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ALA Events – Demco’s prize chances and their addictive game

I love to play games! Bejeweled. Poppit! Emoticons! I love any of those games that allow you to match 3 or more in a row and stuff jumps around. So are you surprised to read that I was hooked on the Demco game Library Challenge?  I was checking out a link to Teen Furniture from [...]

ALA Events – Authors from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Check Out Some of Your Favorite  Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group Authors at ALA:  Saturday July 11th  Anita Silvey Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Children’s Book  Signing in Booth 1715 10:00-11:00AM Uri Shulevitz How I Learned Geography  Signing in booth 1811 10:00-11:30AM  Margery Cuyler The Little Dump Truck  Signing in Booth 1816 [...]

ALA Event – Author Signing for Holocaust Survivor

Surviving the Angel of Death is the memoir of Eva Mozes Kor, who was a Mengele twin in Auschwitz when she was 10 years old. Written for the YA market, it is the story of a child’s survival in unimaginable circumstances. Eva and her co-author, Lisa Rojany Buccieri, will be signing galleys, free to attendees.  [...]

ALA Events – Virtual Worlds, Real Opportunities

The LLAMA SASS Management Practices Committee is sponsoring the following program:    "My Avatar Will Contact Your Avatar: Virtual Worlds, Real Opportunities"   When: Monday, July 13, 8:00-10:00 am Where: McCormick Place West, Room W-178a   Panelists: Lori Bell, Director of Innovation, Alliance Library System; Tom Peters, Founder and CEO, TAP Information Services; Kathryn Robinson, [...]

What am I seeking? Science materials

You maintain a healthy WISHLIST folder, don’t you? Experienced librarians will tell you that you must constantly be seeking requests from your colleagues, students, and administrators so you have immediately on-hand a list of items to purchase.  Every principal and administrator I have worked with receives last-minute notice of funds to spend. If you develop [...]

The Ultimate YA Bookshelf – Check out what YALSA is doing

From the ALA’s Young Adult Library Services Association, we find YALSA’s Ultimate Teen Bookshelf (PDF) which highlights must-have teen materials for libraries.developed in conjunction with the United We Serve initiative.  How did they develop this list of 50 books, five magazines and five audio books? Subscribers to the YALSA-BK electronic discussion list suggested titles for the Ultimate [...]

ALA Events – AASL Standards & the President’s Program

AASL President’s Program: Literacy, Leadership and Librarian Flair: Engaging 21st-Century Readers with Three Award Winning Young Adult and Children’s Authors on Saturday, July 11th at 10:30 a.m. (McCormick Place West, Room W-184). Laurie Halse Anderson, Alan Sitomer, and Jacqueline Woodson will describe ways in which librarians can engage 21st-Century readers. As the members of the ALA [...]

ALA Event – Membership Meetings! You should check it out.

John Chrastka of ALA Membership writes: Please join us for this year’s ALA Membership Meetings: Libraries in Hard Times, an open forum highlighting the role of libraries during a recession. Discover new ideas to stretch your budget; learn advocacy techniques from experts; and find out how ALA is helping us help ourselves. Adapt to new fiscal [...]