ALSC/PLA Initiative Wins Innovation Prize
Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, 2nd Edition
, the parent education initiative stressing early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child’s life, was awarded the 2014 Opening Minds Innovation Award, which honors individuals and organizations whose innovations advance the field of early childhood care and education. The award was announced on January 31 at the Opening Minds USA Conference & Expo in Chicago. Every Child Ready to Read, a joint initiative of ALSC and the Public Library Association (PLA), empowers public libraries to assume an essential role in supporting early literacy within their community.
Survey of Early Literacy Activities
The PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read Evaluation Task Force is conducting a survey on early literacy work to gauge what libraries are doing and where. Please help them out by completing the survey
. Thank you!
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.
Back to top
Feedback Requested on Revised Accreditation Standards
The ALA Committee on Accreditation (COA) has issued a call for comment through October 3, 2014, on the proposed revision to the 2008 Standards for Accreditation of Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies, attached.
Comments may be provided in a number of ways, including:
- 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
The draft is the result of a five-year review effort, detailed at the Standards Review site
. The Committee on Accreditation will review commentary at its fall 2014 meeting with the intent for accredited programs to begin implementation in 2016.
Dominican Offers Cutting Edge Webinar
On Thursday, April 10, 2014, Dominican University is offering a webinar, "A Nature Classroom at the Library for Early Childhood Development," part of the "Cutting Edge Ideas for Public Libraries" webinar series.
Erin Francoeur, Director of the Finney County Public Library in Garden City, Kansas, will talk about how the library's 10,000 square foot outdoor educational space supports public library initiatives including early learning, literacy development, school readiness, entertainment, and community spaces.
Resources for Serving Children with Autism
One in 88 children is identified with an autism spectrum disorder. Research suggests that children with autism benefit from oral reading, songs, and other pre-literacy efforts. San José Public Library and the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s Inclusion Collaborative and Digital Design & Media Services have created training videos and materials
for inclusive storytimes and other literacy services that can better meet the needs of children with autism and other special needs.
This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, as administered in California by the State Librarian and through a collaboration between the San José Public Library, Inclusion Collaborative, and Santa Clara County Office of Education.
Pew Reports on the Value of Libraries
Last December, the Pew Research Center released the report, "How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities." A summary of findings and the complete report are available on the Pew Internet website
Endangered Species Day -- Libraries Encouraged to Participate
Community and school libraries are encouraged to participate in the ninth annual Endangered Species Day on May 16, 2014. First approved by the U.S. Senate in 2006, the purpose of Endangered Species Day is to expand awareness of the importance of endangered species/habitat conservation and to share success stories of species recovery. Every year, Endangered Species Day events are held at libraries, schools, zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, conservation groups, parks, wildlife refuges, and other locations throughout the country.
Libraries can showcase their regular services and special programs, while also celebrating Endangered Species Day. Specific Endangered Species Day activities include:
* 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.
Book Award Announcements
Honoring International Books for Youth.
At the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, the United States Board on Books for Young People ( USBBY) announced its Outstanding International Books List. The new 2014 list is available on the USBBY website as a bookmark
Introducing the New CLEL Bell Awards! Earlier this month, CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) announced the winners of the first-ever CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards, created in 2013 to recognize picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy development in young children. Each of the five winning titles below represents one of the early literacy practices: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. The books, in their content, theme, or design, support caregivers’ interaction with their children through early literacy practices.
The winning titles are:
: Open This Little Book
, by Jesse Klausmeier, illustrated by Suzy Lee (Chronicle Books)
This book celebrates the pleasures of reading, sharing stories, and having a book of your own.
WRITE: The Things I Can Do, by Jeff Mack (Roaring Brook Press)
Hand-written text and exuberant collages illustrate this story of a boy who takes great pride in his accomplishments. Reading skills and writing skills develop together, and the format of this book invites children to see themselves as authors as well as readers.
SING: Nighty-Night, Cooper, by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children)
A small kangaroo requests song after song to help him fall asleep, and his mother obliges by making up her own words to familiar tunes. Singing songs together is a powerful way to build phonological awareness skills and vocabulary, and this winner models how a parent can use songs to create a comforting bedtime routine with a child.
TALK: Moo! by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka (Walker Books for Young Readers)
A very vocal cow commandeers the farmer’s car and sets off on an adventure. The entire story is told with just two words: Moo! and Baa! The speech bubbles and the very limited vocabulary help children make the critical connection between the words we say and the print on the page.
PLAY: Niño Wrestles the World, by Yuyi Morales (Roaring Brook Press)
Niño takes on all the toys in his room with an amazing series of lucha libre wrestling moves. This book joyfully demonstrates the language-rich, open-ended play that contributes to a child’s narrative skills.
2014 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award Winners Announced. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, in partnership with the de Grummond Children’s Literature Collection at The University of Southern Mississippi, have announced the winners of the 28th annual Ezra Jack Keats Book Award. Each year, a new writer and new illustrator are celebrated. The 2014 awards ceremony will be held on April 10th during the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival, at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
The 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award winner is: Ame Dyckman for Tea Party Rules
(Viking/Penguin Group). New Writer honors go to: Pat Zietlow Miller for Sophie’s Squash
(Schwartz & Wade/Random House) and Linda Davick for I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes!
(Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster)
The 2014 Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award winner is: Christian Robinson for Rain! (Houghton Mifflin Books for Children). New Illustrator honors go to: K.G. Campbell for Tea Party Rules (Viking/Penguin Group); Aaron Meshon for Take Me Out to the Yakyu (Atheneum); and Marta Altés for My Grandpa (Abrams).
To be eligible for the Keats Book Award, an author and/or illustrator will have no more than three children’s picture books published prior to the year under consideration.
The 2014 selection committee included Caroline Ward, chair, Rita Auerbach, Carolyn Brodie, Nina Crews, Pat Cummings, Ginny Moore Kruse, Marisabina Russo, Lisa Von Drasek and Paul O. Zelinsky.
Call for Grant Proposals
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression, celebrates the 26th year of its minigrant program with a call for proposals. Approximately 70 grants of $500 each will be awarded to qualifying teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the country. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2014, and decisions will be emailed to all applicants by May 1, allowing educators to plan for the next academic year accordingly. To learn more about the Ezra Jack Keats minigrants and to apply, visit the Ezra Jack Keats website
DiCamillo Takes on New Title
Kate DiCamillo, Newbery Medal Award-winner and honoree, recently was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. DiCamillo will serve in the position during 2014 and 2015, succeeding Walter Dean Myers. She has chosen “Stories Connect Us” for her platform.
The ambassador is named by the Librarian of Congress based on recommendations from a selection committee. The selection criteria include the candidate’s contribution to young people’s literature and ability to relate to children. The ambassador appears throughout the country at events with young people, encouraging them to make reading a central part of their lives.
The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature initiative was established by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader. Financial support for the program is provided by Penguin Young Readers Group, Scholastic Inc., The Lois Lenski Covey Foundation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Random House Children’s Books, and Candlewick Press.
Doodle 4 Google
Doodle 4 Google 2014 is now open for submissions! This year, young artists are encouraged to think big and create their own Google doodle based on the theme: “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place…” The winning doodle will be featured on the Google homepage for a day for millions to see. The winner will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for their school, and they will get to spend the day with the Doodle team to animate their doodle. To inspire the young artists’ in your library, Doodle 4 Google has partnered with Discovery Education
to offer videos and activities
and interactive “Meet the Doodler” Connected Classrooms
sessions where kids can meet Google Doodlers, learn about their process from idea to Doodle, and ask questions along the way. Get the young artists in your library doodling soon because entries must be received by March 20th 2014. Check out Google
for more details.
Writing Contest for Kids
Eztales.com, an online publisher of children's animated read-aloud books, story songs, and more, invites libraries, classrooms, and kids at home to write their own original nursery rhyme. Every story will be published for all to enjoy and the top winning rhyme will be professionally produced as a fully animated interactive book and App available free on computers and mobile devices. Visit EZTales for complete contest information
. No purchase, subscription, or payment is necessary to enter or win.