ALA Editions

25 projects for global explorers

CHICAGO — With the increased emphasis on incorporating STEM activities in children’s curriculum at ever earlier ages, often neglected are opportunities to explore subjects outside the sciences, or simply to give children the time and space to use their imagination. Christine M.

The 2019 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated with the 2019 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books,” published by ALA Editions, gathers together the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes.

The first-ever book on library gardens

CHICAGO — Roman philosopher Cicero once remarked that “if you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” Today, libraries nationwide are beginning to incorporate gardens into their public services. Libraries in the southwestern US, for instance, are creating drought-tolerant gardens as neighborhood demonstration projects, while elsewhere gardens are being used to promote community engagement and even STEM learning.

Focus on improvement, not punishment, with Hakala-Ausperk’s “Dynamic Discipline”

CHICAGO — You’re a manager, supervisor, and library leader—but you’re still human. And, as social animals, humans tend to shy away from situations that are uncomfortable or even potentially threatening. So it’s no wonder that disciplining employees doesn’t rank high on anyone’s list of favorite job duties. But because negativity can quickly spread, personnel problems cannot be ignored.

Reboot your book club with the help of ALA’s Public Programs Office

CHICAGO — Is your book club feeling stale or uninspired? Has attendance dropped, or are you struggling to keep your patrons engaged? What you need is a reboot. “Book Club Reboot: 71 Creative Twists,” published by ALA Editions in cooperation with ALA’s Public Programs Office profiles dozens of successful book clubs across the country.

A guide to successful community technology projects

CHICAGO — As a newly minted librarian, Margaret Heller volunteered at a grassroots independent library founded to bring together the work of disparate art communities of Chicago. Since then she has participated in many library technology communities with stints on boards, working groups, conference planning committees, and social media-based outreach.

Augmented, virtual, and mixed reality in the library

CHICAGO — The current price of virtual reality headsets may seem out of economic reach for most libraries, but the potential of “assisted reality” tools goes well beyond merely inviting patrons to strap on a pair of goggles. Ranging from enhanced training to using third-party apps to enrich digital collections, there is a kaleidoscope of library uses for augmented, virtual, or mixed reality.

Pre-literacy programming—here, there, and everywhere

CHICAGO — Not only is Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL), which was named an “outstanding resource” in a starred review by Library Journal, a fun-filled approach that nurtures early literacy and school readiness skills in young children, it’s also extremely flexible.