Digital World

Professional Reading: Everything is Miscellaneous

David Weinberger’s Everthing is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder was suggested here by an ALSC Blog reader. Thanks, afewsocks! These Professional Reading posts aren’t book reviews, but rather my response to something that I read from the book. The following is an excerpt from pages 142-143: The trust we place in the Britannica enables us to be passive knowers: You merely have to look a topic up to find out about it. But Wikipedia provides the metadata surrounding an article–edits, discussions, warnings, links to other edits by the contributors–because it expects the reader to be actively involved, alert to the signs. This burden comes straight from the nature of the miscellaneous itself. Give us a Britannica article, written by experts who filter and weigh the evidence for us, and we can absorb it passively. But set us loose in a pile of leaves so large that we…

Blogger Jennifer Schultz

I’ve Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night

I have a sun and moon storytime, and I’m all right. The moon inspires dreamy, quiet, and reflective books; books that are lovely for a quiet parent-child bedtime story, but not always a good fit for a morning storytime. That’s why I was pleased to find Carolyn Curtis’s I Took the Moon for a Walk.  While it’s definitely fanciful, there’s enough action to keep the attention of young children.  Combined with illustrations (by Alison Jay) that are strong and uncluttered expressions of imagination and discovery, I Took the Moon for a Walk is one that will saunter its way into your sun/moon storytime repertoire. Jonathan London’s Like Butter on Pancakes follows a young boy through a carefree country day. “First light melts like butter on pancakes, spreads warm and yellow across your pillow.”  Sizzling bacon and the whistling of a tea kettle signify a bustling kitchen awaiting hungry risers; after a satisfying breakfast,…

Partnerships

How I Made My 7th Graders Read Classics!

… with a lot of help and endorsement from their English teachers. In March, all my (95) 7th graders had to pick a book of classics from a list of titles that the 7th grade English teachers and I had compiled. There are about 40 titles on this list, running the gamut from Little Women, The Island of Dr. Moreau, All Quiet on the Western Front, Miracle Worker, to Wind in the Willows and Sacred Garden. Our hope was that most students would find books that speak to them so the reading experiences would be pleasurable and positive. Their assignments are, one, of course, to read the book of their choosing; two, on April 16th, to write and post character descriptions, setting, bibliographic information, a short plot summary, and five questions and answers based on his/her book. All in the time of one class period (no longer than 45 minutes.)…

Blogger Angela Reynolds

Wii! In the Library?

Last night we held our first Wii program, at a very small branch. I’m talking so small that when 15 people show up for a program, you start to worry where to put them. In a town of around 1000 (this includes the farms and small communities nearby), we had just that–15 people show up to play and see what Wii is all about. As the MasterCard commercial says: Wii system, around $300. Extra remote, $75. This quote, priceless–“Wow, I’ve never been here before.” (This from the mouth of a 10-year old boy.) So–it took Wii to get him in the building. I know there’s been a lot of talk about whether offering gaming is really and truly a library-related activity. When kids who have never stepped foot in the library come to play, I say yes, it is. When members of the Town Council pop in after their meeting…

Child Advocacy

AAP Sponsored El dí­a de los nií±os/ El dí­a de los libros Events

by Adriana Dominguez El dí­a de los niños/El dí­a de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) is fast approaching, on April 30th! As part of its new collaboration with ALSC, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) has organized public events to help raise awareness of Dí­a among the general public. Spanish radio personality and Rayo author, Dra. Isabel, a popular psychologist with her own show on Univision Radio, will interview yours truly on April 30th to discuss Dí­a, and how parents can help raise their children to become better readers. I will also mention ALSC’s Dí­a website as a resource for parents to learn about Dí­a events going on at their local libraries, so hopefully that will help to bring more Latino patrons into your branches! The show is national, so tune in at 1pm (EST)! That evening, Dra. Isabel will participate in a Dí­a event hosted by the Jackson Heights…

Blogger Jennifer Schultz

Baby Animals

Toddlers are fascinated by babies.  Toddlers are fascinated by animals.  Put together a baby animals storytime and you have a win-win situation! I was concerned that Kate Banks’s Fox, although a lovely story, might be a bit too quiet and gentle for my rambunctious group of toddlers. I’m happy to be proven wrong in this situation!  Toddlers easily identify with the curious fox, whose inquisitiveness is held in check by his cautious parents.  The kit is eager to explore the big world, but a young fox must keep inside its den, safe from predators.  Seasons come and go, the parents teach the fox how to find blackberries and hunt rodents and birds.  The little pup is anxious to follow his father through the water, but it’s not quite time for a father/son adventure. Finally, the young fox is ready to venture on his own, secure in the knowledge gained from his…