Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Thanksgiving books and teacher materials and thoughts

Thanksgiving can be a perplexing time of year for educators.
Do we endorse the Thanksgiving Myth of a happy carefree dinner celebration (was there ever such a thing?)  and Plymouth Rock?
Deconstructing the Myths: The First Thanksgiving

Are we cognizant of Native Americans, their culture and history?

American Indians in Children’s Literature

Images of Indians in Children’s Books

Oyate criteria for Evaluating Books

Here are a few book suggestions some of which  are on display now in the Juvenile Collection on the 3rd floor of the Guarini Library-
Grimes, Nikki                     Thanks a Million                                                  juv.811.54.G862t
Jules, Jacqueline              Duck for Turkey Day                                              juv.J942d
Landau, Elaine                   What is Thanksgiving?                                          juv.394.26.L253et
London, Jonathan            Giving thanks                                                           juv. L848g
Livingston, Myra Cohn   Thanksgiving Poems                                                juv.808.81T367
                                          (multicultural, multi-perspectivist  collection)
Mora, Pat                          Gracias, Thanks                                                       juv.M83g
      1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving                        juv. 394.268.G729s
Parr, Todd                           Thankful book                                                         juv.P258t
Pinkwater, D. M.               Hoboken Chicken Emergency                                  juv. P 655h
Sorrell, Traci                      We Are Grateful/Otsaliheliga                                   juv. S7134w
        (Thankfulness during all the seasons with Cherokee          celebrations.Teacher’s guide activities [Juv. 57134w  study guide])

Swamp, Chief Jake            Giving Thanks: A Native Good                           juv.299.79.S791g             
       Morning Message
Sweet, Melissa                 Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story            juv.927.91.S245s
                                          of the Puppeteer of the Macy’s Parade
Wilson, Karma                   Bear says Thanks                                                   juv.W7492b       

Here are some that can be used to discuss dated perspectives and stereotypes:
Cohen, Barbara                 Molly’s Pilgrim                                                 juv. C6722m                      
Dalgleish, Alice                  The Thanksgiving Story                                  juv.D142T 1985
Devlin, Wende                      Cranberry Thanksgiving                                juv.D489c
and Harry
Fritz, Jean                            Who's that Stepping on Plymouth Rock?         juv.974.4.F919w
Parish, Herman                   Amelia Bedelia talks  turkey                             juv. P233at
Koller, Jackie French          Nickommoh! A Thanksgiving Celebration       juv. 394.268. K814n
Smith, E.B.                          Coming of the Pilgrims*                                   juv. 973.2.S4646c
                                             (contains dated perspectives. Thanksgiving myth)
Weisgard, Leonard             The Plymouth Thanksgiving                                juv.973.2W427p


Here are some Teacher Materials from the Curriculum Collection:
E98.C5.D434 2003             Children of Native America Today: An Activity and Resource Guide
                                           (companion to Children of Native America today, Juv. 306.08997073 .D411c)
CMC F77.T46 2008            Contemporary Voices along the Lewis and Clark Trail: Teacher Guide for                                               High School
CMC GT4975.T45 2011    Thanksgiving : A Native Perspective

Friday, October 25, 2019

Jacqueline Woodson promotes Reading!

On October 16, 2019, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, Jacqueline Woodson entertained over 200 New Jersey students at an event held at the College of New Jersey. The event was sponsored by The Literacy Alliance of NJ, comprised of the New Jersey Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Library of Congress, the NJ State Library, the NJ Library Association, the NJ Association of School Librarians, the College of New Jersey and Rutgers University.

Woodson introduced students to her program program Reading = HOPE x CHANGE (What’s your equation?) brings her together with her target audience, youth from around the state, in daylong activities designed to motivate their interest in reading. The program can be found at http://everychildareader.net/, and contains resources for use with juvenile and young adult readers. 

Activity kits geared at different age groups contain materials to use with reading lists of diverse books:

Other resources for educators, librarians can also be found on the website. Such as A Guide to the works of Jacqueline Woodson's .

Monday, September 23, 2019

Test Preparation Help for NJCU Students

Have no fear
Mometrix and Learning Express are Here!

Mometrix Database

Follow these steps
1.    Just go the Library Home Page https://www.njcu.edu/library
3.    Click on Mometrix
4.    Click on Teaching or College Admissions or Plaement or Medical Professional or Graduate and Professional School or Nursing
5.    Click on Exam/Review you need.


Follow these steps:

1      Just go the Library Home Page http://www.njcu.edu/guarini/
3    Click on Learning Express
4.   Click the Sign In/Register button
5.   SET UP AN INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT (6 character min. for password)

 6.    Enter PRAXIS (or Core Academic Skills for Educators) or GRE etc.  in the Find Tests, Tutorials e-Books box.
    7.    Choose the test that you need.
    8.    Click Download ebook or Start Test box.

 For Content Knowledge review,

Problems call 201-200-3033

(Guarini Library Reference Desk
 during Library Hours)

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Tale of Our Cities-September 29, 2019- Jersey City

Tales of Our Cities: JCFPL’s Annual Book Festival
Sunday, September 29 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

It’s that time of year when we gather to celebrate Jersey City’s stories and the authors who tell them! Join us on the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza for local authors like Sona Charaipotra (Tiny Pretty Things, Symptoms of a Heartbreak), Tracey Baptiste (The Jumbies Series, Minecraft: The Crash) and more! Check out your favorite local authors while you take in performances, kids’ activities, and the best of Downtown’s food and drink! Bring your Library Card or sign up for one at the festival to take advantage of discounts at WORD Bookstore and more!

Featured author speakers to include:

MAIN STAGE (11:00a-4:00p, official individual times still being confirmed):

–Matt Taibbi (politics: Hate Inc) – early release copies will be available at WORD book store

–Rob Hart (sci-fi: The Warehouse)

–Sona Charaipotra (YA fiction: Symptoms of a Heartbreak)

–Tracey Baptiste (JUV/YA fiction: The Jumbies Series)

–Bud Smith (lit fic: Teenager)

–Anthony Suarez (local interest/true crime: Politically Indicted)

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Read a Pirate Book for Talk Like a Pirate Day- 9/19/19

Read a pirate book for Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Start with the classic:

Stevenson, Robert Louis, Treasure Island            Juv.S848t 1995                               

Have fun with pirates of different types and species:

Andreae, Giles    Captain Flinn and the pirate dinosaurs 

Barry, Dave      Peter and the Starcatchers        

Bateman, Teresa  Fluffy, Scourge of the Sea         

Cannon, A. E.    Let the good times roll with       
Juv.C2259L       Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe                  

Fleischman, Sid  The giant rat of Sumatra:        
                  or, Pirates galore
Juv. F596gi

Fox, Mem        Tough Boris                        

Funke, Cornelia Pirate girl                         

Lawlor, Laurie   Dead reckoning:                    
Juv.L418d        a pirate voyage with Captain Drake  
McCaughrean, G.  The pirate's son                   

McElligott, Matthew Backbeard and the birthday suit 

McElligott, Matthew Backbeard: pirate for hire     

Owen, James A.   Lost treasures of the pirates      
                  of the Caribbean

Schulz, Heidi    Hook's revenge                     

Sturges, Philemon This little pirate                

Stutson, Caroline Pirate Pup                       

And finish off with a scholarly exploration:

Zacks, Richard   The pirate coast : Thomas Jefferson, the first
                        marines, and the secret mission of 1805 
E335 .Z33 2005                            

Bradford, Alfred S.       Flying the black flag : a brief history of piracy
G535 .B73 2007                            

Monday, September 16, 2019

Constitution Day- September 17, 2019

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

New Jersey City University will be Celebrating Constitution Day on Campus highlighting Voter Registration and the First Amendment -Freedom of Speech with an exhibit of challenged and banned books  ( https://educationservicesnews.blogspot.com/2019/09/banned-books-week-september-22-28-2019.html).

Some available resources are:


Catrow, David. We the kids: the preamble to the Constitution of the United States
(Juv.342.73 .C367w)

Fradin, Dennis B.        The founders: the 39 stories behind the U.S. Constitution
(Juv. 973.3092 .F799f)

Hennessey, Jonathan   The United States Constitution: a graphic adaptation
(Juv. 320.973 .H515u)


National Archives- Educator Resources

National Constitutional Center – Educational Resources

Friday, September 06, 2019

Banned Books Week-September 22-28, 2019

Most Challenged Books  for 2018 are:
   1.     George by Alex Gino (Juv. G4932g)
       Reasons: banned, challenged, and relocated because it was believed to encourage children to clear browser history and change their bodies using hormones, and for mentioning “dirty magazines,” describing male anatomy, “creating confusion,” and including a transgender character
2.       A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, illustrated by EG Keller (Juv. B9425d.)
Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ content, and for political and religious viewpoints
3.       Captain Underpants series written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey  (Juv. P638a)
Reasons: series was challenged because it was perceived as encouraging disruptive behavior, while Captain Underpants and the Sensational Saga of Sir Stinks-A-Lot was challenged for including a same-sex couple
4.       The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Juv. T4542h)
Reasons: banned and challenged because it was deemed “anti-cop,” and for profanity, drug use, and sexual references
5.       Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier (Juv.  Juv.T2714d)
Reasons: banned and challenged for including LGBTQIA+ characters and themes
6.       Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (Juv. Juv. A8254t)
Reasons: banned, challenged, and restricted for addressing teen suicide
7.       This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (Juv. T1533t)
Reasons: banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and certain illustrations
8.       Skippyjon Jones series written and illustrated by Judy Schachner (Juv.S291s)
Reason: challenged for depicting stereotypes of Mexican culture
9.       The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Juv. A3847a)
Reasons: banned and challenged for sexual references, profanity, violence, gambling, and underage drinking, and for its religious viewpoint
10.   This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, illustrated by Kristyna Litten (Juv. P6854t)
Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
11.   Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (Juv.L6662t)
Reason: challenged and burned for including LGBTQIA+ content
Source: https://bannedbooksweek.org/american-library-association-names-top-11-challenged-books-of-2018/
Starred books are on previous lists

For  More Books:  http://tinyurl.com/njcuedbooklist. Click Censored Books link

Suppose a book is challenged in a school, public library or academic library?
Each school should have a selection policy, contact the Principal or School Librarian/Media Specialist.
Use this Toolkit if there is no selection policy or policy for reconsideration of materials:

Remember these if you need help

Office for Intellectual Freedom
Assistance and Consultation
The staff of the Office for Intellectual Freedom is available to answer questions or provide assistance to librarians, trustees, educators and the public about selection and reconsideration policies. Areas of assistance include policy development, state laws, and professional ethics. Inquiries can be directed via email to oif@ala.org or via phone at (312) 280-4226.
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund http://cbldf.org/
The CBLDF assists librarians by providing access to resources and writing letters of support in cases where comics are challenged. In the past year the CBLDF has participated in helping several challenges and stands ready to address new ones when they occur. CBLDF is also an active sponsor of Banned Books Week and the Kids Right To Read Project, initiatives that create tools and perform activities that advance the freedom to read.