CHICAGO — There is a rich and varied body of literature for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual/allied and intersexed young people, and the new book “LGBTQAI+ Books for Children and Teens: Providing a Window for All,” published by ALA Editions, gives school librarians, children’s, and YA librarians the guidance and tools they need to confidently share these books with the patrons they support.
CHICAGO — Creative writing encourages imaginations to take flight, and when adults use the right approach, building literacy skills becomes a form of play that gets kids excited to create their own stories.
CHICAGO — “Check This Out! A Coloring Book for Library Lovers,” published by ALA Editions, will have both children and adults casting aside the day’s stress in favor of pens, crayons, and colored pencils. Inside this book readers will find a variety of delightful coloring pages arranged according to Dewey Decimal numbers.
CHICAGO — Distilling hard fought wisdom gleaned from hundreds of successful library construction projects they've supervised or coordinated, Fred Schlipf and John A. Moorman present “The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture: Creating Building Spaces that Work,” published by ALA Editions. With a special emphasis on avoiding common problems in library design, in a down-to-earth manner they address a range of issues applicable to any undertaking.
CHICAGO — Though today’s consumers have unprecedented access to health information, its quality and veracity varies widely. Public libraries can play an important role in supporting library users in their health information seeking efforts. In “Promoting Individual and Community Health at the Library,” published by ALA Editions, Mary Grace Flaherty shows how to guide library users to high quality health information by relying on up to date, authoritative sources.
CHICAGO — Expert instructor and librarian Peggy Johnson has revised and freshened “Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management,” published by ALA Editions, for its new fourth edition to ensure its timeliness and continued excellence. Each chapter offers complete coverage of one aspect of collection development and management, including numerous suggestions for further reading and narrative case studies exploring the issues. Thorough consideration is given to:
CHICAGO — From its earliest days, the American experience has encompassed immigrants. But in our current atmosphere of political polarization, is it any wonder that many immigrant children feel excluded and isolated? In fact, research shows first- and second- generation immigrant children and teens can be at risk of experiencing identity crisis, self-depreciation, and low self-esteem due to intergenerational and intercultural conflicts.
CHICAGO — Homelessness is a perennial topic of concern at libraries. In fact, staff at public libraries interact with almost as many homeless individuals as staff at shelters do. Empathy and understanding, along with specific actionable advice that’s drawn from experience, makes all the difference in working with this group.
CHICAGO — Changes in public libraries, the communities they serve, children’s lives, and educational research all demonstrate that traditional summer reading programs need to be reimagined. Working groups of librarians, in partnership with the California Library Association and the California State Library, have done just that, creating and implementing outcomes- and outreach-based summer reading programs that speak directly to diverse and changing communities.