Muslim Representation and the Children’s Cooperative Book Center (CCBC) Statistics

Session Description

Panelists will address the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison’s annual publishing statistics and how representations of Muslim characters and books by Muslim writers and illustrators fit into those statistics, as well as in the wider world of children’s books.


Kindergarten Readiness: Fostering Well-Rounded Preschoolers

Session Description

Given the higher expectations of children entering kindergarten, librarians must commit to engaging preschoolers and caregivers while simultaneously preparing them for what lies ahead. To achieve these goals, the presenters developed a plethora of programs in libraries with different demographics, budgets. Many of these programs have been adapted to a virtual format as a response to the changing needs of our communities. Learn how you can use their ideas to help your library’s children and families bond and learn through dramatic play and hands-on discovery, helping them to get ready for kindergarten and beyond.

Rosana M. Santana, Youth Services Program Coordinator, Schaumburg Township District Library, Illinois
Samantha Eichelberger, School Services and Community Engagement Librarian, Schaumburg Township District Library, Illinois
Katie Clausen, Early Literacy Services Manager, Gail Borden Library, Illinois

Help! MY Child Is Learning How to Read: Supporting K-3rd Graders and Their Families

Session Description

Grade Level Reading begins with the warm hand off libraries give kids as they transition from early literacy to independent reading. Denver Public Library’s Grade Level Reading Team was formed to design and implement a comprehensive plan to support developing readers (K-3rd grade). Join us to learn more about the creation of DPL’s five Grade Level Reading Skills, discuss reader’s advisory and collection supports, and share literacy-based programming ideas that support developing readers and their families.

Amy Seto Forrester, Children’s Librarian, Denver Public Library, Colorado
Gigi Pagliarulo, Children’s Librarian, Denver Public Library, Colorado

Virtual and Augmented Reality: Designing Immersive Learning Youth Programs

Session Description

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) platforms provide immersive opportunities for children to interact with learning in new ways. How can libraries use VR and AR to enhance the learning experiences? Learn about various VR and AR programming such as virtual field trips, science experiments, coding, sports, and painting. An overview of interactive learning apps available on Oculus Go© and Merge Cubes©, and AR non-fiction options will be discussed.

Zachary Stier, Head of Children’s Services, Ericson Public Library, Iowa

Play-Based Community Engagement: Enhancing Early Learning Services Through Play-Centered Outreach, Library Installations, and Programming

Session Description

Play with your families! When Sacramento Public Library made play the center of its early learning efforts, it immediately resounded with families, creating increased engagement, a shift in perceptions about the library, and more opportunities for staff to model and share early learning information. Learn strategies to infuse do-it-yourself play activities into outreach, programming, and library spaces and discover how to connect your community with critical early learning information through the universal appeal of play.

Donna Zick, Early Learning Specialist, Sacramento Public Library, California
Caitlin Tormey, Youth Services Librarian, Sacramento Public Library, California
Nate Halsan, Youth Services Librarian, Sacramento Public Library, California

Global Citizens Academy: Creating Cross Cultural Experiences for Disadvantaged Youth

Session Description

As the world becomes more complex and our economies become increasingly global, what happens to the children who don’t have access to cross cultural experiences? For youth who do not have the resources to travel, technology and storytelling can help bridge the experience gap while fostering social emotional learning. Learn how to use Google Maps, YouTube, and role-playing games to foster social connection, build empathy, and encourage global thinking.

Hallie Jackson, Youth and Teen Services Coordinator, Fairfax County Public Library, Virginia

From Seed to STEM: How Seed Grants Grew Early STEM Learning in Minnesota Libraries

Session Description

Panelists will share their experiences designing early STEM projects and growing and sustaining these projects over three years following the original grant period. Participants will share their work with partners including childcare providers, Home Health Visitors, WIC clinics and more, and how they designed offerings to reach under-served populations. Grantees include county systems serving suburban and rural populations and will share their experiences reaching different demographics, including Spanish speakers, low-income families, and manufactured housing communities.

Ally Addison, Learning & Outreach Specialist, Scott County Libraries, Minnesota
Jill Deinken, Children’s Librarian, Redwood Falls Public Library, Minnesota
Jodi Edstrom, Branch Manager, Chaska Library, Minnesota
Leah Larson, LSTA Coordinator, Minnesota State Library Services
Gail Nordstrom, Public Library Consultant, Viking Library System, Minnesota
Kristin Schneider, Youth Services Librarian, Victoria Library, Minnesota
Teri Smith, Library Director, Redwood Falls Public Library, Minnesota

Universal Design for Learning and Storytime: An Inclusive Approach to Early Literacy at the Library

Session Description

Children’s librarians know the value of storytime for promoting early literacy growth in young children, and recent research continues to back this up. At the same time, other research points out that children with disabilities rarely attend storytime. This session will present evidence from empirical studies and use Universal Design for Learning to frame new ways for participants to build on their inclusive storytime strategies and encourage more participation from children with disabilities and their families.

Tess Prendergast, PhD, Lecturer in Librarianship, University of British Columbia
Melissa Pebly, EdD, Assistant Professor of Practice, Portland State University, College of Education, Department of Special Education
Milly Romeijn-Stout, PhD Candidate, University of Washington Information School

Diversity Needs Jewish Books: A Missing Piece of the Diversity Conversation

Session Description

The FBI reports that 58% of all religious hate crimes target Jewish people despite the fact that only 2% of America’s population identifies as Jewish. This hate can be fought with education and the building of empathy through literature. Jewish books are about far more than the Holocaust and the holidays. They provide windows and mirrors into many other cultures (not all Jews are white or European). Learn more about this often-misunderstood category of literature and how you can make it a part of your diverse collection.

Susan Kusel, Librarian, Temple Rodef Shalom Library
Rebecca Levitan, Librarian [Pikesville Branch], Baltimore County Public Library
Heidi Rabinowitz, Director, Feldman Children’s Library, Congregation B’nai Israel
Sylvie Shaffer, Librarian, Capitol Hill Day School

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with ALSC: Updates, Tools and Takeaways

Session Description

A panel discussion covering ALSC’s current work and initiatives around equity, diversity, and inclusion, and what current and former task force members are doing at their own library systems and communities that can be easily replicated.

Vicky Smith, Children’s Editor, Kirkus Reviews, Kirkus
Nicole Rawlinson, Teen Services Librarian, Kitsap Regional Library
Sophie Kenney, Assistant Manager, Children’s Services/Early Literacy Specialist, Aurora Public Library, Illinois
Ayn Reyes Frazee, Teacher Librarian, Portland Public Schools, Oregon
Danielle Jones, Youth and Teen Librarian, Multnomah County Library, Oregon
Evelyn Keolian, Librarian, Chicago Public Library