ALA Editions

25 projects for eco explorers

CHICAGO — Though the daily news is filled with reports of climate change, severe weather, environmental distress, and endangered species, children’s librarians and educators might be uncertain how to incorporate these topics into their current curriculum. Christine M.

Recruiting and retaining younger generations for library boards, Friends groups, and Foundations

CHICAGO — According to 2016 Pew Research Center survey data, Millennials are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult demographic. But despite being core library users, millennials and other younger generations are often underrepresented on library boards and library advocacy groups, including Friends groups and Foundations.

Celebrating how library workers are making a difference for their communities

CHICAGO — Libraries are community connectors, places where people come together, think together, and learn together. Libraries support and nurture strong, resilient communities. Day in and day out, the library workers at these institutions are doing much more than ensuring equal and equitable access to information; and their impact stretches far beyond the books, programs, and services they facilitate.

Pairing STEAM with stories

CHICAGO — Laying the groundwork for building children’s curiosity, openness to learning, ability to persist in the face of failure, and interest in connecting learning from one subject to the other are important objectives for today’s libraries. Partnering with cultural institutions, such as the Chicago Public Library (CPL) does with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), libraries can forge powerful connections between literacy and science.

Ready-to-use gaming programs for libraries

CHICAGO — Gaming programs offer many benefits: they encourage patron participation, strengthen community bonds with the library, and when done right they can be incredibly popular. Elyssa Kroski, a bestselling author as well as an avid gamer herself, gathers programming ideas from public, school, and academic libraries nationwide in her new book “52 Ready-to-Use Gaming Programs for Libraries,” published by ALA Editions.

Open access digital scholarship in action

CHICAGO — Many in the world of scholarship share the conviction that open access will be the engine of transformation leading to more culture, more research, more discovery, and more solutions to small and big problems. “Open Praxis, Open Access: Digital Scholarship in Action,” published by ALA Editions, brings together librarians, scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and thinkers to take measure of the open access movement.

The 2020 edition of the Newbery and Caldecott Awards guide

CHICAGO — Newly updated to include the 2020 award and honor books, “The Newbery and Caldecott Awards: A Guide to the Medal and Honor Books,” published by ALA Editions, gathers the books deemed most distinguished in American children's literature and illustration since the inception of the renowned prizes. A trusted guidebook for quick reference and collection development, it’s also a useful resource for curriculum links and readers' advisory.

Young activists and the public library

CHICAGO — Assisted by social media and other digital tools, today’s children and teens are energetic and active participants in a host of social causes, from climate change and gun control to voting rights and racial equity. Public libraries can facilitate their activism by providing trustworthy information and creating opportunities for young people to develop leadership and participation skills.

AASL’s guide to 30-minute STEAM activities for elementary learners

CHICAGO — Published by AASL and ALA Editions, Deborah Rinio’s book “STEAM Activities in 30 Minutes for Elementary Learners” places school librarians at the intersection of inquiry, exploration, and creativity in an elementary school setting. Learners will think like a scientist and design like an engineer using an iterative process to make authentic learning connections and develop a growth mindset.