Children's Programs and Services

“We need to have difficult conversations, but they should be respectful ones”: Belinha S. De Abreu on media literacy and social justice

a photo of author Belinha S. De Abreu, Ph.D.

In his Foreword to Belinha S. De Abreu's new book, Yohuru Williams writes, "Young people are literally bombarded with images and information, raw and unfiltered. The contours of when and how they receive information have changed dramatically from just a few years ago, resulting, on the positive side, in a democratization of information, and on the negative side, in the monumental task of discriminating fact from fiction while discerning credible sources ...

Interview: Deborah Rinio on STEAM for elementary school learners

"As usual," said Deborah Rinio during our interview, "librarians continue to inquire, include, collaborate, curate, explore and engage no matter what the circumstances." She was referring to the unprecedented circumstances in which librarians, educators, and students are in—with schools closed amidst widespread lockdowns, distance learning has quickly transitioned from educational supplement to daily reality.

Interview: Maureen Schlosser and Rebecca Granatini on AASL Standards–based learning for primary grades

The first book to be published in the AASL Standards–Based Learning series, Lessons Inspired by Picture Books for Primary Grades is a ready-to-go toolkit that aims to build learner competencies. Included are anchor chart examples that explore collaborative practices, and in fact the writing of the book was a collaboration between a school librarian (Maureen Schlosser) and a curriculum specialist (Rebecca Granatini).

Why libraries and gardens are a natural fit: an interview with Carrie Scott Banks and Cindy Mediavilla

Like libraries, gardens are nuturing environments for both individuals and communities; and today, libraries nationwide are beginning to incorporate gardens into their public services. Banks's and Mediavilla's new book is, in fact, the first-ever book on this trend and showcases several beautiful library gardens from around the world. And as they make clear in this interview, you don't need a green thumb to begin cultivating one!