Thursday, September 1, 2011

Amelia Bloomer Project

Many of you keeping up with this blog are likely familiar with the various book lists created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC). These lists are invaluable resources for librarians, teachers, parents, and caregivers hoping to find books and media that will get their child motivated about reading.

In addition to YALSA and ALSC, the Feminist Task Force (FTF) of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table (say that 10x fast!) has the AMELIA BLOOMER PROJECT (named after the American women's rights and temperance advocate), which annually creates book lists highlighting strong feminist messages for young people from birth to age 18. Having an undergraduate background in gender studies, I'm pretty stoked about serving on this committee--I get to combine my interest in feminism with my experience/expertise in library youth services. Yay!

If you are interested in finding out more information about the Amelia Bloomer Project, or you want to access lists from previous years, please visit The committee also welcomes field nominations for the 2012 list; publication dates must fall between July 2010 - December 2011. Please note: the deadline for nomination is September 30!