Children's Programs and Services
School Librarian Origin StoriesPosted by Rob Christopher on 04/26/2023
Whether they’re creating a safe space for us to nerd out away from bullies, providing resources to finish term papers and guide us through the most challenging issues of our adolescence, or ensuring that our children have access to books critical to their own social and emotional development, school librarians have proven heroes to many of us.
How Are You Celebrating Autism In Your Libraries In April?Posted by Rob Christopher on 04/06/2023
Find the Perfect Gift for Everyone!Posted by Rob Christopher on 12/13/2022
"Keep the literal and figurative lights on; cockroaches hate that": Michael Cart on YA lit, censorship, and his new bookPosted by Rob Christopher on 05/23/2022
For well over a decade now, Michael Cart and his book Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism have served as invaluable guides to both the history and unfolding landscape of YA lit. Longtime columnist and reviewer for Booklist, as well as a prolific author and editor, Cart decided that the new fourth edition called for a sweeping update.
“We need to have difficult conversations, but they should be respectful ones”: Belinha S. De Abreu on media literacy and social justicePosted by Rob Christopher on 04/13/2022
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 ...
"Diversity of identities should be a celebration, not a burden": an interview with Jessica Anne BrattPosted by Rob Christopher on 02/22/2022
Children's librarians are taking seriously our profession’s calls for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). They already know that popular storytimes can be an effective way to increase community representation and belonging at the library.
Interview: Deborah Rinio on STEAM for elementary school learnersPosted by Admin Admin on 05/18/2020
"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.
An interview with Jean Donham and Chelsea Sims about being a school library leaderPosted by Admin Admin on 03/09/2020
For the new fourth edition of Enhancing Teaching and Learning, original author Jean Donham is joined by new co-author Chelsea Sims, a junior high school librarian and 2018 AASL Social Media Superstar for Student Voice. Together they cover every aspect of the school system, paying special attention to what it takes to become a school library leader.
An interview with Lori E. Donovan about effective implementation of AASL's Shared Foundation InquirePosted by Admin Admin on 01/21/2020
The K-12 Library Services Specialist for Chesterfield County Public Schools in Virginia as well as an active author, Lori E. Donovan was the perfect person to explore the nitty gritty of effective implementation of the Shared Foundation Inquire from the National School Library Standards.