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Transgender and gender nonconforming children are at an increased risk for harassment, depression, self-harm, and suicide. In light of this vulnerability it is our responsibility to ensure that our collections, spaces, and programs reflect, honor, and validate the experiences of transgender, genderfluid, non-binary, and gender nonconforming children. We must not stand silent as those in power attempt to dismantle protections for transgender students. As youth services professionals, we will fight for the rights of all children, especially for the marginalized and at-risk populations who need us most. We entreat members of the Storytime Underground community to take specific, targeted actions against intolerance and we pledge to do the same.
We will be following up with ideas for concrete actions to take.
This month, we’re highlighting another outstanding local chapter by giving them a shout-out on the blog.
Have you always wanted a group of mentors and friends IRL? Make sure you’re connected with your local chapter for online discussions and in-person meet-ups. Not only are they a great way to learn from your peers, but they’re also fun. Find your local chapter here, or learn more about what it takes to be a chapter leader.
This month we’re so proud to announce our partnership with CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy)! They will be serving as our local chapter for Colorado residents and SU followers.
If you’re not already a member, please do join the Facebook group, here. Also, make sure you take a look at their website and join the organization. It’s free and you don’t have to be a Colorado resident to be a member! CLEL closely aligns with the goals of the SU community, but they provide even more concrete services in your area. You definitely don’t want to miss out on some of these free resources:
- StoryBlocks- We love these recordings of rhymes and songs that Colorado libraries are creating in many languages. You can browse by age group or language and each comes with written lyrics and an early literacy tip. For extra fun, try to spot Joint Chief Mary Kuehner. (Hint: She’s fluent in Spanish.)
- Early Literacy Tips- If you like our Fast Facts, you’ll love these tips! They’re organized by ECRR practices and ready to implement.
- CLEL Bell Nominees and Winners- Wish it was easier to find books that tie in ECRR practices like writing and talking? The CLEL Bell awards are designed to do just that! Pro tip: You don’t have to be a Colorado resident to make a nomination for these awards.
- Yearly conferences and learning opportunities- Members have a chance to get together and learn at least once a year with a very affordable conference.
And the most exciting part for us? With CLEL’s agreement to become a local chapter, they are bringing a renewed focus on hosting free events and opportunities for you to get together for learning, networking, and fun.
So, Colorado library friends, we hope you’re reading and taking advantage.
It’s time for a check in on our Storytime for Social Justice Blog Challenge! If you haven’t taken the challenge yet, don’t worry! This is an ongoing challenge and you can join in anytime.
In the meantime, here’s a look at what we’ve seen so far:
A social justice storytime outline.
Rosemary is ready to go.
Rebecca, who BTW is KILLING it with her Libraries are for Everyone images, resolves to be socially shiny.
Our own Julie and Holly made lists of resolutions.
Did we miss your post? Send us a link! And if (when?) you join in, let us know by commenting here!
Welcome to another Sunday Storytime Challenge! Our goal is to encourage the SU community to try new things and share out those adventures. Challenges will vary widely and can include craftiness, elevator speeches, networking, professional development and beyond!
So here is this week’s challenge!
I want your Storytime to be the most welcoming, warm, and wildly fun place to be. How can you ever expect people to feel welcome if you don’t introduce yourself!
Now, some of you are probably saying “Hey, I already get my whole crowd to say ‘Hello Miss Julie’ in a silly voice!” Why that is great (and sadly something that didn’t happen when I visited a Storytime recently), it simply isn’t enough. If we want children to connect to books and the library, we need to connect with them. What a better place to do this than in your Storytime?
You could share yourself by:
- hugging your favorite books before you share them with the group
- teaching a song your learned when you were a kid
- pointing out how you are similar or different from a character in a book
- talking about what you ate for breakfast before doing Bread & Butter
- describing your job (wait, you don’t just read kids stories?)
Maybe don’t share your weekend escapades as Grape Nose Boy!
Did you have all the kids learn how to spell your name? Did you talk about how your mom used to spread blackberry jam on your toast? Make sure to come back and share with us! There are so many ways you can share:
- Simply comment to this post!
- Email us at email@example.com
- Tweet it out using #storytimechallenge
- Do you have a kick-ass blog? Share your challenge story there and send us the link!
There is no concrete timeline for you to complete the challenges and they will always remain open.
We can’t wait to see what you can accomplish!