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ALA Event Meet West Bend Community Library supporters

As requested by Dan Kleinman, I am clarifying that the following information is part of an email that Deborah Caldwell-Stone sent to me as a member of a listserv receiving announcements for the ALA group on Intellectual Freedom. I did not gather the information from the blog, but from an email I received that indicated the [...]

Library Closed – No Volunteer Available

I was so sad. Dad drove me to the Washta Public Library (housed in the same building as the elementary school library), but it was dark, locked, and had a sign on the door: Library Closed No Volunteer Available I know my former algebra, geometry, and trig teacher Ms Wych retired from school and is [...]

ALA Event – Nonfiction Book Blast!

On Sunday, July 12, a panel of 17 nonfiction authors and a moderator will appear at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago. "Nonfiction Book Blast! Booktalks Your Reluctant Readers Can’t Resist" presents booktalks librarians can use to interest young readers in nonfiction. The panel appears from 10:30 a.m. to [...]

ALA Events – Booklist Youth Forum – Celebrating Lincoln

Booklist Books for Youth Forum: Celebrating Lincoln Friday, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Westin River North, Grand Ballroom Celebrate 200 years of Lincoln’s legacy at the 2009 Booklist Youth Forum with a group of award-winning  authors and editors. Candace Fleming, Deborah Hopkinson, Jean Feiwel, and Russell Freedman will discuss the stories behind their Lincoln titles, [...]

ALA Events – free massage?!

Okay, I just had to share this one with you, readers. Drexel University’s email today informed me that their booth is offering you the opportunity to: • Receive a complimentary therapeutic massage • Enter to win a Nintendo Wii • Learn about Drexel’s top-ranked online Library & Information Science programs • Receive a 20% tuition reduction [...]

ALA Events – Junior Library Guild

If you are attending ALA, be sure you stop by the Junior Library Guild (JLG)’s Booth #2256. Here’s just some of what they have planned:   Interviews by Roger Sutton, editor-in-chief of The Horn Book Magazine, with some of your favorite authors and illustrators. Come hear 2009 Newbery medal winner Neil Gaiman, 2009 Caldecott Winner Beth Kroomes, 2009 Laura [...]

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Kelly. May 2009. Henry Holt. Charles Darwin shares the same birthdate as Abraham Lincoln; therefore, this year we are celebrating their 200th birthday. I am reviewing a large number of books on evolution and biographies on Darwin, but I made the assumption that The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate was [...]

ALA – PlanetEsme Bookroom Meets Buzzeo Brunch

Here’s a note from Esme Raji Codell:  Well, with ALA coming to Chicago, I decided to bring on the blintzes in honor of one of my favorite librarians. Kidlit blogger family, if you’re in town, please join the fun…yeah, sorry, I know it’s pretty far from the convention center, but maybe some urban adventurers out [...]

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different

While checking off my blog reading I noticed this week’s interview on Market My Words: the Marvelous Marketeer is with Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different). Readers, I confess that time simply got away from me. I meant to blog about Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different last fall when it was [...]

ALA Events – EBSCO School Library Database Luncheon

If you have not already accepted our invitation, we would like to invite you again to join us for an for an opportunity to hear about NEW EBSCOhost databases, features and services while enjoying a tasty meal with fellow school librarians.  If you have not yet registered, please register now to take advantage of this [...]