Dia de los Niños, Dia de los Libros: KCLS needs volunteers

King County Library System
Volunteer Opportunity
Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) 2013

Are you looking to get practical outreach experience in a public library setting?  King County Library System is looking for volunteers to help organize their 4th Annual Día de los Niños/Día de los Libros, also known as Día.  Día is a multi-cultural, multi-generational literacy-oriented event that connect families to books and libraries.  Here is how you can help:

-Recruit local organizations to participate in community fairs at Westfield Southcenter (April 27th) or Bellevue Crossroads (May 4th).  This can be done remotely.

-Participate at actual community fairs: craft tables, book giveaways, booths support, etc.

If interested, please contact José García, Teen Librarian, Lake Hills Library at: jjgarcia@kcls.org.

As a side note: Elizabeth Brookbank (2nd year residential MLIS) and I (Liz Mills) participated in this event, both in the planning and execution, and it was a blast. The group is fantastic to work with, you learn a lot about community partnerships and event planning, and the public loved the event. I highly recommend this as a way to get involved in real community-library partnership work!

Tools to cope with unexpected moments of crisis

Tragedy affects all of us, but our youngest patrons are the least equipped with tools to cope and comprehend. School Library Journal has a list of good books to share with children to help them make sense of their world in the face of such an event. These kinds of collection development opportunities are what set us apart as stellar information specialists, when we can provide information and comfort. Let us know what you think of these picks, and of your own suggestions as well. Be safe.

The Most Magical Readers: Children

David Almond has written an inspiring tribute to the power and uniqueness of children’s literature. Check it out here.

A snippet:

“The pessimists doubt this. They tell us that the book is dying, that children don’t read. They need to be taken to literary events to see that children do read, that they read with passion and intelligence and excitement, that they ask the most perceptive questions and give the most vivid responses.”

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! A Round-up of Best Books

It’s that time of the year, folks, when we break out the eggnog, blearily hit send on the last of our finals, and realize we suddenly have time to READ! But which one to choose? Thousands and thousands of books have hit the shelves since we put our heads down to study in September. How will we ever have time to read them all before classes loom over us again? 

Fear not: Elizabeth Bird at School Library Journal, the Atlantic wire, and NPR are ready to give us their picks of the year. Let us know if you agree with their decisions. And share your holidays reads with us. Nothing sells a book like a word-of-mouth recommendation!

Happy Holidays from iYouth!