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Time to Contact Your Senators #ESEA

Thanks, in no small part, to all of your calls and emails, the House of Representatives passed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will reauthorize the ESEA if approved. As mentioned in his blog post about the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) last month, ALSC President Andrew Medlar gave us the heads-up that this second call to action would be critical to ensure that a reauthorization includes these hard-fought school library provisions. Now is the time for the final push! The Senate is expected to vote early next week and it is critical that both of your US Senators hear from you. Ask them to, “vote YES on the ESSA Conference Report” and take a moment to let them know how librarians and school libraries positively impact children’s lives and communities. Visit ALA’s Action Center to locate your Senators and stay up to date on this historic vote….

ALSC Online Courses

New Semester of ALSC Online Courses!

Start 2016 fresh with new skills and program ideas! Registration for Winter 2016 ALSC online courses is now open. Classes begin Monday, January 4, 2016. One of the courses being offered this semester are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options. It’s Mutual: School and Public Library Collaboration 6 weeks, January 4 – February 12, 2016 Instructor: Rachel Reinwald, School Liaison and Youth Services Librarian, Lake Villa District Library Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy 4 weeks, January 4 – 29, 2016, CEU Certified Course, 1.2 CEUs Instructor: Angela Young,…

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Fight for School Libraries! #ESEA

Calling all Everyday Advocates! The fight for school libraries is real, and it needs you to make a difference. Congress is poised to act definitively on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) very soon. According ALA’s Washington Office, we could know as early as next week if watershed language for school libraries, included in the Senate’s Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177), makes it into this federal education bill. This means there is important work for all of us to do! The last time Congress passed an education bill they left out school libraries and our kids’ futures can’t afford for that to happen again. As soon as the Washington Office learns what is in the new compromise bill language, they will be posting an alert to the Legislative Action Center with instructions for how you can help (including talking points you can use to call, email, and Tweet…

ALSC Online Courses

ALSC Online Courses – Fall 2015

ALSC encourages participants to sign up for Fall 2015 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, September 14, 2015. One of the courses being offered this semester is eligible for continuing education units (CEUs). The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options. For more information on ALSC online learning, please visit: www.ala.org/alsced It’s Mutual: School and Public Library Collaboration 6 weeks, September 14 –October 23, 2015 Instructor: Rachel Reinwald, School Liaison/Youth Services Librarian, Lake Villa District Library Storytelling with Puppets 4 weeks, September 14 – October 9, 2015, CEU Certified Course, 2.2 CEUs Instructor: Steven…

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Back to School Connections

Recently I attended a meet-and-greet at one of our local public libraries. This library is located near one of our elementary schools. Along with my fellow district librarians, I’d been invited to the event as a kickoff to the new school year. Although it was – and still is – a busy time for school librarians (book displays, helping teachers, moving shelves, getting virtual and physical spaces ready), I thought it was important to attend. Indeed, I was so very glad (and honored) that I did! Along with the pastries (my favorite was the blueberry coffee cake) and coffee, there were enthusiastic introductions and reconnections. We met staff members, heard about recent summer programming, and upcoming kidlit author visits. (I’ve already put them on my calendar.) I was given an “I Love My Library” button. I think I’ll wear it every day! (Image courtesy of the author) A tour of…

Professional Development

A Meta Moment

Hmmm…an ALSC post referring to an ALSC post.  How meta, you say. I left the public library arena in 2001 when I moved to my current position as a school librarian.  There was indeed some culture shock, but being part of an amazing team helped me settle in nicely.  It’s a super supportive environment when it comes to trying new things with the curriculum and generally speaking I know that most things I want to try will happen. That said, there are a few things about public library service that I still miss all these years later.  Outreach is one of those things. I was incredibly inspired when I read the post Serving At-Risk Daycares, by LSSPCC.  The moment I read the post, the wheels started turning in my own brain and I started wondering how to work this kind of outreach into my own job description.  As a school…

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Mock Newbery Book Club

October still feels like the beginning of the school year, but it is approaching the end of the publishing year.  So for me, it is time to take stock of the year’s best books, and begin the process of narrowing the list to the 6-8 titles we will use with our annual Mock Newbery book club of 4th through 6th graders. Our Newbery club meets once per week, beginning in November culminating with a party following the announcement of the actual award (January28th this year) for a total of about eight to ten weekly meetings depending how the holidays land.  Attendance is nice for discussing the books, but not required to participate. Our meetings are held before school, and some of our truly avid readers stay up way too late to get to school early! Everyone participates by filling out a Newbery Club Score Card when they finish a book. …