This Week in SALS Youth Services

September 25, 2015

Short and sweet

This is not so short this week, but an important topic.
I just started following a We Need Diverse Books™ on Facebook. I recommend that you consider the following when purchasing materials for your children's collection.

What benefits are there to reading diverse books?

  1. They reflect the world and people of the world
  2. They teach respect for all cultural groups
  3. They serve as a window and a mirror and as an example of how to interact in the world
  4. They show that despite differences, all people share common feelings and aspirations
  5. They can create a wider curiosity for the world
  6. They prepare children for the real world
  7. They enrich educational experiences (Source here)

Finally, the Association for Library Service to Children has a wonderful White Paper on the Importance of Diversity in Library Programs and Material Collections for Children that sums all of this up very nicely.


Diverse Books with Example Shelf Talkers

Upcoming Events

Library Programs Squared Symposium

Friday, Oct. 16th, 12-2pm

1400 Washington Avenue

Albany, NY

We are bringing new and innovative types of programming information to libraries, schools and other institutions across the Capital District region and beyond. This event features exhibits of programs from educational, entertainment, social, and cultural programming specialists. These informative displays will highlight presentations and demonstrations that will focus on education, entertainment, and cultural awareness, creating new programming opportunities to bring back to your institution. And it’s FREE.

This year's Programs2 Symposium includes over 50 presenters who offer a variety of programs, workshops, classes and demonstrations. We will also have fabulous door prizes and light refreshments.

Please go to our website for additional information:

Who is this “We”, anyway?

We are the University at Albany IST666 class for Summer 2015. We are all graduate students in the Information Science program at the University at Albany and will one day be planning our own educational programming at institutions similar to yours.

An RSVP would be nice (not necessary) either to (our instructor) or via the RSVP link at .

News from LibraryLand

The Advanced Registration Deadline for the NYLA Annual Conference is TODAY!

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