Hear Ye! Hear Ye! | May 2018

Member News  
ALSC/ALA News: Scholarships Available to Attend National Institute | Summer Reading Lists | Arbuthnot Host Site Applications | Send Your Media Award Suggestions | Summer Online Course Line-UpPublic/School Library Collaboration Toolkit | Notable Children's Digital Media2018 Newbery/Caldecott Guide
The Resource File: Summer Learning Day 
Field Notes: Call for Proposals: Power Up Conference

Member News

Christina DorrCongratulations to Dr. Christina Dorr (left), Hilliard (Ohio) Weaver Middle School! She is 2018 winner of ALA’s Scholastic Library Publishing Award, recognizing a librarian whose unusual contribution to the stimulation and guidance of reading by children and young people exemplifies outstanding achievement in the profession. Dr. Dorr is being honored for her passion for children’s literature and contributions to the reading and literary education of children in both public and school libraries for the last thirty years. The annual award, consisting of $1,000 and a citation of achievement, will be presented at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, La. next month.

Dr. Dorr and colleague Liz Deskins, Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley High School, recently co-authored LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All (ALA Editions, 2018), a resource for librarians that surveys the best in LGBTQAI+ lit and offers guidance on how to share it in ways that encourage understanding and acceptance among parents, school administrators, and the wider community.

Susan RomanDr. Susan Roman (left), Deerfield, Illinois, is ALA's 2018 Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship recipient. The award acknowledges Dr. Roman's exceptional accomplishments in and service to the field of Library Science. Dr. Roman’s career spanned the breadth of the library profession including time spent in public libraries, as the Executive Director of ALSC, Executive Director of the American Library Trustee Association (ALTA, now part of United for Libraries), Director of Development for ALA, and Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University. Congratulations, Susan!


book cover: 36 workshops to get kids writing from aliens to zebrasAnnMarie Hurtado, Pasadena (California) Public Library, has written 36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras (ALA Editions, 2018), a resource filled with ideas for engaging kids in creative writing inspired by picture books. The book offers complete program plans with handouts and activities for starting a new creative writing program, or simply to incorporate creative writing activities and crafts into storytime.


Julie Cummins, Canandaigua, New York, author of Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills, Country Kid, City Kid, and other books for children, recently had a quirky and historical magazine article published about Paul Bunyan, the Guinness Book of World Records, and a really big pancake. Cummins' "World's Largest Pancake," printed in the January/February 2018 edition of Life in the Finger Lakes, recounts the planning and execution in Penn Yan, New York, of the titular breakfast staple, a twenty-eight foot wide and one-inch thick pancake, made from 800 pounds of batter mixed in a cement truck! (There's got to be a children's book in this story!)

Scholarships Available to Attend Fall National Institute

ALSC National Institute logoIn support of ALSC’s goal of continuing education for children’s librarians, the Friends of ALSC are offering two scholarships to the ALSC National Institute, September 27–29, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Scholarship recipients must be ALSC members who work directly with children in a library setting. Each scholarship includes Institute registration and a $1,000 travel stipend to cover airfare and hotel lodging.

Addressing ALSC’s strategic action area of diversity and inclusion, Friends of ALSC are offering a third scholarship of the same amount to a North Carolina member who identifies as a member of the LGBTQ community. The scholarship is a sign of support for the LGBTQ community of North Carolina, following the cancellation of the 2016 National Institute due to the state’s discriminatory legislation.

Hurry! The scholarship application deadline is May 9! For details, visit the ALSC website

Summer Reading Lists!

Summer Reading ListsALSC's Quicklists Consulting Committee has updated our Summer Reading Lists for 2018 with new and exciting titles. The lists are full of book titles to keep children engaged in reading throughout the summer. Four Summer Reading book lists are available for Birth-Preschool and grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.


2019 Arbuthnot Host Site Applications Now Being Accepted

Debbie ReeseALSC members are invited to submit a proposal to host the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Debbie Reese, educator, blogger, and Native representation advocate. The application deadline is Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Please use the online form to apply. 

An overview document (MS Word) provides further details including the criteria the committee considers. A host site checklist (MS Word) is also available to provide a better understanding of the host site's responsibilities.


Media Awards & Notable Children's Books - Send Us Your Suggestions

ALSC personal members are welcome to suggest titles for the 2019 media awards and Notable Children's Books list. An online submission form for each award is available at the webforms page. The deadline for submissions is October 15, 2018, with the exception of the Wilder Award. Please submit Wilder suggestions by May 15, 2018. For more information about each award, visit www.ala.org/alsc and click on “Awards, Grants & Scholarships.”

Public/School Library Collaboration Toolkit

Created by the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation, the Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit is designed to inspire and facilitate various types of public library and school library collaboration. The kit contains: information on how to start and continue a public–school library collaboration; research that supports collaboration; examples of successful collaborations; and useful templates.

Summer Online Courses from ALSC

ALSC's Summer course offerings include the following:

Postmodern Picturebooks: Changing Minds for Life
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy
Storytelling with Puppets
Making Your Makerspace Work
The Newbery Medal: Past, Present and Future

Courses begin July 9 and run four, five, or six weeks, depending on the class. For course descriptions and registration information, visit ALSC's online courses page.

New List Highlights Digital Media for Kids

Notable SealALSC's Notable Children's Digital Media (NCDM) committee, formerly the Great Websites committee, recently announced its inaugural list of great digital media for children. To highlight the shift in media focus, the committee concentrated on apps for this year’s selections. Future lists will include a diverse array of digital media for children up to age 14, including websites and video streaming. The 15 selected apps span diverse subjects from mindfulness to math, introduce rich topics and engaging activities, and provide a platform for play and imagination. Check out the apps on the NCDM webpage.


2018 Newbery/Caldecott Guide Coming Soon

Preorders are now being taken for The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books, 2018 Edition. The guide gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children’s literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes. Librarians and teachers everywhere rely on this guidebook for quick reference and collection development and also as a resource for curriculum links and readers’ advisory. This year's edition includes an interview with Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park. For more details, visit the ALA Store.

Celebrate Summer Learning Day in July

National Summer Learning Day - July 12, 2018National Summer Learning Day is coming up on July 12 and ALSC is teaming up with National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) to highlight summer learning in libraries.

Is your library hosting any specific events or programs to encourage summer learning in your community? The NSLA has a Summer Learning Day registry to highlight them. Registering your summer learning program helps your local families and other interested youth-serving organizations in your communities find you.

NSLA also has numerous resources available to help your library celebrate Summer Learning Day and to #keepkidslearning! Learn more at the NSLA website

For those who work in a school system, check out the Summer Learning Recruitment Guide, in which five school districts share information on how to launch a successful summer learning recruitment effort.​

Call for Proposals: Power Up Conference

Do you have ideas to share about management and leadership in youth services? The University of Wisconsin-Madison Information School will offer a second Power Up Conference in Leadership for Youth Services Managers and Staff in Madison on March 28-29, 2019. Program proposals are being accepted until August 3, 2018. Topics may include, but are not limited to, strategic planning; collaborations; ethics; leadership pathways; advocacy; mentorship; managing change; work/life balance; staff motivation; and innovation. Youth services librarians and staff from public libraries, schools, after-school programs, museums, etc. are invited to attend.

For complete details on submitting a proposal, visit the conference webpage