November is Picture Book Month
Picture books stimulate language, brain, and attention span development in young children. Celebrate picture books this November with posters available from ALA and remind parents and caregivers of the importance of reading picture books with children.
State of America’s Libraries Report 2015
Academic, public and school libraries are experiencing a shift in how they are perceived by their communities and society. No longer just places for books, libraries of all types are viewed as anchors, centers for academic life and research and cherished spaces. This and other library trends of the past
The American Library Association’s Choose Privacy Week is May 1-7
Someone is watching your every move. Financial transactions, communications records, media consumption, social networking, and GPS locations are all tracked. But we can’t often tell by by whom. Information should go both ways, or not at all. Visit Choose Privacy Week to learn more.
National School Library Advocacy Video Debuts
“School Libraries Matter: The Changing Role of the School Librarian,” is a new video produced by Capstone Publishing and debuted at the tenth annual School Library Journal Summit. Watch the video at www.schoollibraryadvocacy.org or on YouTube.
Promote Library Card Sign-Up Month with Snoopy!
Encourage your community to sign up for library cards with Snoopy and the Peanuts gang! From posters and bookmarks to stickers, you’ll find everything you need to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month.
School Libraries Make the Difference
More than 60 education and library research studies have produced clear evidence that school library programs staffed by qualified school librarians have a positive impact on student academic achievement. [read more]
Support for School Libraries Grows!
Huey Elementary School (located in West Philadelphia) reopens its library after being closed for 20 years. Executive Director of WePAC David Florig said that, “We do it because the graduation rate in Philadelphia is around a little over 60 percent and… [read more from the Daily Pennsylvanian]
April is School Library Month
School Library Month is the celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career. Read more about School Library Month!
An ALA Midwinter Update on the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA)
DPLA Executive Director Dan Cohen provided an update on its continued growth on Sunday afternoon at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. DPLA launched in spring 2013 with the goal of being a portal for discovery, a platform on which others could build and, by enhancing data useful to their audience, a “strong public option” for reading and research in the 21st century—not “just a website.” For more information,please see the full review.
Pew Report: How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities
A new report released from Pew Internet & American Life Project found that 95 percent of Americans agree that public libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. For more information, please view the report.
Tween Recommended Reads
Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created a Tween Recommended Reads booklist, intended to engage and encourage tweens to read throughout the year. View the press release for more information.
Make It @ Your Library
ALA, in collaboration with Instructables.com, is offering Make it @ Your Library, a new website tailored to librarians interested in implementing makerspace projects in their libraries! The site helps librarians find projects, grouping them by tools and space, age level, category, cost and time.
Picture Book Month – November 2013
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) will celebrate the picture book during the month of November as a partner of the second annual Picture Book Month. Founded by author and storyteller Dianne de Las Casas, Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book in an increasingly digital age. Contact Picture Book Month with questions.
National Friends of Libraries Week – October 20-26, 2013
Friends of Libraries groups now have their very own national week of celebration, courtesy of United for Libraries (Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, a division of ALA). The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library. Contact United for Libraries with questions.
Teen Read Week – October 13-19, 2013
A national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association that is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. Teen Read Week was started in 1998. The continuing message of the Teen Read Week initiative is to encourage 12-18 year olds to “Read For The Fun Of It”. Each year an annual theme allows YALSA to focus on timely topics and teen interests. Teen Read Week is celebrated the third full week in October every year. Contact the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA) with questions.
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.
Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.
The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) promotes awareness of challenges to library materials and celebrates freedom of speech during Banned Books Week.
Edge Strengthens Libraries
The Edge initiative is an effort driven by a coalition of leading library and local government organizations to develop a suite of tools that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology. For more information please visit the Edge website.
BookFLIX is Now Available in POWER Library
Watch, read, and learn! BookFlix is a new online literacy resource that pairs classic video storybooks from Weston Woods with related nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic to build a love of reading and learning. The engaging way to link fact and fiction, BookFlix reinforces early reading skills and introduces children to a world of knowledge and exploration.
Keith Curry Lance is the 2013 recipient of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Distinguished Service Award. Established in 1978 and sponsored by Baker and Taylor, the award recognizes an individual member of the library profession who has, over a significant period of time, made an outstanding national contribution to school librarianship and school library development. Read More