Hear Ye! Hear Ye! | August 2021

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ALSC/ALA News: Shop for Your Newbery 100 Merch! | Graphic Novels Reading Lists |  Newbery 100 Seminar | After School Pokémon ClubI Love My Librarian Award Open | New Kid Graphics Items
Field Notes & ResourcesResources to Help Families Talk about Racism

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Martha Simpson holding children's booksLibrary Programming for Adults with Developmental DisabilitiesMartha Simpson (far left), Stratford (Conn.) Library, is the 2021 recipient of the the Connecticut Library Association's Faith Hektoen Award, which is presented annually to a librarian who has developed an outstanding program or project that has made a significant impact on library service for children in Connecticut. Simpson was nominated for her work in bringing the Healing Library Kit program to life in Stratford and also for her agility in creating an online version of the program to address the needs of children and families during the pandemic. Congratulations, Martha!

Barbara Klipper (Mass.) and Carrie Scott Banks (NY) are the co-authors of Library Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities, published this year by ALA Editions. The handbook delivers a combination of research-based theory and an introduction to best practices with details on how to replicate field-tested programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Kudos, Barbara and Carrie!

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Exclusive Newbery Merchandise Available

Newbery 100 products for saleCelebrate the anniversary of the Newbery Award with exclusive Newbery 100 merchandise! T-shirts, mugs, tote bags, and more are available and feature the commemorative Newbery 100 logo. 

Also, check out anniversary mementos that feature limited edition designs from Newbery-winning illustrators Cece Bell, Jerry Craft, Kevin Henkes, Victoria Jamieson, and Grace Lin! Visit the ALA Graphics Gift Shop to check out all the Newbery 100 products. 

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Graphic Novels Reading ListCheck Out the 2021 Graphic Novels Reading Lists 

Bold, bright, and filled with engaging reads, ALSC's Graphic Novels Reading Lists are a great give-away for your library or school. Released in June, these three new lists cover age ranges from kindergarten to eighth grade and include classics as well as new titles that have been widely recommended and well-reviewed, plus books that have popular appeal as well as critical acclaim. Titles were selected and annotated by members of the Quicklists Consulting Committee. The lists are available to download from the ALSC website.

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Newbery 100 Seminar

Join children's literature experts and former Newbery committee members on Friday, November 5, 2021, for "The Newbery Medal at 100," a full-day seminar sponsored by The Center for Children's Books (CCB), ALSC, and the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences. Held via Zoom, this event includes:

Experience from the Trenches - a panel discussion featuring University of Illinois alumni who have served on the Newbery Committee;
The Newbery in the Archives: 100 Years of Letters, Photographs, and Stories (Cara Bertram, ALA Archives, University of Illinois)
Striving to Do Better: A Nuts-and-Bolts History of the Newbery Medal (KT Horning, Cooperative Children's Book Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Prizes, Canons, and Classics (Kenneth Kidd, University of Florida)
Intersecting with a Fraught History: From Child Reader to Parent to Children's Lit Scholar (Jocelyn Van Tuyl, New College of Florida)
The Shadow Book: Reading Slavery, Fugitivity, and Freedom in the Newbery Canon (Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, University of Michigan)
Mocktail Hour on Mock Newbery Discussions (CCB and the Newbery 100th Anniversary Celebration Task Force/ALSC)

To register for this free online seminar, please visit go.illinois.edu/newbery

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Pokémon Launches After School Club with ALA

Pokemon ClubALA has partnered with Pokémon to present the After School Pokémon Club where students can enjoy the camaraderie and educational opportunities in-person on their school campus.

After School Pokémon Clubs will meet once per week for an hour. Participating students have access to tools to learn how to play the Pokémon Trading Card Game, episodes of Pokémon the Series to watch, and other fun activities and resources.

Any school that is a chapter member of the American Library Association can sign up to participate. Librarians and school coordinators, to form an After School Pokémon Club at your school and obtain more information about the program, visit the American Association of School Librarians website.

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Nominations Open for I Love My Librarian Award

I love my librarian awardALA invites library users to submit I Love My Librarian Award nominations through September 27—ten amazing librarians will receive $5,000 and the honor of a lifetime, including being celebrated on the stage at ALA’s new event LibLearnX in San Antonio, Texas, in January 2022. Winners also receive complimentary LibLearnX registration as part of the award package as well as a $750 travel stipend. Librarians have been doing incredible work during the pandemic, so please spread the word in your community about this life-changing opportunity! Promotional tools, including graphics, social media copy, and a sample press release, are all available on the award website. Questions?  Email the Campaign staff.

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"New Kid" Poster and Bookmark on Sale Now

"New Kid" READ posterThe fall ALA Graphics catalog delivers a host of posters and bookmarks encouraging and inspiring readers of all ages. Actor, producer, and director Channing Tatum stars on the cover in a new celebrity READ® poster. Most recently, Channing added author to his list of accomplishments with a New York Times #1 bestselling picture book, “The One and Only Sparkella,” a charming ode to self-esteem and the love between a father and daughter.

Other catalog highlights include:

New Kid poster and bookmark by award-winning author and illustrator Jerry Craft. “New Kid” received the 2020 Newbery Medal, as well as the Coretta Scott King Author Award.
Hats Off to Reading poster and bookmark illustrated by Geisel Honor and Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator Jon Klassen.
Cat Ninja poster and bookmark from the hilarious graphic novel series about a lovable family cat named Claude, with a heroic alter-ego—Cat Ninja.

ALA Graphics supports the mission of the American Library Association through the development of quality products celebrating libraries, literacy, and reading.

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Resources to Help Families Talk about Racism 

Elmo and Wes in the parkSesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, has released new bilingual videos and resources as part of an ongoing initiative to help families have open and honest conversations with young children around race, provide strategies to cope with racial trauma, and engage allies and advocates to become upstanders against racism. The new “ABCs of Racial Literacy” resources, which are free and available in English and Spanish, can be found at SesameWorkshop.org/ComingTogether.

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