ALA Unit/Subunit: AASL
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
What is the wealth and value for students and school-aged patrons of using texts to examine current issues in their communities? This session will look at how our students and patrons, from grade school through high school, can make connections with the broader community outside school and library walls by creating through-lines that encourage connections between literature and “real life”. Using inclusive, contemporary, liberatory text sets, we will build context to historic and current events. Within the text sets we will explore the topics of empowered children, organized work and social groups, local community activists, and civic engagement. We will discuss how to utilize these texts to scaffold and aid in conversations with children about race, gender, disenfranchisement, white supremacy and other topics of justice often considered “difficult”.
With the panelists modeling lessons, looking through books and relaying experiences,
attendees will acquire the tools to develop their own library’s collection and ability to create lesson plans with a social and educational frame, aid with engaging in courageous conversations with students and patrons, and begin a list of community resources and topics that are relevant to the lives of students, school-aged patrons and their families.