ALSC Councilor’s Report
Proposed Bylaw Amendment Coming on Spring Ballot
Thank You to Our Most Recent Donors
Belpré Award Endowment
Friends of ALSC
Celebrating colleagues with 25 years of ALSC membership
Sensory Storytime Success - April Is Autism Awareness Month
Two Successful Programs that Won’t Burden or Break the Budget
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-School Partnership Reaches Milestone
CMS teachers and media specialists found creative ways to use the resources. One teacher assistant at an elementary school reported that her first grade class “went on safari” during their media time, using the library resources: TumbleBooks (an online collection of animated talking picture books) and PowerKnowledge (an online science resource for learners in grades 3-6).
- Access Library research databases
- Borrow digital materials such as e-books, e-audiobooks, magazines, music and video
- Borrow up to 10 print or audio books (no DVDs or music CDs)
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Celebrate Ezra Jack Keats' Centennial
This year marks the 100th birthday of the late children’s book author-illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. In honor of Keats’ centennial, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has planned a year-long birthday celebration, including special events, performances, and activities at schools, libraries, and cultural institutions around the country.
Among the various organizations that are partnering with the Foundation to celebrate Keats’ 100th are: Penguin Random House, the University of Southern Mississippi, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Children’s Theater of Minneapolis, the New York City Department of Education, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.
Keats' actual birthday was March 11, 1916, but this year's celebration has already begun with a Keats Birthday Kit
The Birthday Kit is available at no cost and will remain online throughout 2016. Some of the resources included are:
• Read a book...stay for a party! Creative activities with simple instructions highlight selected Keats titles.
• Vintage photographs capture the year 1916. Children will get a glimpse of what America looked like when Ezra was born, learn about historic “firsts” like Thomas Edison’s electric car, and realize that some of the sights they see every day may actually be 100 years old!
• Fun facts reveal the author’s secrets. For example: Ezra included self-portraits in a number of his books, inviting readers to “find Ezra” in their pages.
• Did you know…? Highlights from the author’s life reveal that Ezra was a guest on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” four times, and had a skating rink in Japan named after him in honor of his book Skates.
• Pin the tail on Willie. Just for fun!
Statue of Peter and Willie To Be Declared a Literary Landmark. Keats grew up in Brooklyn, New York, so the borough’s beautiful Prospect Park seemed a fitting spot for a bronze sculpture of two of his beloved characters, Peter and his dog, Willie. Children have gathered there, in the Imagination Playground, for a storytelling hour sponsored by the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation every summer weekend since the statue’s dedication in 1997. In honor of Keats’ 100th birthday, the statue will be declared a literary landmark.
A month-by-month schedule on the foundation website lists activities, events, and dates related to the Keats centennial celebration.
28th Annual Mini-Grant Proposals with a Keats Birthday Twist. The 28th Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program celebrates Keats with a call for proposals that reflect the work and vision of the program’s namesake.
Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the country. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016, and decisions will be emailed to all applicants in early May, allowing educators to plan for the next academic year.
To learn more about grants, including this year’s criteria, visit Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants.
February Community Forum: Summer Reading & Learning
Tickets for 2016 Arbuthnot Lecture Now Available
Institute to Feature Top Creators
Congratulations to ALSC Past President Starr LaTronica. In January, she took over as director of Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, Vermont. Immediately prior, she served as youth services/outreach manager at Four County Library System in New York since 1995. Wishing you the best, Starr!
Take the Everyday Advocacy Challenge
National Readathon Day 2016
Achievement in Library Diversity Research
State of Summer Learning Report
Yang Named to Literary Post
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Endangered Species Day
Community and school libraries are encouraged to participate in the eleventh annual Endangered Species Day on May 20, 2016.
- 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.