“Light the Way” Grants of $3,000 are offered to assist public and school libraries in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through new programs or the expansion of existing programs. Preference is given to programs serving children with learning or physical differences, those who speak English as a second language, children from nontraditional school environments or in foster care, children in the juvenile justice system, and those who need accommodation services. The grant program is sponsored by Candlewick Press and administered by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Interested applicants must be ALA members.
The Distinguished Service Award honors an Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) member who has made significant contributions to or impact on library services for children, and directly to ALSC. Nominees may be practicing librarians in a school or public library, a library or information science educator, a member of the library press, an editor or other employee of a publishing house, or a retired children’s librarian.
Storm Boy is an interactive adaptation of author Colin Thiele’s 1964 novel of the same name, a classic in its native Australia. Students can play Storm Boy the Game from Blowfish Studios on iOS or Android devices.
The nonprofit Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME) has created and shared an open-source guide for school librarians engaged in curating open educational resources. Drawing lessons from school districts and libraries, ISKME developed the free guidebook to help school librarians and district officials develop a coherent roadmap for OER curation and implementation.