Hear Ye! Hear Ye! | May 2023

Member News
ALSC/ALA News: June Webinars | Hayes Award Deadline ExtendedSummer Reading Lists | ALSC @ ALA Annual | New Webinar from CALA/YALSAProtect the Freedom to Read | Anderson Receives Sullivan Award
Field Notes: CCBC Choices 2023 | CBC Announces "Favorites"Free Expression Film Contest 

Member News

Karen LemmonsAmanda JonesSearch for a Giant Squid coverKaren Lemmons (far left), teacher/librarian at Detroit School of Arts, is retiring at the end of this school year. Over the past 27 years, she has enjoyed working with students and teachers in the Detroit Public Schools Community District. We wish you all the best in your retirement, Karen!

Amanda Jones (center left), middle school librarian, Livingston Parish, Louisiana, is the 2023 recipient of ALA's Paul Howard Award for Courage, which honors individuals who have exhibited courage for the benefit of library programs or services in the face of adversity. In solidarity with her public library colleagues, Jones spoke out publically against book challenges, which resulted in her being targeted in a social media hate campaign. Jones also won the American Association of School Librarians 2023 Intellectual Freedom Award. Congratulations, Amanda. Thank you for your commitment and courage!

Amy Seto Forrester, youth services librarian, Eugene (OR) Public Library, authored a new book, Search for a Giant Squid (Chronicle Books, 2023), illustrated by Andy Chou Musser. The first in the Science Explorers series, this title is an ocean-themed choose-your-path STEM adventure for emerging readers. Kudos, Amy!

Emily Mills, youth services librarian, Cromwell (CT) Belden Public Library, is a recipient of a 2023 EBSCO/ALA Scholarship to attend ALA in June. Enjoy the conference, Emily!

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Webinar Series on Trauma-Informed Practices

ALSC WebinarsAccording to a recent Urban Library Trauma Study, nearly 70% of respondents shared that they had experienced violent or aggressive behavior from patrons, while 22% indicated that they experienced similar behavior from their own coworkers.

ALSC's upcoming webinar series, Trauma-Informed Supervision for Library Leaders, led by April Roy and Brandy Sanchez, will address the definition of trauma and its causes, principles of trauma-informed care, trauma-informed supervision, and practical strategies to mitigate compassion fatigue and professional burnout among staff. Both webinars are scheduled for June. 

  • Part 1: Understanding Trauma-Informed Supervision | Wednesday, June 7, 2023 | 1:00PM CT
  • Part 2: Supporting LIbrary Staff through Trauma-Informed Supervision | Tuesday, June 13, 2023 | 1:00PM CT

For complete details and to register, visit ALA's eLearning website.

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ALSC Grant Funds Author/Illustrator Visits - Apply by May 17

The ALSC Programs and Services Recognition Committee is accepting applications for the 2023 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award through May 17, 2023! The award was established with funding from Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, in honor of Maureen Hayes, to bring together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding up to $4,000 for an author/illustrator visit to a library. Applications and supporting materials, including an itemized budget and the required signature form, are due by May 17, 2023. For complete details, visit the award webpage.

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Reading Recommendations

Summer Reading ListThe 2023 ALSC Summer Reading Lists are here! Compiled by the Quicklists Consulting Committee, the lists are full of engaging and award-winning book titles to keep children reading all summer. For young digital media fans, the committee also recommends a range of apps, podcasts, and websites to help kids discover and develop their interests.

This year’s clean, straightforward design makes the lists easy to download and print for distribution in your library and community. Find the FREE lists on the ALSC website.

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Annual Conference Updates

ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition - Chicago - June 22-27, 2023Advance registration rates for the ALA conference in June are in effect until June 16. ALSC is offering a robust line up of educational programs, special events, and award celebrations.  

ALSC's education program topics range from free arts programs in libraries and supporting young children's social and emotional development to parent engagement in school partnerships and deepening equity in early childhood learning. 

The Charlemae Hill Rollins President's Program is all about leadership! Featuring Dr. Ling Hwey Jeng, Ellen Oh, and Linda Sue Park, this panel discussion will focus on supporting all library workers in seeing themselves as leaders and encouraging leadership in others. The interactive program will explore ways to identify and activate leadership skills and areas of potential at all levels of library work, as well as how academia, publishing, and #kidlit all overlap. It will also include space for connection, networking, and reflection. 

In a very special event, We Need Diverse Books and ALA Present: How to Fight Book Bans: Authors on Speaking Up and Fighting Back, Samira Ahmed, Jerry Craft, Kyle Lukoff, Ashley Hope Pérez, Eliot Schrefer, and moderator Ellen Oh discuss book challenges and strategies and resources for teachers, administrators, and caregivers to fight back! 

The ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition is the world's largest library event, offering countless educational and networking opportunities, inspiring speakers, and informational sessions. Learn more on how you can make your case to attend and join us for this enriching professional development opportunity.

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Tell Congress to Protect the Freedom to Read

Like you, ALA is outraged at the extreme censorship efforts targeting libraries around the country. And we’re taking action. We know that the Constitution and our values are on our side – and our polling shows that voters agree. But the small minority of censorship proponents are loud. We need to get loud, too. Take action and tell Congress to reject censorship and defend the freedom to read: https://bit.ly/RejectCensorship 

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Anderson Receives 2023 Sullivan Award

Deborah AndersonDeborah Anderson is the recipient of the 2023 Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. The award annually recognizes an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children while maintaining administrative responsibilities.

Anderson, assistant director, Education and Engagement, Los Angeles County Library, was selected for her success in leading initiatives that clearly demonstrate what equity-centered programming for children and families should look like. With many years of experience, Anderson's efforts have been both far-reaching and impactful. The programs and services offered by Anderson and LA County Library have been crafted to meet the needs of its constituents, demonstrating a “meet them where they are” approach. While giving voice to those in the community who may have been overlooked or marginalized, they also expertly meet the immediate needs of our youngest library users.

Peggy Sullivan, the award's namesake, was a former ALSC President (1976-1977), ALA President (1980–1981), and ALA Executive Director (1992-1994). For more information about the award, visit the ALA website.

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CCBC Choices 2023

In March, the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison released CCBC Choices 2023, an annual list of best children's books created by the librarians at the CCBC. Choices has transitioned this year from a print to digital publication. Books in the Choices 2023 edition were published and/or released in the US in 2022 and are listed by category, with images, descriptions, and annotations. Find the CCBC Choices 2023 on the Center's website.

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CBC Announces "Favorites"

Children's Book Council Favorites AwardThe Children's Book Council (CBC) has released its 2023 Children’s Favorites, Young Adult Favorites, Teacher Favorites, and new this year, Librarian Favorites award lists. Every year young people from kindergarten through grade 12, teachers, and librarians across the country read newly-published books and vote for those they like best. Titles on the Favorites lists are selected from hundreds of works submitted by publishers and represent just that: favorite reads of children, young adults, and teachers/librarians. The lists and additional information about CBC Favorites are available on the Children's Book Council website.

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National Film Contest: How Youth Deal with Conflicting Ideas

Youth Free Expression Film ContestAs proven by the recent uptick in book banning, people often want to silence ideas that they feel are harmful or offensive. Daily, youth are confronted with views they disagree with, from school censorship to online hate speech. How are youth and young adults coping with conflicting viewpoints? The National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) wants to know and encourages filmmakers 19 and younger to participate in its Youth Free Expression Film Contest themed "Speaking with People Whose Ideas You Hate." The deadline for submissions is September 8, 2023.

NCAC encourages young artists to express themselves and share their stories through short 3-minute films that include animation, photographs, music, or other creative mediums. Film genres, such as documentaries, music videos, and narratives, among others, are welcome.

Winning entries will be judged based on relevant content, artistic and technical merit, and creativity. The top three filmmakers (individual or team) will receive a cash prize of $1,000, $500, or $250. Additional contest information, tips on filmmaking at home, content ideas, and copyright tips are available at https://ncac.org/project/film-contest.

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