From the ALA Director 4/4: Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC)

Association for Library Service to Children  (ALSC)

Applications Now Open to Host the 2015 Arbuthnot Lecture Featuring Brian Selznick

The 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee is now accepting applications to host the 46th May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.  Brian Selznick, award-winning author and illustrator, will be the featured speaker.  Host site application formsare available online and are dueMay 16, 2014.  Information about host site responsibilities is included in the application materials.  The lecture traditionally is held in April or early May.


Friends of ALSC Institute Scholarship

The Friends of ALSC are giving away two scholarships to attend the ALSC National Institute in September.  Scholarship recipients must be ALSC members who work directly with children in a library setting.  The scholarships will include Institute registration (at the early bird rate) and a $1,000 travel stipend to cover airfare and hotel lodging.  The scholarship application will be available on the ALSC website at early April.


Explore Children’s Fairyland at the 2014 ALSC National Institute

Registration is exceeding expectations for the ALSC National Institutetaking place at the Oakland Marriott City Center in Oakland, CA, September 18–20, 2014.  As of March 17, 2014, ALSC has more than 70 people registered.  The Institute is two and a half days of conference programming, devoted solely to children’s librarianship, literature, and technology.  A special reception will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 for registered attendees at Children’s Fairyland and will feature a panel presentation by Daniel Handler, Mac Barnett, and Jennifer Holm.


ALSC Blog Hosts 2014 Photo Contest

To display the creativity and keen eye of its members, the ALSC Blog is hosting a photo contest this spring.  Participants are being asked to submit a photo that relates to children’s librarianship.  Prizes include tickets to the Newbery-Caldecott Banquet and gift certificates to Barnes & Noble.  Participants must be ALSC members to enter.  Anyone, members and nonmembers, can vote in the final round.


ALSC Student Session: Create a Personal Learning Network that Works for You

On Tuesday, March 25, 2014, ALSC hosted a student session on creating a personal learning network.  The session was presented by Cory Eckert, Kendra Jones, and Amy Koester.  ALSC Student Sessions are free, one-hour virtual workshops.  Held quarterly, these free webinars are hosted by the ALSC Membership Committee and directed specifically at students, but open to all members and non-members with an interest in children’s library services.


ALSC to Host New Member Forum on April 23

ALSC announced that it will hold a live New Member Forum on Wednesday, April 23 at 3 p.m. (Eastern).  This hour-long event is free and open to members and non-members.  Registration is now open.  As part of the forum, ALSC Membership Committee Chair Amanda Roberson will examine ways of getting involved with the division.  Attendees are invited to discuss these topics and their experiences with membership.  The forum will take place on Adobe Connect.  A recorded webcast of the event will be available following the live session.


Día Family Book Club Curriculum

ALSC has released the Día Family Book Club Curriculum.  As an extension of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, the Día Family Book Club is a reading program that engages children and families in the shared reading and discussion of contemporary children’s literature that reflects our common plurality.  The curriculum is made up of twelve lesson plans, six for children ages 4 to 8, and six for children ages 8 to 12.



ALSC is currently offering a webinar on Maker Programming: No Makerspace Required.  The first webinar took place on March 18, and repeated webinar presentations will take place on April 9 and April 24.  Additional webinars will be available for registration in mid-April.

[Daniel – These will likely be archived. Search around.]


Continuing Education Proposals

The ALSC Education Committee is always considering new courses and webinars to add to ALSC’s growing online education offerings.  Members interested in teaching need to fill out an online application and provide a copy of their resume, teaching references, and a course syllabus (not needed for webinars).  The Education Committee will be selecting proposals on a rolling basis to allow for courses to be added multiple times throughout the year.  


ALSC Professional Awards Announced

Penguin Young Readers Group  o JoAnna Schofield, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Akron, OH,  Rikki Unterbrink, Amos Memorial Library, Sidney, OH, o Amanda Yother, Putnam County Library, Cookeville, TN.

Maureen Hayes Award:  Keene Public Library in New Hampshire will host Andrea Davis Pinkney who will speak about her work and the Civil Rights Movement at the elementary school and present a public lecture for the community.

Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant:  Chesterfield County Public Library in Virginia will use the grant funds for the program, PAWS TO READ.  The program will feature a trained reading therapist, reading mentors and therapy dogs to work with children and teens in preventing summer reading loss.  Also, the library plans to donate meals to homeless animals at the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter in recognition of readers.


Talahi Community School, St. Cloud, MN, North Shelby Library, Birmingham, AL,

Northwood Elementary School, Crestview, FL.

Distinguished Service Award:  Susan Roman has served ALA and ALSC from internal and external positions throughout her career.  She was Executive Director of ALSC (1986 – 2000) and ALA Director of the Development Office from (2000 – 2005).  She has served on several book evaluation committees including the John Newbery Award Committee and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award Committee, and she is currently a member of the ALA Council.

Bechtel Fellowship:  Natalie Ziarnik is the head of the Children’s Department at the Ela Area Public Library District in Lake Zurich, IL.  She will conduct comparative studies of books published for children featuring science related themes, noting how texts change as new information becomes available and how accuracy and thoroughness are balanced with appeal to readers.

Light the Way Grant:  LGBT Center of Raleigh Library in Raleigh, NC plans to use the grant to serve members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.  The primary goal of the project will be to provide networking opportunities, create an affirming space for LGBT families with children ages 0-6, and to increase the use of the Library’s space and circulation of materials.  The library will also partner with Out! Raleigh, SAGE Raleigh and the Marbles Kids Museum.


2014 Annual Conference Activities

Charlemae Rollins President’s Program: The Ripple Effect: Library Partnerships that Positively Impact Children, Families, Communities, and Beyond, Monday, June 30, 2014.  At the 2014 ALSC President’s Program, attendees will become inspired to create meaningful partnerships in their libraries and learn how library and community collaborations can be the nexus of support for children and families.  Amy Dickinson, syndicated advice columnist, will inspire with the keynote address.  She will speak about her collaboration with the Family Reading Partnership of Ithaca, NY to launch the campaign “A Book in Every Bed,” that then sparked a national movement.  Anna McQuinn, author of Lola at the Library, will bring an international perspective to the proceedings and speak of her work in the United Kingdom with young children and their families.  The program will round up with a panel of librarians from across the country discussing their innovative partnerships that support children and families.  Attendees  will discover together how community collaborations can create change that ripples out to strengthen families, communities, and beyond.  More information will be posted on the ALSC website as it becomes available.

The 2014 Pura Belpré Award Celebración, will take place on Sunday from 1:00 – 3:00p.m.  ALSC and REFORMA are proud to request the honor of your presence at the Pura Belpré Award Celebración.  Please join winning authors and illustrators in a special event that will honor and celebrate the 2014 medal and honor winners.

The ALSC Awards Presentationwill take place on Monday from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.  The Batchelder, Carnegie, Geisel, and Sibert Awards will be presented, and the ALSC membership meeting will follow from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

This was excerpted from EBD # 12.20 2013-2014 Report to Council and Executive Board April 4, 2014 from Keith Michael Fiels Executive Director.

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