Youth librarians are well-positioned to embrace the social justice roots of librarianship. They can use their financial capital and professional credibility to demand that the large, mainstream publishers put out books that reflect the youth our libraries serve
Librarians Have Buying Power—Let’s Use It for Change | School Library Journal
"Yep. Madame Tussauds created wax figures of Brian Floca and Kate DiCamillo for people to photograph."
The State of Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada (or 2014 ALA Annual Conference Recap) 100 Scope Notes

"Yep. Madame Tussauds created wax figures of Brian Floca and Kate DiCamillo for people to photograph."

The State of Doughnuts in Las Vegas, Nevada (or 2014 ALA Annual Conference Recap) 100 Scope Notes

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If this doesn’t give you hope for humanity… (via Lower 9th Ward librarian wins first Lemony Snicket Prize | NOLA.com)

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If this doesn’t give you hope for humanity… (via Lower 9th Ward librarian wins first Lemony Snicket Prize | NOLA.com)

… I believe that using square footage is unfair to urban libraries, and to our customers who are disproportionately low-income, unemployed, or underemployed. Our libraries total approximately 220,000 square feet and the cost over the last three years of delivering access to digital information is approximately $4 per square foot. In general, urban libraries are more crowded and serve many more customers in smaller spaces than our suburban or rural counterparts…
The FCC To Vote on $5 Billion E-Rate Proposal, Librarians Are Speaking Out | School Library Journal
Librarians = “critical first referrers.”
“We are very much looking to connect with libraries. We believe that librarians are critical first referrers to information and community resources. By making it as easy as possible for librarians to share information about summer meals, we believe we can dramatically increase community awareness of the program and the number of youth who access the meals,” Marnie Webb, spokesperson for Caravan Studios, the creator of Range, a mobile app to find where summer meals are served.
Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

Librarians = “critical first referrers.”

“We are very much looking to connect with libraries. We believe that librarians are critical first referrers to information and community resources. By making it as easy as possible for librarians to share information about summer meals, we believe we can dramatically increase community awareness of the program and the number of youth who access the meals,” Marnie Webb, spokesperson for Caravan Studios, the creator of Range, a mobile app to find where summer meals are served.

Libraries Needed to Host Summer Meal Programs. Here’s How to Help.

Why libraries are needed to host summer meal programs.
Here’s how to help. 

Why libraries are needed to host summer meal programs.

Here’s how to help. 

Reading is not an option” was his platform as YA literature ambassador, and he once told School Library Journal, “As a young man, I saw families prosper without reading, because there were always sufficient opportunities for willing workers who could follow simple instructions. This is no longer the case. Children who don’t read are, in the main, destined for lesser lives. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to change this.
Walter Dean Myers, Award-Winning Author and Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Passes at 76 | School Library Journal (via kishizuka)

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All that said, digital media can provide a useful vehicle for preschool children’s learning—if it’s thoughtfully chosen and managed. Librarians can play a key role here, and it’s called “media mentorship.” Educators are hungry for this kind of guidance: In a recent survey by the LEAD Commission, 82 percent of teachers reported that they had not received the training that would allow them to make the fullest use of technology in their classrooms. In another Cooney Center survey, 55 percent of parents said they would like more advice from experts on finding videos, games, and websites that will support their children’s learning.
Too Soon for Technology?: The latest on digital use by preschoolers | School Library Journal
The best place to begin thinking through preschoolers’ use of technology is to consider what young children need. Kids under age five need to handle real objects, learning for themselves how the natural world works. They must move their bodies, coordinating their movements and gaining physical confidence. They should engage in unstructured playtime, exercising their imaginations, managing their emotions, and solving problems in scenarios of their own creation. And, most of all, young children need to interact with other people, navigating relationships with their peers and receiving guidance and support from adults.
Too Soon for Technology?: The latest on digital use by preschoolers | School Library Journal
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