April 19, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Shining the Light on Pura Belpré’s Legacy | Libro por libro

Tim Wadham shares how Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, was a pioneer in the library field and influenced services and literature for Spanish-speaking patrons.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

At Virginia Libraries, Kids Will Read with Dogs This Summer to Bone Up on Literacy

With the help of therapy dogs, a reading therapist, and reading mentors, the Chesterfield (VA) County Library will host a summer reading program for children, including disabled kids.

Kick-butt Pura Belpré Winners for Día de los niños/Children’s Day | Libro por libro

In this month’s Libro por libro column, Tim Wadham suggests how librarians can incorporate the 2014 Pura Belpré winners in their Día de los niños/Children’s Day programs on April 30.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

New ALSC Rule Will Limit Awards Committee Members’ Reviewing, Blogging

Starting in 2016, Youth Media Youth Awards committee members won’t be able to review or blog about titles eligible for that year’s awards.

Ezra Jack Keats Grants; Win a Wireless Lab; Celebrate Kindness | News Bites

The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers minigrants. Kent State SLIS plans a course in Denmark. CDW-G, Discovery Education launch the Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes. The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network celebrates No Name-Calling Week. Grants are available for Día programs with an African American focus.

YALSA Summer Reading Grants; LOC’s Twitter Feed for Educators | News Bites

YALSA and Dollar General Literacy Foundation are offering two $1,000 grants for Summer Reading programs: one for employing a teen intern and another for purchasing resources. The Library of Congress has launched a new Twitter feed for K–12 educators which can be found @TeachingLC. ALSC members are encouraged to send suggestions for the 2013 Theodor Geisel Award to the committee chair, Penny Peck. Capstone Interactive ebooks are now compatible with the Amazon Kindle Fire HD.

Secrets of Storytime: 10 Tips for Great Sessions from a 40-year Pro

Storytime is the premium service for children in public libraries across the country. For many youth librarians, it’s the most treasured part of their job. A storytime veteran shares her best practices.

STEAM at the Library Supports Literacy, Common Core | ALA 2013

Do you know STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics)? From hosting “parties” with traditional building blocks to using science kits with young children, ideas for STEAM programming in libraries were shared at a recent panel at the ALA (American Library Association) annual conference.

Costumed Revelers Honor ALSC Youth Media Award Winners | ALA 2013

Dressed in book-themed costumes and hats, hundreds of enthusiastic librarians gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago to honor the winners of the 2013 Caldecott, Newbery, and Wilder Awards, presented by the Association for Library Service to Children.

ALSC Celebrates 75 Years of Caldecott | ALA 2013

Members of the Association of Library Service to Children celebrated 75 years of the Caldecott Medal this weekend with a welcoming reception Thursday evening honoring authors and illustrators, and a day-long preconference on Friday at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Convention Blues | Consider the Source

The author argues that nonfiction remains marginal–so marginal that neither ALSC nor YALSA seems to notice their bias. The question is, why?

ALA Youth Divisions Announce New Presidents

The American Library Association has selected the presidents of its three youth divisions and the members of its 2015 Newbery, Caldecott, Sibert, Printz, Edwards, and Nonfiction Awards committees.

New Bites: American Indian Youth Lit, Gryphon, & CBC Awards Announced

Following 2013 ALA Midwinter, many awards for children’s literature were announced, including the American Indian Youth Lit, Gryphon, and the Children’s Book Committee Awards.

News Bites: Apply for ALSC Día Mini-Grants by February 1

Check out this week’s News Bites for the latest information on library grants, writing contest for young adults, and more.

MediaMix: Check Out These Winning Websites

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Great Websites for Kids Committee has announced their picks for Spring 2012. The 11 websites, intended for children from birth to age 14, have been selected based on their outstanding concept and execution.