Join us for the international children’s book exhibits at NLU’s Center for Teaching through Children’s Books. Dr. Gail Bush, Professor and Co-Director of the CTCB and Toby Rajput, Children’s & Youth Literature Librarian, will introduce both familiar and not-so familiar international authors and illustrators and examine recommended titles, including Hans Christian Andersen Award winners, for similarities to and differences from children’s books that were intended for an American audience. Let’s think together about international
children’s literature as a core resource for American students to learn about the world. Bring your favorite title that was originally published in another country and share your lessons and reader response ideas.
Today’s K-8 librarians often work alone, with no clerical or classroom teaching assistance. They are responsible not only for literacy information skills, but also for all the areas that go into creating a stimulating and effective library, including collection development, reader's advisory, author visits, displays, etc.
Shelley Riskin founded The Chicago Area School Library Network (CASLN) in 1989 to give librarians the opportunity to meet with other colleagues from surrounding areas, to collaborate and discuss school library issues, exchange ideas, investigate new programs, and encourage each other's creativity. Over time, CASLN grew from four participants to over 100 Chicago and suburban school librarians, meeting monthly at each other's libraries, bringing in speakers, and sharing insights on topics chosen by the members at the beginning of each school year. (To the right, you can see typical topics of past meetings.)
From formal presentations and programs, CASLN has evolved into the current format of informal monthly get-togethers at restaurants or homes. Of course, we still share and discuss all things related to the school library world, and celebrate our successes and achievements.
Whatever the format, CASLN participants agree that they leave each time feeling stimulated and re-energized, with more positive attitudes and many new ideas!
For more history and additional details about CASLN, read "The Chicago 90," an article in the November 2005 School Library Journal.
Interested in joining us at on of our monthly dinners? Contact Shelley for more information.
21st Century Student Book Reviews