BCALA Services to Children and Families of African Descent Committee

last person joined: one year ago 

To promote nationwide awareness and use of children's and young adult literature through programming, publications, and outreach activities among librarians, parents, scholars, students, educators, and all persons who work with children of African descent. To plan and initiate programs and activities which strengthen BCALA's visibility as a vital resource for children, youth, parents, and caregivers. To make resources available and accessible to anyone working with or interested in promoting literacy to children of African descent.  Programs, activities and resources would include:

presentations at ALA Annual, National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL), the Joint Council of Colors (JCLC) Conferences, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Conferences, the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) Institutes, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Institutes and any state/local conferences

create a database of successful children's programs in public libraries

create a database of best practices in public school libraries

create a database of authors and illustrators of African desent

write book reviews and articles for the BCALA newsletter

collaborate with the Coretta Scott King Task Force

collaborate with existing African American children's committees and groups

promote sucessful children's programs in public libraries; promote reading and emergent literacy to parents of African descent; promote the best quality of children's and young adult literature written and illustrated by authors and artists of African descent; provide content to the BCALA website, thus enchancing BCALA's capacity to increase its role as a resource for anyone working with children and families of African descent.

Other related and appropriate activities