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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Grants for Great Stories Clubs

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The American Library Association is sponsoring grants for libraries to conduct book clubs with underserved teens:

"Working with small groups of teens, grantees will host reading and discussion programs for up to four thematically related books. The titles—selected in consultation with librarian advisors and humanities scholars—are chosen to resonate with reluctant readers struggling with complex issues like academic probation, detention, incarceration, violence and poverty."

Grantees will have a chance to attend an orientation in Chicago (expenses paid), 11 copies of four books, and additional training and resources.  

Several years ago, the Frederic Public Library received one of these grants to conduct a discussion group in collaboration with the Northwest Passage in-patient treatment facility in their area.  That discussion group, despite no longer being funded by the grant, is still going.  This is a terrific opportunity to reach out to teens in your area who might be falling through the cracks.

If you are interested in applying, but feeling nervous or want some help in thinking about how to do it, please let me know.  I'd love to brainstorm with you at the beginning and look at a draft of your application (due July 9), if you want.

I know summer is busy, but this is the kind of program that might make a difference in your career, and more importantly,  in the lives of some of the teens who need it.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Public Library School Library Collaboration Toolkit

a lightbulb sitting on a blackboard with 6 chalk circles, like thought-bubbles, connected to it
Image from Pixabay
I have had many conversations with librarians over the years about amazing partnerships--or a discouraging lack thereof--between school and public libraries.  It can take time and patience to develop the relationships with your school that will best benefit the people we serve in common.  But it is worth it to try!  Many school libraries in our area are woefully understaffed, which can make it tricky to connect, but sometimes can make it even more essential that we do.

The American Association of School Librarians, the Association for Library Service to Children, and the Young Adult Library Services Association have teamed up to create a toolkit for public and school librarians to use when working together.  I know, I know, school is almost out and it is too late to do a lot of cooperating for THIS year, but this toolkit will be useful, complete with research to back you up, collaboration ideas that range from very simple to much more complex, and further resources to explore.  I hope you'll check it out at some point!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Charlotte Zolotow Symposium

Charlotte Zolotow Award Medal
The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given for the most distinguished text in a picture book

Where can you hear amazing book creators like Angie Thomas, Benjamin Alire Saenz, Candace Fleming, Crescent Dragonwagon, Eric Rohman, and Javaka Steptoe; talk with other librarians and teachers about using books with kids; and be inspired about the work you do?  Right here in Wisconsin!  Consider attending the Cooperative Children's Book Center's Charlotte Zolotow Symposium on Saturday October 13 in Madison.  Bonus:  go on Friday evening and you'll get to attend the free Charlotte Zolotow Award Ceremony (featuring winning author Bao Phi, who wrote  A Different Pond, one of my favorite picture books of the year) and the also-free Charlotte Zolotow Lecture with Benjamin Alire Saenz (author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, among many others).

I'm going to go!  Please let me know if you are interested and would like help finding carpool partners and roommates.  With a line-up like this, curated and put together by the thoughtful folks at the CCBC, this is bound to be a terrific and inspiring day (or days) of learning.  If you combine it with a chance to network with other IFLS librarians, it is bound to be unbeatable!