National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month

This is, not shockingly, one of my very favorite poems and I wanted to share it with you for National Poetry Month.


There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot That bears a Human soul.

Emily Dickinson

Email Lists for Youth Services Librarians

Email Lists for Youth Services Librarians

This is a portion of my latest newsletter article for Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide. As I reference in the article, someone recently asked me to compile a list of valuable email lists for youth services librarians which prompted me to turn it into part of my regular newsletter YouthShare article for our April newsletter.

Email Lists for Youth Services Librarians

As with so many things, the Internet has made sharing with and learning from other librarians so easy. When you need a quick last minute craft for storytime or you want to learn how other libraries are structuring their summer reading programs, you can turn to the Internet. There are many wonderful online resources for youth services librarians these days. In addition to blogs and Twitter, the good, old fashioned email listerv is alive and kicking. We at CTLS have a few lists that are not only great for letting us make announcements, send information about upcoming workshops, and forward other pertinent information, but also for allowing our members to pose a question to their fellow librarians to share ideas and learn from each other.

I recently filled a request for suggested email lists for youth librarians and I wanted to share them here.

ALA’s Association for Library Services to Children or ALSC has many listservs for specific topics from Preschool Services, Middle Grade, Storytelling, and Dia! You can see them all and subscribe to them here. The general ALSC-L list recently had a fascinating conversation about Common Sense Media and their reviewing and labeling practices and how librarians should be involved, or not, with their work.


Child Lit

Child Lit discusses the latest news in and critical analysis of children’s literature. Expect discussion about diversity, representation, assistance finding a specific book requested by a patron (The cover is green!), I always get a little giddy when I get an email from Jane Yolen in my inbox. She weighs in on this list from time to time. The best response I can recall is when someone wrote to the list with a book stumper. They described a book a patron requested and Jane Yolen chimed in and said it was one of hers!



Pubyac is an email list focusing on delivery of youth services in public libraries, “focusing on programming ideas, outreach and literacy programs for children and caregivers, censorship and policy issues, collection development, administrative considerations, puppetry, job openings, professional development and other pertinent services and issues.”

For instance, a recent conversation took place on PUBYAC asking where public libraries would be shelving the upcoming published edition of the new Harry Potter play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Will it go with the rest of the Harry Potter books or with other plays in the 800s?



Similar to ALSC, ALA’s Young Adult division, YALSA, also offers many different lists for specific topics such as Teen Advisory Boards, Serving Older Teens, and Teaching Young Adult Literature. You can see these and subscribe to them here.



CTLS-L is our general list where make announcements, send workshop registration information, forward pertinent information, and where our members can begin discussions on a wide array of topics.


Texas State Library and Archives

Here is an email newsletter dedicated to updates about Summer Reading Program.

TXYAC is TSLAC’s public youth and children’s services email list where the Youth Services Consultant shares information.



The Texas Library Association has many specific email lists you can sign up for. Your TLA member status must be current. Their youth specific forums are the Children’s Round Table or CRT and the Young Adult Round Table or YART. You can see all of the specific forums they have and subscribe to these and others  by logging into the Members Only section of the TLA website.

Free Webinar on Reading Diversity from Teaching Tolerance

Free Webinar on Reading Diversity from Teaching Tolerance

Check out this free webinar on the text selection tool, Reading Diversity, from Teaching Tolerance. Go here for more information and to register.

Title: Reading Diversity: Tools for Selecting Diverse Texts

Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Time: 04:30 PM Central Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour


Include diverse voices in your classroom with a unique tool for culturally responsive text selection: Reading Diversity! In this webinar, participants will learn how to use Reading Diversity to select texts that reflect their students’ identities and offer them windows into the diverse lived experiences of others. This tool utilizes a multi-dimensional text-selection model that prioritizes critical literacy and cultural responsiveness as well as text complexity. Register today and use Reading Diversity to make your classroom more inclusive tomorrow!

You’ll receive a certificate of completion once you finish this webinar.

via Event Registration

Come See Me at #TXLA16

Come See Me at #TXLA16

I haven’t posted in a couple of months because I have been selling my home and buying another. It has been intense and agonizing, but we are finally out of the fog and I can focus more on work and the upcoming conference!


The Texas Library Association Annual Conference is in a couple of weeks in Houston and I will be presenting at a session called Bleep! Blorp! Books! Robots in the Library. We will be talking about how to get started with robotics programming in a public library setting. I will be speaking from my experience working on the Bots & Books grant for Connecting Texas Libraries Statewide. Presenting with me are Bob Loftin and Cecily Ponce deLeon from the Plano Public Library. They have presented at PLA on their robust robotics program in the past. Also joining us will be Megan Clark of the San Antonio STEM Connectory, formerly of the New Braunfels Public Library, where she works with First Lego League Robotics competitions.

We hope to provide an overview of the benefits of robotics, how the Plano Public Library got started and let their program evolve, and how you can take this kind of programming to the next level through FIRST Lego League.

If you are going to conference, please come hear what we have to say and add to the conversation! Our session is on Thursday, April 21st from 10am to noon.