ALA Midwinter 2018

ALSC Membership Dinner at #alamw19

As a first time Midwinter attendee, it can be difficult to navigate the conference, so I was delighted to attend the ALSC membership dinner and connect with other librarians! It was easy to get involved: a few weeks ago, I signed up to share a meal with a small group of youth services librarians and was paired with four brilliant, talented professionals. Tonight, we met up, bonded over our love of children’s literature, and had some truly fantastic Indian food. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new librarians, learn from my peers, and ask questions about ALSC.

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The Inclusive Makerspace #WeNeedDiverseMakerspaces #alaac18

It’s been another jam-packed, amazing day at the 2018 ALA Conference! This afternoon I attended The Inclusive Makerspace #WeNeedDiverseBooks session led by Gina Seymour, a School Library Media Specialist. She offered some great advice on making your Makerspace or hands on learning activities accessible for a wide variety of youth, including those with disabilities or language barriers. Gina provided many simple tips with big impact, like providing triangular anti-roll crayons, instruction sheets with a visual cue for each step, and printing instructions in both English and Spanish. Other suggestions included labeling all craft materials used in making with not only a word but an image of what is inside. She emphasized how making can promote the 3 E’s: Equity, Education and Excitement. This session made me think of how my library could reassess our own maker-based activities and  programming so that everyone can be successful and feel welcome. Thinking of…


2018 Pura Belpre Award Celebracion

One of best sessions at each ALA Annual Conference #alaac18 is this Celebracion! Each author and illustrator gave insite into their work then we were treated to a performance by the folk group Vive Mi Terra from New Orleans.  Their  name — “Feel My Country” — is so apropos as we celebrate these latino titles and honor all children by celebrating mulicultural experiences. #alscleftbehind   This post addresses the following ALSC Core Competencies: I. Commitment to Client Group and IV. Knowledge, Curation, and Management of Materials.    

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Michelle Obama: who we deserve and need at #alaac18

While many of our national leaders are choosing to be divisive, Michelle Obama is showing us what it means to be inspiring, compassionate, and a champion for children.  During her conversation with Carla Hayden at the Opening General Session she spoke about the importance of fostering connections and helping children realize their full potential, especially those who may be experiencing challenges. She talked about a White House mentoring program for kids that helped build confidence and a sense of ownership. Her statement that resonated with me the most was about how we as adults have the opportunity to positively impact a child’s life every time we engage them. “This one interaction could be the one that changes this child’s life.” I find this to be so true. My mentor Thom Barthelmess always says, “Each visit to the library is a formative experience.” As librarians and professionals working with young people…

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Greetings from ALA Annual 2018

Greetings! I am on a break from Bridging the Tech Gap session at #alaac18. This is my first ALA conference, and I am already geeking out over everything. Loving this session about how to incorporate youth in planning events and using technology in the library. Youth start as users, then testers, then informants, and, eventually design partners. Ask open-ended questions! Be a “guide on the side” rather than a “sage on the stage.” Getting great ideas and meeting/working with wonderful librarians from all over the country!

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#alamw17 Scholastic Literary Event

This morning’s Scholastic Literary Event spotlighted some fantastic middle grade fiction. Four authors were there to present readings from their newest books: Gordon Korman, whose newest book, Restart, looks at a bully who’s lost his memory and is finding he’s a very different person – if everyone around him will let him be. Natasha Tarpley, whose novel, Harlem Charade, blends mystery and art, with a protagonist who’s living on the streets and trying to find out what happened to his grandfather, who was attacked. Madelyn Rosenberg and Wendy Wan-Long Shang, whose novel, This is Just a Test, takes an often hilarious look at a Chinese-American Jewish boy in the early 1980s, who’s worried about nuclear war and his two warring grandmothers. Each author gave a brief talk, introduced his or her book, and, in a fun departure from the usual author readings, engaged the other authors in creating a little…