Hear Ye! Hear Ye! | August 2017

Member News 

ALSC News: Next Community Forum | Fall Mentoring Program | Fall Online CoursesCAL Wins Award | Nominate for Professional Awards | Suggest Titles for Media Awards | New Media Lists | Program Proposals Welcome | Oral History Project Adds | Ready to Code Grants | Morris Seminar Apps Open

ALA News: Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion | Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament | I Love My Librarian Award

Field Notes: Museum Day Live! | New Travel Grant for Lit Research |  USBBY Award Deadline Extended

Member News 

Book Cover Image: Pet CrazyBook cover image: Stories, Songs, and StretchesSylvia Vardell, Texas Woman's University, is co-editor, with Janet Wong, of Pet Crazy: A Poetry Friday Power Book (Pomelo Books, 2017), a new interactive story-in-poems for children. Pet Crazy features twelve "PowerPacks" of creative activities to get youngsters (K-3) thinking, drawing, reading, and writing about cats, dogs, lizards, and other prized pets. The book features the poetry of Kristy Dempsey, Helen Frost, Eric Ode, Padma Venkatraman, Carole Boston Weatherford, and many others, and illustrations by Franzi Paetzold.
 
Katie Scherrer authored Stories, Songs, and Stretches!: Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement (ALA, 2017), which shows how to use yoga and movement to create playful, active storytimes. A complete guide for library staff and others serving young children, this resource draws on the author's experience as a children’s librarian and a yoga teacher, as well as research from the health and education fields.
 

Next Community Forum: Social Justice Practice in Youth Librarianship

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, assistant professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Jessica Anne Bratt, youth services manager, Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library, and ALSC President Nina Lindsay, will host the next ALSC Community Forum live chat on Monday, August 14, on "Social Justice Practice in Youth Librarianship." The forum will include live text discussion with the opportunity to ask questions to presenters.
 
Circling back to this segment of the "Libraries Are Not Neutral Spaces" program held at the ALA 2017 Annual Conference, we will reopen discussion on tangible practices of social justice advocacy. How do we practice talking about race and modeling inclusion in storytime?  How can we work with colleagues in actual practice of social justice dialogue? At this community forum, we will have a conversation in order to move from conversation, so that each of us can return to our work with a new practice.
 
Start time for the August 14  forum is -- 4pm Eastern -- 3pm Central -- 2pm Mountain -- 1pm Pacific
 
Members are invited to view "3 Ways to Speak English" by Jamila Lyiscott and the Anderson Cooper Doll Test before the forum. 
 
The forum will take place on Adobe Connect. ALSC members will receive an email about the forum a few days prior to the event. Members will also be able to access a link to the live forum via the ALSC website using their ALA username and password. An archived webcast will be available to all members after the live session has been completed. 
 

Applications Open for Fall Mentoring Program 

ALSC Mentoring Program logoAdministered by the Membership and Managing Children's Services committees, the ALSC Mentoring Program seeks to match individuals for a one-year period with the following objectives:
  • Build skills and confidence of early career children’s librarians and those new to the profession;
  • Encourage personal and professional connections;
  • Give members the opportunity to acquire peer-taught skills;
  • Re-energize and re-invigorate members in their work;
  • Create interest and familiarity with ALSC committee service and participation;
  • Build familiarity with ALSC’s Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries; and
  • Foster the development of a new cohort of leaders.
Mentee applicants need not be ALSC or ALA members. Mentor applicants must be ALSC members and should have experience working in the field of children’s librarianship or children’s literature. 
 
Have we piqued your interest? Visit the Mentoring Program webpage for complete details. The application period closes Friday, September 1, 2017. 
 

Fall Online Courses from ALSC 

ALSC's Fall 2017 online courses begin Monday, September 25, and registration is open. This season's offerings include:
 
NEW! Making Your Makerspace Work (5 weeks, September 25 - October 27, 2017)
Instructor: Christian Sheehy, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Xavier University
 
You are planning (or already have) a makerspace! This course provides concrete tips for engaging your users in exciting ways while helping them overcome the “intimidation factor” of using potentially complex (and expensive) equipment in a new and unfamiliar space. No matter what planning stage you are in for your makerspace, these tips will ensure you are better prepared for any unexpected challenges so you can stop worrying and start making! 
 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy (4 weeks, September 25 - October 20, 2017, 1.2 CEUs)
Instructor: Angela Young, Head of the Children's Department, Reed Memorial Library
 
Our children are lagging behind in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Schools have begun to concentrate on providing better education in these areas and now libraries are being asked to provide the same. Learn how to provide educational programs using STEM without going to school to become a scientist.
 
The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future (6 weeks, September 25 – November 3, 2017)
Instructor: KT Horning, Director, Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin- Madison
 
What does it mean when we recommend Newbery Award winners to the children in our communities? Should the ALA seal of approval stand for 100 years? Why is that gold medal often considered the “kiss of death” by kids?  How can we help parents and teachers understand what the Newbery Medal is – and isn’t?  This 6-week online course will give participants a solid grounding in the history of the Medal and how it’s changed over time; an opportunity to read, discuss and consider past and present Newbery winners with their colleagues from across the nation; a chance to talk to former Newbery Committee members and a Newbery author, and suggestions for programming using Newbery-winning books.
 
Detailed descriptions, pricing, and registration information is available on the ALSC website. Questions? Please contact ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo.
 

Children & Libraries Wins Award

Logo: 2017 Apex Award WinnerCongratulations to editor Sharon Verbeten, members of the Editorial Advisory committee, and contributors to ALSC's journal, Children and Libraries (CAL), recipient of a 2017 Apex Grand Award for publication excellence in the category of Magazines, Journals & Tabloids. Of more than 1,360 entries in APEX 2017, only 100 received Grand Awards, the highest recognition the Apex judges can confer.
 
Apex Awards are given for excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and overall communications. According to Apex judges, “The visuals in [CAL] are excellent, … the copy shines, with superb, well-researched and very well presented features, each a resource in itself for librarians working with children. A valuable resource for professionals in the field.”
 
Access digital issues of CAL online anytime.  
 

Help Us Award Our Members

Applications are open for many of ALSC's professional awards and grants. This year more than $100,000 will be given away in professional awards, grants, and scholarships. Opportunities include:
  • Bechtel Fellowship
  • Penguin Young Readers Group Award
  • Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant
  • Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award
  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved Grant
  • Bookapalooza
 

Book Awards & Notables - Send Us Your Suggestions 

ALSC welcomes suggestions from members for the 2018 book awards. The deadline for submissions is October 15. Please use the appropriate webform to submit your suggestion. 

Recommended Media Lists from ALSC and ALA

Evergreen Audiobooks 2017 is the latest set of recommended titles from ALSC. The Quicklists Consulting committee developed the lists to remind book-lovers that listening to a book can be a great way to enjoy a story and explore new vocabulary. Titles are broken down into three age categories: PreK to grade 3; grades 2-5; and grades 6-8. A master list includes all the titles, PreK through grade 8. 
 
Reading Beyond cover image
Earlier this summer, the ALA-CBC (American Library Association & Children’s Book Council) joint committee released the Reading Beyond lists: 75 challenging and age-appropriate books for children who read at an advanced level. 
 
The full list of 75 titles is available as a downloadable handout with full annotations and a title and author listing by category. There are 25 titles included in each of three categories:
 
Kindergarten-1st graders reading at a 3rd grade level;
2nd-3rd graders reading at a 5th grade level; and
4th-5th graders reading at a 7th grade level.
 
The full list (without annotations) is also posted on the CBC website
 

Submit Program Proposals for the 2018 ALSC Institute & ALA 2018

Logo: New Orleans ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition/June 21-26, 2018ALSC is now accepting proposals for innovative programs for the ALA 2018 Annual Conference and the 2018 ALSC National Institute. Hurry, time is running out! Submissions for both events are due soon. Please note: Each conference has its own site for submitting a proposal.
 
ALA 2018 Annual Conference. Please note that ALSC's Call for Proposals is being hosted through ALA's Call for Proposals site. The submission deadline is Tuesday, September 5. Once on the ALA submission site, select "ALSC" as your submission unit. The 2018 Annual Conference is scheduled for June 21-26, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
 
Logo: ALSC 2018 National Institute - Cincinnati, OhioALSC 2018 National Institute. Please visit the ALSC Institute webpage for the submission form and instructions. All proposals must be submitted by Friday, August 25. The 2018 National Institute is scheduled for September 27-29 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
 
ALSC committees, members, and other interested individuals are welcome to submit a proposal. 

 

Additions to ALSC's Oral History Project

ALSC recently released additional interviews in its oral history collection. ALSC's oral history interviews provide a marvelous opportunity to learn more about integral members in ALSC's history.
 
Clip from the cover of the Effie Lee Morris interview PDFEffie Lee Morris, interviewed by Linda Geistlinger and Virginia Walter
Effie Lee Morris was a pioneer of library service to children and a highly influential advocate for public libraries. Her distinguished career began in 1946 at Cleveland Public Library; she went on to work at the New York Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library. A highly active ALA member throughout her career, Morris helped to establish the Coretta Scott King Awards, among numerous other groundbreaking contributions. Morris received the Black Caucus of the American Library Association’s Trailblazer Award, and in 2008, one year before her death, she was named an ALA Honorary Member.
 
William C. Morris, interviewed by Barbara Immroth
William C. Morris was vice president/director of library promotion at HarperCollins Children’s Books and an influential advocate for children’s librarians and literature. During his career of nearly five decades, Morris had an immeasurable impact on how books for youth are marketed. The first recipient of the ALSC Distinguished Service Award, Morris was a longtime ALSC member and friend, and he remembered ALA in his will. The ALSC William C. Morris Endowment currently funds “The Bill Morris Seminar: Children’s Book Evaluation Training,” and a “Breakfast for Bill” program, at the ALSC National Institute.
 

Applications Sought for Libraries Ready to Code Grants

young lady at laptop with an adult pointing at the screen ALA has opened the application period for grants to develop public and school library programming that promotes computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) among youth. The grant opportunity is the latest phase of the Libraries Ready to Code (RtC) initiative of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), sponsored by Google. Proposals will be accepted through August 31 and selected libraries will be announced in October.
 
Through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process, a cohort of 25-50 libraries will be selected to receive grants of up to $25,000 to design and implement youth coding programs that incorporate Ready to Code concepts. Through these programs, the library cohort will collaboratively develop, pilot, and rapidly iterate a “Ready to Code” toolkit containing a selection of CS resources for libraries and an implementation guide.
 
A selection committee including librarians from OITP and ALA’s three youth divisions--ALSC, the  American Association of School Librarians (AASL), and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)--will review applications and select the grant recipients. YALSA will administer the grant program.
 
Detailed information about the RtC grants, including the RFP and FAQs related to the program, are available on the ALA website.
 

2018 Bill Morris Seminar Applications Now Open!

William MorrisALSC is seeking applications, due September 14, for the 2018 ALSC Bill Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation, scheduled for Friday, February 9, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The seminar brings new ALSC members and members with limited evaluation experience together with those who have served on ALSC’s media evaluation committees in an environment conducive to training and mentorship in the group process and children’s media evaluation techniques. The seminar will result in new and emerging leaders for future ALSC evaluation committees.
 
The ALSC William C. Morris Endowment will support those selected to attend the training seminar by offering the seminar at no charge to the attendee. This includes all materials, breakfast, and lunch. To help defray additional costs for hotel and other expenses, a $300 stipend for each attendee will be provided from the Morris Endowment.
 
Selected attendees will be required to complete pre-seminar readings and assignments so that they are able to fully participate on the day of the seminar. This will include reading articles, books, and materials for discussion.
 
For complete information and a link to the online application, please visit the seminar webpage
 

ALA/Affiliates: Joint Statement on Libraries & Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

On August 3, the American Library Association, The American Indian Library Association, Asian Pacific American Librarians Association, Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Chinese American Librarians Association, REFORMA (The National Association to Promote Library & Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) and the Joint Council for Librarians of Color issued a joint statement on equity, diversity, and inclusion.
 
The statement began, "Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of our associations, as we believe that as a profession we must continue to support the creation of a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive society. On June 27, 2017, the Council of the American Library Association approved a new interpretation of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the ALA Library Bill of Rights. The interpretation (developed by the Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom) reaffirms our shared commitment to the role that libraries of all types – public, academic, school, and special – must play in effecting equity, diversity, and inclusion in the communities and institutions they serve. It also provides a concrete framework for insuring that every library’s policies and practices, collections and programs reflect these values."
 
To read the statement in full, see the press release
 

Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament at Your Library

Logo: Rebel Reader Twitter TournamentALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is well underway with preparations for Banned Books Week (September 24-30), the annual celebration of the freedom to read.
 
This year, OIF is harnessing the strength of social media by hosting a Rebel Reader Twitter Tournament to encourage readers to tweet about library resources, the First Amendment, and banned books using the hashtag #RebelReader. Eligible tweets using the hashtag will be entered in a drawing for literary prizes.
 
In addition to the ALA-sponsored tournament at a national level, OIF invites libraries to partner with the Office and encourage their community to participate locally. Libraries that register will be added to the Rebel Reader Partners webpage, displaying the library’s logo, web URL, and Twitter handle. Participating libraries also will receive a digital toolkit packed with resources to promote the Tournament, including social media art, web ads, customizable flyers, and sample tweets. 
 
Even though "littles" under 13 can’t tweet, OIF will have coloring sheets available as free downloads, so even the youngest readers, or readers with young hearts, can participate. 
 
More information is coming soon; if your library is interested in participating, please contact the OIF office at bbw at ala.org
 

Nominate! - I Love My Librarian Award

Logo: I Love My Librarian! 2017 AwardNominations for the 2017 I Love My Librarian Award are now open and will run through September 18. The award recognizes the service of exceptional public, school, college, community college, and university librarians who have transformed lives and communities through educational opportunities and lifelong learning. 
 
Ten winners will be selected to receive $5,000 and a $500 travel stipend to attend an award ceremony held in their honor at Carnegie Corporation of New York in November. 
 
The nomination form is available online. Tools to help libraries in promoting the award and encouraging community members to submit nominations are also available online
 

Museum Day Live! 

Logo: Smithsonian Magazine: Museum Day Live!Smithsonian magazine has designated Saturday, September 23, the 13th annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States open their doors for free to those who download a branded ticket.
 
This year, Museum Day Live! is partnering with Microsoft to create special interactive lesson plans using Minecraft: Education Edition. Participating museums will be able to download the lesson plans to enhance the Museum Day Live! experience at their facility. The Minecraft: Education Edition extensions will be based on Smithsonian materials. Following the event, Microsoft will provide schools with access to the Minecraft: Education Edition extensions.   
 
To check if a museum near your community is participating, check the list of participating venues. Those wishing to attend and participate in Museum Day Live! can visit the website to learn more and to download a free Museum Day Live! ticket beginning August 25. Each ticket grants the ticketholder, and one guest, free access to any participating museum on September 23. One ticket is permitted per email address. 
 
Museums in all 50 states have already signed up to take part in the 2017 Museum Day Live!, with more than 1,300 museums expected to participate this year. For more information, visit the Museum Day Live! site

New Grant Provides Access to Children’s Books from Other Countries 

Applications are welcome for Clarke Library’s International Children’s Literature Research Grant. The grant funds travel to Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library to conduct research using the international resources found in the library’s Lucile Clarke Memorial Children’s Library. Among the resources are an extensive collection of International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) nominee books and author dossiers, as well as other children’s books from around the world. 
 
Further information, including application forms and eligibility requirements, is available at the library's website. Applications are due no later than January 15, 2018.
 

USBBY Award Deadline Extended 

USBBY logoThe deadline for applications has been extended to September 15 for the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) Bridge to Understanding Award. The award recognizes a program that promotes reading as a way to expand understanding of one or more cultures or countries outside of the United States. The award carries a monetary prize of $1,000 and a certificate.
 
Applications and award criteria are available at the USBBY website.