Registration open for Spring 2015 ALSC online courses

For Immediate Release
Fri, 02/27/2015


Dan Bostrom

Membership and Marketing Manager



CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), encourages participants to sign up for the spring 2015 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, April 6, 2015.

Registrants will find that ALSC has increased the number of courses offering certified education units (CEUs). The American Library Association (ALA) has been certified to provide CEUs by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options.

Children with Disabilities in the Library (six weeks, April 6 - May 15, 2015, CEU Certified Course, three CEUs). Imagine that Joey Pigza came into your library. Would he feel welcome? How would you provide library service for him? A child with a disability may need an individual service plan. But many books or articles provide generalizations and all-encompassing descriptions. This course will take another approach. By reading juvenile novels about children with disabilities, we will discover their individual needs. First, we will examine how schools handle students with disabilities. Then we will explore possible ways for the library to assist each child. We will look at inclusive programming, assistive technologies, staff attitudes and legal considerations. This course is not intended to be a comprehensive course. Rather, we will collaboratively develop strategies for determining needs and identify resources that can be consulted when an actual child requires our help. Taught by Katherine (Kate) Todd, adjunct instructor, Manhattanville College.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy (four weeks, April 6 - May 1, 2015, CEU Certified Course, 1.2 CEUs). Our children are lagging behind in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Schools have begun to concentrate on providing better education in these areas, and now libraries are being asked to provide the same. Learn how to provide educational programs using STEM without going to school to become a scientist. Children’s librarians and associates will learn to present and adapt programs for multiple ages. Taught by Angela Young, head of the children's department, Reed Memorial Library.

Storytelling with Puppets (four weeks, April 6 - May 1, 2015, CEU Certified Course, 2.2 CEUs). From “Ask Mister Bear” to Elephant and Piggie, telling stories with puppets can bring new levels of creativity and excitement to story times and school presentations. And it's not as hard as you think. This four-week online course will give participants practical strategies for bringing stories to life with puppets; techniques for using puppets with various ages, from toddlers to early elementary students; tips for adapting folktales and picture books into puppet presentations; strategies for rehearsal, planning and development of puppet stories; and background about how puppet tales develop narrative skills and reading motivation from the audience. Taught by Steven Engelfried, youth services librarian, Wilsonville Public Library.

Detailed descriptions and registration information is available on the ALSC website at Fees are $115 for personal ALSC members; $165 for personal ALA members; and $185 for non-members. Questions? Please contact Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Sutherland, 1 (800) 545-2433, ext 4026.

ALSC is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their website at