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ALA Events – NMRT Awards Reception

Please join the New Members Round Table (NMRT) for the NMRT Awards Reception Windy City 2.0: A ‘mashup’ of the NMRT Student Reception and the NMRT Social Date: Sunday, July 12, 2009 Location: Chicago Hilton, Northwest 5 Ballroom Time: 7:00-9:00pm Featuring: – Desserts and cheeses, cash bar, and music – Recognition of the 3M/NMRT Professional […]

ALA Events – ASPCA Henry Bergh Award Presentation

Join ASPCA for a Cocktail Reception To Announce the Winners of The Ninth Annual ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Awards for Excellence in Humane Literature.  Monday, July 13th at the ALA Annual Conference Swissotel Downtown 323 E. Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL 60601 St. Gallen Room, 5:30 -7:30pm Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will be honored with the ASPCA […]

TENN-SHARE and consortiums

Does your state have consortiums? Do you belong to any organizations that cross types of libraries? In Tennessee we have We are utilizing the web in programs like Learn & Discover which gave librarians the chance to complete a ten week learning opportunity via and even win an mp3 player.  While I was unable […]

ALA Events you don’t want to miss – Enslow

I believe you should attend ALA Annual. If you live within daily traveling distance, you should plan to attend at least one day’s events and – particularly – the exhibit hall. In the next two weeks leading up to ALA Annual, I’m going to highlight a few "extra" events that you might not know about. […]

Taking the Dare to Show You Care

Take the Dare: Show You Care is a project by author Cynthia Liu (Paris Pan Takes the Dare) to raise funds for Tulakes Elementary school in Oklahoma.   You can take The Dare, The Double Dare, The Triple Dog Dare, or even the Quadruple Dog Dare.  1) Autographed gimmies from fab authors like Lisa Schroeder, Amanda Marrone, […]

Penquin’s Storytime and YA Central

Have you visited for their new online programming: Penguin Storytime and YA Central, two online video series featuring full 30-minute episodes (broken into smaller segments) including interviews with Jon Scieszka, Judy Schachner, Laurie Halse Anderson, Lauren Myracle, and John Green.   From the publisher’s office we learn these are designed for teachers, librarians, parents, children and […]

Awards – from CALA

The 2008-2009 Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) Best Book Awards Committee has chosen Steer Toward Rock by Fae Myenne Ng as the Best Adult Fiction Book, The Writer as Migrant by Ha Jin as the Best Non-Fiction Adult Book, Dragon Road by Laurence Yep as the Best Young Adult Book, and Mei Ling in China City […]

The Sisters Club: Rule of Three by Megan McDonald

I have no sisters! Even worse… I have no daughters! How could I be so afflicted with brothers and sons? I was never able to experience sisterly rivalry, sharing of clothes, girls secrets, fighting over boys, all that stuff that I dream about but am not really sure exists. Maybe that’s one reason I love having roommates at […]

Be careful what you say about authors – especially Richard Peck!

Seeing Betsy Bird’s comments today and her story about hearing Richard Peck for the first time made me reflect about my meeting him. One year at AASL Annual Conference in Birmingham, Alabama, I was touring the exhibit hall and spent some time wishing I had funds for audiobooks. While I was standing in one of […]

Differentiated Instruction workshop

Our district is sponsoring a variety of workshops they expect teachers to attend this summer. Three major topics: the new state standards, differentiated instruction (DI) and inclusivity. I recently attended the DI workshop and wanted to share some thoughts and resources. Kristi Coggin, an instructional facilitator with MNPS shared this information in her workshop. What […]