALSC website at www.ala.org/alsc/unitykindnesspeace.
Greetings, librarians! You have finished summer reading! Congratulations! All the students are going back to school, here are a few new books to put on your new displays!