ALSC/ALA News: ECRR for Childcare | Registration Open for Spring Online Courses | ALSC Mentor Program Applications | Nominations for 2018 Election Open | Post-Election Support | Board Endorses Privacy Position Paper | NASA@ My Library Resources | ALA Diversity Research Grants
Field Notes: Belpré Publication | Ruano Art Auction | Children's Book Week Sign-Up | "Political Party" Free Screening | Endangered Speciies Day | Youth Innovation Competition | Keats Mini-Grants Call for Proposals | New Bank Street Writer-in-Residence
Olga Valencia Cardenas, Stanislaus County (California) Library, is the recipient of a 2016 I Love My Librarian Award. According to those who nominated her for the award, Olga "lives her mission to bring literacy programs wherever she works; initiating new programs and building relationships with individuals, colleagues, and the community. She has the ability and passion to talk about what is important and the power to communicate in English and Spanish with all different types of people." Congratulations, Olga!
The State Library of Ohio held a dedication ceremony last December for the Floyd Dickman
Children’s Book Collection, a new collection of over 1,500 children’s and teen books available for check-out. The collection is named in memory of children’s literature expert, advocate, and librarian Floyd Dickman, who was a member of ALSC for 30 years. Floyd passed away in June 2015.
The collection began as the Columbus Children’s Collection, a teaching resource of approximately 800 notable children’s books at the Columbus Program of the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science (SLIS). The books were used by Assistant Professor Belinda Boon in her courses. In 2015, when Dr. Boon relocated to the main campus in Kent, home to the Reinberger Children’s Library Center
, the Columbus Children’s Collection was donated to the state library.
ECRR for Childcare Educators
Brand new from ALSC and the Public Library Association is Every Child Ready to Read -- Toolkit for Serving Early Childhood Educators
. This kit, available as a digital download, is primarily targeted to public library staff as a how-to manual to train early childhood educators, including licensed home child care providers, child care center staff, Head Start teachers, preschool teachers, and other child care professionals. The toolkit aims to offer a better understanding of what it means to partner, train, and facilitate learning with early childhood educators whose students are growing in independence and ability as they approach school entry. It includes a basic workshop with options for users to expand the workshop and/or to design additional workshops specific to the needs of your community. Topics include:
constrained and unconstrained skills;
decoding and comprehension;
critical dimensions of language and literacy;
early literacy skills;
early literacy practice; and
early literacy during routines and/or activities.
Registration Open for Spring Online Courses
Register now for a spring online course with ALSC. Classes begin on April 3, 2017. Choose from: Demonstrating ALSC Competencies; STEM Programming Made Easy; and Storytelling with Puppets. For course descriptions and registration information, visit ALSC's online courses webpage
ALSC Mentor Program Applications Open
ALSC recently announced the opening of spring 2017 applications for its ALSC mentoring program, which is open to members and non-members and intended to strengthen connections in the field and build the confidence of a new cohort of leaders. Applications are now open for both mentors and mentees. But, hurry! The application process ends on Friday, February 24, 2017.
The program lasts one year. There are separate applications for mentors and mentees. Mentee applicants need not be ALSC or ALA members. Mentor applicants should be ALSC members. For more information on the Mentoring Program or to apply, please visit the mentoring program webpage
Nominations Open for 2018 Election
Even though the 2017 election calendar is still underway, ALSC's Nominating committee is already developing the ballot for the 2018 election. Nominations, including self-nominations, are now open through March 31, 2017. Candidates who wish to be considered for a 2018-2021 Board of Director position or a 2020 award committee (Caldecott, Newbery, Sibert, or Wilder) should submit a nomination form.
Support for Libraries, Post Election
In the wake of the 2016 election, ALSC has compiled a list of resources
to help librarians support children and families through this time of unrest and uncertainty. ALSC's Core Values include Responsiveness, Inclusiveness, Integrity and Respect. Therefore, when many are feeling vulnerable, disenfranchised, or wary of what the future holds, librarians and ALSC members stand resolute in their commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. To check out the resources and learn more about contributing content, visit the Google document
ALSC Board Endorses YALSA Position Paper on Privacy
Apply to Become a NASA@ My Library Partner!
Engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library resources!
Seventy-five U.S. public libraries will be selected to be NASA@ My Library Partners through a competitive application process to participate in the 18-month project (Phase 1, May 2017 to Oct. 2018), with the opportunity to extend for an additional two-year period (Phase 2, November 2018 to December 2020). Each partner library will receive NASA STEM Facilitation Kits and training. There will be many networking and partnership opportunities as well.
Applications will be accepted until March 22, 2017.
To view the project guidelines and apply online, visit the ALA programming webpage
. The ALA Public Programs Office invites ALA members and nonmembers to apply; membership status will have no impact on your application.
NASA@ My Library is a component of the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net), a hands-on learning network for libraries and their communities across the country. STAR_Net focuses on helping library professionals build their STEM skills by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources. For questions about the NASA@ My Library project, email us at starnet at spacescience.org
ALA Seeks Proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grants
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic that addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science. The application deadline is March 1, 2017. Applicants must be current ALA members.
The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and select up to three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and will be expected to compile the results of their research into a paper and to present and publish the final product in conjunction with the American Library Association within the year following the completion of their research. The duration of the grant is one year.
Belpré Award Book for Sale Online
Did you miss out on the Belpré Award 20th anniversary celebration last summer in Orlando, where ALSC and REFORMA unveiled the new publication, The Pura Belpré Award - 1996–2016: 20 Years of Outstanding Latino Children’s Literature
? Released by Rosen Publishing, the beautiful publication features book covers, synopses, an introduction written by Oralia Garza de Cortés and Sandra Ríos Balderrama, co-founders of the award, and a collection of essays from previous and present award recipients that convey the significance of the award for each winner. The good news? The book is now available for purchase online! You can secure your copy on the Rosen Publishing website
Online Original Art Auction
Participate in Children’s Book Week
The Children's Book Council (CBC) is calling all libraries! Please register by March 1 to be an official 2017 Children’s Book Week event location. We have over 300 libraries, schools, and indie bookstores already signed up, but would like to get to over 500! Please celebrate the 98th annual Children’s Book Week—May 1-7, 2017—with us. Online sign-up is easy and you’ll be listed on our national event map and your young patrons can vote in the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. There will be a 50-winner display contest and your book week participation will count towards a First Book donation to kids in need. In return, you agree to host a Children’s Book Week story time, activity hour, or author/illustrator event, and possibly even a "voting booth" for the kids. You will receive official 2017 Book Week display and activity posters (illustrated by Christian Robinson), downloadable resources including Book Week bookmarks with art by four prominent illustrators, a press release template to help you spread the word to your community, and much more! Registration
is open until March 1. Please email Shaina Birkhead
with any questions.
Host Your Own "Political Party" -- Free Community Screening Opportunity
Now more than ever, there is a need for civics education and engagement—and here are some free media resources that can help. We the Voters: 20 Films for the People
is an anthology of short films, with accompanying educational materials developed by PBS Education
, that focus on nonpartisan issues related to voting, democracy, elections, and US governance.
We the Voters is now offering the opportunity for libraries and other community organizations to host a free local screening and discussion (aka a “Political Party”) to help keep your community informed and engaged in the democratic process. All of the films and materials are available for free, including discussion guides, information about how to host a screening, and resources for keeping audience members engaged afterwards.
Participate in Endangered Species Day
Community and school libraries are encouraged to participate in the 12th annual Endangered Species Day on May 19, 2017.
First approved by the U.S. Senate in 2006, the purpose of Endangered Species Day is to expand awareness of the importance of endangered plant and animal species/habitat conservation, share success stories of species recovery, and highlight the everyday actions people can take. Endangered Species Day events are held at school and public libraries, zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens, conservation groups, parks, wildlife refuges, and other locations throughout the country. If more convenient, school libraries can recognize Endangered Species Day earlier in May.
Libraries can showcase their regular services and special programs, while also celebrating Endangered Species Day. Specific 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.
You’ll find a variety of resources on the Endangered Species Day website
, including event planning information and a reading list, along with color/activity sheets, bookmarks, stickers, and other material that can be downloaded and printed.
Make sure to promote your event on the Endangered Species Day Directory or send your information to David Robinson
, Education Director.
Youth Innovation Competition
The Paradigm Challenge, a global youth innovation competition, challenges students aged 4-18 to generate new ideas for reducing waste in homes, classrooms, communities, or the world. Entries can be inventions, public service announcements, apps, community events, etc. Free lesson plan videos and supporting materials are available at the challenge website. There is no fee to enter and the application deadline is May 1, 2017. Prizes for challenge winners are: $50,000 in teacher grants, $150,000 in student prizes, and all-expense paid patent applications. For more information, visit the Project Paradigm website
Annual Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program Call for Proposals
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, which fosters children’s love of reading and creative expression in our diverse culture, calls for proposals for its Mini-Grant program, now in its 30th year. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. Approximately 60 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to teachers and librarians at public schools and libraries across the country. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants in May, allowing educators time to plan for the next academic year. To learn more about Mini-Grants, visit Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants
Yeh Is Latest Bank Street Writer-in-Residence
This spring, renowned children’s book author Kat Yeh will work with fourth grade students at the Bank Street School for Children in New York as the school’s third annual Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence. Yeh, who is the author of several award-winning titles including The Truth About Twinkie Pie and The Friend Ship, will spend two weeks beginning in April helping children develop their skills as creative writers.
Established in 2015, the Dorothy Carter Writer-in-Residence program invites a prominent author to work with School for Children students each spring on different forms of writing. The program honors the legacy of Dorothy Carter, Bank Street College’s first African-American faculty member, Broadway actress, chair of the former Bank Street Writers Lab, and writer of highly-acclaimed children’s books.
Past Writers-in-Residence include 2017 Newbery honoree Adam Gidwitz and 2015 Newbery medalist Kwame Alexander.