Performers’ Showcase, Library Advocacy Unshushed, Dia de los Libros Grant

FratelloStill Time to Register for the ACL Performers’ Showcase in the Bay Area: Do you hire family entertainment for your library (or other venue)? Come see over thirty children’s performers, all in one day, all in one place! Presented annually for more than 20 years, by the Association of Children’s Librarians of Northern California, this is a great day of entertainment that will run from 9am til 4:30pm, with a break for lunch.  Tickets are now available for ACL’s 2015 Performer’s Showcase! This year’s event will be held on February 7, 2015, at the Fremont Main Library (CA).
For more details and to purchase tickets, visit the event page: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/975750.

Library Advocacy Unshushed Free Online Course: The American Library Association is proud to announce its partnership with the Canadian Library Association(CLA) and the University of Toronto iSchool in offering its popular MOOC (Massively Open Online Course), entitled “Library Advocacy Unshushed: Values, Evidence, Action” beginning February 1, 2015.

Wendy Newman, a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto iSchool, will lead a this six-week adaption of a popular online elective class on advocacy, offering anyone, anywhere in the world, the opportunityto learn more about advocacy for libraries and strengthening of the communities they serve.

Offered through the EdX consortium, in which the University of Toronto collaborates with other leading universities, “LibraryAdvocacy Unshushed” is now available for registration via this URL: http://www.edx.org/course/library-advocacy-unshushed-university-torontox-la101x#.VLRSSHuUJfb . Participants can audit the course for free.

The course will start on February 2, 2015, and ends March 23, 2015. There is no prerequisite, though basic knowledge of librarianship is recommended. Through this open form of course delivery, including videos, online discussions, quizzes, and video interviews with guest experts, participants will learn how to be powerful advocates for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Participants should expect to commit four to five hours of study per week.

Dia_webbadge2_2p_02015 Grant Information – El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros:
The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature (CSMCL) is an organization advocating for multicultural children’s literature which includes librarians, teachers, parents, caregivers, students, and experts in the field of children’s literature. CSMCL will award a $500.00 grant in selected multicultural children’s books to your library that serve children and their families who are having a Día library program, El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) with an African American Focus. The Día grant is funded by the CSMCL in partnership with the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) and author Pat Mora, the founder of Children’s Day, Book Day/ El día de los niños, El día de los libros; often known as Día.

Grant Eligibility: Libraries that serve children and their families who are having a Día program, El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), with an African American Focus are eligible to apply. The Día event must be held on or about April 30, 2015.

Grant Award Amount: CSMCL will award a $500 grant in selected multicultural children’s books for your library. To verify the event, the winning library must submit 15 digital photos (as jpegs) of the Día event to CSMCL by sending the 15 jpegs on a USB flash drive via email or U.S. Mail no later than one week after the Día event.

Selection Criteria: Awardees will be selected based upon creativity and originality of the implementation of their 2015 Día program, El Día de Los Niños/El Día de Los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day), with an African American Focus.
Grant Application: For an application regarding CSMCL’s 2015 Día grant program, contact Dr. Claudette S. McLinn, Executive Director, via email: Center4MulticulturalChildrensLit@aol.com.

Grant Deadline and Award Announcement: Application must be received by March 9, 2015. Award will be announced on or about March 13, 2015. FAX, email, or mail application to: Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature, c/o Dr. Claudette McLinn, Executive Director, 8461 South Van Ness Avenue, Suite 101, Inglewood, CA 90305. The FAX number is 805.583.0207 and the email address is Center4MulticulturalChildrensLit@aol.com.
For more information about El Día de Los Ninos/El Día de los Libros, go to the official Día sites: http://dia.ala.org/.

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