Syndicate content

ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children) Division

In: Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), Children's Services

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.

1
View:   Faces | List
DiscussionsDiscussions
Discussions

Online Doc Preschool Discussion Group 2017 ALA Annual Report

by Linda Ernst on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 02:29 pm

NAME OF DISCUSSION GROUP:__Preschool Services Discussion Group__________

DISCUSSION GROUP CONVENOR/S:_Linda L. Ernst & Sue McCleaf Nespeca______

 

DISCUSSION TOPIC:  

 

Two for One Special!

NAME OF DISCUSSION GROUP:__Preschool Services Discussion Group__________

DISCUSSION GROUP CONVENOR/S:_Linda L. Ernst & Sue McCleaf Nespeca______

 

DISCUSSION TOPIC:  

 

Two for One Special!

STORY WALKS PRESCHOOL and Preschool STORYTIME CHALLENGES! 

 

SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION:

Preschool Services Discussion Group

ALA Annual – Chicago, IL

Sunday, June 25, 2017

1:00pm-2:30pm

Hilton Chicago, Lake Erie

 

Topic: STORY WALKS

 

How do you set up a story walk? What are the ins and outs to make it a success? How can you use Story Walks in other locations to attract different audiences?

Speaker: Ashley Waring, MLS; Assistant Director; Reading Public Library, MA

Meeting Notes:

Speaker: Story Walk is trademarked by Anne Ferguson in Montpelier, Vermont. If you use the term, you may need to contact them, or use a disclaimer. Ashley explained that they did their Story Walks based on the booklet by the Boston Children’s Museum and did the program in various places such as: conservation lands, at shopping centers and in downtown store windows. They have done five so far. They do StoryWalks during school breaks and keep it up for two weeks. Example: Tree lighting walk. Families went from shop to shop. Story was Elves and Shoemaker. Bought two copies of the book and took apart. Ordered on Amazon, used copies in good condition. Pages were hard core laminated (use 10-milliitrel laminator sheets for durability). It is important for the pages to be stiff and weatherproof. Each stake was labelled with “Property of… Return to….” Labeling is important so these items were not thrown away at shops, etc.  A logbook was kept at the last page’s location --- people signed if they participated, so library would have stats. If they signed, they were also entered into a raffle. StoryWalk was advertised thorough: electronic signs in library, on library calendar, local newspapers, press releases, local school districts. The first page would explain what StoryWalk was, how it works, and credit the library. Then on the bottom of each page they would have the library logo. It also gave directions telling them how to proceed through the story, with arrows giving directions. Some pages were under Plexiglas.

The link below will give you the whole booklet about “Building Literacy Skills through StoryWalk” from the Boston Children’s Museum and provides guidelines & suggestions.

http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/rttt/storywalk/storywalk_v3web.pdf

Variations:

  • “Everybody Walks” was name used in Arizona. Focus was also on staying healthy, which they hope will help with grant funding also. Cost $50 to $60 to do.
  • There is a foundation (Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, Vermont) that will send books. You can borrow them and send them back.  Info. and list of books: http://www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk
  • Suggestion: if possible make the last stop inside the library. Families needed to enter the library to read the last page. They printed a map for folks to follow.
  • Information from the Kansas Library Association: http://kslibassoc.org/2014Conf/handouts/storywalkproject.pdf

 

Topic:PRESCHOOL STORYTIME CHALLENGES! 

How do you handle large groups and disruptive children? How about families that come late and interrupt the program? Parents who sit in the back of the room and talk to each other? Parents who text and do not pay attention (while you are trying to share early literacy tips)?

 

Discussion Points from Participants:

  • Be direct in your body language, facial expressions and tone.
  • Use nice tone to tell people to put phones away (just like they do at the theatre).
  • “Please turn phones off and put them away.  Take this time to be with your child without interruptions.”
  • Make sure mother/caregiver is sitting within the group (not in back of room) to help keep control.
  • Praise children – “You are doing an amazing job of listening, but some Moms (adults) are talking.”
  • Some parents expect you to do something and keep control.
  • Talk to parents directly at the end of the program
  • Have a bouncer at door (staff member) and close door when program starts. Bouncer does not let latecomers in. Bouncer also greets others when they arrive.
  • One parent wrote to mayor and mayor wrote back to be on time.
  • Once door is closed, folks can’t go in. Schools start on time. Children need to get use to that.
  • Child has meltdown --- “Feel free to go out and come back in.”
  • “Put away anything that is distracting.”
  • “Parents --- the more you are engaged in the program, the more kids will want to be engaged.”
  • Tell kids “Can you help your parent do that?” or “Let’s teach the big people this song since they don’t seem to know it!”  Use songs such as: “Row, row, row, your boat” and “Wheels of Bus,” have the adult be bus or boat and have child sit in the adult’s lap.
  • If you can lock door so you can get out, and they cannot get in, have sign on door “Storytime Has Started. I am sorry you have missed it. Please come again next time.” Sign is in English and Spanish.
  • One library has guidelines. “If we do all of these things, we will have a great time.” 1. Participate and sing songs, do rhymes (parent/caregiver) 2. No cell phones on 3. No food or drink 4. Meltdown statement.
  • One librarian will just stop, even if in middle of the story and is totally silent until everyone is quiet.
  • Keep consistency. Start on time, start with same opener.
  • One library reverses and does playtime first. Then most people have arrived, and then does storytime. Song “Everyone put their ball away,” or other clean-up song (ex – “Goodbye Shakers” to the tune of “Goodbye Ladies”). When finished, use goodbye song and shakers.
  • Others do bubbles last, and have a stamp.
  • Use songs that calm children down like “Twinkle Twinkle.” Another example is “Tall Tree” that can be found at the King County Library System’s “Tell Me a Story” site: https://kcls.org/content/tall-trees/
  • Three tips for a fun story time: 1. don’t expect the kids to sit absolutely still but do expect you (the adult) to keep them safe. If there’s a meltdown, step outside & regroup. 2. Distractions away till the end of the program when there will be time for that (snacks, visiting, etc.) 3. Big people take part – the more engaged you are, the more your child will be. 
  • Try to be aware of any children with special needs in your group.  Talk to the parents and see what they suggest to help their child enjoy the program.  You may want to investigate and gain more insights at websites such as Reading Rockets, Storytime Underground, WebJunction: The learning place for libraries that includes programs like -  Serving the Underserved: Children with Disabilities at Your Library. Search the web with phrases such as “Story time special needs,” ‘story times disabilities,’ or “story times ADHD.”

 

TOPIC for 2018 Midwinter: Books and STEAM Activities

 

 

FUTURE PLANS: 2018 ALA Midwinter:   Books and STEAM Activities

More...

Discussion 2017 ALSC PREconference - June 23, 2017

by Martha Simpson on Sat, May 20, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Perceive. Rise. Engage.” This summer the Association for Library Service to Children invites you to an ALSC PREconference celebrating the 2017 Batchelder, Belpré, Caldecott, Geisel, Newbery, and Sibert Honor Books. Seventeen authors, illustrators, and publishers of this year’s honor titles will be in conversation, considering the ways in which their very different books are connected along some interesting and compelling thematic lines.

Perceive. Rise. Engage.” This summer the Association for Library Service to Children invites you to an ALSC PREconference celebrating the 2017 Batchelder, Belpré, Caldecott, Geisel, Newbery, and Sibert Honor Books. Seventeen authors, illustrators, and publishers of this year’s honor titles will be in conversation, considering the ways in which their very different books are connected along some interesting and compelling thematic lines.

The half-day PREconference is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2017, from 11:30am to 4:00pm, prior to the American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago. The program includes three panels featuring our creative guests, a communal lunch with honorees seated at each table, Honor Book Trivia, signed book door prizes, and many opportunities to celebrate some of the best literature published for children with their creators and fellow enthusiasts. 

A complete schedule, including participants, titles, and panel themes, is available on the ALSC Website http://www.ala.org/alsc/alsc-preconference .

Do you have questions for the honorees? Perhaps they have questions for you! Use #ALSCPRE to participate in the discussion on social media before, during, and after the program.

The PREconference is open to all and does not require registration for the ALA Annual Conference. The cost, including attendance and a box lunch, is $120 for ALSC members, $175 for ALA members, and $200 for the general public. The PREconference will take place at the McCormick Place West, Room W186, conveniently located for those moving on to the ALA Opening General Session in W375b/Skyline at 4:00pm and the Opening Reception on the Exhibits Floor at 5:30pm.

We encourage all registrants to read the 2017 honor books ahead of time in order to fully appreciate what is sure to be a day of insightful discussion and camaraderie.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to learn more about some of the best books published in 2016. Space is limited. Register today!

 

More...

Discussion Storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy at ALA Midwinter

by Doris Gebel on Mon, Jan 2, 2017 at 01:40 pm

“The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet”  Friday, January 20th 2017. 8-9:30pm. Atlanta, GA; Room: Georgia World Congress Center, A302

From fables to folktales to farmland, we all know that roosters crow at dawn. They also sing in the afternoon, the evening, and in the middle of the night. In short, roosters crow when they wish, and that is all there is to that.

“The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet”  Friday, January 20th 2017. 8-9:30pm. Atlanta, GA; Room: Georgia World Congress Center, A302

From fables to folktales to farmland, we all know that roosters crow at dawn. They also sing in the afternoon, the evening, and in the middle of the night. In short, roosters crow when they wish, and that is all there is to that.

Much like those noisy roosters, a human child is born with a voice that is strong and true and often irrepressible. Then, for better or worse, by the time most of us reach adulthood we learn to silence that pure, joyful voice––but is it lost forever?

Join storied New York Times Best-selling author, Carmen Agra Deedy, as she presents a spirited defense of free speech and reads from her new book, The Rooster Who Would Not Be Quiet, illustrated by Newbery Honor Award-Winner Eugene Yelchin, published by Scholastic Press.

The 2017 Outstanding International Books list will also be announced at this meeting.

More...

Discussion Sustainability Round Table of ALA

by Sarah Dolley (non-member) on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 at 03:27 pm

Please excuse any cross posting.  If you're interested in the environment but not currently a member of this round table, please check out http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/how-get-involved.

 

Please excuse any cross posting.  If you're interested in the environment but not currently a member of this round table, please check out http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/how-get-involved.

 
Calling all SustainRT members!

Are you seeking ways to advocate for sustainability in libraries and the library profession? SustainRT has openings on our Board of Directors. We welcome a variety of candidates for these two positions:

Coordinator-Elect:
This is a three-year term, serving one year as Coordinator-Elect, one year as Coordinator, and one year as Immediate Past Coordinator. Requires in-person attendance at ALA annual and participation in a virtual midwinter meeting.

Member-at-Large:
This is a two-year term.

SustainRT is fast growing -- nearly 300 members strong and counting! Several dynamic projects are in motion -- can you picture yourself helping to shepherd them along?
http://www.ala.org/sustainrt/about-sustainrt

If you are interested, please follow the instructions below. Your application must be received by 11:59 CST on January 26, 2017.

Attending Midwinter in Atlanta? Get to know us better at the SustainRT board meeting on Saturday 1/21/17 1:00-2:30.

Questions to Madeleine Charney, SustainRT Immediate Past Coordinator/Chair of the Nominating Committee
mcharney@library.umass.edu or 413-577-0784

……………………………………………………………………………………

Nominating Instructions:

 
Link to the bio nomination form:
https://www.directvote.net/alanomination/2017users.html

Note: You must be a current member of the round table to be included on the ballot.

1.) You will see a REGISTER link on the first page within the bolded text at the top of the page.

2.) Click on the REGISTER link to fill out the registration information and to set your passcode for the Nominee/Candidate process.

3.) Once in the Nomination site you will need to select your ballot. Once you have made your selection, click on GO.

4.) Next you will select the office you wish to run for and then click on GO.

5.) The first entry, Display Name, is how you would like your name displayed on the ballot. Once you have filled in your name, click on Next.

6.) When you go to the page with all of the question/categories to fill in, you will notice the word count monitor. Once you reach the limit, the word count monitor turns RED. Please remember to save your work often.

7.) If you try and submit your work with one or more required questions/categories not completed properly, the system will not let you submit. If this is the case, you will notice the word REQUIRED by each required category or field that was missed.

8.) If you hit logout, the page will turn grey, provide a notification that your work must be saved before logging out.

9.) When you hit finish you will be able to view your work.

10.) Once you have reviewed your work, if you would like to make any changes, click the PREVIOUS button and if what you have entered meets with your approval, please hit the Submit button and then the Finish button.

11.) If at any time during the process, you run into technical difficulties or have a question, please click on the SUPPORT button located at the bottom of the page. Individuals at ALA cannot troubleshoot problems with the form.

 
Candidates must click the SUBMIT button, and then the FINISH button to successfully submit their info. Candidates who do not complete their bio form by January 26, 2017 11:59 CST will not be included on the ballot.

More...

Online Doc Preschool Services Discussion Group - ALA Annual 2016

by Linda Ernst on Fri, Jun 3, 2016 at 04:20 pm

Preschool Services Discussion Group

Sunday, June 26

1:00pm-2:30pm

Hyatt Regency Orlando, Room Rock Springs

 

ee Play & Creative Play Spaces in Library Settings.

 

Playtime and creative play spaces in the library – sounds great but how? Where? Can we afford it? What do we need? Where can we store things? Have suggestions, comments or concerns?

Preschool Services Discussion Group

Sunday, June 26

1:00pm-2:30pm

Hyatt Regency Orlando, Room Rock Springs

 

ee Play & Creative Play Spaces in Library Settings.

 

Playtime and creative play spaces in the library – sounds great but how? Where? Can we afford it? What do we need? Where can we store things? Have suggestions, comments or concerns?

Join us as Kate Eckert and Sarah Stippich, both from Philadelphia libraries, will give us ideas for this unique and useful part of library service to children.  If you’d like to share materials with the group please bring at least 25 copies. 

 

Discussion Facilitator: Linda Ernst

 

PSDG Discussion Group Conveners:

Sue McCleaf Nespeca, Kid Lit Plus Consulting sue@kidlitplus.com

Linda Ernst, King County Library System lindaern@kcls.org

More...

Discussion 2016 Empire State Award Winner Announced

by Joshua Carlson on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 10:53 am

Excited to announce Steve Sheinkin is the 2016 winner of the Empire State Award!

 

Promotional image: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0DZcPjDHJskRkVkbXBGOExlZWM

 

Excited to announce Steve Sheinkin is the 2016 winner of the Empire State Award!

 

Promotional image: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0DZcPjDHJskRkVkbXBGOExlZWM

 

Press release available here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u0LdobCcj8GVW1yJPAuQfmBmMjiPrfDhKYxV...

 

 
 

More...

Online Doc 2015 ALSC Board of Directors' Midwinter Meeting Agenda and Documents

by Marsha Burgess (staff) on Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 11:56 am

FINAL approved Board Meeting Minutes

Greetings:

Attached you will find the ALSC Board of Directors' Midwinter Meeting agenda and documents.
Meetings are scheduled:

Session I: Saturday, January 31, 1:00-5:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency McCormick- Jackson Park/CC 10D

Session II: Monday, February 2, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m., McCormick Place- W186b

Announcements:

Doc #3b   Center for the Future of Libraries              

FINAL approved Board Meeting Minutes

Greetings:

Attached you will find the ALSC Board of Directors' Midwinter Meeting agenda and documents.
Meetings are scheduled:

Session I: Saturday, January 31, 1:00-5:30 p.m. Hyatt Regency McCormick- Jackson Park/CC 10D

Session II: Monday, February 2, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m., McCormick Place- W186b

Announcements:

Doc #3b   Center for the Future of Libraries              

Consent Agenda Documents:
Doc #4   Approval of Board minutes from Annual 2014                                
Doc #5   Review of Fall Executive Committee 2014 minutes                        
Doc #6   President’s Report                                            
Doc #7   Vice-President’s Report                                        
Doc #8   Division Councilor’s Report                                    
Doc #9   Emerging Leader’s Report                                    
Doc #10 Executive Director’s Report                                    
Doc #11 Candidate Slate for 2015 Election                                
Doc #12 Continuing Education Report                                        
Doc #13 Communications Report                                            
Doc #14 Membership Report                                            
Doc #15 Projects & Partnerships Report                                        
Doc #16 Publications Report                                            
Doc #17 Web Activities Report                                            
Doc #18 Committee December Quarterly Reports (note: 26 pages, legal size paper)                
Doc #19Confirm Major Board Actions passed electronically                            
Doc #20 Upcoming Meetings and Conferences                                                                

Discussion/Decision

Doc #22b Strategic plan

Doc #23 Digital Media White Paper              

Doc #24 Evolving Carnegie Award Task Force Report

Doc #24a Evolving the Carnegie Award Survey Results

Doc #25 - Executive Session- Confidential Collaborative Partnership Request- Non-disclosure agreement

Doc #26a Review of Existing ALSC Initiatives, Projects and External Relationships

Doc #26b Appendix A: Exam of Initiatives, Projects, and External Relationships

Doc #26c Financial support of self-sustaining one-time projects

Doc #29 Board Conflict of Interest (COI) Policy

Doc #29a Background on COI

Doc #29b ALA Executive Board COI Policy

Doc #30 Diversity Forum Next Steps Preparation

Doc #31ai FY14-15-16 Budget Summary

Doc #31aii FY14-15-16 Budget Summary Narrative

Doc #31aiii Endowments (note multiple tabs at bottom of the workbook)                

Doc #32 Online Continuing Education Strategy Task Force         

More...

File 2016-PSDG-Resource-List-Midwinter-16

by Linda Ernst on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 03:11 pm

DOCX File, 22.51 KB

File 2016-PSDG-midwinter-notes

by Linda Ernst on Mon, Jan 25, 2016 at 03:11 pm

DOCX File, 17.19 KB

Event PRESCHOOL SERVICES DISCUSSION GROUP

by Linda Ernst on Wed, Dec 30, 2015 at 01:36 pm

PRESCHOOL SERVICES DISCUSSION GROUP

SUNDAY, JANUARY 10TH

4:30PM-5:30PM

Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 102A

Electronic Media: Effects on young children and the new guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Join the discussion on the above topic with your colleagues.  What are these new guidelines?  How do we as librarians relate to these changes and share them with our communities?  Bring your comments, questions and concerns.

Moderators: Linda Ernst & Sue McCleaf Nespeca, Co-Conveners of the PSDG 

Pages

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is interested in the improvement and extension of library services to children in all types of libraries.

Learn more about ALSC on the ALA website.

Subscribe to ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children)