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An Interview with Rex Ogle

Last month, the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) rolled out its second toolkit page for children’s librarians. This page was devoted to providing programs and services for children facing homelessness and/or financial insecurity.  Author Rex Ogle, who wrote the debut memoir Free Lunch about his experiences with poverty during childhood, offered a few additions to our toolkit. We invited him to chat with us about how librarians can help children in this often overlooked population. 

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When Early Literacy Research Feels Personal

Recently, one of the important little ones in my life was diagnosed as having autism. Leading up to the diagnosis, I’ve become increasingly focused on how best to continue to encourage his love of books (as an 11 month old, he had the longest attention span and joy for stories of any baby I’ve known) and thinking about what research tells us that might inform how best to present a early literacy storytime for him. Our ALSC Early & Family Literacy Committee discusses at each meeting our plans for our regular second Sunday of the month blog posting and at our September meeting, I confidently declared, “I’ll do something on the research about autism, early literacy and storytimes”. Then I promptly searched databases for peer-reviewed sources and tried to get my poor brain to process the language of research journals. I printed three articles and brought them back and forth…

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New Toolkit to Help Youth Experiencing Financial Insecurity and Homelessness

Colorful mural on wall of homeless shelter

The Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers (LSUCTC) committee is devoting the 2020-2021 calendar year to creating a vibrant, dynamic toolkit that provides ALSC members with up-to-date resources for working with marginalized populations.  Each toolkit page will provide professional and leisure reading recommendations, support for programming, and materials for families.  As dynamic documents, these pages will continue to grow and develop as we find new resources, share our experiences, and continue to learn. October’s LSUCTC Toolkit focuses on youth and families experiencing homelessness and financial insecurity. One national estimate concluded that the number of public school children in grades pre-kindergarten through 12th who experienced homelessness during the 2017-2018 school year was a staggering 1.5 million (source: National Overview from the National Center for Homeless Education). With the current instability brought about by the pandemic, it seems reasonable to assume these numbers have increased. Youth experiencing homelessness may try…

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LSUCTC Toolkit: seeking topic suggestions

In July, the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee announced our plan for the 2020-2021 calendar year:  creating a vibrant, dynamic toolkit that provides ALSC members with up-to-date resources for working with marginalized populations.  As a dynamic document, these pages will continue to grow and develop as we find new resources, share our experiences, and continue to learn from each other. In August, we released our first toolkit page with resources for autism and other sensory processing disorders.  In developing this resource, we realized that in order to provide relevant, meaningful content we need to also provide ourselves time and space to curate those resources.   As much as we would love to bring you a new toolkit page every month, we’ve found it’s much more realistic to plan for a new resource every other month.  In the other months, we hope to highlight a program or “unpack”…

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Toolkit: Autism and Sensory Processing Disorders

The Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee is devoting the 2020-2021 calendar year to creating a vibrant, dynamic toolkit that provides ALSC members with up-to-date resources for working with marginalized populations. Each toolkit page will provide professional and leisure reading recommendations, support for programming, and materials for families.  As dynamic documents, these pages will continue to grow and develop as we find new resources, share our experiences, and continue to learn. This month, our focus is serving children who have autism and other sensory processing disorders.  As our understanding of these children and their needs increases, libraries are recognizing an important role in supporting these families in their community.  This may involve specialized resources, adapted programming, and community partnerships to support children and their caregivers.  We are hoping to use this opportunity to bring awareness to the unique considerations of library service to this population, provide support…

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New Year, New Us

In the past several years, one of the critical responsibilities of the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers (LSUCTC) Committee was to administer and oversee all components of the Light the Way grant. It was a mighty responsibility, and one we quite enjoyed. With the grant moving to the Programs & Services Recognition Committee this year, our committee saw this as an opportunity to provide more resources to children’s librarians who serve marginalized populations. In 2015, our committee rolled out a toolkit for librarians. It was filled with resources, community organizations, and research related to eight different underserved populations. Long have we sought to revisit these resources and update them. Last year, we solicited feedback from ALSC members about the toolkit, and we were disheartened by two pieces of evidence: 1.) the information in our toolkit was perceived as outdated and/or not particularly useful and, perhaps more alarmingly,…

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Candlewick “Light the Way” Grant: Meet our Previous Winners

If you are wondering if your project would be a good fit for the Light the Way Grant you are not alone. I am going to share a bit about some of our most recent winners and a few pointers on what we look for when we are reviewing applications to help you create a successful application. What are we looking for? Unique & innovative programs Specific details about the population and its needs Thorough details about the proposed program with clear explanations of how the program fills the population’s needs in a way that isn’t currently being met Project coordinator has made community partnerships, but those partnerships only partially fill a need; we are looking for a demonstration of efforts to connect with others in the community in order to expand services Very specific timeline and budget A Few of Our Amazing Winners: New Carrollton Library, Literacy & Library…

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The ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” Grant is now open!

Does your library need funding to launch or expand a service/program for an underserved population? Is your idea innovative and impactful to your community? Apply now for the Light the Way Grant! The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) are now accepting online applications for the 2020 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Candlewick Press in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, will go to a library conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done. Applicants must be members of the American Library Association and applications must be submitted by December 1, 2019.   Contact the co-chairs of the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers committee, Erin Lovelace and Joe Prince, with…