The Friends of ALSC are giving away two scholarships for attendance to the ALSC National Institute in Oakland this September. Recipients must be ALSC members who work directly with children in a library setting. The scholarships include Institute registration and a $1,000 travel stipend to cover airfare and hotel lodging. The application is online
. Completed forms must be submitted before midnight on May 30, 2014. Winners will be notified by June 13, 2014.
ALSC and PLA recently released the Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities as a digital download. The new kit contains everything needed to offer ECRR programming for Spanish-speaking patrons, including Spanish-language activities and booklists. Learn more at the ALA Store
On the Road with ALSC
Did you know that ALSC provides funding, through the ALSC Roadshow Program
, to members who are interested in staffing booths, presenting programs, or coordinating social events on behalf of ALSC at state or local conferences?
“The best pitch for membership is a direct one,” said ALSC Membership chair Amanda Ellington. “By recruiting ALSC members to attend these events – state and local conferences that they likely already go to – we can create the personal connections that strengthen our organization.”
Know of a good conference taking place before August 31, 2014? Please fill out the ALSC Roadshow Request Form
at least four weeks prior to the conference. ALSC pays the cost of registration for coordinators/staffers. Lodging, travel, and meals must be covered by the individual. All decisions on funds will be determined by the ALSC Membership Committee.
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Día Grant Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL)'s 2014 Día Grants.
- Contra Costa County Library – Pittsburg (Calif.) Library - “Anyone Can Dream – A Celebration of African American Poetry”(April 26, 2014)
- Seminole County Public Library, Casselberry, Fla. - “Dress, Drums, and Dance – Interactive Día Program with an African American Focus” (April 10 – 30, 2014)
CSMCL awards $500 grants in selected multicultural books to libraries that host a Día library program with an African American focus for children and their families. CSMCL is an official Dia supporter
Free Webinar on Common Core State Standards
A new webinar from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will explore the ways public librarians can become involved in the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and support their school librarian colleagues. Presented by Margaux DelGuidice and Kathryn Roots Lewis, “The Common Core and the Public Librarian: Reaching Patrons and Students” takes place on Thursday, May 8, 6:00 p.m. Eastern / 5:00 p.m. Central / 4:00 p.m. Mountain / 3:00 p.m. Pacific.
“The Common Core and the Public Librarian: Reaching Patrons and Students” is open to all. A seat in the webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. For more information and to register, visit the AASL website
. The webinar will be archived and available for view on AASL‘s professional development repository, eCOLLAB, three to five days after the event.
Resources for Serving Young Adults
Take the ‘work’ out of your workshop! Let YALSA's Young Adults Deserve the Best curriculum kits help you organize tech training for your library or take some of the mystery out of teen behavior with ready-to-use training modules that can be combined into a full day’s training, or split into multiple one-hour individual sessions. View a free demo and order your kits today!
New Videos to Support Advocacy Efforts
The American Library Association’s Washington Office recently launched “Libraries Matter,” a series of videos showcasing the ways libraries use federal funding to support early literacy, high-speed internet access, small business owners, and new citizens. Library supporters can use the videos to demonstrate to legislators, decision makers, and community leaders, the value of federal funding programs, such as the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).
This May, National Library Legislative Day participants can use the “Libraries Matter” videos to educate policymakers about the countless ways that libraries impact their communities. Library champions are encouraged to send the videos to policymakers before or after their scheduled meetings advocacy meetings (i.e., in a “thank you” note). Access the full video playlist on Youtube
Share the videos on social media using the #LibrariesMatter hashtag.
"Can Babies Learn to Read?" Research Results Published
Dr. Susan Neuman, a leading educator and one of the early literacy researchers behind PLA/ALSC's Every Child Ready to Read initiative, had an article published recently in the Journal of Educational Psychology
based on her latest research. "Can Babies Learn to Read? A Randomized Trial of Baby Media" reports on the results of a controlled trial designed to examine claims made by baby media producers that these products can teach babies to read. Research results indicated that babies did not learn to read using baby media products. To learn more, a PDF of the article can be purchased online at the American Psychological Association website
Matching Grants Available from Libri Foundation
The Libri Foundation is currently accepting applications for its 2014 “Books for Children” grants. The foundation is a non-profit organization that donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries throughout the U.S.
To encourage and reward local support of libraries, The Libri Foundation will match any amount of money raised by local library sponsors from $200 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. Application deadlines for 2014 are: (postmarked by) May 15th and August 15th. Grants are awarded May 31st and August 31st. Application guidelines and forms are on the foundation's website
Toronto Is New Home to IBBY Collection
A distinguished international reference collection of books for and about children and teens with disabilities opened at Toronto Public Library in February. The IBBY Collection of Books for Young People with Disabilities, housed at the North York Central Library, features more than 3,000 multilingual books in a variety of accessible formats, including sign language, Braille, Blissymbolics, Picture Communication Symbols, tactile and textile. The collection includes books for children and teens with developmental delays, language disabilities and reading difficulties, stories in traditional format, as well as games and Kamishibai. The entire IBBY Collection at Toronto Public Library can be browsed on the library's website
The collection came to Toronto Public Library from IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People, the non-profit organization that represents an international network of people committed to bringing books and children together. The collection was founded in 1985 at the Norwegian Institute for Special Education at the University of Oslo. From 2002 up to its arrival in Toronto, the collection was based at the Haug Municipal School and Resource Centre (HSRC), just outside of Oslo.
New Children's Choice Award in Iowa
The Iowa Library Association has established a new children's choice award, its fifth, called the Bridge to Reading Picture Book Award, which highlights books for children from infancy through kindergarten. Eligible titles must meet a variety of criteria and also be deemed well-suited for read-alouds in group story times. Find past and current nominees at the award website
, which also provides activity sheets with ideas for using each nominated title in story time.
2014 Golden Kite/Fleischman Awards
The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) recently announced the winners and honorees of its Golden Kite and Sid Fleischman Awards. The Golden Kite recognizes excellence in children’s literature released in the previous calendar year in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, picture book text, and picture book illustrations. The 2014 Golden Kite recipients are:
Better Nate than Ever by Tim Federle
Honor: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Call of the Klondike by David Meissner, in collaboration with Kim Richardson
Honor: The Dolphins of Shark Bay by Pamela Turner
Picture Book Text
Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
Honor: Forest has a Song by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater
Picture Book Illustration
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
by Peter Brown
Honor: Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales
The Sid Fleischman Award, named for the late, 1987 Newbery Medal-winning author of The Whipping Boy, recognizes authors whose work exemplifies excellence in the genre of humor. The 2014 winner is Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg.