24 June 2009

Books About Reading Books

(From Sue, who is now returning these books to the libraries from whence they came.)

I've been reading parts of some reading books for teachers and librarians that I think have value in what we do and how we interact with kids, and promote reading!

"The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child" is by Donalyn Miller, 2009.

Ok, I've had this book checked out for over a month. I've started it about 6 times. (maybe have had 2 months??) Today, at lunch thought would give one last chance before returning it (because have had about 2 months) and opened in the middle. I'm in the middle of chapter "Cutting the Teacher Strings" and finally the book has awakened me. I guess I needed to cut to the chase and see her examples rather than read the first 1/3 with the philosophy. A sixth grade teacher, she "requires" her students to read 40 books a year. And explains what happens during that road, and she reacts and respects and gives kids the chance to be turned onto reading. Practical examples with snippets of advice in between (I still haven't read the first half btw). And an exemplary bibliography of all the books she has in her classroom at the end. If you've listened to Nancy Pearl's thoughts on creating readers and respect in book advising, this is Pearl in action in a school. (I've got a 9th and a 5th grader, and hearing the stories of teachers in her book really resonates.) I'm returning it so someone else can take a turn! (oh and she has a blog: http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/book_whisperer/ The June 22 entry has a great entry on summer reading.

You ask why I'm reading these books on the right book for the right reader for the right times? Because it's summer, and I've been setting up online summer reading programs for our members, and every year at this time I start thinking about prizes for reading and what works and requirements and the purpose of the program to begin with and how to make it easy and fun for kids to participate and find the books that they REALLY would like to read and enjoy, no matter their level. I'm also trying to discover ways that will keep the kids coming into the library to get books, and teachers do have a captive audience during the school year!

Then, I discovered Teri S. Lesesne. I interlibrary loaned from the Sage College Library her "Naked Reading: Uncovering What Tweens Need to Become Lifelong Readers" from 2006 and read it, (since obviously didn't have the ability to renew it for 2 months!). Of course, being a skinny book helped! Again, this book is from the captive school professional perspective, but it does have lots of great lists and tidbits of information. (Both Miller and Lesesne are proponents of actually asking kids what and why they read (and don't read) certain books, and respecting their answers.) By tidbits of information, she lists post reading activities, facts, and the every important least favorite post reading activities. And there's a fantastic booklist at the end, for tweens/middle school students.

Again, fascinating reading. I have a better understanding of kids' reading, and how to approach them in a public library setting. Or the friends of my kids that I keep shoving books onto. My next chore is to figure out how to suggest them to teachers for their summer reading. Any ideas? Let me know how you do it!!

21 June 2009

Workshop - Book Repair

Date: Thursday, August 5, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place: CDLC Headquarters, 28 Essex St., Albany
Presenter: Kary Barth, Kapco Library Products
Cost: $5 (CDLC personal members); $10 (MVLS library staff)

This workshop is designed to demonstrate quick and easy techniques for extending shelf life on general circulating materials. Prevention is the key, but the presenter will be addressing specific common repairs such as: tipping in loose pages, broken spines, torn header caps, ripped and torn pages.
Registration is limited to 25 people. Complete a registration form by July 24.

19 June 2009

Congratulations to Dawn Lamphere

The following is excerpted from an article that appeared in The Leader-Herald on May 8, 2009:

"The Montgomery County Bar Association has recognized St. Johnsville's Margaret Reaney Memorial Library director, Dawn Lamphere, with the Liberty Bell Award.

The aware is given annually by local bar associations in conjunction with Law Day to honor outstanding citizens in the local community.

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph M. Sise, bar association president, presented the award.

Sise noted the many programs and services offered by the library for people of all ages and interests, a news release said."

"Lamphere, who lives in St. Johnsville with her daughter Davida Capece, will mark her 32nd year as library director June 1."

Congratulations, Dawn!

18 June 2009

Teens' Top Ten Downloadable Bookmarks

YALSA now offers downloadable bookmarks (PDF file) featuring the 2009 Teens’ Top Ten nominees for librarians to distribute to teens at their libraries. The bookmarks feature the 25 titles nominated for this year’s list of favorite books. Teen readers are encouraged to read the nominees throughout the summer, then vote for their favorite titles starting August 24. The online poll closes on September 18, and winners will be announced in a webcast during Teen Read Week, October 18–24....

16 June 2009

Joseph F. Schubert Award

Reminder - Deadline is June 30
Applications are now available for the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, which recognizes the achievements of small, medium and large libraries and library consortia of New York State.

The Award will recognize a library or library consortium that has taken significant steps to improve the quality of library service to its users. This year, the award of $1,000 is co-sponsored by EBSCO Information Services and The Friends of the New York State Library.

For a copy of the application form and information on the Joseph F. Shubert Library Excellence Award, please go to:http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/adviscns/rac/award/index.html

Projects nominated for the Award should document measurable progress in identifying user needs, taking steps to meet those needs, and evaluating the results. Previous applicants are encouraged to re-apply, and previous winners of the Award may re-apply after 3 years. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2009.

Science in the Spring Programs Featured on School Website

The Science in the Spring program held in Gloversville on May 13 is currently featured on the Gloversville Enlarged School District's website. Check out http://www.gloversvilleschools.org to read the story.

04 June 2009


6/1/09 Volunteer Luncheon
6/1/09 Volunteer Luncheon,
originally uploaded by norlib.

Congratulations to Virginia Conover, named Northville Public Library's Volunteer of the Year! Virginia is a former member of the Northville and MVLS Boards. Pictured: Virginia Conover, and Northville Lbrary Director Michael Burnett.

03 June 2009

Great New Websites for Kids

The Great Web Sites for Kids committee has selected 19 sites as a 2009 Great Web Site for Kids. These sites have been added to the Great Web Sites for Kids page. Great Web Sites for Kids are those considered the best web sites for ages birth to 14, outstanding in both content and conception. As applied to web sites for young people, “great” should be thought to include sites of especially commendable quality, sites that reflect and encourage young people’s interests in exemplary ways. For the full list go to the website: http://www.ala.org/greatsites.

02 June 2009

Free Gaming in Libraries Course

Gaming guru Scott Nicholson from Syracuse University is teaching a month-long course on gaming in libraries. Anyone can participate by viewing the daily lecture on YouTube (sessions are 10-15 minutes long), and through a discussion group hosted at ALA Connect. Best of all - it's free. Get all the details at the course blog, http://www.gamesinlibraries.org/course/