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Martial arts mayhem June 5, 2008

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With the release of Kung Fu Panda (and all of its attendant merchandizing, and believe me, they’re merchandizing the heck out of this one), we are sure to see additional interest in martial arts books (796.8) and DVDs. Don’t forget manga, Jeff Stone’s Five Ancestors series, and  biographies of Bruce Lee, Jet Li and Jackie Chan!

To infinity… and beyond! May 30, 2008

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From Cynopsis Kids:

Buzz Lightyear has a big weekend coming up as he, actually a 12-inch Buzz action figure, heads for the Space Station aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Discovery, which is set to liftoff from Kennedy Space Center this Saturday, May 31 at 5:02p. Buzz’s adventure is part of the Space Ranger Education series, which in turn is part of NASA’s Toys in Space initiative. So, while Buzz is on his “to infinity and beyond” trip, he will help introduce facts from space to kids in science and math classes nationwide. The toys in Space program builds on NASA’s effort to encourage kids to study science, technology and math subjects. Developed by Disney and NASA, Toys in Space includes downloadable materials for educators to use in class as well as online, educational games linked to each key component of the mission. The series can be accessed via www.nasa.gov , and will be available throughout 2008. Ah, yes, the mission also coincides with the official opening of the Toy Story Mania! attraction at Walt Disney World this Saturday and on June 17 at Disneyland Resorts California.

Capitalize on this kooky NASA initiative by giving juvenile books on space, science, technology and math deserve their own space in the sun.

World Refugee Day, June 20 May 29, 2008

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The UN adopted June 20 as World Refugee Day to bring attention to the plight of the millions of people around the world who have been displaced from their homes by persecution, war, natural disaster, scarcity, and other reasons.

The refugee challenge in the 21st century is changing rapidly. People are forced to flee their homes for increasingly complicated and interlinked reasons. Some 40 million people worldwide are already uprooted by violence and persecution, and it is likely that the future will see more people on the run as a growing number of push factors compound one another to create conditions for further forced displacement.

Today people do not just flee persecution and war but also injustice, exclusion, environmental pressures, competition for scarce resources and all the miserable human consequences of dysfunctional states.

The task facing the international community in this new environment is to find ways to unlock the potential of refugees who have so much to offer if they are given the opportunity to regain control over their lives.

A display on natural disasters, recent conflicts (i.e. Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Tibet), and the countries recently affected by catastrophic events (Myanmar, China, Sri Lanka, Indonesia) would be a great way to commemorate this day.

Local Events: The Creative Alliance hosts Somalia on these Shores Friday June 20 and Saturday June 21 at 8pm.

Someone’s in the kitchen with the kids May 22, 2008

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The other day, The New York Times noticed that kids are interested in cooking, and that people publish cookbooks aimed at kids. Really?!

When was the last time you did a kids’ cookbook display?

Here are a few new(ish) kid cookbooks and a few golden oldies to consider for a spring display:

Kitchen playdates : easy ideas for entertaining that include the kids, 70 delicious recipes, plus menus, activities, and 10 playdates / by Lauren Bank Deen. 642.4 D

Holy guacamole! : and other scrumptious snacks / by Nick Fauchald ; illustrated by Rick Peterson 641.53 F

Yum-O! : the family cookbook / by Rachael Ray. 641.555 R

Cool lunches to make & take : easy recipes for kids to cook / Lisa Wagner. 641.53 W

Cool foods for fun fiestas : easy recipes for kids to cook / Lisa Wagner. 641.5972 W

The Spatulatta Cookbook by Isabella and Olivia Gerasole. 641.5123 G

Pretend Soup and Salad People by Mollie Katzen

 

 

Go, Speed Racer, Go! May 16, 2008

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Supplement a display of auto racing books, picture books of race cars, and biographies of drivers with a few books on how to draw anime characters – Speed Racer is more than just a movie right now, with Speed Racer: The Next Generation on Nickelodeon and Speed Racer: Classic being rebroadcast all around the world. The old animated series has also been released on DVD.

Girl, you’re beautiful May 16, 2008

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From Cynopsis Kids:

Tween girls 8-12 are spending some $500 million annually on beauty products according to the NPD Group’s newest report, Insight Into the Youth Beauty Market, which in addition to tweens looks at a broader spectrum of youth consumers 8-24 years old. In the survey tween girls report first using beauty products at 10 years old.

Enough reason for a mini-display of beauty books in Young Adult, wouldn’t you say?

Loch Ness literature April 19, 2008

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New on DVD this week: The Water Horse, a family movie featuring the Loch Ness Monster, based on a book by Dick King-Smith.

You might take this opportunity to pull a selection of Dick King-Smith’s books (including Babe, the Gallant Pig, the basis for the movie Babe)… or a selection of books about cryptozoology - the study of mythical(?) creatures such as the yeti, Sasquatch, the Loch Ness Monster, mokele-mbembe, etc.

A CARL search on “loch ness,” cryptozoology, or monsters will bring up plenty. Don’t forget Roland Smith’s Cryptid Hunters and Alice Flaherty’s fun picture book The Luck of the Loch Ness Monster.

Baby elephant walk March 31, 2008

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Congratulations to mother and zoo on the recent birth of the first pachyderm born in Baltimore since the last ice age! Despite much-publicized financial problems, the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore was able to care for the mother, 24-year-old Felix, sufficiently well during her 22 months of pregnancy, that delivery of the 290 pound calf was relatively smooth.

Support the zoo by fanning the flames of interest in our new Marylander with a display of elephantine materials. Scour the 599′s, pull books about Africa from 960 and 916, and highlight Alexander McCall Smith’s Akimbo and the Elephant.

PrintableBaby elephant coloring pages available here and here.
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For teens, history is so last week March 9, 2008

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A recent study undertaken by the new educational research and advocacy organization Common Core has found that:

many of America’s high school students do not possess the basic knowledge they need to succeed in the world or to achieve their full potential as democratic citizens. The report, entitled Still at Risk: What Students Don’t Know, Even Now, shows that, twenty-five years after the publication of the landmark study, A Nation at Risk, America’s children continue to demonstrate a stunning ignorance about basic facts of U.S. history and literature. Overall, the 1,200 17-year-olds surveyed earned a “D.”

  • Nearly a quarter cannot identify Adolf Hitler, with ten percent thinking Hitler was a munitions manufacturer.
  • More than a quarter think Christopher Columbus sailed after 1750.
  • Fewer than half can place the Civil War in the correct half-century.
  • A third do not know that the Bill of Rights guarantees the freedom of speech and religion.
  • Half have no idea what the Renaissance was.
  • Nearly half think that The Scarlet Letter was either about a witch trial or a piece of correspondence.

Ouch! Take the test yourself (PDF), and then how about putting together a display of historical fiction, classics, and the most gripping history books you can find? You could even print copies of the quiz and challenge parents and teens to compare their scores.

Brush-a brush-a brush-a February 11, 2008

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National Children’s Dental Health month is here! Slide our special bookmarks into books from 617.6 and provide fun activity handouts from the American Dental Association and dltk.

The Great Backyard Bird Count February 10, 2008

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A joint project of the Cornell Ornithology Lab and the Audubon Society, “the Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes. It’s free, fun, and easy—and it helps the birds.”

This event takes place February 15-18. Participants can enter their bird count results on the event’s web page, where you can also find regional bird checklists.

A little nature might be just what your displays need during these short cold days. You might print out our regional bird list, and display a batch of bird books – books from 598 as well as picture books and fiction featuring birds, such as The Snow Goose, The Trumpet of the Swan, Perry’s Baltimore adventure, Little Louie Takes Off, and others.

Black History Month – a month of birthdays January 26, 2008

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Rosa Parks, by Bill Farnsworth, from the forthcoming Heroes for Civil Rights, by David A. Adler.

Fresh inspiration for Black History Month - here’s a notable African American for every day in February, plus one for January 31st, just because he’s so doggone inspiring! 

January 31: Jackie Robinson, 1919. Baseball player.

February 1: Langston Hughes, 1902. Poet.

February 2: William Ellisworth Artis, 1914. Artist.

February 4: Rosa Parks, 1913. Civil rights movement icon.

February 5: Hank Aaron, 1934. Baseball player.

February 6: Bob Marley, 1945. Musician.

February 7: Chris Rock, 1966. Actor, comedian.

February 8: Justina Ford, 1871. Doctor and humanitarian.

February 10: Leontyne Price, 1927. Opera singer.

February 11: Daniel Chappie James, 1920. U.S. General.

February 12: Roberta Martin, 1907. Gospel singer.

February 13: Emmett J. Scott, 1873. Historian and administrator.

February 14: Frederick Douglass, 1818. Abolitionist. February was chosen as “Negro History Month” in part because Frederick Douglass chose this date to represent his birthday.

February 15: Fay Jackson, 1902. Journalist.

February 16: Levar Burton, 1957. Actor, reading activist.

February 17: Michael Jordan, 1963. Basketball player.

February 18: Toni Morrison, 1931. Author, Nobel prize winner.

February 19: Smokey Robinson, 1940. Singer.

February 20: Charles Barkley, 1963. Basketball player.

February 21: Denise Page Hood, 1952. U. S. judge.

February 22: Julius “Dr. J” Erving, 1950. Basketball player.

February 23: W. E. Burghardt Du Bois, 1868. Civil rights leader, scholar. 

February 24: Lillie Brown, 1931. Civil rights activist.

February 25: Ida Cox, 1969. Jazz singer.

February 26: Sissieretta Jones, 1869. Opera singer.

February 27: Marian Anderson, 1897. Opera singer.

February 28: Etta Moten Barnett, 1901. Singer and actress.

February 29: Augusta Fells Savage, 1882. Sculptor, educator. The Augusta Fells Savage School of Visual Arts in Baltimore City boasts the second-highest SAT scores in the city (after Poly).

Photos for reports – new free resource January 24, 2008

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Woman aircraft worker, Vega Aircraft Corporation, Burbank, Calif. Shown checking electrical assemblies (LOC). Originally uploaded by The Library of Congress

The Library of Congress has placed 3000 images from its renowned photo archive on Flickr, the photo sharing web site. These images come complete with attribution, title, date, medium and format, rights info, call number, and LC subject headings.

Wow. The collection currently features news archive photos, images of rural life from the Farm Security Administration, and photos of WWII mobilization such as the one featured above.

LC invites comment and tagging by Flickr users, making this an interesting experiment in folksonomies as well as a valuable educational resource.

Now, in addition to pointing kids to the non-fiction books they need for their history reports, we can show them how to find appropriate pictures on Flickr.

Mercury rising January 16, 2008

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NASA’s Messenger space vehicle has traversed the “dark” side of Mercury and sent back the closest, highest-definition pictures ever taken of that part of the planet.

See them on NASA’s web site and the web site of JHU’s Applied Physics Lab.

Highlight space exploration, rocket science, and biographies of scientists such as Neal DeGrasse Tyson if you’d like to take advantage of the interest in this development

The Report Card October 11, 2007

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Now that the back-to-school frenzy has eased into mere school-year mayhem, think about supporting students and parents with a spotlight selection of skills materials.

Some schools have sent out their first trimester progress reports. You may see increased interest in books about the process of learning to read, math skills, and writing.

A display of books from the following call numbers might serve as a go-to resource for parents at their wits’ end.

Learning to read: 372.21

Dyslexia, speech problems, ADHD, etc: 618.9285

Math skills: J 513

Math games: 793.94

Writing skills: 428

Writing reports: 808.2

Stop, drop, and roll! October 6, 2007

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Fire Prevention Week is October 7-13. “Practice Your Escape Plan” is this year’s theme – good advice no matter what topic.

A little display of books on firefighters (363.37 and 628.925), fire engines and fire equipment will help to bring attention to this important safety issue. 

Here’s a PDF coloring sheet from Sparky the Firedog.

Into the Wild September 24, 2007

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Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer‘s engrossing nonfiction book about the life and mysterious death of Christopher McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness, has been made into a movie, in theaters now.

Support your copies of Into the Wild with other books by Jon Krakauer, and other tales of wilderness survival (or not), such as the following (click “more” for a list).

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What would SpongeBob read? August 30, 2007

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Madeline’s Favorites, Seattle PL

We love this idea, spotted in Seattle:

Librarians in the children’s section select books that they think would be favored by well-known characters from children’s literature, and display them along with an oversized representation of the character and a little sign.

Babar might promote Alexander McCall Smith‘s Akimbo series; Miss Spider would read books on etiquette; and Curious George would read practically anything – he’s a curious little monkey, after all!

A gathering of tribes August 25, 2007

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Photo of the National Powwow by Walter Larrimore

The Baltimore American Indian Center held its 33rd annual Powwow this weekend in Patterson Park.

Search “powwow” in CARL for a small selection of books about powwows to headline a display about Native Americans, J 970.0049. Don’t forget the fiction: Joseph Bruchac, Louise Erdrich, and Marlene Carvell; the biographies: Sacagawea, Chief Joseph, Jim Thorpe, etc.; and the folklore: look in J 398 for Bruchac (again), Gerald Hausman, and Anita Delal.

Coloring pages here. Plus a word search!

Spacewalk today! August 11, 2007

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Talk about a road trip! As work continues on the International Space Station, members of the space shuttle and Expedition 15 crews will be out and about, bolting an important piece in place and making power and data connections.

Books on space flight (629.45), plus astronaut biographies would make an inspiring display. Click “more” for a list of astronauts whose biographies BCPL has on hand.

Coloring pages here.

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The Bay Game July 11, 2007

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Most branches have by now received copies of The Bay Game book, a very nice booklet of mazes, word searches, fish facts, and other activities that the toll booth operators at the Bay Bridge hand out to families passing through.

Why not make a big thing out of these giveaways with a display of coordinating books? B is for Blue Crab, Beach by Elisha Cooper, the books of Priscilla Cummings, and non-fiction from 577.786 (estuaries) and 975.518 (Chesapeake Bay) would highlight this terrific little perk for our customers.

Mighty Cal July 11, 2007

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Within three weeks Baltimore’s hometown hero, Cal Ripken, will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Pay tribute to his career and the fervor it inspired with a display of anything Ripken you can find – once books like The Ripken Way (796.357 R) and Count Me In (J B R) are snapped up, fill in the gaps with Orioles books and baseball materials in general.

Ripken’s career stats available from MLB.

Baseball printable activities and coloring pages here.

Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! July 11, 2007

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rain, Everglades

Like it or not, summer thunderstorms are upon us. Help satisfy kid (and grownup) curiosity about these tumultuous meteorological events with a display of books and DVD’s on hurricanes, tornados, and other severe weather.

Bon appetit! June 29, 2007

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Ratatouille is this summer’s family movie from Pixar, and like The Incredibles and Cars in years past, it is likely to be a big hit. Ratatouille is the story of Remy, a rat who lives in Paris and is a serious, though unlikely, gourmand. Misunderstood Remy, who wants nothing more than to celebrate the wonderful food that surrounds him, schemes up a way to express himself through cooking with the help of a somewhat hapless human accomplice.

BCPL can ride Remy’s coattails (rattail?) with a display of kids’ cookbooks, or play up the Reading Road Trip angle with a bunch of books on Paris and France. Click “more” for a short list of books that might fill out a small movie tie-in display..

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There’s so much that we share… May 31, 2007

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It’s a World of Hopes Originally uploaded by StarrGazr

Baltimore’s Showcase of Nations Ethnic Festivals (no kidding, that’s what they’re calling it) kicks off this Friday, June 1, with the Polish Festival in Patterson Park. Here’s the schedule, for your weekend entertainment and display use:

June 1- 3: Polish Festival, Patterson Park at Linwood and Eastern Avenues.

June 8-10: St. Nicholas Greek Folk Festival, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 520 South Ponca St.

June 23-24: LatinoFest, Patterson Park at Linwood and Eastern Avenues.

July 6-8: African American Heritage Festival Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

July 13-15: Caribbean Carnival Festival, Druid Hill Park.

July 28-29: International Festival, Poly/Western High School parking lot at Falls Rd and West Coldspring Lane.

August 11 & 12: NAIJA Fest (Nigerian festival), Patterson Park.

August 24-26: PowWow Native American Festival, Patterson Park at Linwood and Eastern Avenues.

September 8-9: Ukrainian Festival, Patterson Park at Linwood and Eastern Avenues.

September 22: Korean American Festival, War Memorial Plaza at Fayette and Gay Streets.

October 19-21: Russian Festival, Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 East Fairmount Ave.

Wooden ships on the water May 31, 2007

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The Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction of a 1812-era Baltimore clipper ship, docks at the Inner Harbor this weekend (free deck tours 10-3 Saturday June 2), then makes a stop in Annapolis on its way to the ASTA Tall Ship festival in Virginia.

Welcome her back with a display of books about sailing ships and the War of 1812. Call numbers 387, 623, 910, and 973.52 are good places to look… and don’t miss the recent Mutiny on the Bounty by local author Patrick O’Brien (J 910.45 O) and The Mayflower Compact by Dennis Brindell Fradin (J 974.4 F).

Here’s a coloring page of a tall ship.

Road trips in American history May 24, 2007

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We know you’ll be recommending the classic journeys of children’s literature during SRC this summer: Huckleberry Finn, Hitty, Walk Two Moons… but what about those kids who insist on “true books,” the kids who want non-fiction or at the very least historical fiction?

Look to America’s famous trails and roads for fascinating true stories and historical fiction. The Oregon Trail, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Underground Railroad are just three examples of American journeys that have provided vivid settings for terrific works of children’s literature.

You might use the themes listed below to create informative displays, flesh out your book lists, or to inspire your efforts to find just the right book for your nonfiction and historical fiction readers.

Click “more” for a list of journeys and trails in American history. A few notable recent books are highlighted for each (Easy, Juvenile, and adult titles suitable for teens are listed). Call numbers are provided.

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Lucha libre! May 10, 2007

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Oh quit pretending: you know you love professional wrestling!

Superstars of the “sport” such as Undertaker, Batista, and Kane will be at the 1st Mariner Arena May 15 for an event called WWE Presents SmackDown and ECW. Try as we might, we’re unable to discover what ECW stands for, but you can bet half the ten-year-olds who come through your branch know! 

Stage a grudge match on a display unit between bios of Stone Cold Steve Austin, Trevon Jenifer, and Mick Foley, and books from 796.812.

Horsing around May 2, 2007

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Snowchief winning the Preakness, 1987. Carol Sauceda.

Two jewels in horse racing’s Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby (May 5) and the Preakness Stakes (May 19), are coming up soon.

How about a Juvenile display of everybody’s favorite horse authors:

  • Walter Farley
  • Marguerite Henry
  • Anna Sewell
  • Jessie Haas
  • Enid Bagnold
  • Nancy Springer
  • Elissa Haden Guest
  • Kathleen Duey

Plus one-offs such as:

  • Horse Tales. J H
  • My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
  • Chico by Sandra Day O’Connor

Don’t forget the 798.24‘s!

Wonderful horsey coloring pages from Windt im Wald horse farm. More here and here.

Earth Day, April 22 April 19, 2007

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Environmentalism, once the province of school children and hippies, has entered our national consciousness in a big way. Environmental policies are part and parcel of many current issues, such as catastrophic weather, childhood obesity, cancer, global justice, and more.

In addition to institutionalized recycling (in Western countries), cutting-edge venture capitalists are sinking money into wind farms, solar thermal energy, and biodiesel, and major automakers are developing electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles, in response mainly to consumer demand.

Such noted personalities as Prince Charles and Al Gore are stepping up to be the poster boys for an expanded personal awareness of our environment, popularizing such concepts as our carbon footprint and global warming.

Farmers markets, eating local, organic farming, and Community Supported Agriculture are becoming popular concepts as consumers become more aware of industrial farming practices and their effects on the environment.

So move beyond Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots (although definitely, include it!) and make an Earth Day display full of new technologies and cautionary tales.

Book list and coloring pages when you click “more”…

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Step up to the plate! April 12, 2007

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ALA has announced the second year of Step Up to the Plate@Your Library!

Concurrent with National Library Week, it’s a cute promotion, and it goes like this:

  1. Kid (aged 9 to 18) reads baseball book
  2. Kid describes a character in the book and tells why the character inspires him/her (250 to 750 words, in English or Spanish)
  3. Kid submits essay online or through the mail by September 1

Kid could win a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum!

Register here for free promotional materials, and ALA even provides a fairly up-to-date list of baseball books. (See also our recent post on celebrity sports books)

Play Ball!

(Baseball coloring pages here and here and Orioles Bird coloring pages here.)

National Poetry Month March 29, 2007

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There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money either.—Robert Graves, poet

Sylvia Vardell’s Poetry Aloud Here!, published by ALA Editions, “shows how librarians, teachers, and others can introduce children, ages 5 to 12, to the world of poetry in a way that’s meaningful, participatory, and fun.”

Excerpted from the ALA Editions blog, here are some of her ways to promote poetry to kids (or those who feel like kids):

  • Set up a coffeehouse-style poetry reading in your classroom or library. (Do not forget the refreshments.)
  • Write poems on postcards or letters and mail them to friends and neighbors.
  • Contact radio stations about hosting a live, on-air poetry reading at either the school, the library, or the radio station.
  • Record a poem on your answering machine at home or school or as a cell phone message.
  • Send a poem to your state or local representative or other government official.
  • Make National Poetry Month buttons. Inscribe them with haiku, short poems, or favorite lines of poetry. Wear the buttons the whole month of April.

When pulling poetry for display, don’t forget rhyming Easies (Jamberry!) and song books. Look for these recent titles in particular, with jazzy covers and wide-ranging appeal:

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V is for visual harmony March 25, 2007

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Spotted at the Hampden Branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library – the good-looking alphabet books from Sleeping Bear Press displayed in alphabetical order. It was so satisfying to see them all lined up together: since they’re cataloged as non-fiction, they’re usually never in the same place at the same time.

Search CARL on “Sleeping Bear Press” or see our list below.

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They’re on the loose! March 22, 2007

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Harper’s Ferry, a good day trip from Baltimore County.

Spring Break for Baltimore County Public Schools is April 6-15. It’s always a good idea to have extra coloring pages and activities on hand when you’re likely to get extra kids. But also, be sure to load up your displays of juvenile fiction, and take advantage of seasonal interest in baseball and basketball to push the sports books.

And don’t forget the grownups! Many families try to get away for Spring Break, or at least take day trips. Pull out a few travel guides to the Mid-Atlantic, and maybe a couple of trail guides for Maryland and the Appalachian Trail. People who are staying home will also be looking for family-friendly activities – a selection of coaching manuals might be just the thing for parents trying to coax their kids outside.

She shoots… she scores! March 15, 2007

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Greetings to you from NCAA basketball season! Productivity is decreasing as we speak as millions of people log on to websites where we, uh, they can watch the games live via streaming media and keep up with how we’re, uh they’re doing in the March Madness pool. This, this is the reason we invented the Internet!

You can keep tabs at the NCAA’s official site (men’s here and women’s here) and, when you’re not busy doing that, there’s a whole gang of basketball-related books – for kids and for grownups – to put on display this season.

Click “more” to see the list…

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There’s a bad moon on the rise February 22, 2007

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March 3, moonrise: that’s when you’ll see the full moon turn deep red.

From the moon’s perspective, the sun will be blocked by the Earth, creating a ring of fire. That fiery ring will be reflected on the moon’s surface. It’s described by NASA as “extraordinary,” and you know when those scientists start rolling out the big adjectives it must be pretty special!

If you’ve got a lonely little space for some non-fiction, highlight this event by pulling out a few moony titles:

  • The moon landing, 629.45
  • Lunar travel, 629.454, especially If you go to the moon by Faith McNulty, illustrated by Steven Kellogg.
  • Earth’s moon, 523.3.

Or take a different tack and pull out moon stories from your J 398s.

Handout resource: A labeled lunar eclipse page.

Hey, hey, Indians a-comin’ February 15, 2007

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Mardi Gras begins February 20. Laissez les bon temps roulez with books about New Orleans, cajun cookbooks, and novels set during the madness of Mardi Gras. Add some cajun, zydeco and New Orleans jazz CD’s, and you’ll have your own Mardi Gras parade float display!

Click “more” to see a list – we look ‘em up so you don’t have to!

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The 2007 ALA Award Winners – Juvenile January 22, 2007

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The 2007 ALA Award winners were announced this morning at the annual ALA Midwinter meeting. After a year’s worth of releases, these books were honored as the most engaging, thought-provoking, and noteworthy in their categories.

These awards include the Newbery Medal and Honors books, the Caldecott Medal and Honors books, the Coretta Scott King Awards, the Arbuthnot Honor Lecturer, Batchelder Award and Honors books, Carnegie Medal, Geisel Medal and Honors books, Sibert Medal and Honor book, and the Wilder Medal.

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It IS a small world! October 5, 2006

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Pine Grove Elementary School contacted Parkville to say that their theme for this semester was, “It’s a Small World.” Parkville responded with this great display of folk and fairy tales from around the world, and accessorized it with an inflatable globe hanging from the ceiling.

Very nice!

Juvenile non-fiction display topics for summer September 12, 2006

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