February 21, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Go West, New Librarian; Teens Making a Difference Giveaway; Pet Poetry Contest | SLJTeen News

Do you remember your first ALA? Penguin and ALSC want ALA Annual in San Francisco to be a special first for a recently anointed librarian. Teens wanting to make a difference in their communities will find inspiration in Be a Changemaker. Young bard alert—the Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest is now open.

Penguin Young Readers Group Award Open for Application

Going to ALAThis award, made possible by an annual gift from Penguin Young Readers Group, provides a $600 stipend to up to four children’s librarians to attend their first ALA Annual Conference.

ALSC is looking for involved members who have initiated new programs or become innovators at their libraries, and have less than 10 years experience (and more than one) by the opening of the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The ALSC Grant Administration committee is now accepting applications for the 2015 Penguin Young Readers Group Award. Applications are due October 1. For complete information and applicant requirements, visit the Penguin Young Readers Award webpage.

Teens Making a Difference—An Inspiring Giveaway
Be a ChangemakerSchool is back in session, and many require students to commit to service hours in their communities. But most don’t tell teens how to do it. Laurie Ann Thompson’s new nonfiction title for teens, Be A Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters (S. & S./Beyond Words, Sept. 2014, Gr 7 Up), is a how-to guide for kids on taking action to make a positive difference in their communities and the world. It’s hands-on, practical, and has numerous examples of real teens (and tweens) who’ve created projects and organizations to push for socially-responsibly sourced palm oil to save orangutan habitat, clean up their neighborhoods, send girls to school in Rwanda, and more. Encourage young patrons to start something that matters with this inspiring book, and get their required service hours completed. And here’s a bonus for the classroom and library—Teen Librarian’s Toolbox is creating a workshop guide for the book that will be available in late October on author Laurie Ann Thompson’s website.
Five lucky winners will each receive Be a Changemaker in hardcover for their collections. To enter, send an email with your name, shipping address, and email address. Email entries must be received by midnight (PDT) on September 12. Winners will be selected in a random drawing and notified via email. One entry per person, please; prizes will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.
Pets Add Life Poetry Contest
Pet Poetry ContestSix students, grades 3-8, have the opportunity to win $1000 and more if their entry is selected as a winner in the 7th annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest. Have a special haiku for a hamster? An ode to the scratching post? Pets Add Life is a non-profit campaign established by the American Pet Products Association, and they have made it super easy to enter. Simply visit the Pets Add Life website for the submission form—deadline is Jan. 31, 2015.
SLJTeen header

This article was featured in our free SLJTeen enewsletter.
Subscribe today to have more articles like this delivered to you twice a month.

Dodie Ownes About Dodie Ownes

Dodie Ownes left the glamorous world of retrospective conversion and disco to jump on the library vendor train. Since then, she has been learning at the feet of the masters about all things library. Dodie lives in Golden, Colorado, where even the sign which arches the main street says "Howdy."

Building Literacy-Rich Communities
Hosted by Library Journal and School Library JournalStronger Together is a national gathering of thought leaders and innovators from across the country who will share where and how partnerships between school districts and public libraries are having success. Join us May 10–12 at the University of Nebraska Omaha, as we explore the impact these collaborations are having on the institutions, communities, and kids they serve.