Reading Incentive Programs: Let’s have a roundtable discussion about our reading programs! Does your library host a reading incentive program during the summer or other times of year? Why or why not? Have you discovered engaging seasonal alternatives? Do you go with what ALA or CLA are offering in the way of themes? Choose one of your own? Let’s share what we’re up to and any success/failure stories and/or recommendations to help increase engagement throughout the year.February 2019 ALA Midwinter Roundup – Hear about the fun and inspiring events held at ALA Midwinter, including an overview of the Youth Media awards (Newbery, Caldecott, etc.).
January 2019December 2018 As is our custom, the December professional development session is a deeper look at those books nominated for our annual Distinguished List, with a focus on books with a close tally of yes and no votes. We will also have a brief roundtable of reports from members who attended November’s California Library Association conference in Santa Clara. November 2018 It’s time again to bring a storytime favorite – song, fingerplay, participatory read-aloud, or other engaging activity, to share with the group. October 2018 ALSC Institute Roundup – anyone who is attending the ALSC Institute in Cincinnatti, Ohio in late September is welcome to describe the various speakers and presentations they experienced: http://www.ala.org/alsc/confevents/institute And, we may have some members describe their attendance at JCLC (Joint Council of Librarians of Color). September 2018 Dashka Slater, author of the teen nonfiction book THE 57 BUS, will describe her writing process, journalism background, and work on this book which examined an incident between two teens in the Berkeley area that became a nationwide story on LGBTQ rights and trying a teen as an adult. August 2018 Jeanie Austin, a teen services librarian with San Francisco Public Library, will present their dissertation research which traces how past policies and processes that established white, middle-class, and hetero-normative conduct and knowledge as central to library services have worked—and continue to work—against youth of color and/or LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth. It pulls from queer, feminist, poststructural, and critical theory to provide a model for how libraries can center youth made vulnerable to the state. This involves an interrogation of what representation does or can do in the current moment alongside the recognition that cultures within librarianship inhibit library access for youth of color and/or LGBTQ and gender non-conforming youth. July 2018 – ALA Annual Roundtable June 2018 Amy Martin, Children’s Collection Manager at Oakland Public Library, will present about law enforcement representation in children’s books and more information about the toolkit she created on this topic. May 2018 Are you looking for new picture books to offer at your storytimes? Storytimes are one of the most popular and consistent library programs held for families, yet we often feature the “tried and true” books we have used for years. Penny Peck’s presentation will focus on new picture books that will engage the storytime audience, including books that invite audience participation, books the promote the five parent practices (talking, singing, writing, playing, and reading), books based on songs and nursery rhymes, and books that promote preliteracy skills and kindergarten readiness. April 2018 – ACL Institute March 2018 Eva Volin, Supervising Librarian, Children’s Services for Alameda Free Library, will offer a presentation about manga. What is it? Who does it appeal to? How do we manage it in our collections? December 2016: CLA Annual Roundtable Discussion November 2016: Distinguished Mini Roundup October 2016: Self-publishing is easier than ever, and can be particularly advantageous for people of who are non-white, LGBTQ, disabled, or otherwise represent diversity. Amy Martin will talk about evaluating self-published books and choosing quality titles representing diversity for your collection. August 2016: Julie Barton, Ph.D. Early childhood development and children’s literature July 2016: ALA Annual Roundtable Discussion and Institute Debrief June 2016: ACL Institute 2016 – Race Matters: Practical Ways Libraries Can Celebrate All Youth April 2016: Storytime Fundamentals: Adding Literacy Skills and Parent Involvement, presented by Penny Peck March 2016: Guidelines for Discussing Diversity in Reviews February 2016: ALA Midwinter Highlights December 2015: Distinguished Books Mini Round-Up November 2015: CLA Highlights October 2015: Highlights from the annual Library Summer Camp event held at the Santa Clara Office of Education presented by Penny Peck. September 2015: “Boogers, Books, and Behavior: The Elementary School Mind” presented by Shana Barchas, Education Director at Children’s Fairyland August 2015: Graphic Novels (and their Awesomeness) by Eva Volin July 2015: ALA Annual Conference Highlights June 2015: ACL Institute debrief and discussion April 2015: ACL Institute 2015, ALL DUE RESPECT: A Dialogue on Diversity, Equity, and Creating Safe Spaces for All Youth March 2015: Understanding gender/gender diversity, presented by Joel Baum, Senior Director at Gender Spectrum February 2015: ALA Midwinter Highlights January 2015: Censorship and Controversial Titles presented by Beth Wrenn-Estes, SLIS professor and ACL member. Handouts:
Authors Arisa White and Laura Atkins will discuss their new book, Biddy Mason Speaks Up. They’ll talk about the content, their process and the decisions made along the way to publishing.
- Self-Censorship Presentation
- How the Mind of a Censor Works
- 2013-2014 List of Challenged or Banned Books