The Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California was founded in the 1930s by a group of public and school librarians. We are youth services librarians and staff in public and school libraries, library school students, and others interested in the field of youth services librarianship. We review books for youth, network, host events, collaborate and problem solve, participate in professional development, keep abreast of trends in the field, and work together to build the future of library service to children.
Members meet monthly at the Oakland Public Library*. Members annually organize and host two events: the Performers’ Showcase, where performers for children and youth show off their acts and the ACL Institute, a day-long symposium on current trends and topics in the field of youth literature and librarianship with panels of authors, educators, experts, and more.
ACL publishes BayViews, a journal of member-written book reviews and opinions with a western perspective and the annual Distinguished Books list with annotations.
*Meetings are typically at the Oakland Public Library, however, some meetings may be hosted at other locations.
ACL Mission Statement
This organization is an association of people interested in library work with children and young adults. Its purpose shall be to strengthen and maintain work with youth in the libraries of Northern and Central California according to the highest standards of professional librarianship by:
- Reviewing and evaluating children’s books and other materials produced for young people
- Working actively to further the cause of library work with children
- Discussing various phases and problems of this work
- Cooperating in the solution of problems of mutual concern
- Encouraging and stimulating the personal friendships of its members