Teaching Students How to Unplug
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) awarded Kristen Pelfrey, a teacher at Foothill Technology High School, Ventura, California, the 2013 MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens. The award provides $500 to the recipient and $500 to the recipient’s library and is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust.
Cast Your Vote for Programming at ALA’s Annual Conference
Want to see more programming-related learning opportunities offered at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference? Here’s your chance to make your voice heard! The Public and Cultural Programs Advisory (PCPAC) Committee has submitted proposals for an Ignite Session and a Conversation Starter to be held in Chicago.
Summer Reading Program Website Launched
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is launching the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Programs website. As the hub for summer reading and summer learning, the website offers a place to go to exchange information and ideas to help them implement programs for and with teens.
Free PR Tools for Your Día Events
On April 30, families, children and communities will celebrate our nation’s rich cultural tapestry during El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Also known as Día, libraries across the country will host multicultural celebrations that include family programs, bilingual story hours, book giveaways, and other literacy events
Featured Library: Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library
The Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library, the main branch of the Montgomery (AL) City-County Public Library, is this month’s featured library for their program Daughters and Dads Saturday—D.A.D.S. The program is the brainchild of library patron and dad Ron Simmons, who came up with the idea from bringing his own daughter to the library.
Growing Like a Read: Tailoring an Early Literacy Program for Your Community
Children’s librarians try hard. They buy the best books, attend the best workshops and conferences, plan and deliver the best story times, read the best and latest professional literature, incorporate best practices. But they may only see a child for thirty to forty-five minutes per week or less.
Featured Library: Solvang Library
This month’s featured library is the Solvang (Calif.) Library and it early literacy program, “Noche de la Familia.” What makes it unique is its additional focus on healthy eating. Each one-hour program starts with stories in Spanish and English and ends with the opportunity to discover and taste healthy food.
Registration Open for 2012–2013 WrestleMania Reading Challenge
Registration is open for the eighth annual WrestleMania Reading Challenge, sponsored by WWE and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. The challenge encourages teens and tweens to read during Teen Read Week and beyond.
Feeding (into) the Frenzy
On March 17, the Des Plaines (Ill.) Public Library held its first after-hours teen program. The “74th Hunger Games” was the culmination of more than a year of planning by the youth services department head, the teen librarian, the web services librarian, and the youth services assistant.
Plan Your El día de los niños/El día de los libros
To better serve the growing population of libraries offering events for El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), also known as día, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) released a new día website. The completely redesigned site includes a día resource guide for public and school librarians, giving them everything they need to produce a Día event at their library.
Teen Read Week Registration Ending Soon
Registration for Teen Read Week, the annual literacy event from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), will close on September 16 at the Teen Read Week website. Registrants will receive a resource packet, a webinar, and other bonuses.
Teen Read Week Photo Contest Launched
As part of Teen Read Week 2011, teens can enter a photo contest and win autographed books or an e-reader from Penguin Books for Young Readers.
ABC’s of Sustainable Partnerships: Affiliations Build Communities
Libraries that seek to instruct a family as a whole can face an overwhelming and challenging task, especially in the case of literacy education. Literacy programs take many forms, but finding a program that caters to kids and parents alike is difficult. The session “ABC’s of Sustainable Partnerships: Affiliations Build Communities” discussed how libraries can develop partnership programs that can serve as a direct way to connect the user with crucial information, critical to literacy success.
Featured Library: Omaha Public Library
It’s that time again! Summer reading programs have begun across the country, and Omaha Public Library (OPL) is celebrating in style. More than 17,000 people participated in the library’s summer reading programs in 2010, and this year, OPL has set the goal of 25,000 registrants between May 21 and July 31. If the goal is met, OPL Executive Director Gary Wasdi promises to skydive for the first time.
With the 2011 Big Read application deadline just days away, I thought it would be a good time to review what a few libaries did for last year’s Big Read.
Partnering to Serve Immigrants and ESL Learners
King County in Washington State has a very diverse population, and the King County Library System (KCLS) has adapted and grown in ways that have made it a very accessible resource for all communities. Established in 1942, KCLS’ mission is to provide all community members with free, open, and equal access to ideas and information.
Early Literacy Parties in Spanish
Fiestas de Alfabetización Temprana en Español, or Early Literacy Parties in Spanish, is a featured program hosted at the King County Library System (KCLS) branches and co-funded by the King County Library System Foundation. These eight-week series of free weekly workshops for Spanish-speaking parents and caregivers with children ages newborn to five designed to raise awareness of the importance of early literacy.
Featured Library: Rainbow City Public Library
The Rainbow City (Ala.) Public Library just wrapped up their summer reading program for kids. Featuring the theme “Make a Splash—Read!,” the program had 586 registered participants reading 9,500 books.
PRIME TIME Family Reading Time
Wow! Functional literacy for the whole family in six weeks? Sounds too good to be true, but the success stories shared during the session puts the lie to that notion. Four testimonials coupled with staggering statistics make PRIME TIME Family Reading Time a program any librarian with a passion for patron literacy salivate for.
Bring Literacy to PRIME TIME
Want to expand upon your library’s literacy programming? Curious about the PRIME TIME Family Reading Time program? Here’s your chance to apply for a grant that includes a training workshop, stipends, and materials.
Call of the Wild (and of the Canines)
Let’s just get this out of the way: I’m a dog person. I’d say ask me about my own dog, but you don’t have to—chances are, I’ll tell you about her anyway. And so when I saw that Stockton-San Joaquin County (Calif.) Public Library had picked Call of the Wild by Jack London for their Big Read program and kicked it off with an event featuring dogs, I had to share.
Prime Time Family Reading Time: Turning Low-literacy Populations into Your Library’s Biggest Fans
As librarians, we tend to take for granted our love of reading. As we gather around our conference, lunch, and dinner tables our conversations often fall back on old favorites we recommend to a reluctant reader, new authors that are going to be the next big thing, and books that surprised our sensibilities or generated controversy. But what if we couldn’t have these conversations? For many adults and children living in our local communities, reading and discussing books is simply not part of their daily lives because of low literacy rates.