Hear Ye! Hear Ye! | May 2014

Member News 

ALSC NewsCourtney Jones Joins ALSC | New White Paper--Importance of Diversity | Arbuthnot Lectures Updates | Institute Scholarships | ECRR®  for Spanish-Speaking Communities | ALSC Roadshows | DÍa Grant Winners

ALA News: Free Webinar on Common CoreResources for Serving Young Adults | New Vids Support Advocacy Efforts

Field Notes: Can Babies Learn to Read?--Research Results Published | Libri Foundation Grants | Toronto Is New Home to IBBY Collection

Awards Round-Up

Member News 

Photo of Megan SchliesmanMegan Schliesman​, Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is the winner of the 2014 Intellectual Freedom Award, given jointly by the Wisconsin Library Association (WLA) and the Wisconsin Educational Media and Technology Association (WEMTA). Besides managing the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Children’s Book Center’s Intellectual Freedom Information Services, Schliesman also manages its online forum, “What IF..Questions and Answers on Intellectual Freedom.” Congratulations, Megan!

photo of Ann K. SymonsAnn K. Symons​, school librarian and international library consultant, Alaska, is the 2013 recipient of the American Library Association (ALA) Equality Award for her outstanding contributions toward promoting equality in the library profession. Throughout her career, Symons has been an active and effective supporter of intellectual freedom, focusing extensively on school libraries and GLBT issues. Kudos, Ann!

Growing readers: A critical analysis of early literacy content for parents on Canadian public library websites, an article written by Tess Prendergast, Vancouver (Canada) Public Library, and based on her critical study of 20 library websites for a graduate course in family literacy, was published late last year in the Journal of Library Administration (Vol. 53, no. 4). Prendergast is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of British Columbia. 
photo of Sylvia VardellThe Poetry Friday Anthology for Science (Pomelo, 2014), co-written by Sylvia Vardell​, School of Library and Information Studies, Texas Woman's University, and Janet Wong, was released in March and features 218 poems by 78 award-winning and popular poets, exploring science standards while also incorporating literacy skills. The title was named the Poetry Foundation Children's Poet Laureate "Pick of the Month." Her article Observe, Explain, Connect, also co-written by Janet Wong, was printed in the April/May issue of Science and Children. In addition, Vardell was selected to receive the 2014 ALA Scholastic Library Publishing Award for her “unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people," which exemplifies achievement in the profession. Brava, Sylvia!

Cover image for Flying Solo by Julie CumminsFlying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared into America's Heart, written by Julie Cummins, author and reviewer, New York, is one of the ten books chosen for ALA's 2014 Amelia Bloomer Project Award. The award, administered by the ALA Social Responsibilities Round Table’s (SRRT) Feminist Taskforce, acknowledges well written and illustrated books with significant feminist content, intended for young readers from birth to 18 years old. Flying Solo was illustrated by Malene R. Laugesen and published by Roaring Brook in 2013. Congratulations, Julie!

Vox Populi website screen shotKaren MacPherson, Takoma Park Maryland Library, is featured in "Vox Populi," a semi-regular mini interview series from the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, D.C. In the interview, Karen responds to a selection of questions related to books. Previous interviewees in the series include: Alice McDermott, National Book Award recipient; Christine Brennan, USA Today columnist; and Howard Norman, award-winning novelist.


ALSC Welcomes New Staff Member 

Photo of Courtney Jones, ALSC Awards CoordinatorCourtney Jones joined the ALSC team on March 31 as Awards Coordinator. Courtney received her Bachelor of Arts in Fiction Writing at Columbia College in Chicago. She comes to ALSC from ALA's Booklist Magazine, where she worked as editorial assistant for Books for Youth since 2008. At Booklist, Courtney managed the intake of review titles; distributed review materials for Booklist's youth reviewers; answered questions from publishers and reviewers; updated web content for Booklist and Book Links, including curation of the common core resources page; and provided awards coverage for the Booklist blog, Likely Stories. Additionally, she’s reviewed adult, young adult, middle grade, picture books, graphic novels, and audiobooks for Booklist.
Courtney will administer ALSC’s awards program, including ten book and media awards, three Notable lists, seven professional awards, and three scholarships. Among her duties, she will monitor seals production and fulfillment as well as image use permissions; maintain award resource materials and web pages; work with committees and publishers; and coordinate logistics for the award presentation programs. Welcome, Courtney!

New White Paper - Importance of Diversity in Library Programs, Collections for Children 

Image of PDF - The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for ChildrenALSC is happy to announce the release of a new white paper, "The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children," written for ALSC by Jamie Campbell Naidoo, PhD, and adopted by the ALSC Board of Directors on April 5, 2014. The paper explores the critical role libraries play in helping children make cross-cultural connections and develop skills necessary to function in a culturally pluralistic society.  
"The Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children," and its message, has the endorsement of ALSC, the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. The paper calls for libraries to include diversity in programming and materials for children as an important piece in meeting the informational and recreational needs of their community. 
We hope you will assist us in spreading this message by sharing this paper. The full document can be accessed on the ALSC website.
Hard copies will be available soon; please email Joanna Ison to request them. Please don’t hesitate to contact Joanna with any questions regarding this white paper.

Arbuthnot Lecture Updates 

The 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee is now accepting applications to host the 46th lecture featuring award-winning author and illustrator Brian Selznick. Host site application forms are available online; completed forms are due May 16, 2014. Information about host site responsibilities is included in the application materials. The lecture traditionally is held in April or early May. 
The 2016 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee seeks nominations for individuals of distinction to present the 2016 lecture. The lecturer, who will be announced at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, may be an author, illustrator, publisher, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children’s literature, of any country, who shall prepare a paper that will make a significant contribution to the field of children’s literature. 
Nominations should include:
Name of nominee
Professional title/occupation
Biographical sketch
Justification for consideration
Major publications
The committee recommends that the body of the nomination be 2-3 pages with a separate bibliography. Nominations should be submitted as an attached document to committee chair Julie Corsaro. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, May 14, 2014. See the ALSC website for additional Information about the lecture.

Friends of ALSC Institute Scholarship 

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.  

Every Child Ready to Read® for Spanish–Speaking Communities 

Every Child Ready to Read @ your library - Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking CommunitiesALSC 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 

Youtube video grab imageThe 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 

Bridge to Reading Pcture Book Award logoThe 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 book cover imageNonfiction
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 book cover imageMr. 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.