Children’s Services Division 2023 Survey
Recognizing the need to prepare library staff for opposition to programs, ALSC tasked the School-Age Programs and Services (SAPS) committee with creating a toolbox focused on program challenges. On behalf of the SAPS committee, I’m excited to share the result of our work from the 2022-23 term: the ALSC Toolkit for Program Challenges.
We split the toolkit into three sections: before, during, and after a program challenge. For each stage, we suggest areas that may need special attention, identify specific steps you can take, and provide adaptable templates for creating a program policy, planning a program, and responding to a challenge.
We hope this toolkit will help library staff as they continue to serve all of their community, and we look forward to your feedback for future revisions. We invite the [insert audience here] community to participate in strengthening this evolving toolkit and our service to children by sharing suggestions, experiences, and feedback via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is an additional link to ALSC's blog post regarding the Toolkit: A New Toolkit for Program Challenges - ALSC Blog (ala.org)
Evelyn Sibley Lampman Nominations Needed
Nomination eligibility requirements are as follows:
Please include the following in the award submissions:
In the past, nominations were only accepted from OLA, CSD or Lampman committee members, and so not all nominations received were eligible. In an effort to be more inclusive, CSD members approved an amendment to the bylaws; nominations are now accepted from any Oregon resident.
Please email questions and nomination materials to email@example.com
Deadline for submission is Thursday, February 1, 2024.
For more information on the award, visit here.
Our monthly craft recipe series continues! We know many of you have some great crafts that you do with families and we also know that sometimes you might need a little inspiration for new ones! Check out our cupcake liner craft.
Looking for a fun fall craft that isn't too "holidayish?" Then give our cupcake liner umbrella craft recipe a try. This affordable craft comes just in time. Maybe you already have some leftover cupcake liners lying around. A nice storytime or passive program with this craft could include a 'changes in the weather' discussion or even a 'How Rain is Made' science project. This craft also gives children the opportunity to improve their listening skills and helps them learn more about following directions. Let us know how you end up utilizing the craft in your library!
December 13th, 12-2pm (PT)
Part One - Virtual
January 13th, 10am-3pm (PT)
Part Two - In Person & Virtual
The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award
Recognizes the author and illustrator of a book for beginning readers who, through their literary and artistic achievements, demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading.
Dive into the world of beginning readers through the lens of the Geisel Award.
Part One will begin with a crash course on the Geisel Award and introduction/explanation of the award’s specific, unique criteria. This will lay the foundation for a panel discussion with past Geisel Award committee members and chairs about the ways in which the criteria have shaped the way they look at Geisel contenders and beginning readers as a whole. Participants will leave with a strong understanding of the award criteria and excitement for applying them to evaluation and discussion. Part One will be virtual.
Part Two will center around mock discussions about our shortlist of titles (see below), offering participants hands-on experience using the award criteria to evaluate books in moderated discussion with peers. There will also be snacks, door prizes, and time to connect with colleagues. There will be an hour break for participants to find lunch in the downtown Eugene Area. As a grand finale, vote for Oregon’s Mock Geisel Award and Honor Winners for 2024. We encourage participants to attend in person, however, there is also a virtual option.
2024 Mock Geisel Titles
Fox Has a Problem / Corey R. Tabor
Worm and Caterpillar are Friends / Kaz Windness
The Gold Bowl / Valerie Bolling, illus. Kai Robinson
Who Will Win? / Arihhonni David
Gigi and Ojiji: What is in a Name / Melissa Iwai
Camp-Out / Kelly Starling Lyons, illus. Niña Mata
Nat the Cat Takes a Nap / Jarrett Lerner
Kitty Cam / Margie Palatini, illus. Dan Yaccarino
Bug Catchers / Megan Litwin, illus. Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn
It is Time: The Life of a Caterpillar / Lizzy Rockwell
Please read as many of these titles as you can before you arrive at the program;
you will benefit from the workshop much more if you do!
With November being Native American Heritage Month, I wanted to share about some opportunities and resources. Of course, a quick internet search will surface a variety of resources such as those from Oregon tribal government websites, Library of Congress, National Archives, National Geographic Education, Smithsonian, and a collaborative website representing several agencies. However, I wanted to highlight a few resources related to collection development plus two events that are specific to Oregon – one on the 14th for anyone and one on the 15th for Native American teens.
Indigenous Reads Rising (We Need Diverse Books)
We Need Diverse Books has a new project called Indigenous Reads Rising, “a celebration of Indigenous children’s literature of Native Nations, centering those within the United States and Canada . . . We created Indigenous Reads Rising to fill a need—to provide a resource where teachers, librarians, and readers can embrace the diversity of Indigenous children’s and teen literature. This site includes articles about best practices, book lists arranged by age category and topic, and additional resources for educators, librarians, booksellers, families, and writers alike.”
Additional Collection Development Resources Related to Books About or By Native Americans
Some of you may be familiar with these resources for developing a collection of children’s and young adult books about or by Native Americans, but if not, here you go. 🙂
Office of Indian Education (OIE) Website and Newsletter (Oregon Department of Education)
The Office of Indian Education at the Oregon Department of Education has several webpages of resources and education requirements, such as Tribal History/Shared History, Tribal Curriculum, and Indian Education Resources. Additionally, they publish a monthly newsletter, and anyone can subscribe. The November 2023 issue is robust; I encourage you to browse it.
Celebrating Tribal Sovereignty and Identity – A Fishbowl (11/14)
Staff at the Office of Indian Education occasionally have online office hours, and November’s session will be on the 14th from 4:00 to 5:15 pm => Celebrating Tribal Sovereignty and Identity – A Fishbowl. This description is from the OIE November newsletter: “We invite our vibrant AI/AN [American Indian/Alaska Native] community to come and engage in a fishbowl for Native American Heritage Month. Allies will listen in on the stories told by the AI/AN community on what celebrating Tribal Sovereignty and Identity means to them. At the end of the storytelling time, allies will be encouraged to share out their learnings and key takeaways from listening to their AI/AN peers.” Here’s the registration page. Please consider sharing about this in your school, district, or library.
Native Youth Talking Circle (11/15)
Two OIE staff will facilitate an online discussion on the 15th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm => Circle of Seasons: Listening to Native Youth. It is open to Native American students in grades 8-12. Here’s the registration page, which has a bit more information. Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please consider sharing about this.
Jen Maurer, MLS (she/her)
For more information and to read about past winners, visit the ALSC Distinguished Service Award page: https://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/profawards/distinguishedservice
The link to the application can be found here: https://airtable.com/shrxGNxaGCn0qQPuw - Nominations and supporting materials are due December 23rd, 2023! (Please note that including the nominee’s ALA member number is encouraged but not required.)
If you have questions about the ALSC Distinguished Service Award process, or you’re an ALA member who knows a great ALSC member but you aren’t an ALSC member yourself, please contact the co-chairs of the Professional Recognition and Scholarships Committee Elizabeth Burns (email@example.com) and Mary Schreiber
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance.
Thank you, Emily & Tara!
As the new year starts for the Children’s Services Division, we want to send a huge thank you to Emily and Tara for leading the Division this past year. Emily is an Early Literacy Specialist at her favorite place, the North Plains Public Library, and Tara is a Senior Library Assistant in Circulation at the Tigard Public Library. This year, Tara and Emily supported children’s library workers through organizing CSD workshops, working with the CSD board in their duties, and representing the CSD at OLA meetings. They assisted the board and its members in meaningful collaborations that inspired children's library workers to continue their good work throughout the state of Oregon. Thank you both for your service and thank you for continuing to serve as Past Chairs this year.
CSD Past Chairs
Emily West Tara Morissette
Monica Hoffman will lead the CSD team for 2023-24
Monica Hoffman is excited to lead CSD for 2023-24. Monica is the Early Literacy Outreach Program Manager of the Umatilla County Special Library District. Most of her patrons call her the Storylady. She partners with early childhood educators and care providers such as Head Start, Early Intervention/Special Education teachers, and private and in-home childcare providers.
She spends the majority of her workday delivering books, interactive and inclusive Storytimes, and much more to these partners and the children they serve, removing barriers and promoting access to library services. She would like to assist others in promoting libraries to children and their caregivers with a solution-based mindset of removing barriers that may currently be preventing children from experiencing and enjoying our fantastic libraries and library programs.
CSD Chair 2023-2024
Jaime Thoreson joins the CSD Board as Chair Elect
Thank you for voting in Jaime Thoreson as our new CSD Chair Elect. Jaime is a Youth Services Librarian at the Sherwood Public Library. As an OLA member since 2006, she served as Chair for the Mock Caldecott Award from 2013 to 2014 and has been on the Oregon Library Presenters Directory Committee since 2021. Her goal as CSD Chair Elect is to give back to an organization that has given her years of professional day-to-day support and has provided her with opportunities for professional growth. Jaime wants to provide a safe space for other youth library workers to feel seen, heard, and valued. In addition, she wants to learn new skills, stretch her new abilities as leader, and network in meaningful ways with youth library workers. Thank you, Jaime, for volunteering! We look forward to your service.
CSD Chair Elect 2023-2024
Welcome back to our monthly craft recipes. We know many of you have some great crafts that you do with families and we also know that sometimes you might need a little inspiration for new ones! Check out our monster eye sensory counting game.
Sensory bags are so much fun. They are soothing to the touch and help children explore new textures. This Halloween-themed sensory bag also helps children know number names, counting, sequences, and relationships between numbers and quantities.
Banned Books Week Talk on 10/5/2023
Hello Oregon Library Community,
To create awareness during Banned Book Week, Multnomah County Library's Intellectual Freedom Committee is sponsoring a talk focused on the current wave of book banning hitting public libraries and ways to fight censorship. The talk is virtual and open to all; we do ask attendees to register.
If you know of people who might be interested, would you please share? I am attaching a flyer as well as the description below. Please let me know if you have any questions, and many thanks if you can help get the word out.
Why Your Voice Matters, Even as Censorship Increases
A webinar on Thursday, October 5, 6-7:30pm.
Follow the link above to register.
As censorship efforts continue across the country, what should we, the people, know? How can we ensure that our public libraries remain places of intellectual freedom? Kelly Jensen from Book Riot and John Chrastka from EveryLibrary will talk about public libraries, the current landscape of book bans, and the movement to push back. Hear stories of libraries defending the First Amendment and learn how you can support libraries.
We hope you are able to attend.
Jennifer Keyser (she/her)
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