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Hand in Hand
ALSC Councilor's Report
Thank You to Our Most Recent Donors
Pura Belpré Award Endowment
Friends of ALSC
Linda A. Perkins
B. Allison Gray
Ginny Moore Kruse
Linda A. Perkins
Patrick J. Gall
Lolly H. Gepson
Literacy in the Park
STEM Kits Prove Popular at Multnomah County Library
Fun with Science!
Here at the Wilmette (Ill.) Public Library, we started hands-on science programming for elementary-aged children in summer 2012. We were ready to bring the fun to our preschoolers and their parents – but how? We wanted to work within the framework of Every Child Ready to Read, 2nd edition (ECRR2) to give our patrons a hands-on experience that would convince parents that:
- Science activities are fun
- You don’t have to be an expert; anyone can engage in scientific exploration at home
- Doing science activities at home can help kids build early literacy skills
The Great Caterpillar Catastrophe
Children's Lit & the Digital Age
National Latino Children's Literature Conference
ACL Institute to Address Common Core
The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California (ACL) is hosting its annual institute at the San Francisco Main Public Library on Friday, March 14, 2014. "Your Library Is the Common Core: CCSS, STEM/STEAM, and How Libraries Fit in with the New Push Toward Non-Fiction" will focus on the emphasis of more information books in the classroom, with special attention on how school and public librarians can assist their local schools in the adoption of the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The morning will feature speakers including author Marc Aronson; hands-on STEM/STEAM activities will take place in the afternoon.
Keep up on developing details by visiting the Institute website.Back to top
"Kids and Technology" ConferenceThe New England Roundtable of Teen and Children’s Librarians (part of the New England Library Association) Spring One-Day Conference, “Kids and Technology,” will be held on Friday, March 21, 2014, at Worcester State University from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join us for a full day of presentations about the pros/cons of technology; how we as librarians can better serve teachers and students who are using technology in the classroom; what free resources and social media can be used in the children’s room; and the ever-shifting world of eBooks and what you need to know for your library. For complete details and registration, visit the conference website.
Virginia Hamilton Conference
Expanding Our Worlds, Creating Community: 2014 ALSC Institute
Join ALSC for its 2014 National Institute in Oakland, Calif. on September 18-20, 2014. The Institute is everything you need in one place--programming, keynotes, networking, and much more.
- Education programs will focus on a host of topics, from grant writing to summer lunch at the library, from STEAM programming to technology in children's spaces.
- Presentations will be made by Steve Sheinkin, Tim Federle, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Rita Williams-Garcia, Gene Luen Yang, Mac Barnett, Daniel Handler, Jennifer Holm, and Andrea Davis Pinkney.
- ALSC Connection--free, team-building events--will bring attendees together for fun and networking, opportunities to unwind and enjoy the company of fellow Institute-goers.
- Special events include a trip to Oakland's own Fairyland, featuring close to 40 storybook sets and acres of gardens, and an onsite bookstore and signings.
Hurry, the early bird discount registration rate is available until June 30, 2014. For complete details, visit the Institute website.
ALSC Welcomes New Staffer
Popular Picks for Young Readers
ALSC awards mini-grants to 15 libraries to start Día Family Book Clubs. Late last fall, ALSC awarded 15 libraries mini-grants to start their own Día Family Book Club. The clubs will utilize multi-cultural, multi-lingual, or second language books to provide an opportunity for families in the community to come together. The mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads @ your library grant, generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Grants Available for Multicultural Children's Books
ALSC/PLA Initiative Wins Innovation Prize
Survey of Early Literacy Activities
Curriculum Kits Available
YALSA's Young Adults Deserve the Best curriculum kits are an initiative to help library staff successfully connect to and work with teens in the public or school library. Created by trainers for trainers, directors, or librarians, these kits address teen behavior in the library and how to strengthen teen services through technology. Each kit provides guided training with an introductory paper and literature review, customizable PowerPoints including a complete script and optional group activities, and a list of additional resources. Kits are organized into modules; trainers can teach them individually in one hour segments, or combine them for a full day of training. This curriculum is based on YALSA's national guidelines: Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth. Cost: $175 for digital download; $199 for paper edition with CD containing presentations. Bulk pricing available at 20% off orders of 25 or more. For more information, visit the YALSA website.
Feedback Requested on Revised Accreditation Standards
- Standards Review blog http://www.oa.ala.org/accreditation/, which includes a link to the draft and to the review process documentation leading up to the draft
- Friday, January 24 at 2:00 at the ALISE 2014 Annual Conference
- Sunday, January 26 at 4:30 at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in room PCC-201B (Convention Center)
- Thursday, February 20 at 2:00 at a Virtual Town Hall Meeting via Adobe Connect
Dominican Offers Cutting Edge Webinar
Resources for Serving Children with Autism
Pew Reports on the Value of Libraries
Endangered Species Day -- Libraries Encouraged to Participate
* Creating a display of endangered species books and photos, and a map showing local/state species.
* Inviting an expert to make a presentation.
* Holding a story hour, reading excerpts from an endangered species book.
* Providing children’s activities, such as a coloring table.