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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.

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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

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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

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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         

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Online Doc 2014 Midwinter ALSC Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Documents

by Aimee Strittmatter-IL (staff) on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 04:22 pm

Edited 2/3/2015. The final approved minutes from the 2014 Midwinter meeting have been uploaded.

Greetings ALSC Members!

Posted here are the ALSC Board documents for the upcoming 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. For more information about Midwinter, including meeting times and locations, please visit the http://www.ala.org/alsc/confevents/alscmidwinter.

Documents attached are:

*DRAFT Agenda
*Board Documents

Consent agenda items:

Edited 2/3/2015. The final approved minutes from the 2014 Midwinter meeting have been uploaded.

Greetings ALSC Members!

Posted here are the ALSC Board documents for the upcoming 2014 Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. For more information about Midwinter, including meeting times and locations, please visit the http://www.ala.org/alsc/confevents/alscmidwinter.

Documents attached are:

*DRAFT Agenda
*Board Documents

Consent agenda items:

DOC #4   Approval of Board Minutes from Annual 2013
DOC #5    Review of Fall Executive Committee 2013 Minutes
DOC #6    President’s Report
DOC #7    Vice-President’s Report
DOC #8    Division Councilor's Report
DOC #9    Executive Director's Report
DOC #10  Candidate Slate for 2014 Election
DOC #11  Continuing Education Report 
DOC #12  Communications Report
DOC #13  Membership Report
DOC #14  Projects & Partnerships Report
DOC #15  Publications Report
DOC #16  Web Activities Report
DOC #17  Committee December Quarterly Reports (note: 24 pages, legal size paper)
DOC #18  Confirm Major Board Actions passed electronically
DOC #19  Upcoming Meetings and Conferences

Discussion/Decision Items

DOC #20     ALA Institutional Repository Background
DOC #21     Awards Service and Social Media Task Force Report
DOC #21a   Draft Policy for Service revision
DOC #21b   Draft Award Service FAQ revision
DOC #23     ALSC Book Award Seals on E-book Versions Task Force
DOC #25     Strategic Plan Implementation Progress
DOC #25a   Strategic Plan
DOC #26     Focus on ALSC Initiatives for FY15
DOC #26a    Existing ALSC Programs and external relationships
DOC #27      Popular Picks for Preteens Implementation
DOC #28      Chipotle Partnership Request                                               
DOC #28a   Background and Vetting
DOC #29     Request for organizational support for Take Your Child to the Library Day
DOC #39ai  FY13-14-15 Budget Summary  
DOC #39aii  FY13-14-15 Budget Summary Narrative                  
DOC #39aiii Endowments (note:multiple tabs at bottom of the workbook)
DOC #40     ALA Scholarship Committee Request (TK)                                                       
DOC #41     Proposed update to Children & Libraries Policy
DOC #41a   CAL Policies and Procedures-Attachment 1
DOC #41b   CAL Policies and Procedures-Attachment 2
DOC #41c   CAL Policies and Procedures-Attachment 3

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Online Doc ALSC 2014 Annual Conference Board of Directors Meeting Agenda and Documents

by Aimee Strittmatter-IL (staff) on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 04:14 pm

Edited 2/3/2015. The final approved minutes from the 2014 Annual meeting have been uploaded.

Greetings!

Attached you will find the ALSC Board of Directors' 2014 Annual Conference agenda and documents.

Draft Agenda

Consent agenda documents

DOC 4 Approval of Board minutes from Midwinter 2014                                                                       

DOC 5 Review of Spring Executive Committee 2014 minutes                                                     

Edited 2/3/2015. The final approved minutes from the 2014 Annual meeting have been uploaded.

Greetings!

Attached you will find the ALSC Board of Directors' 2014 Annual Conference agenda and documents.

Draft Agenda

Consent agenda documents

DOC 4 Approval of Board minutes from Midwinter 2014                                                                       

DOC 5 Review of Spring Executive Committee 2014 minutes                                                     

DOC 6 President’s Report                                                                                                 

DOC 7 Vice-President’s Report

DOC 8 Division Councilor’s Report         

DOC 9 Executive Director’s Report                                                                                                          

DOC 10  Emerging Leader Report

DOC 11 Continuing Education Report

DOC 12 Communications Report

DOC 13 Membership Report                                                                                                        

DOC 14 Projects & Partnerships Report

DOC 15 Publications Report

DOC 16 Web Activities Report

DOC 17 Committee Quarterly Reports (legal paper, 20 pages)

DOC 18 Confirm Major Board Actions Passed Electronically

DOC 19 Upcoming Meetings and Conferences                                                                            

Discussion/Decision documents

DOC 20 Emerging Leaders Project Report

DOC 21 Notable Children’s Book List

DOC 21 a Past NCB survey results

DOC 22 Access to ALSC Matters!

DOC 23 Carnegie Medal

DOC 23a Referenced historical Carnegie background attachment from 1989

DOC 26 Bridging the 30 Million Word Gap

DOC 27 Save the Children’s Get Ready Get Safe Partnership Request

DOC 27a Save the Children’s Get Ready Get Safe Partnership Proposal

DOC 28 Frequency of the Wilder Award Task Force Report

DOC 28a Draft 2-year timeline                                                                                                     

DOC 32a Budget Summary                                                                                                         

DOC 32b Budget Summary Narrative

DOC 32 c Endowment Report (legal paper, PDF is 3rd quarter only, excel has full workbook)    

DOC 38 ALA Scholarship Committee Request

Old business documents

DOC 39 Take Your Child to the Library Proposal

Onsite Documents

DOC 32d Budget Committee Notes for ALSC Board

O&B Onsite Motion-Collection of Children's Books for Adult Research Discussion Group

O&B Onsite Motion-Children's Book Discussion Group

O&B Onsite Motion-Local Arrangements

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Online Doc 2014 Annual Conference Executive Committee Agenda and Documents

by Aimee Strittmatter-IL (staff) on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 04:01 pm

Greetings,

Attached you will find the ALSC Executive Committee's 2014 Annual Conference meeting agenda and documents.

Document Inventory:

Agenda

Board Doc#5 2014 Spring call minutes

Board Doc #22 Access to ALSC Matters!

EC Doc#6 Diversity Forum

Board Doc #26 Bridging the 30 Million Word Gap

Board Doc 27, 27a Saving the Children's Partnership Request

Board Doc #39 Take Your Child to the Library Day

EC Doc #10 2016 National Institute Site Selection

Boarc Doc #28, 28a Frequency of Wilder Award TF Report

Online Doc Resolution that School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success

by Andrew Medlar on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 at 12:50 pm

I want to be sure everyone is aware of an important resolution which was passed by ALA Council this week, the Resolution that School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success

I want to be sure everyone is aware of an important resolution which was passed by ALA Council this week, the Resolution that School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success

This action was moved by our fellow youth division AASL and endorsed by our own ALSC Board of Directors, and calls for actions to support the "goals of sustaining school libraries" in recognition that all "members of ALA have an obligation to help ensure that every child in America receives a strong foundation in literacy."  The full resolution is attached.

Andrew Medlar, ALSC Division Councilor

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Online Doc How to Join the Community Forum on ALA Connect

by Dan Bostrom (staff) on Thu, Oct 27, 2011 at 01:21 pm

Worried about locating the Community Forum on ALA Connect tomorrow, Friday, October 28 at 1 PM Central? We've created a PDF guide to help you log in, locate the division page, and find the "Chats" section in Connect.

Important steps to remember:

 

Worried about locating the Community Forum on ALA Connect tomorrow, Friday, October 28 at 1 PM Central? We've created a PDF guide to help you log in, locate the division page, and find the "Chats" section in Connect.

Important steps to remember:

 

  • 1. Open a browser and type in the URL: http://connect.ala.org.
  • 2. Login with your ALA username and password. This is found on the left-hand side of the page. If you have trouble with your username or password, you can request a new one using your email. After requesting a new password, please be sure to check your spam filter in case the email winds up there.
  • 3. Once logged in, find the “My ALA Groups” tab below the ALA Connect icon. This will bring up a drop-down menu. Under “Division” you will find your ALSC Group. Click on it.
  • 4. After you’ve open the ALSC Group on Connect, you will need to access the “Chat” link. This is located on the right-hand navigation menu under the name of the group ( “ALSC – Association for Library Service to Children”). Click on the “Chats” link. This will take you to the ALSC Chat room.
  • 5. Once in the ALSC Chat room, you should see the “Community Forum” chat session. Click on the link to join in the chat.

For more information, contact Dan Rude, drude@ala.org

 

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Online Doc Community Forum Questions

by Dan Bostrom (staff) on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:08 am

Attached is the list of questions which the ALSC Board will be posing to members at the Community Forum on Friday, October 28. These questions will help guide the discussion on serving tweens. There are four main questions:

1. Who are the tweens in our libraries?  

2. What are the significant similarities and differences between programs and services for tweens/younger elementary children/"real" teens? 

3. If you have children’s librarians and teen librarians in your library system, who is responsible for serving tweens? 

Attached is the list of questions which the ALSC Board will be posing to members at the Community Forum on Friday, October 28. These questions will help guide the discussion on serving tweens. There are four main questions:

1. Who are the tweens in our libraries?  

2. What are the significant similarities and differences between programs and services for tweens/younger elementary children/"real" teens? 

3. If you have children’s librarians and teen librarians in your library system, who is responsible for serving tweens? 

4. How can we garner administrative support so that front line staff can offer service to this special group ALSC members are invited to view and comment on discussion questions prior to the chat, particularly if unable to participate on October 28th. The discussion will also continue after the live chat on the ALSC division main page of ALA Connect.

The additional questions on this PDF document will be addressed should time allow. We’re scheduling this live chat to better connect with our members and to further our work with ‘tweens. Please join us in the experiment!

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Online Doc ALSC Guide to Using ALA Connect

by Dan Bostrom (staff) on Wed, Oct 19, 2011 at 11:07 am

This is a guide for members and committee chairs about using ALA Connect. Feel free to download and print for your convienence. 

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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)