Librarians and teachers, as well as government and school district officials, have spoken out against the revocation and vowed support for all students.
Librarians are addressing student concerns with “safe spaces,” support groups, book displays, special programming—and lots of hugs.
The Joint Chiefs of Storytime Underground have a clear position: Librarianship is not a neutral profession, and libraries are not neutral spaces.
Along with singing, rhyming, and clapping, the popular Guerrilla Storytime sessions at ALA addressed scenarios librarians might face: emotional children, an ambulance appearing outside the window, or a power outage.
At the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, teen services librarians dipped into the “challenge bucket” and talked fandoms, profanity, and crying teens during the YA Smackdown sessions.
Teen services librarians longing for practical yet convivial professional dialogue have found it online in the blog “Teen Services Underground,” which debuted during the American Library Association’s 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.
Allow me to explain why your library should not provide holiday programs this winter, or ever. Instead, get creative—and offer programs in which everyone in your community can participate.