ALA Conference Reports Part 4, Helen Block ALSC Member, Infopeople Course on Children’s Services

More Reports from the ALA Conference, from Elizabeth Overmyer:

Sutton1. General buzz: not a program, but I found that many of my ALA acquaintances are ruminating over the January revision of the ALSC guidelines for reviewing by those who are currently serving on an ALA award committee. For a glimpse of the discussion, you can find Roger Sutton’s Horn Book editorial and a long train of responses at The final document is available on the ALSC website at

2. Term I learned: HOMAGO: Hanging out, messing around and geeking out” – as one of the main ways young people like to use libraries; mentioned in a program about teen collaborations in 24 learning labs across the country funded by a partnership of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the MacArthur Foundation, the Urban Libraries Council and the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

3. A “conversation starter” about storytimes and early literacy was presented by Amy Koester, Cory Eckert, Kendra Jones, and Brooke Rasche, who reminded the audience that in addition to building reading/listening skills, storytimes foster development of a child’s experience in playing, talking, singing, and moving. They suggested these online resources for lots of hands-on examples for ways to reinforce the whole range. They are also very excited about a new project, Storytime University, ( , which sponsors “Guerilla Storytime” materials and challenges librarians to earn online badges as they build their programming skills. : Notes from the Story Room : Beyond the Book Storytimes with blogger Steven Engelfried, our own Sally’s brother! / check out his “Act It Out” ideas yep, lots of STEAM ideas Lots of movement activities collaborative effort to post new flannel board ideas weekly – one library’s collection of demo videos of fingerplays, including a selection in Spanish
MUSIC/ SONG ideas:,, – storytime resources from librarians, for colleagues, parents, early childhood educators – fingerplays, songs, and good round-ups of library programming ideas from many different blogs. Elizabeth Overmyer

BlochHelen Bloch of the Oakland Library Featured ALSC Member: Check out this interview with Helen Bloch on the ALSC website, discussing Everyday Advocacy –



photopennyChildren’s Services Fundamentals: An Infopeople online course, September 9 to October 6, 2014 –
Do you want to be more comfortable and confident in providing library services to children and their families? In this course, expert children’s librarian and author Penny Peck will help you gain the skills to:
• Conduct an effective reference interview with children
• Determine children’s reading interests and find books to meet those interests
• Plan entertaining programs to attract families to your library
• Promote books and reading to children of all ages
Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others. For a complete course description and to register go to
Note: This course is approved as covering the Youth Services competencies for the LSSC program in combination with Teen Services Fundamentals.

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