April 23, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Calling All Kid-Friendly Administrators!

Have you launched an exemplary children’s after-school series? Or set up outreach services for a daycare program? If you have, consider nominating yourself or a colleague for the 2013 Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. The annual award honors an individual who has shown exceptional understanding and support of library services for kids. Sponsored by Peggy Sullivan, the former dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Rosary College, in River Forest, IL, and the American Library Association’s (ALA) one-time executive director, the award is administered by ALA. Nominees should also have management, supervisory, or administrative experience that has included public library service to children. But don’t delay, the deadline for submitting an application is December 1. For more information and to check out an application form, visit the Sullivan Award’s webpage.

Last year’s winner was Lynda Welborn Freas, director of family services at Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO. Freas received the award for her innovative approach to providing children’s services throughout her career, particularly recognizing the integration of Family Place Libraries™ at Anythink’s seven locations, the redesign of the children’s summer reading program, and for spearheading the addition of Nature Explore outdoor gardens which bring community members together with children in an environment in which they can build, play, and connect with nature in a new way.

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Empowering Teens: Fostering the Next Generation of Advocates
Teens want to make a difference and become advocates for the things they care about. Librarians working with young people are in a unique position to help them make an impact on their communities and schools. Ignite your thinking and fuel these efforts at your library through this Library Journal online course—April 24 & May 8.