We’ll Link to That: Winter 2018

Hooray, the Winter 2018 edition of YAACS is here! The YAACS newsletter is written by youth services staff from across British Columbia, and we’ve got a column called We’ll Link to That! where we feature cool stuff we’ve found online. Our column this quarter features some of our top professional resources. Check it out!

We recently received an email from an MLIS student asking us for our favourite resources that have made a lasting impression on us. What a great question! So this quarter we thought we’d share the websites, books, and toolkits that have helped us on our journey as children’s librarians.


  • Mel’s Desk: Mel has been blogging for years and shares her storytime plans and reflections on her blog. She’s pushed us to think critically about early literacy and how we can model and support it in our programs. One of our great models for sure!
  • The ALSC Blog: The Association for Library Services to Children has an excellent blog where people from all over share ideas. Every post is different and it’s a great way to stay up-to-date with the professional world of children’s librarians.

Professional Development Books:

Organization Websites:

Tools of the Trade:

  • The Community-Led Libraries Toolkit: This toolkit provides a framework for how to implement the community-led model at a library which aims to reach underserved and marginalized communities.This framework guides our community outreach efforts as children’s librarians and also supports our values as social justice advocates.

What resources have had a lasting impact on you? We’d love to hear about them! Shoot us an email anytime at jbrary@gmail.com.

6 thoughts on “We’ll Link to That: Winter 2018

  1. Interesting. I haven’t been able to get Mel’s Desk to work for me for months. I think something is up with wherever they host their site.

    1. Same here! I’ve had it bookmarked forever and I was sad when it stopped working.

      1. Please read Mel’s comment below – it’s working again, yay!

    2. Please see Mel’s comment below – it’s working again, yay!

  2. Hi all–
    Lindsey messaged me this evening & I really appreciate your comments here and her reaching out! I knew I was very behind on updating WordPress for Mel’s Desk but just not finding the time to take care of it–I hadn’t realized though that access was compromised. My amazing husband/tech support just fixed everything and ran my overdue updates and Mel’s Desk should be available again now. I’m super grateful my blog is still seen as a resource even though it’s really been in mothballs for so long–I do want to post regularly again as soon as I can. Thanks for your support. <3 Melissa

    1. Thanks, Mel! Your blog is a fabulous resource whether you are actively posting or not 🙂

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