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Peep-peep! Make way for Thomas June 5, 2008

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A new direct-to-DVD Thomas the Tank Engine movie will hit the streets in September. How are your Thomas books looking? They’re probably in for some increased circs before the end of the calendar year.

Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment will release the new direct-to-DVD movie Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery on September 9, 2008.  The movie features Pierce Brosnan as the new narrator.  The DVD movie includes five new original songs, a special behind-the-scenes featurette with Brosnan, and several game/activities.  The episode will air on PBS stations just prior to its release on DVD.  Additionally, Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery will be included in KidToons national movie theater July, as well as promoted at Simon Malls, MyGym outlets and so on to support the DVD release.

The Reverend Awdry probably never saw all this coming.


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.

Kid-a-palooza May 29, 2008

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From Cynopsis Kids:

Buena Vista Concerts and AEG Live unveil plans for the Disney Music Block Party Tour (www.disneymusicblockpartytour.com), a kid/family-targeted festival style live concert series featuring a range of artists.  Sponsored by Playskool and NAMM, the afternoon concert events will also feature variety of on-site activities, including: trying out new toys at Playskool’s Play Experience area; make their own music at NAMM’s Wanna Play? Musical instrument area; games; dance floors; and a tent where kids can watch Playhouse Disney.  The 23-date national concert tour kicks off Friday, July 25 in New Jersey. Participating artists on select dates will include They Might Be Giants, Imagination Movers, Barenaked Ladies, Dan Zanes, Ralph’s World, and Choo Choo Soul, and special guest host Raven-Symone.

Something Disney concert Playskool… blah blah blah… huh-whuh?! Dan Zanes? Barenaked Ladies? They Might Be Giants?! Dude, we’re goin’!

We’ll keep an eye on this – if it comes to our area we’ll want to showcase CDs by the artists on the tour.

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



2008 Beyond Margins Award Winners May 22, 2008

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The PEN/Beyond Margins Award celebrates outstanding books by writers of color published in the United States during the previous year. 

This year’s winners are:

Chris Abani, Song for Night
Amiri Baraka, Tales of the Out and the Gone
Frances Hwang, Transparency
Naeem Murr, The Perfect Man
Joseph M. Marshall III, The Day The World Ended at Little Big Horn

Previous Beyond Margins winners when you click “more”.


Summer Reading Buzz May 22, 2008

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Supplement your Summer Reading Club book suggestions with some titles from the booklists that Scholastic has compiled for their summer reading program, “Summer Reading Buzz“. What a coincidence!

Hospital reading May 15, 2008

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The Baltimore Sun ran an article this morning about book clubs in hospitals (“Hospital staff turn the page”). The organizers of the book club at Mercy Medical Center and more than 100 other hospitals around the country hope that book clubs that engage both staff and patients will contribute to the doctor-patient relationship. They envision “care becoming less rushed and institutional and more comprehensive and personal.”

The list of books in the Sun includes such perennial favorites as Tuskegee’s Truths: Rethinking the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. If you’re not finding that on your shelf (you won’t), suggest these other books with a medical theme, from the Sun’s list, BCPL’s catalog, and the minds of librarians:


The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka.

The Things they carried by Tim O’Brien

Bloodletting & miraculous cures. Short stories by Vincent Lam

Lifelines / CJ Lyons

Life class / Pat Barker

Where the river ends / Charles Martin

Father Michael’s lottery : a novel of Africa / Johan Steyn


The diving bell and the butterfly. Bauby, Jean-Dominique. 362.43 B

The spirit catches you and you fall down : a Hmong child, her American doctors, and the collision of two cultures / Anne Fadiman. 306.46 F

Better : a surgeon’s notes on performance / Atul Gawande. 616 G

Head cases : stories of brain injury and its aftermath / Michael Paul Mason. 617.481 M

Intern : a doctor’s initiation / Sandeep Jauhar. B JAUHAR

What patients taught me : a medical student’s journey / Audrey Young. 610.92 Y

Swimming in a sea of death : a son’s memoir / David Rieff. B SONTAG

The middle place / Kelly Corrigan. B CORRIGAN

The Chronic May 9, 2008

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It’s that time again… massive summer family fantasy movie time, that is.

Prince Caspian, the second movie of The Chronicles of Narnia, opens May 16. Bust out your C.S. Lewis, your Philip Pullman, your Lloyd Alexander and your Madeleine L’Engle (hey and isn’t it about time for another attempt at adapting A Wrinkle in Time?).

Other authors to put on the display:

  • Holly Black
  • Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Garth Nix
  • Susan Cooper
  • Brian Jacques
  • Cornelia Funke
  • Christopher Paolini
  • Tony DiTerlizzi
  • Gerald Morris
  • Tamora Pierce

Edgar Awards announced May 8, 2008

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NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce its Winners for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2008, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2007.

Down River by John Hart (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

In the Woods by Tana French (Penguin Group – Viking)

Queenpin by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)

Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi (W.W. Norton and Company)

Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley (The Penguin Press)

“The Golden Gopher” – Los Angeles Noir by Susan Straight (Akashic Books)

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion Books for Young Readers)

Rat Life by Tedd Arnold (Penguin – Dial Books for Young Readers)

Panic by Joseph Goodrich (International Mystery Writers’ Festival)

“Pilot” – Burn Notice, Teleplay by Matt Nix (USA Network/Fox Television Studios)

Michael Clayton, Screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Warner Bros. Pictures)

“The Catch” – Still Waters by Mark Ammons (Level Best Books)

The EDGAR (and logo) are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the Mystery Writers of America, Inc.

Children’s Book Week, May 12-18 May 8, 2008

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Check out the Children’s Book Week page on the Children’s Book Council website for information about the Children’s Choice Book Awards and other programs that put the words “Children’s” and “Books” in close proximity.

There are word searches and puzzles to print out, story starters and book lists.

I helped my mom… @ the library! April 24, 2008

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Help a mom save money on Mother’s Day. The Social Security Administration is asking libraries to publicize the extra help that is available under Medicare Part D. This year’s message is “I helped my mom save $3,600 on prescription drugs. You Can Too!” 

Libraries can help in this effort by referring to this Social Security page in your newsletters, blogs, or websites.

Social Security also has a Mother’s Day pamphlet available upon request in packets of 100, free of charge, for display and distribution at libraries. Contact Maria Artista-Cuchna with your name, mailing address, phone number, and quantity you need.

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.

Tour du Pope April 13, 2008

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Pope Benedict XVI touches down in the U.S. on Tuesday for a five-day visit. Take advantage of the media attention and pull a few books on Catholicism and spirituality in general. Some suggestions when you click “more”.


Drop Everything and READ! April 9, 2008

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April 12 (Beverly Cleary’s birthday) is National Drop Everything and Read day.

From the website:

When is National D.E.A.R. Day?
The National D.E.A.R. Day partners are marking the birthday of beloved author Beverly Cleary as the official event date, April 12th. Ramona Quimby, who was in charge of spreading the word about National D.E.A.R. Day last year, is relinquishing the National Spokesperson role in 2007 to actress Emma Roberts, star of Nickelodeon’s Unfabulous and the upcoming Nancy Drew movie.

Why is National D.E.A.R. Day celebrated on Beverly Cleary’s birthday?
Beverly Cleary receives thousands of letters a year from young readers, many who have participated in D.E.A.R. at school. Their interest in and enthusiasm for this special reading activity inspired Mrs. Cleary to give the same experience to Ramona Quimby, who gets to enjoy D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class in Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

How Can I Participate?
Schools, libraries, bookstores and other organizations are being asked to host Drop Everything and Read events on April 12. You can attend an event in your community or participate right in your own home by reading for 30 minutes!

Go green! April 8, 2008

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Columbine about to unfurl

Spring is a great time to be outside, to enjoy the gifts of Mother Nature, and to try to give back a little something. That’s what Baltimore Green Week (PDF) is all about:

Baltimore Green Week – April 25th to May 2nd – is a weeklong program comprised of community events, forums, lectures, hands-on activities and the EcoFestival – all which focus on greening and the value of a sustainable lifestyle. Through our events we seek to increase awareness about how local residents can make the Baltimore region environmentally friendly for all who live and work here. Our mission is to further the voice of organizations that promote a healthy living environment. This year marks the fifth year of Baltimore Green Week (BGW). In 2007, over 5000 people attended BGW events. Started by regional volunteers, Baltimore Green Week remains a
volunteer-driven event.

Gardening books, ecology books, books about conservation and pollution, plus beautiful books of landscape photography might make for a glowing green display in support of this regional program.

Cherry Blossom Sky April 8, 2008

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Cherry Blossom Sky

Originally uploaded by lejson

Sakura Matsuri, aka Cherry Blossom Festival, is just about upon us. In Washington, D.C., it runs from March 29 through April 13, with “the largest Japanese festival outside of Japan” on Saturday, April 12.

In Japan, early spring is graduation time. It’s a very important rite of passage in Japan, and so the first flush of blooms on the cherry trees signals a time of nostalgia and sentimentality. People visit their old schools and picnic under the cherry trees. The cherry blossoms are also considered the symbol of a life lived fully, no matter how short.

You can participate in this gorgeous natural display online by visiting the blossom maps at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden or the National Park Service. Or make the drive down to D.C. to experience the magic in person.

In your library, it’s a good time to celebrate all things Japanese, as well as books on Asian gardens and flowering trees.

Here are cherry blossom coloring pages:

Strictly ballroom April 8, 2008

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The gowns! The grace! The melodrama! I can’t help myself – when it comes to ballroom dance, it’s all about the exclamation marks!

This year’s National DanceSport Championships took place RIGHT HERE IN BALTIMORE at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, April 4th – 6th 2008! And we MISSED IT! I’m so sorry! I was out of town! *sob!*

It’s not too late, though, to take advantage of the interest stirred up by the competition and by the popular Dancing with the Stars show. Pull your dance DVDs into a tiny little glittering display, scatter some ostrich feathers around, et voila! Instant dance floor drama!

Shiny tidbits of news April 1, 2008

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Culled from AL Direct and Booklist online, here’s the library and book news that caught our eye this week.

A better way to buy books online – BetterWorld collects library discards, sells them online through Amazon, Half.com, and their own website, and a percentage of the proceeds is returned to the library. Another percentage is donated to literacy programs around the world.

This sounds like good news: OverDrive is now offering DRM-free MP3 files for download: finally, books from the library on your iPod!

Is it Gay-man or Guy-man? Now you can hear it from the horse’s mouth! Teachingbooks.net offers brief recordings of Neil Gaiman and hundreds of other authors and illustrators saying “Hello, my name is __________“.

As reported in The New York Times, more and more magazines are putting their back catalogs online, for free. So while the EBSCO database may have TIME magazine back to 1984, the magazine’s website serves up every issue from 1923 on. CQ, Sports Illustrated, Harpers, and other useful magazines have done it too. So if you can’t find it in EBSCO, try going to the source.

For kids: talk about your favorite book, win prizes! The Storytubes contest encourages kids to make a short video about a favorite book, upload the video to YouTube, and send the link to Storytubes to be entered in their contest. Lots of nice prizes, and I can’t wait to watch some of the videos.

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.

Orioles Opening Day March 31, 2008

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It may seem difficult to get worked up about the Orioles’ home opener today, after ten losing seasons and in the wake of tragedy at the ballpark. Plus it’s raining.

What this day needs is a bright shiny display of optimistic baseball books. Grab whatever looks good from the 796‘s, add in some Dan Gutman novels, a little Rich Wallace, and a couple of biographies of baseball heroes like Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth, and you’ve got yourself a display! (Putting out the Cal Ripken books might actually just rub salt in the wounds, but that’s your call!)

And I won’t quit til I’m a star March 25, 2008

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Has William Steig’s gruesome ogre Shrek achieved enough? Three blockbuster movies, video games, his face on a box of breakfast cereal, Happy Meal toys that make parents want to scream, and Stanley Tucci reading his words on tape are apparently not enough for the big green farting machine.

This fall, Shrek and Fiona, Donkey and Dragon and all their pals will appear in a Broadway musical entitled, “The Outsider in Postwar Children’s Literature”. No, no. It’ll be called “Shrek the Musical“. Casting is just about complete.

Children’s Choice Book Awards March 25, 2008

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Vote early! Vote often! Wait, no, only if you’re a kid.

These are the Children’s Choice Book Awards, awarded in honor of Children’s Book Week (May 18-12). INNTERESTING nominees. There is series nonfiction in there, graphic novels, and one of the seemingly endless number of recent Beowulf adaptations.

“Favorite Author” seems a little more predictable, putting J.K. Rowling up against Jeff Kinney and Erin Hunter. “Favorite Illustrator” pits Jan Brett against Mo Willems and Brian Selznick, among others, heavyweights all.

Stay tuned for the exciting results! 

It ain’t easy being green March 22, 2008

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El Mariachi

Here’s a cute idea courtesy The YA YA YAS, a trio of Young Adult librarians in Hawaii. For March, Gayle made a green-themed display, with books on money, veggies, the environment, and other subjects associated with the color green.

Does it work for other colors?

Blue: blues music, depression, the tropics, the moon

Yellow: the sun? cowardice? bananas? Ok, it doesn’t work for yellow.

Red: Communism, Chinese history, Russian history, the Red Baron, apples, various sports teams, anger, volcanoes, fire

Orange: Florida, citrus fruits… doesn’t really work for orange either.

Purple: royalty, grapes, wine, mountains

Truth and consequences March 9, 2008

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In light of all the publicity surrounding Margaret B. Jones‘s faux memoir, Love and Consequences, and BCPL’s decision to keep the book, but label it as fiction, how about a display of recent popular autobiographies, both real and fallacious?

Running with scissors and other books by Augusten Burroughs (true)

Misha : a mémoire of the Holocaust years by Misha Defonseca (false)

The discomfort zone : a personal history by Jonathan Franzen (true)

A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard, by James Frey (false)

The Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy by Robert Leleux (true)

Sarah by J. T. LeRoy (false)

Confessions of a video vixen and The vixen diaries by Karrine Steffans (true, but pretty hard to believe)

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls (true)

Fragments : memories of a wartime childhood by Binjamin Wilkomirski (false)

Keeping tabs on the scribblers March 9, 2008

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Whenever an author speaks in our area, we notice an increase in queries about that person. Wouldn’t it be great to know ahead of time when someone like Michael Chabon or Lisa See was going to be in town? Then we could merchandize that author’s books, along with similar works by other authors.

Now you can, with the online database BookTour. Started by Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail, BookTour magically ascertains your location and tells you which authors are planning a visit, as well as letting you browse the schedule of your favorite author or your favorite venue. You can get updates via email, on your calendar – you can even zoom around the world and through time to find your favorite authors, using BookTour’s GoogleEarth interface.

LibraryThing Local offers similar listings, though it is more venue-centric than author-centric. Between the two of these tools, it’s a lot easier nowadays to keep abreast of local literary happenings.

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.

Storyville February 23, 2008

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Storyville General Store

Have you been to Storyville yet? Better yet, have you taken a preschooler to Storyville?

What a wonderful, amazing piece of work this is! The attention to detail, the beauty of every element, the craftsmanship… everything in Storyville is cleverly designed to make the best use of space and to cram as many developmental skills as possible into the Storyville experience.

Just as an example: we LOVED the store. First you do your shopping, choosing among the healthy delicious foods for sale with your child. There are scales to weigh your items – very popular.

When it’s time to check out, the kid puts on an apron, scans each item and rings you up (did you know that all kids know what the rectangle of glass at the supermarket checkout is for and how you use it? I did not, until I saw my four year old do it). The cash register works, and is stocked with play money and a couple credit cards.

After you buy your food, then you sort all the food back into its proper bin, shelf, or basket.

The Storyville General Store incorporates about a hundred developmental skills, plus it’s fun, plus the items are bright-colored and detailed and just – neat.

Then there’s the Theater, or, more properly, the Theater District, as it incorporates both a puppet theater and a live-action stage.

Currently, the stage is set so that kids can perform The Mitten, by Jan Brett. Masks of each character are provided, as well as a poster listing the dramatis personae and a giant-size copy of the book. The vertical pylons at the rear of the stage rotate to reveal three different backgrounds: woodland, farm, and one more.

The costumes deserve special note – a Rosedale staff member made them after searching in vain for sturdy costumes that were easy to put on and take off. They are beautiful, with extra-reinforced seams and luxurious fake fur, and invite imaginative play.

Congratulations to everyone involved – Storyville is breathtaking!

Finding yourself in the world February 20, 2008

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London during the Great Exhibition of 1851 by George Shove. ca. 1851; printed map on leather. The National Archives, U.K.

This spring, the Walters Art Museum presents four exhibitions about maps and mapping. Including such fascinating oddities as a map of London on a kid glove (above) and such technological marvels as maps of the universe taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, these exhibitions are in conjunction with Baltimore’s Festival of Maps, a citywide celebration organized by the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance to encourage Baltimore residents and visitors to explore museums, theaters, galleries and educational institutions. There’s even a downloadable GoogleEarth layer showing where on earth the

The Festival of Maps runs from March 16 through June 30, 2008.

Take this opportunity to put out a display of atlases and maps, books of exploration, and movies and fiction with plots involving maps.

She’s a super-cool exploradora February 20, 2008

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And she reads! Dora the Explorer has signed on to help ALSC and REFORMA in celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day). Día’s mission is to spread “bookjoy” by linking children of all cultures with books. Celebrate! Celebremos! The celebration is held on April 30 each year.

Art on the run February 20, 2008

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Paul Cézanne. Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-1890. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art. 995.47.5

Two recent art heists (articles here and here) have us thinking of The Thomas Crown Affair, Ocean’s 12, and books like The Lost Painting and Noah Charney’s recent The Art Thief. Find some big beautiful art books and pair them with some classy true-crime stories and mystery fiction for a fun midwinter display.

More misery from Augusten Burroughs February 20, 2008

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Expect a run on the memoirs and essay collections of Augusten Burroughs when his new book A Wolf At The Table comes out in May.

“I got my start at the library” February 20, 2008

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As reported in American Libraries Direct:

“Continuing a seven-year partnership with ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries that has generated millions of dollars worth of editorial coverage on behalf of libraries, four entrepreneurs share their stories of how they started businesses using the library with Woman’s Day magazine’s 4 million readers this month.”

The article appears in the March issue of Woman’s Day (pdf here). It might make a nice printout alongside a selection of books about starting a business, women in business, biographies of Carly Fiorina, etc.

Spiderwick suggestions February 20, 2008

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The Spiderwick movie opens this Thursday and it looks like a good one. It certainly has a fun web site, if that’s any indication. Plump up your display of books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black with other books about extra-normal creatures. Click “more” below for a short list. Simon & Schuster offers a variety of printable activities we might offer as pickup items.

Audie Award nominees announced February 11, 2008

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The Audio Publishers Association has announced the finalists for the 2008 Audie Awards.

“Finalists are selected for each category and from each group of finalist one winner is awarded. Finalists will be notified in March 2008, and showcased to the industry-at-large on the APA website, press releases and in association materials. Winners will be recognized at The Audies® gala on May 30, 2008.”

It’s a long and diverse list, including categories for children’s books, mystery, classic and literary fiction, and many others. Neil Gaiman is nominated for three different works, and Stephen Colbert, Jenna Bush, and Ronald Reagan are also among the nominees.

Audio books are seeing a steady gain in popularity – why not showcase achievement in this field with a printed list of Audie Award finalists together with a batch of nominated audio books?

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.

Icky Rehab February 11, 2008

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The 50th Grammy Awards have been announced. Amy Winehouse won big, as did Justin Timberlake, the White Stripes, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, and Alicia Keys. Expect more demand for CDs by these artists.

For the full list of nominees and award winners, click here.

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.

Share the love February 9, 2008

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Tell Us What You Love

This Valentine’s Day themed display encourages library patrons to celebrate their favorite books or share what inspires them.

Heart-shaped pieces of paper are provided, and books with pretty covers and positive themes are displayed.

From the Carl A. Pescosolido Library in Massachusetts.

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).