Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Autism Lecture: "Different, Not Less: NeuroTribes and the Future of Neurodiversity"

Here's another event you don't want to miss!
Family Action Network is hosting Steve Silberman, the author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, which was recently awarded the 2015 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.

I haven't read the book yet, but the advance reading copy is loaded on my Kindle and calling out to me. According to Mr. Silberman's publisher, Neurotribes is "a groundbreaking book that upends conventional thinking about autism and suggests a broader model for acceptance, understanding, and full participation in society for people who think differently." Does it call to you, too?

Mr. Silberman's upcoming lecture entitled, "Different, Not Less: NeuroTribes and the Future of Neurodiversity" will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 7:00 PM at New Trier High School, Northfield Campus - Cornog Auditorium (7 Happ Rd. Northfield, Illinois 60093).

The presentation is sponsored by the Center for Independent Futures and is free and open to the public - no tickets required. Suitable for ages 12+

For more information and to help spread the word, please view and distribute this flyer.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Check in with SNAILS! Free Online Videos and Training

Since SNAILS began in 2013, we have hosted a variety of knowledgeable guest speakers to provide training and learning for our members.  What makes the SNAILS networking group unique is that we go the extra mile to record parts of our meeting and share them online to provide opportunities for professional development to those that can't be with us in person.  You don't have to be a youth services librarian to learn something from these presentations--library staff from any type of library serving any age group can learn from these guest speakers. 

Whether you weren't able to make the trip to one of our Illinois library meeting locations, or you're from out of state and want to see what you can apply to your own library community, we have something for everyone!

Here's a short list of links to videos featuring guest presenters:

Giant Steps: Music therapist Kylie Kirksey from Giant Steps shares tips for using music in library programs to engage children on the autism spectrum. This video features only a snippet of what Kylie presented on May 5, 2015.

Naperville Public Library/Community Access Napervile:  Barb Prescott of Naperville Public Library and Sherry Healey of Community Access Naperville talk about their on-going partnership and the monthly library programming they developed for young adults with developmental disabilities. Their presentation was made on May 5, 2015.

National Lekotek Center Presentation: Hayley Anderson from the National Lekotek Center talks about the value of play to children of all abilities and the services Lekotek offers to families and organizations, such as libraries. This presentation was recorded at the November 12, 2014.

Using Apps with Children with Special Needs: Tamara Kaldor, M.S. and Founder of Chicago Play Pro, demonstrates a variety of apps and shares helpful tips and strategies for how to use apps and various online tools with children with disabilities.  This presentation was recorded on August 13, 2014.

JJ's List Presentation:  JJ Hanley, founder of JJsList.com talks about the mission of the organization and explains how libraries can receive disability awareness training, add their libraries to the JJsList business directory, and support the work of JJsList. This presentation also covers disability friendly customer service strategies for serving all abilities.  This presentation was recorded on February 12, 2014.

Sensory Storytime Presentation: Renee Grassi and Sue Parsons talk about the value of offering Sensory Storytime and outline three models that can be replicated at other libraries. This presentation was recorded at a SNAILS networking meeting on November 13, 2013.

Sensory Storytime Demonstration: Sue Parsons of Plainfield Public Library District, demonstrates a sample of her Sensory Storytime. Sue's presentation was recorded at a SNAILS networking meeting on November 13, 2013.  

Reminder! Our next SNAILS meeting is scheduled for February 10, 2016 at the Glen Ellyn Public LibrarySend your RSVP to Renee Grassi if you're interested in attending!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

"Light The Way Grant:" Applications Now Accepted!


 What is the "Light The Way" Grant?
The ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" Grant was formed in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, and the themes represented in her books.  The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done.

The  ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers Committee will select the winner of this award based on an application process. Special population children may include those who have learning or physical differences, those who speak English as a second language, those who are in a non-traditional school environment, those who live in foster care settings, those who are in the juvenile justice system, those who live in gay and lesbian families, those who have teen parents, and those who need accommodation service to meet their needs. 

The winner of this award will be announced at ALA's Midwinter Meeting.

How can my library apply? 

The ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers committee is now accepting applications for  the 2016 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" grant.  2016 grant applications are due December 1, 2015. 

First, review the 2016 application requirements on the 2016 ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved" grant paper application.  

Next, submit your application and resume via the online form

Then, have your supervisor submit a supporting statement to  Lesley Mason (lesley.mason@dc.gov), by December 1.  Applications without the supporting statement will not be considered for the Light the Way Grant. 

Finally, please contact the chair of the ALSC Library Service to Special Population Children and Their Caregivers committee chair, Lesley Mason, with any questions at lesley.mason@dc.gov.

Other LSSPCC Committee Resources

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Webinar Opportunity: Inclusive Programming for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

When: Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 1:30 - 3:00 PM CST
Registration Information: Click here to register through L2 calendar
Webinar Cost: FREE!

The majority of library visitors are comfortable navigating their way through the library, approaching staff with questions and using available resources. But for some, these basic library experiences can be intimidating. 

Presented by Noelle Burch and Gina Worsham, librarians from Contra Costa County Library System in California, this webinar will provide participants with the tools to make basic, yet effective changes to their programming in order to create an inclusive library atmosphere for adults with developmental disabilities. The information presented in this webinar will guide library professionals on how best to create and implement a program at their library, as well as helping to identify community partners, perform community outreach and how to effectively create inclusive programming. 

For find out more about what their library does to serve accessibility needs in California, check out their library's Accessibility page.