Hear Ye! Hear Ye! | February 2024

Member News


Aaron Stefanich (far left), Children’s Services Director, Grand Forks Public Library, was named the North Dakota Library Association's 2023 Librarian of the Year, recognizing Aaron's outstanding contributions to the North Dakota library profession. Congratulations, Aaron!

Dr. Ramona Caponegro (left center) joined the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Studies in January 2024 as full professor. Cheers to you, Ramona! (Photo credit: Randy Mascharka)

Tony Carmack (left), Senior Librarian, Placer County (California) Library, was honored in December as a Gold in Education Partner by the Placer County Office of Education for his contributions to early childhood education and literacy for youth. Kudos, Tony!

Renew This Spring! Take an Online Course


ALSC is offering three online courses this spring.

Tools and Techniques for Promoting Early Literacy in BIPOC Communities - March 4 - April 14

Join instructor Dee Brown, a social services librarian, in an exploration of culturally responsive strategies, diverse children's literature, and community engagement practices to foster a love for reading and empower young learners from BIPOC backgrounds.

Using Picture Books to Discuss Social Justice and Equity - April 1 - April 28

In this course taught by Rabia Khokhar, an elementary teacher and education and equity consultant, participants will learn: practical ways to launch conversations around social justice and equity using picture books, how to select picture books with a social justice focus, and cross-curricular strategies for enacting intentional and ongoing social justice work.

American Sign Language with Children in Storytime or in the Classroom: A Practical Guide - April 1 - May 12

Programming expert and signing storyteller Kathy MacMillan explores the benefits of signing with all children and employs readings, multimedia resources, online discussion boards, and customized video assignments to help prepare participants for sharing ASL in effective and respectful ways in programs.

ALSC members receive a 25% discount on eCourses! Learn more about ALSC online classes.

Back to top

Celebrate Día with Free Resources!


ALSC encourages libraries and community organizations to connect children with diverse books and programming opportunities through Día - Children's Day/Book Day. Día is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds.

National Día Program Registry 2024. Is your library hosting Día programming this year? Share information about the public programs you are hosting in your community by completing the program registry form. The Día Program Registry is a national database showcasing all types and sizes of Día programming that is searchable by state. Program coordinators using the registry can also request a personalized webpage to help promote their Día events. For more information, visit the Program Registry webpage.

Free resources for download! Updated 2024 Día reading lists - in English and Spanish - highlight engaging and award-winning books that celebrate diverse cultures! Use our eye-catching graphics to promote your Día opportunities in social media. Take advantage of these resources to celebrate literacy for all and #bookjoy!

Back to top

Morris Seminar Applications

Applications are open for the 2024 William Morris Seminar: Book Evaluation Training, an all-day seminar where participants learn and practice children's media evaluation techniques and skills. The training is led by experts in children's media evaluation. The application deadline is March 15.

The seminar is scheduled for Thursday, September 19, 2024, in Denver, immediately preceding the ALSC National Institute. The training is intended for those who have not served on an ALSC book award evaluation committee in the past.

Through the support of the Morris Endowment, the seminar is offered at no charge to attendees; a $450 stipend to help defray travel expenses is also included. For more information, visit the Morris Seminar page.

Back to top

Children's Literature Lecture Updates

The 2024 Children's Literature Lecture, featuring the award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia, will be held Wednesday evening, April 17, at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. The event is free but does require registration. Information on reserving a spot is coming soon. Stay tuned to the lecture webpage.

Applications to host the 2025 Children's Literature Lecture with Kyle Lukoff are open! The host site receives a $2,000 honorarium to help defray costs incurred in hosting the lecture. To learn more about the responsibilities of the host institution, see Appendix D of the Children's Literature Lecture Award Committee Manual.

Back to top

Presenting the 2024 Youth Media Awards and Notables

The latest round of award-winning books and media were announced in January at ALA's Youth Media Awards press conference at LibLearnX in Baltimore! Many thanks to all our committee members for their work and dedication in selecting the best of the best from 2023. If you were unable to join us in Baltimore or watch the live stream of the press conference, you are in luck. A recording of the event is available, along with a complete list of 2024 award results, at https://www.ala.unikron.com/.

ALSC's media evaluation committees also have been hard at work over the past year reviewing and evaluating media and compiling their lists of exceptional work for children. The Notable Children's Books, Recordings, and Digital Media lists are on the ALSC website. Three cheers to ALSC's amazing member volunteers!

Back to top

Talk Story Grant Applications Open


Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture is a family literacy program that reaches out to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) and American Indian and Alaskan Native (AIAN) families and their intergenerational community members, celebrating and affirming Asian, Pacific Islander, and American Indian intersectionalities through books, oral traditions, and art.

Talk Story grants are available that support opportunities in library and community organizations that highlight AAPI and AIAN stories through programs, services, and collection materials.

Four $500 grants are being offered: two by the American Indian Library Association (AILA) and two by the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA). Applications are due by March 15, 2024. Awards will be announced by May 1.

Visit the AILA and APALA Talk Story webpages for complete details.

Back to top

2024 Myers Awards Recipients


We Need Diverse Books recently announced the winners and honorees of the ninth annual Walter Dean Myers Awards. The award celebrates the legacy of author Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014), who served as the third National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (2012-2013), authored over a hundred titles, and won countless awards, including two Newbery Honors. The 2024 recipients include:

Younger Readers (ages 9-13) Category Award
Remember Us by Jacqueline Woodson

Younger Readers Category Honor
Grounded by Aisha Saeed, Huda Al-Marashi, Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow, and S.K. Ali

Teen Category (ages 13-18) Award
Saints of the Household by Ari Tison

Teen Category Honor
All the Fighting Parts by Hannah V. Sawyerr

Back to top