ALSC/ALA News: Fader Funds Spectrum Scholarship | Spring Online Courses Registration | Latest Resources from ALSC | Apply to Host 2020 Arbuthnot with Gaiman | Call for DSA Nominations | Dollar General Grant Recipients | Celebrate CBW with a Literary Landmark | New ALA Library Award | "Promising Practice" Libraries
Field Notes: DÍa Grants Available | New Award for Translated YA Books | AICL's Best Books of 2018 | Tejas Star Reading List | 2019 Keats Mini-Grant Program | ALSC Partners with WGBH to Introduce New Resource
Congratulations to Paula Kelly, Whitehall Public Library, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Paula was among ten winners of the 2018 I Love My Librarian Award, which honors librarians who go above and beyond traditional library service.
Esther's Gragger: A Toyshop Tale of Purim, written by Martha Seif Simpson and illustrated by Durga Yael Bernhard, was published by Wisdom Tales on January 7, 2019. Young Esther Gragger, like her namesake, Queen Esther, displays courage and wit when a bully tries to steal her gragger. Kudos, Martha!
The Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) Advisory Council developed Floyd’s Pick, a book award presented in memory of children’s literature expert, advocate, librarian, and long-time ALSC member Floyd Dickman. The award is given annually to a book written by an Ohio author or illustrated by an Ohio illustrator that is representative of high-quality literature created for children. The 2019 winner is The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, born in Columbus, Ohio, and illustrated by Rafael López. For more on the winning book and honor books, visit the State Library of Ohio website.
ALSC gratefully acknowledges Ellen Fader, ALSC past president and 2017 Distinguished Service Award winner, for her donation to the Spectrum Scholarship for a sixth year. Her contribution will support a student through the 2019-2020 school term. Scholarship recipients will be named in June 2019. Many thanks to Ellen for her generous donation and continued support of and commitment to increasing diversity in the profession.
ALSC's Spring course offerings include:
- Contemporary Issues in Action: Ethics for Librarians
- Full STREAM Ahead: How to take Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to the next level with maker kits
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy
- Storytelling with Puppets
Courses begin Monday, April 1 and run four, five, or six weeks. Fees are $115 for personal ALSC members; $165 for personal ALA members; and $185 for non-members.
For course descriptions and registration information, visit ALSC's online courses page. Questions? Please contact ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo by email or at 1 (800) 545-2433 ext 4026.
To Tech or Not to Tech [PDF/91kb] is a bibliography created for ALSC by Kathleen Campana, J. Elizabeth Mills, Marianne Martens, Claudia Haines, and Tess Prendergast, presenters of the ALA Hot Topics presentation, To Tech or Not to Tech: The Debate and the Research around Technology, Young Children, and the Library, held during the 2018 Annual Conference.
Building a Home Library Book Lists. The ALA-Children’s Book Council (CBC) Joint Committee, with cooperation from ALSC’s Quicklists Consulting committee, has updated the four Building a Home Library bibliographies to provide guidance to parents, grandparents, and others interested in assembling a high-quality library for their children at home. When creating these lists the committee looked to include tried and true classics; under the radar gems; multicultural books; and new, yet notable, reads for all ages. The book lists are available to download on the ALSC book lists webpage.
Applications are now being accepted to host the 2020 Arbuthnot Honor Lecturing featuring Neil Gaiman. The application form is online and is due by May 15. The lecture will take place in April or early May 2020, on a date to be arranged at the mutual convenience of the lecturer and the host institution.
Further details are on the application webpage. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Von Drasek, 2020 Arbuthnot Lecture Chair.
The 2020 Distinguished Service Award Committee invites you to nominate a fellow ALSC member who has made a significant contribution to library services for children and ALSC. You are encouraged to recommend an individual, currently working or retired, who is a youth services librarian, a library science educator, or a publishing professional whose work deserves recognition.
Further information on the criteria and nomination form is available online.
If you have questions, please contact Mary Beth Dunhouse, 2020 DSA chair, or speak with a DSA Committee member: Shelley Diaz, Doris Gebel, Debra Gold, or Susannah Richards.
ALSC has received a $124,528 Youth Literacy grant from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to help libraries provide out-of-school time STEAM learning for children. ALSC will award fourteen $5,000 Strengthening Communities Through Libraries minigrants to ALSC personal members in public libraries whose libraries are within 20 miles of a Dollar General corporate or retail location. In addition, ALSC will develop supplemental resources that will be made widely available to support the out-of-school time programming of libraries and their community partners. This is the third year ALSC will use its grant funds to support out-of-school time STEAM programming.
The 2019 Minigrant Recipients are: Bristol Public Library (CT); Broward County Library (FL); Burbank Public Library (CA); Calvert Library (MD); Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (NY); Cuyahoga County Public Library (OH); Grapevine Public Library (TX); Hamtramck Public Library (MI); Lane Libraries (OH); Lawrence Public Library (KS); Orange County Library System (FL); Roselle Public Library (IL); Springfield-Greene County Library District (MO); and Ypsilanti District Library (MI). For more information, see ALSC's Grants & Partnerships page.
Since 2015, communities around the country have celebrated Children’s Book Week by dedicating a Literary Landmark plaque at a site that has a connection to a children’s author or a particular children's book. The Literary Landmark Register is a project of United for Libraries, a division of ALA.
This year marks the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week, which will be celebrated throughout 2019; and Literary Landmarks can be dedicated throughout the year as well. To find out more about Literary Landmarks, visit http://www.ala.org/united/products_services/literarylandmarks.To learn more about Children’s Book Week, April 29-May 5, 2019, visit http://everychildareader.net/cbw/.
ALA Council approved the new Penguin Random House Library Award for Innovation Through Adversity during the Midwinter Meeting in January.
The award, which ALA intends to present at its Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., recognizes the staff of U.S. libraries who overcome adversity to create lasting innovative community service programs that inspire and connect with readers.
The award is open to public, school, and academic libraries. The $10,000 cash prize given to a library is sponsored by the Penguin Random House Foundation. In addition, four runner-up awards consisting of $1,000 in Penguin Random House books will be awarded to eligible libraries.
Nominations are now being accepted and must show evidence of hardship, including economic difficulties or natural disasters, and must demonstrate successful partnership(s) that work to overcome the hardship. Partners can include schools, local business, museums, and other community organizations. The award application is available online. The deadline for submissions is March 16. The award will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 23, during the ALA President’s Program.
ALA's Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, announced 10 libraries to receive a “Promising Practice” award for programs they designed for Computer Science Education (CS Ed) Week in December 2018.
Programs developed by the Promising Practice libraries connected to one or more of the Libraries Ready to Code themes: broadening participation, incorporating youth interests, engaging with communities and families, and demonstrating impact through outcomes. For the list of winners, see the ALA press release.
The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature (CSMCL) is pleased to announce grants for your library's 2019 Día program, El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children's Day/Book Day), with an African American focus. The grant award amount is $500 in selected multicultural children's books for your library. Grant information and the application are at the CSMCL website.
Applications must be received by February 28 and winners will be announced on or about March 1. The 2019 Día event must be held on or about April 30, 2019.
The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative (GLLI) is a group of translators, librarians, editors, publishers, and others dedicated to helping librarians identify and promote world literature for children, teens, and adults. They recently established the GLLI Translated YA Book Award to recognize publishers, translators, and authors of books in English translation for young adult readers and to encourage youth to read more widely.
To learn more, visit GLLI online.
The American Indians in Children's Literature announced its Best Books of 2018 in December. The titles, most by Native writers, are listed in the following categories: Graphic Novels, Board Books, Picture Books, books for Middle Grades, and Young Adult books. The list is available on the AICL blog. https://americanindiansinchildrensliterature.blogspot.com/2018/12/aicls-...
The Texas Library Association recently announced its 2019-2020 Tejas Star Reading List, a curated collection of Spanish and bilingual titles designed to encourage children ages 5 to 12 to explore multicultural books, and to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism. The Tejas Star Reading List is intended for recreational reading. The 2019 list includes fiction and non-fiction picture books, chapter books, and graphic novels with themes of immigration, identity, poetry, as well as stories of famous and important historical figures.
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation, dedicated to supporting arts and literacy programs in public schools and libraries, is encouraging qualifying educators to apply for a 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant. Applications are currently being accepted, and the deadline for submissions is March 31, 2019.
Approximately 70 grants, up to $500 each, will be awarded to teachers and librarians whose proposals demonstrate creativity and a desire to make learning fun. Decisions will be emailed to all applicants in May, allowing educators to plan for the 2019 – 2020 academic year.
The Foundation welcomes Mini-Grant proposals focusing on any subject or discipline. To learn more about the Mini-Grants, and to see the criteria for application, visit Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grants.
Libraries often partner with their local PBS station to create programming. ALSC is currently collaborating with WGBH, producer of the preschool science series, PEEP and the Big Wide World, to introduce a new series of free, PreK STEM apps for families. PEEP Family Science combines animated stories from the Emmy Award-winning series with playful, hands-on investigations for families to do together. The apps also incorporate video and tips for parents, modeling how to engage children in science learning. Find PEEP Family Science on Google Play or the App Store. There are four science apps to choose from and each is available in Spanish or English. Consider including PEEP Family Science on tablets you loan from the library. More info is online at the PEEP site.