Lunar and Planetary Institute
The Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Explore program invites librarians to open doors to the universe to children – no prior experience in science is required! For each of eleven different Earth and space science and engineering topics, Explore provides step-by-step instructions for a selection of hands-on activities, as well as facilitator background information, correlating National Science Education Standards, and lists of related books, websites, handouts, and other resources. All materials can be accessed online — free for educational use! The activities are designed to be flexible and can be integrated into existing or new programs. The activities use inexpensive, easy-to-find materials — and, children can take their creations home with them. The activities are featured in free periodic in-person and online trainings for library professionals. The Explore program is funded by generous grants from NASA and the National Science Foundation.
Money as You Grow
Money as You Grow, developed by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability, provides 20 essential, age-appropriate financial lessons—with corresponding activities—that kids need to know as they grow. Written in down-to-earth language for children and their families, Money as You Grow will help equip kids with the knowledge they need to live fiscally fit lives. The lessons in Money as You Grow are based on more than a year of research, drawn from dozens of standards, curricula, and academic studies.
National "Drop Everything and Read" Day
April 12 has been proclaimed National "Drop Everything and Read" (D.E.A.R.) Day. It is an initiative to encourage families to designate at least 30 minutes to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together...to make it a special time to "drop everything and read." The birthday of Newbery Medal-winning author Beverly Cleary is the official national D.E.A.R. day, and Cleary's most popular book character, Ramona Quimby, is the program's official spokesperson.
Join the thousands of librarians, educators, and parents hosting National D.E.A.R. Day family reading events on April 12 each year. Request print materials and find additional information and resources at www.dropeverythingandread.com.
Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project that looks at how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. The Reading Rockets project includes PBS television programs (also available online and on DVD) and its website provides hundreds of research-based articles about supporting young readers, motivating reluctant readers, how to do effective read alouds, and much more. There are also more than 100 video interviews with award-winning authors and illustrators, an author study toolkit, dozens of themed booklists, and summer reading resources.
Plus there are resources to share with parents and caregivers including ready to print reading tips for parents in 11 languages (infants to grade 3), themed reading adventure packs that encourage hands-on fun centered around paired fiction and nonfiction, and multimedia resources that make it easy to offer community forums and workshops for parents, teachers, and caregivers on how to support children's reading achievement.
The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) is the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY). The mission, to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and adolescents is accomplished through activities such as promotion of International Children’s Book Day to inspire a love of reading, publication of an annual Outstanding International Books List, presentation of the Bridge to Understanding Award to acknowledge the work of adults who create programs that use children´s books to explore cultures around the world in order to promote international understanding among children, nomination of the United States candidates for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and support and funding of worthy projects, both domestic and abroad including the Children in Crisis Fund and twinning efforts to assist national sections maintain membership in IBBY. USBBY’s patron organizations—the Children´s Book Council (CBC), the American Library Association (ALA), the International Reading Association (IRA), and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.
ALSC receives many requests to collaborate and we only select those collaboration requests that are most beneficial to our members and align with our mission. We do not consider requests to promote or advertise an organization or product.
If your organization is working on a national project that considers the needs of libraries beyond advertisement, and you are interested in collaborating with ALSC, please complete this online request form. All collaboration requests are vetted by the ALSC office and only those that best reflect the ALSC mission and within our limited resources will be considered by the ALSC Board at their next scheduled meeting. This process takes several months.