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YALSA's mission is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives.
A librarian’s toolbox: readers advisories, best seller lists, galley chats, author chats, publisher contacts, links to major book awards, and more. Co-Founder and Editor Nora Rawlinson was editor of Library Journal and editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly for 12 years. Before that, she was head of Materials Selection for Baltimore County Public Library. Nora speaks often at publishing and library conferences.
The Center for Children’s Books at the School of Information Sciences is a research center with additional interests in education and service. Our mission is to facilitate the creation and dissemination of exemplary and progressive research and scholarship related to youth-focused resources, literature, and librarianship.
Public Libraries are one of the only places in the country committed to providing free, comprehensive early childhood education activities to families of all ethnicities, sexual orientations, immigrant statuses, socioeconomic statuses…public libraries serve EVERYBODY. Across the country and the world, an army of youth services librarians is providing safe, welcoming spaces for parents to gain skills that will help their children succeed. That army is also growing lifelong readers and lovers of libraries, often in communities that are severely disadvantaged.
This work is often underappreciated or disparaged by our fellow library professionals, but we at Storytime Underground know the truth: if you are out in the storytime trenches you are changing–and sometimes saving–lives with every fingerplay and feltboard. This is not an exaggeration. Literacy is not a luxury. To survive and thrive, a democracy needs a literate populace and we, the army of Children’s Librarians, are the front lines in the battle to deliver literacy to everyone.
In order to be the best we can be, we gather together to share resources, skills, songs, and stories. None of us is the master of storytime, but each of us is a master of one skill, and we can teach that skill. In order to ensure that we are paid what we deserve, that our programs are funded, that our positions remain filled, we present these training sessions in the most public possible shared library spaces and invite librarians of all kinds to participate.
Our work is critical. Children’s programming drives program numbers and circulation stats. The library without us is a very, very quiet place–especially in a couple of generations when no one has grown any new readers. At the Storytime Underground our mission is threefold: We support each other, We promote each other, and We train each other.
Jennifer Jazwinski (Jen J.) is the Assistant Manager in the all ages Popular Materials Department at the Palatine Public Library District in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. She loves children’s and young adult literature and organizing data into spreadsheets. She is a member of ALA and YALSA. She is not affiliated with Booklist, the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, the Horn Book, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, or School Library Journal.
Hi! We're Dana and Lindsey, two children's librarians ready to take on storytime. Jbrary is a library of storytime resources for those of us working with children. Join us for songs, rhymes, fingerplays, and more! Jbrary started as a class project for one of our MLIS courses, and has since grown into a blog and YouTube channel we use to participate in the virtual youth services world. This blog represents our personal views and not those of our employers.
The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) serves as the U.S. national section of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), which was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and adolescents.
BRINGING BOOKS AND CHILDREN TOGETHER The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) is a non-profit organization which represents an international network of people from all over the world who are committed to bringing books and children together.