Association for Library Service to Children

ALSC now accepting applications for 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Award

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are now accepting online applications for the 2019 Penguin Random House Young Readers Group Awards.  This award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group

ALSC’s “Children and Libraries” journal honored with publishing award

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to announce that its journal, “Children and Libraries” (CAL), received a 2018 Apex Award for Publication Excellence in the category of Magazines, Journals & Tabloids. 

Engle, Han, Kenney, receive Friends of ALSC Institute scholarships

The Friends of ALSC have awarded three scholarships to the 2018 ALSC National Institute to Kim Engle, Hyunjin Han, and Sophie Kenney in efforts to support ALSC’s goal of continuing education for children’s librarians. This year a third scholarship was awarded to a North Carolina member who identified as a member of the LGBTQAI+ community.

University of Wisconsin-Madison chosen as site for 2019 Arbuthnot Lecture

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the University of Wisconsin at Madison as the host site for the 2019 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring advocate and educator Debbie Reese, PhD. Three University of Wisconsin at Madison units will combine and collaborate in this hosting effort: the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), the School of Information (the ISchool), and the School of Education. The lecture will be held in the spring of 2019.

ALA, ALSC respond to Wilder Medal name change

NEW ORLEANS - During the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, the Board of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), voted to change the name of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award to the Children's Literature Legacy Award. This award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a significant and lasting contribution to children's literature. ALA President Jim Neal and ALSC President Nina Lindsay released the following joint statement:

ALA's Libraries Ready to Code to Release Beta Collection at 2018 Annual Conference

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Ready to Code initiative, sponsored by Google, is releasing the beta version of the Ready to Code Collection at the 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. A release reception will be held Friday, June 22, 5:30-7:00 p.m., at the Morial Convention Center in the exhibit hall at Google booth #4029.  

American Library Association outraged by the refugee family separation policy

CHICAGO - American Library Association (ALA) President Jim Neal released the following statement regarding the outrageous and devastating act of separating refugee children from their parents and caregivers seeking asylum along the southwest border of the U.S. 

“The nation’s library community is appalled that innocent children would face such emotional trauma and would be locked in mass facilities and separated from their families,” Neal said. “There is no legitimate policy or moral basis for this unconscionable action.

Google to sponsor Happy Hour Reception for AASL, ALSC, and YALSA members

CHICAGO — To commemorate the contributions from AASL, ALSC, and YALSA to the Libraries Ready to Code initiative, as well as the work and effort librarians put forth towards preparing children and youth for bright futures, Google will be sponsoring a Happy Hour Reception at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The 2018 guide to the Newbery and Caldecott awards

CHICAGO — Updated with the 2018 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. 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.

ALSC Announces 2018 Summer Reading Lists

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released its 2018 Summer Reading Lists. The lists are available to download for free in the ranges of birth-preschool, K-2nd grade, 3rd – 5th grade and 6th- 8th grade.