Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Math Teacher ties math to students interests!

"For Ronald Duncan, being an effective high school teacher is all about making things relatable for the students. 
Duncan has been teaching math at St. Anthony High School in Jersey City for the past eight years, and in that time he's developed a methodology that focuses on a student's individual strengths, to make the sometimes daunting subject more easily accessible for his ninth to twelfth grade students."
"f he's teaching a football player for example, Duncan might use audibles and formations to help the student understand what a proper equation or formula looks like and then challenge him to see the relationship between them."
A few books* already highlight student interests and their connection to math:
Adamson, Thomas K.    Basketball : the math of the game
Juv.796.32 .A221b
Frederick, Shane            Football: The Math of the game                                                                Juv.796.33.F852f           (geometry, percentages, mean median mode ,positive and negative numbers.)

Martin, Hope              The math of sports
CMC. QA109 .M376 2000

Murray, Stuart             Score with basketball math
Juv.796.32 .M984s                                                                    

Murray, Stuart             Score with race car math
Juv.796.72 .M984s  

Murray, Stuart             Score with soccer math
Juv.796.33 .M984s

Perritano, John               Start the game : geometry in sports
Juv.516.15 .P458s
* in the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library

Thursday, May 05, 2016

Free Comic Book Day-Saturday- 5/7/16

Free Comic Book Day is May 7, 2016!

Visit the Website at 
 for more information, downloads, social media and more!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Arturo O Martinez, author of Pedrito's World passes away

Hoboken author, Arturo O. Martinez passed away on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016. 

His obituary in the Star Ledger reported:

Born in Rio Grande City, Texas, he was a graduate of Rio Grande City High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1959. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Arturo spent more than 40 years in journalism-as a reporter, editor, critic and columnist. Prior to joining the staff of The Star-Ledger in New Jersey in 1968, he was a reporter for The Alamo Messenger in San Antonio and The Lafayette Advertiser in Louisiana. During three decades at The Star-Ledger, he held a variety of posts, including Entertainment and Features Editor for 20 years prior to his retirement in 1998. He continued to write a column on Latino arts and entertainment until 2003. While entertainment editor, Martinez served as a voter for Broadway's annual Tony Awards, a position he held for almost 18 years. His interest in the theater continued into his retirement; two of his one-act plays were produced in Hoboken. Also in his retirement, he wrote "Pedrito's World," a fictive memoir based on his recollections and family stories from South Texas. The book, published by Texas Tech University Press, received an award from the Texas Institute of Letters. A sequel was published in December. - See more at: http://obits.nj.com/obituaries/jerseyjournal/obituary.aspx?n=arturo-o-martinez&pid=179818008&fhid=17066#sthash.uULmkjaN.dpuf

Martinez had given a reading from his acclaimed memoir, Pedrito's World,(Juv. M3852p) at New Jersey City University in  February, 2008.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

2015 ALA Banned Books List

Frequently Challenged Books 2015

The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.
The top ten most challenged books of 2015 include:
  1. Looking for Alaska, by John Green (Juv.G7955L)Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  2. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James
    Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).
  3. I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings (Juv.306.76 .H574i)
    Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.
  4. Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin (Juv.306.76 .K965)
    Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).
  5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (PR6058.A245 C87 2003)
    Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).
  6. The Holy Bible (BS185 1980 .N48)
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint.
  7. Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel (PN6727 .B3757 Z46 2006)
    Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).
  8. Habibi, by Craig Thompson
    Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.
  9. Nasreen’s Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan, by Jeanette Winter ( Juv. 371.82.W785n)
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.
  10. Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan (Juv.6662t)
    Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Jersey City seeks authors and performers for Tales of our Cities Book Festival 9/25/16

Tales of Our Cities 2016 Talent Outreach

Jersey City Public Library Looking for Talented
 Writers, Poets, Singer/Songwriters & Spoken Word Artists
for Tales of Our Cities 2016

8th Annual Book Festival to be Staged at Van Vorst Park on Sunday, September 25

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   March 7, 2016 –

 “The application is posted!” That’s the answer to the question: “How can I apply to Tales of Our Cities – the annual book festival in Jersey City?” Just go to the Jersey City library website – www.jclibrary.org
and scroll down to the Tales of Our Cities portal http://www.jclibrary.org/resources/tales-of-our-cities-2016

 The 8th annual Jersey City library book festival, Tales of Our Cities 2016, will be presented on Sunday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now is the time for all authors, singer/songwriters, poets, spoken word artists, vendors and publishers to apply.

The participant’s contract and outreach flyer are available on the library website to download and print, along with contact information.

 The participant application deadline is Monday, July 11. Please contact Elysse Sison at esison@jclibrary.org, (201) 547-4543 or by fax, (201) 656-1517.

 Due to the ongoing renovations at the Main Library, the Tales of Our Cities book festival was not presented in 2015, and in 2014, the festival was staged at Grove Street Plaza.
For 2016, the book festival will be in familiar surroundings – the gazebo and extensive grounds of Van Vorst Park.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Environment and Elections-Lesson Plans for Earth Day and Beyond

As Earth Day approaches, lesson plans on the Flint Water crisis provide an interesting perspective

Flint Water Crisis 

Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center has a lesson plan on Progressive City Planners
http://www.tolerance.org/lesson/progressive-city-planners  with these objectives:

Students will:
  • Consider how our society is divided by race and class and consider the stark differences in treatment within communities
  • Evaluate previous biases against people of color and working-class communities.
  • Analyze the impact of environmental racism on the health and well-being of communities of color
  • Create a vision of a more just and equitable society
Another environmental lesson plan was included in this blog's post

The Teachable Moment
The Teachable Moment a project of the Morningside Center
has the following lesson plan  and readings specifically on the crisis


The Teachable Moment also has lessons on the current elections

Teaching Tolerance has lesson plans on past election and voters' rights concerns

For more lesson plan websites and other materials   check this bibliography

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Support Literacy with one Email today

Help Our LSTA / IAL Library Champions Help Us Now!

It's that time of year again when Congressional cost-cutters sharpen their budget knives and go looking for under-supported federal programs to slash or discontinue. Last year, now Speaker of the House Paul Ryan proposed completely eliminating IMLS and with it over $200 million in funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Both of these programs are potentially on the chopping block this year and it's up to you to help save them.  

Library champions in Congress are now circulating "Dear Appropriator" letters to their colleagues urging members of the powerful Senate and House Appropriations Committees to fully fund LSTA and IAL (See the letters here). 

Please take just five minutes to contact your Representative in the House and both of your U.S. Senators and ask them to sign these letters (one each for LSTA and IAL in each chamber of Congress). Your help, and these funds, make a huge difference in what libraries and librarians can do for their patrons in every corner of the country.

These "Dear Appropriator" letters carry tremendous weight with the Appropriations Committee. The more Members of Congress who sign them, the more likely LSTA and IAL - and the millions of Americans they help every year - are to survive and thrive.

Time is short! Please, contact both your Senators and Representative now.