Programming Librarian Recommends…
Angela Thullen | May 18, 2010
Editor’s note: This week the Programming Librarian blog will be focusing on programs of interest at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference. Are you attending? Let us know in the poll on our homepage!
Programming Librarian is headed to DC for the ALA Annual Conference. If you’re planning to be there for the big event, be sure to stop by and visit us in booth #2659. We would love to hear all about the kind of programs and events you’re offering your community.
Be sure to check out some of the events being offered by the Public Programs Office, and some of these events as well, which we suspect will be quite useful for programming librarians:
Saturday, June 26, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Deepening Young Patrons’ Literary Experiences: A Readers Theatre Performance in Five Acts
Washington Convention Center, Ballroom B
Katherine Paterson, Christopher Paul Curtis, Jacqueline Woodson, and Ifeoma Onyefulu will give a Readers Theatre performance using scripts they have developed from their own award-winning children’s books. Children’s literature specialist Elizabeth Poe will share ways librarians can help children create their own Readers Theatre productions using this collaborative model. A panel, comprised of Poe and the authors, will discuss ways Readers Theatre can help children become more deeply involved and personally responsive to quality literature. Sponsored by ALSC
Sunday, June 27, 8–10 a.m.
National Preservation Week: Pass It On!
Washington Convention Center, Room 209A/B
Build on ALA’s first Preservation Week (May 9–15, 2010) to celebrate collecting, increase preservation savvy, grow audiences, and strengthen community partnerships. Learn how to help your patrons find information to preserve their collections—personal, family, and community, formal and informal—from antiques, art, and collectibles through books, photographs, recordings, and computer-age media. Speakers representing different types of libraries from around the country will share tools and stories from 2010 programs to help you plan for 2011. Sponsored by ALCTS, AASL & PLA
Sunday, June 27, 4–5:30 p.m.
Pooling Limited Resources for Effective Teen Programming
Washington Convention Center, Room 143B/C
Creating programming for teens can come with challenges on time and resources. This program will present new ideas that provide exciting and creative teen programs during times when resources and staff are limited. Sydney McCoy will share how rotating teen program boxes have increased teen library participation while decreasing staff workload. Jamie Watson will share a joint afterschool program with the Boys and Girls Club that has created a dedicated teen lounge. Sponsored by YALSA
Japanese Paper Theater: Interactive Culture for Your Library
Washington Convention Center, Room 140A/B
Parents’ Choice Award-winning authors demonstrate how the traditional Japanese storytelling format called kamishibai (paper theater) can inspire children to develop literacy and enable librarians to tell stories rather than simply reading them. The session explores kamishibai history and educational applications, showing how kamishibai can transform storytime into a dynamic, multicultural experience. Sponsored by PLA
Speakers: David Battino, Leaf Moon Arts, Author/Performer; Hazuki Kataoka, Author/Performer
Monday, June 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Día is Diversity in Action
Washington Convention Center, Room 103B
Explore a world of resources to engage many ethnic groups in one celebration. The presenters will focus on Día as a tool in dually reaching the Spanish and international community for literacy as well as promoting multicultural authors and artists. Resources, strategies and background will be provided so that any library system can begin to create its own Día program and reach out to the diverse community. Ideas for promoting the program, a plan of action, and collaborating with local agencies to successfully promote the program will be included in the presentation. Sponsored by ALSC
Monday, June 28, from 10:30–noon
Money Smart Week: Promoting Financial Literacy in Your Library
Washington Convention Center, Room 152A
All libraries need to provide financial education programming these days. Learn how libraries in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Indiana are partners and participants in Money Smart Week, through the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. This program will be going national next year. Come hear about how the program works, the great resources provided by the Federal Reserve, and the new partnerships developed by libraries with financial institutions and government agencies in their community.
Speakers: Alejo Torres, Money Smart Week Coordinator, Federal Reserve Bank, Chicago; Lori Burgess, Reference Librarian, Fond du Lac Public Library, WI, Bobbie Rudnick, Business Librarian, Naperville Public Library
Phat* Fiction: Engaging Hip-Hop Literature in the Public Library (*phat=popular, hip and tempting fiction)
Washington Convention Center, Room 147B
Why should librarians identify and purchase urban fiction? While book reviews, publishers’ lists, and patron requests drive much library purchasing, mainstream publisher’s omission of hip hop imprints often means patrons are not finding what they want to read on library shelves. This presentation will be both an exploration of the impact of hip hop publishers and authors in public libraries and a comparison of racial, ethnic and regional aspects of urban fiction presentation. Sponsored by PLA
Speakers: Paula Chase-Hyman, Author; Kia Dupree, www.kiadupree.com, Author; D.L. Grant, San Antonio Public Library, Asst. Mgr., G. W. Carver Branch; Megan Honig, New York Public Library, Teen Collection Specialist; Christopher Lassen, Brooklyn Public Library, Children’s Librarian; Vanessa Irvin Morris, Author; Amy Pattee, Simmons College GSLIS, Faculty; Kimberla Lawson Roby, Author; Susan McClelland, Reader’s Advisor Librarian, Evanston Public Library
Angela Thullen is Program Officer/Communications for the ALA Public Programs Office.