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REFORMA and the Children in Crisis Task Force

Art from "The Arrival"

Thousands of unaccompanied refugee children fleeing violence in their home countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have crossed the United States border and turned themselves in where they are being held in detention centers and placed in removal proceedings. In June 2014, at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos & the Spanish Speaking) decided to form the Children in Crisis Task Force to get books into the hands of these children while their future is determined. The Children in Crisis Task Force Co-Chairs are looking for ways  to partner with immigrant youth centers. Co-Chair Patrick Sullivan states, “Vendors are waiting in the wings ready to donate books.” Through monetary donations REFORMA is ready to purchase books, backpacks and school supplies. In September 2014, National REFORMA President Silvia Cisneros personally delivered the first shipment of donated books to McAllen,…

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Exciting Changes for ALSC on Pinterest

More links and pins are coming to the ALSC and Dí­a Pinterest accounts! In an effort to increase the material pinned to the Pinterest account, all ALSC committees will have the opportunity to maintain their own boards and content. ALSC committees will then be able to share relevant blog posts, links, and resources that relate to their committee’s work and charge. Committee chairs that are interested in using social media should contact Amy Koester, chair of Public Awareness Committee at amy(dot)e(dot)koester(at)gmail(dot)com. ALSC’s Public Awareness Committee will continue to maintain the Dí­a page, but with more regularly pinned content. Look for new ideas and inspiration to bring your Dí­a programming up to the next level. We’re looking forward to the changes that will be taking place and hope that members will find loads of useful information about the work that ALSC is doing! If you have any suggestions for boards or…

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Dí­a Family Book Clubs

With signs of spring just around the corner El dí­a de los niños/ El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/ Book Day), which occurs annually on April 30th,  is quickly approaching! This nationally recognized initiative, commonly referred to as Dí­a, focuses on the importance of literacy for all children from all cultural backgrounds. One common goal of  Dí­a programming is, “to recognize and respect culture, heritage and language as powerful tools for strengthening families and communities”.  A great way to align programming with this goal as April nears is by starting a Dí­a Family Book Club in your community. The Dí­a Family Book Club is an exciting literature program that cultivates a lifelong passion for learning! Children and families delight in the shared reading of contemporary book titles in which they learn about families from different cultures. The program not only provides a wonderful opportunity for families to share stories…