The ALSC Board of Directors and ALSC President Carolyn Brodie will be hosting an ALSC Community Forum live chat during the first week of December. The first half of the hour will be an update of ALSC news, notes from the ALSC Fall Executive Board meeting and time for your questions. The second half of the hour will consist of a discussion on the topic of “advocacy.” Members of ALSC will be joined by the Advocacy and Legislation Committee for the discussion.
ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Division
PLA 2014 attendees: join youth librarians and ALSC members for an informal happy hour and networking event on Wednesday, March 12, 6-8pm at Scotty's Brewhouse on Virginia Avenue. This is a great opportunity to talk youth services, make new connections, and enjoy the company of colleagues. Participate in a giveaway for an ALSC gift bag! Cash bar, food will be available for purchase.
ALSC Networking and Happy Hour @ PLA 2014 Conference
Wednesday, March 12 @ 6-8pm
1 Virginia Ave., Indianapolis, IN
Get directions from the Indiana Convention Center
ALSC is pleased to announce significant upgrades to Children and Libraries: The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children (CAL). Beginning with Volume 12 in spring 2014, the journal will be issued quarterly and delivered in print and electronically. ALSC members and CAL subscribers will continue to receive their print copy delivered to their doorstep; and they will be able to access and read each new issue online. These modifications are in response to results of a 2011-2012 communications survey in which ALSC members expressed a preference for a quarterly journal, published digitally as well as in print.
The new quarterly CAL will be issued in Spring (March), Summer (June), Fall (September) and Winter (December). From its inception in 2003, CAL has been published three times annually and in print only. The new digital delivery of the journal will be through Metapress (http://www.metapress.com/ ), an e-publishing host that also delivers numerous other ALA serial publications. In addition, back issues of CAL—Volumes 1-11—will be digitized and available online.
Stay tuned to www.ala.org/alsc for more details as they develop.
Hayes, Baker & Taylor Awards Submission Deadline November 30
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Grants Administration Committee are currently accepting online applications for the 2014 Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award and the 2014 Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant. The deadline for both of these awards is Saturday, November 30, 2013.
The Maureen Hayes Author/Illustrator Award is made possible by an annual gift from Simon & Schuster. This $4,000 award, named in honor of Maureen Hayes, brings together children and nationally recognized authors/illustrators by funding an author/illustrator visit to a library. Applicants must be personal members of ALSC, as well as ALA members to apply.
The ALSC/Baker & Taylor Summer Reading Grant is made possible by the generosity of Baker & Taylor. This $3,000 grant is designed to encourage reading programs for children in public libraries, while recognizing ALSC members for outstanding program development. Applicants must be personal members of ALSC, as well as American Library Association members to apply.
Every year, more than $100,000 is given away through ALSC's professional awards, grants, and scholarships. For more information on these and other ALSC professional awards, please visit the Professional Awards & Grants section of the ALSC website.
Get ready, ALSC members! Fall is about to become a little more awesome.
Why? Because swirling leaves and sweater weather bring the launch of our brand-new eNewsletter—Everyday Advocacy Matters.
Published quarterly, Everyday Advocacy Matters will complement the ALSC Everyday Advocacy website and extend its rich resources with targeted, timely, and fun content.
Curious to know more? Here’s a peek at the goodies in each issue:
From the Editor. Find a friendly, lighthearted welcome to each issue from the Everyday Advocacy Member Content Editor.
Everyday Advocacy Spotlight. Look for the “Awesome Advocate Profile” and a seasonal feature to help focus your advocacy efforts (coming in January 2014).
News You Can Use. Snap up the latest reports, data, and stories to help you make the case for libraries in your community.
Get Inspired! Here’s your chance to shine! Check out the “Savvy Success Story” feature, highlighting the work of ALSC members just like you.
Calendar. Keep on top of your advocacy efforts with key dates for learning, sharing, and making a difference.
Resources. Link directly to the Everyday Advocacy website and ALSC blog for more great tips, tools, and techniques for success!
Watch for the first issue of Everyday Advocacy Matters on or around October 1.
Can’t wait until then? Visit Everyday Advocacy (www.ala.org/everyday-advocacy) anytime to be informed, engage with your community, speak out, get inspired, or share your advocacy story!
USBBY hosts the 10th IBBY Regional Conference in October at the new St. Louis Public Library.
Featured speakers include Ashley Bryan and Pat Mora, creators of the 2013 International Children's Book Day poster, Peter Sis the 2012 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Award, Bryan Collier and Jacqueline Woodson, 2014 illustrator and author nominees for the Hans Christian Andersen award as well as Katherine Paterson, Andrea Chang, Simon Elkeles, Sara Farizan, Gregory Maguire and Louise May. International speakers include: Mem Fox, Ifeoma Onyfulu, Siobhán Parkinson and Klaas Verplancke. There is still time to register
In addition to these key speakers, there are workshops, special exhibits, book discussions and poster sessions.
Here is a preview of the outstanding workshops, but check out the USBBY website for all the details.
Identity and Depiction
"Mask and Veil: Representations of Dual Identity in Art Spiegelman´s Maus and Marjane Satrapi´sPersepolis"
Presenter: Taraneh Matloob, Oakland University, MI
"Beyond the Dreidel: Evaluating the Depiction of the Jewish American Experience in Children´s Literature"
Presenter: Lisa Silverman, Sinai Akiba Academy, Los Angeles
Library Programming with a Global Focus
"Bringing the World to Your Library: Incorporating International Books into Everyday Practice"
Presenter: Robin L. Gibson, Westerville (Ohio) Public Library
"Diverse Voices, Digital Narratives: Connecting Children, Books, and Digital Media to Promote Bookjoy Around the World"
Presenter: Jamie Campbell Naidoo, University of Alabama
Immigration in YA Books
"Displacement Narratives: Displacing Authentic Voice or Addressing an Authentic Gap?"
Presenters: Holly Johnson, University of Cincinnati; Rebecca Gasiewicz, University of Cincinnati; Jessica Wertz, University of Cincinnati; and Craig West, University of Cincinnati
Writing about Tough Topics for Teens
Author Conversation: Sara Farizen and Simone Elkeles
Emerging African Artists and Writers
Author’s Perspective: Ifeoma Onyefulu
"Joyful News from South African Creators of Children´s Books"
Presenter: Barbara Lehman, Ohio State University, Mansfield
Using Special Collections
"Building Bloch´s: The Artistry of International Sensation Serge Bloch from Bayard´s Bible to the Tweets of Steve Martin"
Presenter: Neal Sokol, St. Louis, MO
"Resources for Children´s Literature Study in Special Collections and Archives"
Presenter: Karen Hoyle, St. Paul, MN
Celebrating Indigenous Cultures
"Celebrating and Revitalizing Language: Indigenous Bilingual Children´s Books"
Presenters: Nancy Hadaway, Arlington, TX; Terrell A. Young, Brigham Young University
"Celebrating Contemporary Native American Life in Children´s Books"
Presenters: Nancy Bo Flood and Linda Boyden authors; Lafrenda Frank, Salinas Bookshelf; Sam Scinta, Fulcrum Publishing, Inc.
YA Literature in North and South Korea
"North Korean Lives: Real-life Stories in Young Adult Literature"
Presenter: G. Yeon Park, Indiana University
"Korean Graphic Novels as a Window, a Mirror, and a Door: Toward a Deeper Understanding for LGBTQ Inclusion"
Presenter: Kyoung Wan Cathy Shin, Indiana University
"PictureBookJoy: Humor in International Picture Books"
Presenter: Carolyn Angus, Claremont (CA) Graduate University
"Crossing Boundaries with Humor: Experiencing Contemporary Childhood through Humor Codes in Korean and Japanese Picture Books"
Presenters: Yoo Kyung Sung, University of New Mexico; Junko Sakoi, University of Arizona
Culture-Specific Children´s Collections
"The Status of the Bunko in Japan"
Presenter: Junko Shiozaki, Keio University. Japan
"´Masaya, Maganda, at Mahiwaga´: Rewards and Challenges of Developing a Filipino Children´s Book Collection"
Presenter: Danilo M. Baylen, University of West Georgia
"Depictions of African American and Black Culture in Graphic Literature"
Presenter: Michael Kersulov, Indiana University, Bloomington
"Hair in Children´s Literature around the World"
Presenter: Theresia Enny Anggraini, Ohio State University
Joys of the Author-Editor Relationship
Author: Andrea Cheng
Editor: Louise May
Cross-Cultural Fertilization of Folklore
"Nossa Senhora Aparecida de Brasil and Our Lady of Guadalupe of Mexico"
Presenters: Denise Davila, University of Georgia, Athens; Renata Junqueira de Souza, Universidade Estadual Paulista, São Paulo
"The Mitten Motif"
Presenters: Chelsey May Bahlmann, University of Georgia, Athens; Xiaoli Hong, University of Georgia, Athens; Oksana Lushchevska, University of Georgia, Athens
"Getting to Know ´The Other´: Muslims in Children´s Literature"
Presenter: Elsa Marston, Bloomington, IN
"Understanding Islam and Muslims through Picture Books"
Presenter: Heidi Torres, Indiana University
"BookJoy for Middle School: Poetry in Many Voices"
Presenters: Sylvia Vardell, Texas Woman´s University; David L. Harrison, Springfield, MO
The Immigrant Experience
"Finding Truths in Fiction: Immigration Stories in Korean-American Picture Books"
Presenter: Joanne Yi, Indiana University
"Exploring Journeys: The Bookjoy of Global Children´s Literature"
Presenters: Linda T. Parsons, Ohio State University, Marion; Angela Rietschin, Ohio State University, Marion; Bettie Parsons Barger, Ohio State University, Marion; Lisa Patrick, Ohio State University, Marion
See you in St. Louis,
Doris Gebel, USBBY Past President
As part of on-going efforts to better serve the members, the ALSC Membership Committee will be performing a biennial needs assessment survey this spring. The committee encourages all ALSC members to take this ten-minute survey. The survey will assess 1) who ALSC members are, and 2) how the division can best serve its members.
As an incentive for members to take the survey, the committee is offering participants the opportunity to be entered into a raffle to win a ticket to the 2013 Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Banquet or an ALSC online course or webinar. To win, participants must be personal members of ALSC. The deadline to take the survey is 11:59 pm CT on Monday, April 28, 2013.
To take the 2013 ALSC Membership Needs Assessment Survey, please visit: http://svy.mk/YDdz5j
Ben Alire Sáenz, David Díaz to Receive Prestigious Belpré Medal for Excellence in Latino Children’s Literatureby Charmette Kuhn-Kendrick on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 at 04:43 pm
Ben Alire Sáenz, David Díaz to Receive Prestigious Belpré Medal for Excellence in Latino Children’s Literature
What: 2013 Pura Belpré Celebración When: Sunday, June 30, 2013, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Where: HYATT Regency Grand A 151 East Wacker Dr. Chicago, Ill.
David Díaz, illustrator of Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert, and Benjamin Alire Sáenz, author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, will receive the prestigious Belpré Medal during the annual meeting of the American Library Association to be held on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Grand A, 151 East Wacker Drive.
The Pura Belpré Medal, established in 1996, honors Latino authors and illustrators whose work best portrays, affirms and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in works for children. The award is jointly co-sponsored by REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking, an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of ALA.
In Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Sáenz explores issues of identity, friendship, family and love in this exquisite novel that captures the story of two boys on the edge of manhood. Simon & Schuster Books published the book for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division. Alire Sáenz was named one of the fifty most inspiring authors in the world by Poets and Writers Magazine in 2010, and received the PEN / Faulkner Fiction Award in 2013.
David Diaz ‘s dazzling illustrations for Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert expertly demonstrate his use of color, perspective and contrast to portray luminous mixed-media illustrations that complement and expand the illustrated biography of the first African-heritage saint of the Américas. The book was written by Gary D. Schmidt and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Sonia Manzano, better known as “Maria” on Sesame Street, will receive an Honor Award for The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, for her work that captures the political, social and cultural tensions brought on by her activism in the Young Lords in 1969 Spanish Harlem. Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., published her debut novel
Guest scholar Lisa Sánchez González, author The Stories I Read to My Children: The Life and Writing of Pura Belpré will speak briefly on the work of the first Latina Librarian in the United States, Pura Belpré, for whom this award is named.
The ceremony will also feature a musical presentation by Bomba con BUYA, a Puerto Rican Youth Performing Arts Group from Chicago.
ALSC is the world's largest organization dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC, visit their website at www.ala.org/alsc.
REFORMA is national organization of library and information professionals committed to promoting the development of library collections that include Spanish language and Latino oriented materials. The organization strongly advocates for culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate library services, programs and materials to meet the information and cultural needs of the Latino community. For more information on REFORMA, visit www.reforma.org.
Children and families are increasingly online. Our libraries have the opportunity to reinforce the storytime environment and demonstrate early literacy skills using online videos! Join representatives from King County Library System and Washington County Cooperative Library Services as they demonstrate filming, editing and uploading videos right before your eyes. You will discover a variety of video and editing tools and learn how to incorporate online video into your library’s early literacy offerings. You will see: Flip Camera, Zoom Q3HD Camera, Final CutX editing software, Windows Movie Maker, YouTube and MediaWiki.
Conclude our year-long Caldecott celebration at the ALSC President’s Program in Chicago by experiencing a powerful method of engaging with pictures—and then exploring the value of using the technique with children. Whether the images are masterpieces on a museum wall, part of a picture book narrative, or photographs and charts in a science text, understanding and appreciating what we see is a skill that can be developed. In part one of the program, Oren Slozberg, Senior Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) Trainer/Recent Executive Director, will invite audience participation as he introduces the process. This method has proven to be highly effective in public libraries and schools in developing observation skills, critical thinking, and civil discourse--powerful habits of mind across the curriculum and throughout life. '
In part two, library and museum partners will demonstrate how collaboration adds up to more than the sum of its parts in supporting visual literacy. Pat Bliquez, Teacher/Librarian at Roxhill Elementary in Seattle, will describe how she uses VTS across the curriculum, with Caldecott books, and in partnership with the Frye Art Museum. Elizabeth McChesney, Director of System Wide Children and Young Adult Services at the Chicago Public Library, and Mary Erbach, Assistant Director of Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss the 20-year partnership between their institutions that has placed the intersection of visual and print literacy at the heart of their programs. They will be joined by Bryan Wunar, Director of Education at the Museum of Science and Industry, giving them the opportunity to describe how they are responding to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s “Summer of Learning” initiative in which STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming transforms to STEAM by adding Art! Take inspiration from the design of their creative three-way collaboration that addresses 21st-century learning competencies—and imagine the possibilities for your library, whether you have local partners or simply access to the wealth of virtual museum resources.
This free program offers the latest research and replicable models supporting the value of training children’s eyes and minds to observe, think, create, and innovate. Please join us! Follow this program on Twitter at #alscprez13