Thursday, April 20, 2017

Get Ready for School Lunch Hero Day-5/5/17

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day

 on 

May 5, 2017







Get Lesson Plans  and also try these
CMC TX355.M96 2011                    Serving MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum, Grades 1 & 2                                       (http://www.fns.usda.gov/multimedia/tn/sump_level1.pdf)


                                                          

Choose a way to Celebrate

Read the Books--The Lunch Lady Series

Krosoczka, Jarrett J.                Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta    Juv. K938La
Krosoczka, Jarrett J.                Lunch Lady and the Bake Bale Bandit          Juv. K938L
Krosoczka, Jarrett J.                Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute         Juv. K938Lc
Krosoczka, Jarrett J.                Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians     Juv. K938LL
Krosoczka, Jarrett J.                Lunch Lady and the Schoolwide Scuffle       Juv.K938Ls

And books on Nutrition

Burstein, John                      Delicious Dairy                                               Juv..641.37.B872d
Burstein, John                      Fabulous Fruits                                               Juv.641.3.B972f
Burstein, John                      Glorious Grains                                              Juv.613.2.B972g
Burstein, John                      Marvelous Meats and More                           Juv.613.2.B972m

Burstein, John                     Vital vegetables                                               Juv.613.2.B972v

All in the library

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Carolivia Herron- Author of "Nappy Hair" visits New Jersey City University 2/14/17

Grilled Cheese and Nappy Hair: Growing up Epic in Washington, DC"
http://carolivia.com/carolivia/
Dr. Carolivia Herron discusses her urban writings "Thereafter Johnnie," "Nappy Hair," and "Peacesong DC"
When:  Tuesday, February 14,2017
Time:  1:00pm
Where:  NJCU, Gothic Lounge, Hepburn Hall, room: 202
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597
Directions: http://www.njcu.edu/directions-njcu
Information: (201)200-2132
Web: http://carolivia.com/carolivia/resume-carolivi

Thursday, January 12, 2017

ALA Youth Media Awards- 1/23/17-8am


Watch the telecast of the  Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards,and other great book awards selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media.
The 2017 Youth Media Award announcements will take place on :
Monday, Jan. 23, 2017
at 8 a.m. ET from the
ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Atlanta.

View the live streaming here http://ala.unikron.com/2017/

From American Library Association:
A list of all the 2017 award winners follows:
John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:
“The Girl Who Drank the Moon,” written by Kelly Barnhill, is the 2017 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Algonquin Young Readers, an imprint of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, a division of Workman Publishing.
Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan,” written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division; “The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog,” written by Adam Gidwitz, illustrated by Hatem Aly and published by Dutton Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; and “Wolf Hollow,” written by Lauren Wolk and published by Dutton Children's Books, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.
Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:
“Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe is the 2017 Caldecott Medal winner. The book was written by Javaka Steptoe and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: “Leave Me Alone!” illustrated and written by Vera Brosgol and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership; “Freedom in Congo Square,” illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Little Bee Books, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Group; "Du Iz Tak?" illustrated and written by Carson Ellis, and published by Candlewick Press; and "They All Saw a Cat," illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel and published by Chronicle Books LLC.
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, recognizing an African-American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:
“March: Book Three,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, is the King Author Book winner. The book is illustrated by Nate Powell and published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing, a division of Idea and Design Works LLC.
Two King Author Honor Books were selected: “As Brave as You,” written by Jason Reynolds, a Caitlyn Dlouhy Book, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; and “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan,” written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan, a Caitlyn Dlouhy Book, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
“Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,” illustrated by Javaka Steptoe, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is written by Javaka Steptoe and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Three King Illustrator Honor Book were selected: “Freedom in Congo Square,” illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Little Bee Books, an imprint of Bonnier Publishing Group; “Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan,” illustrated and written by Ashley Bryan, a Caitlyn Dlouhy Book, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; and “In Plain Sight,” illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, written by Richard Jackson, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award:
“The Sun Is Also a Star,” written by Nicola Yoon, is the Steptoe author award winner. The book is published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.
Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement:
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop is the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award pays tribute to the quality and magnitude of beloved children’s author Virginia Hamilton.
Dr. Bishop is a winner of numerous awards and has served as a respected member of many book awards committees over the course of her long and distinguished career. Her influential writing, speaking, and teaching articulates the history and cultural significance of African-American children’s literature. Her globally cited work, “Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors,” has inspired movements for increased diversity in books for young people, and provides the basis for the best multicultural practice and inquiry for students, teachers, writers and publishing houses.
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
“March: Book Three,” created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, is the 2017 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “Asking for It,” by Louise O’Neill and published by Quercus, a Hachette Company; “The Passion of Dolssa,” by Julie Berry and published by Viking Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers; “Scythe,” by Neal Shusterman and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Publishing; and “The Sun Is Also a Star,” by Nicola Yoon and published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House.
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
“Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille,” written by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, wins the award for young children (ages 0 to 10).
“as brave as you,” written by Jason Reynolds and published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is the winner for middle grades (ages 11-13).
“When We Collided,” written by Emery Lord and published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books is the winner for teens (ages 13-18).
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
“The Queen of Blood,” by Sarah Beth Durst, published by Harper Voyager, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
“The Regional Office is Under Attack!” by Manuel Gonzales, published by Riverhead, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
“In the Country We Love: My Family Divided,” by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford, published by Henry Holt and Co.
“Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded,” by Hannah Hart, published by Dey Street, an imprint of William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins Publishers.
“Arena,” by Holly Jennings, published by Ace Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
“Every Heart a Doorway,” by Seanan McGuire, a Tor Book published by Tom Doherty Associates.
“Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure,” by Ryan North, published by Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
“Die Young with Me: A Memoir,” by Rob Rufus, published by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
“The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar,” by Matt Simon, published by Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House.
“The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko,” by Scott Stambach, published by St. Martin’s Press.
Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children's video:
Ryan Swenar of Dreamscape Media, LLC, producer of “Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music” is the Carnegie Medal winner. Adapted from Margarita Engle’s book, a girl in 1930s Cuba aspires to play the drums, a privilege afforded only to boys. Based on the life of Chinese-African-Cuban Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, this story demonstrates how the power of persistence can break barriers, shatter expectations, and make one’s dreams a reality.
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
The 2017 winner is Nikki Grimes, whose award-winning works include “Bronx Masquerade,” which won the Coretta Scott King Author Award in 2003, and “Words with Wings,” the recipient of a Coretta Scott King Author Honor in 2014. In addition, Grimes received the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award in 2016 and the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children in 2006.
Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:
The 2017 winner is Sarah Dessen. Her books include: “Dreamland,” “Keeping the Moon,” “Just Listen,” “The Truth about Forever,” “Along for the Ride,” “What Happened to Goodbye?” and “This Lullaby,” all published by Viking Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, a Penguin Random House Company.
2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award recognizing an author, critic, librarian, historian or teacher of children's literature, who then presents a lecture at a winning host site.
Naomi Shihab Nye will deliver the 2018 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The daughter of a Palestinian father and an American mother, Naomi Shihab Nye grew up in St. Louis, Jerusalem, and San Antonio, Texas. The author and/or editor of more than 30 books for adults and children, her latest for young people, “The Turtle of Oman,” was chosen as a 2015 Notable Children's Book by the ALA. She has received four Pushcart Prizes, was a National Book Award finalist, and has been named a Guggenheim Fellow, amongst her many honors.
Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States:
“Cry, Heart, But Never Break” is the 2017 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Danish in 2001 as “Græd blot hjerte,” the book was written by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charolotte Pardi, translated by Robert Moulthrop and published by Enchanted Lion Books.
Three Batchelder Honor Books also were selected: “Over the Ocean,” published by Chronicle Books LLC, written and illustrated by Taro Gomi and translated from the Japanese by Taylor Norman; “As Time Went By,” published by NorthSouth Books, Inc., written and illustrated by José Sanabria and translated from the German by Audrey Hall; and “The Ballad of a Broken Nose,” published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, written by Arne Svingen and translated from the Norwegian by Kari Dickson.
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
“Anna and the Swallow Man,” produced by Listening Library, an imprint of the Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Groups, is the 2017 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by Gavriel Savit and narrated by Allan Corduner.
Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were selected:
“Ghost” produced by Simon and Schuster Audio, written by Jason Reynolds and narrated by Guy Lockard; “Dream On, Amber,” produced by Recorded Books, written by Emma Shevah and narrated by Laura Kirman; and “Nimona,” produced by HarperAudio, written by Noelle Stevenson and narrated by Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson, January LaVoy, Natalie Gold, Peter Bradbury and David Pittu.
Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:
“Lowriders to the Center of the Earth,” illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Cathy Camper and published by Chronicle Books LLC.
Two Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were named:
“Esquivel!: Space-Age Sound Artist,” illustrated by Duncan Tonatiuh, written by Susan Wood and published by Charlesbridge.
“The Princess and the Warrior: A Tale of Two Volcanoes,” illustrated and written by Duncan Tonatiuh and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.
"Juana & Lucas,” written by Juana Medina, is the Pura Belpré Author Award winner. The book is illustrated by Juana Medina and published by Candlewick Press.
One Belpré Author Honor Book was named: "The Only Road," written by Alexandra Diaz and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/A Paula Wiseman Book.
Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:
“March: Book Three,” written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, is the Sibert Award winner. The book is published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing, a division of Idea and Design Works LLC.
Four Sibert Honor Books were named:
“Giant Squid,” written by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership; “Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story,” written by Caren Stelson and published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.; “Uprooted: The Japanese American Experience During World War II,” written by Albert Marrin and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC; and “We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitler,” written by Russell Freedman and published by Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Stonewall Book Award - Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
“Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor,” written by Rick Riordan and published by Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group, and “If I Was Your Girl” written by Meredith Russo and published by Flatiron Books, are the 2017 recipients of the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award, respectively.
Three Honor Books were selected:
“When the Moon Was Ours,” written by Anna-Marie McLemore and published by Thomas Dunne Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press; “Unbecoming,” written by Jenny Downham and published by Scholastic Inc. by arrangement with David Fickling Books; and “Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community,” written by Robin Stevenson and published by Orca Book Publishers.
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book:
“We Are Growing: A Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie Like Reading! Book,” written by Laurie Keller. The book is published by Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group.
Four Geisel Honor Books were named: “Good Night Owl,” written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli and published by Disney Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group; “Oops, Pounce, Quick, Run! An Alphabet Caper,” written and illustrated by Mike Twohy and published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “Go Otto Go!” written and illustrated by David Milgrim and published by Simon Spotlight, an Imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division; and “The Infamous Ratsos,” written by Kara LaReau, illustrated by Matt Myers and published by Candlewick Press.
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
“The Serpent King,” written by Jeff Zentner, is the 2017 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Crown Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a Penguin Random House Company.
Four other books were finalists for the award: Girl Mans Up,” written by M-E Girard, published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; “Rani Patel in Full Effect,” written by Sonia Patel, published by Cinco Puntos Press; The Smell of Other People’s Houses,” written by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, published by Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a Penguin Random House Company; and “Tell Me Something Real,” written by Calla Devlin, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
“March: Book Three,” created by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell, is the 2017 Excellence winner. The book is published by Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing.
Four other books were finalists for the award: “Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History,” by Karen Blumenthal and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives,” by Kenneth C. Davis, and published by Henry Holt, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; “Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune,” written by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated by Gareth Hinds and published by Charlesbridge; and “This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration,” written by Linda Barrett Osborne and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS.

Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s experts, the awards encourage original and creative work. For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visit www.ala.org/yma.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

14th Annual New Jersey LGBTQA Leadership Conference 10/28/16

CALL FOR WORKSHOP PROPOSALS: 14th ANNUAL LGBTQA LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

This year’s conference will be held on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at New Jersey City University in Jersey City, New Jersey from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: Noon on September 21st, 2016

The LGBTQA College Leadership Conference Planning Committee invites proposals for workshops.
For more than 14 years, Northern New Jersey has held a regional LGBTQA college leadership conference. This year’s conference serves as a one-day educational and leadership development opportunity for college students, faculty, and staff, and the surrounding community. It will bring together several hundred participants from across the tri-state area to explore and develop the skills necessary to continue building and supporting a united and inclusive queer movement.
The conference is hosted by a consortium of colleges and universities including New Jersey City University, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Montclair State University, Ramapo College, William Paterson University.

    2016 CONFERENCE THEME: “A Call to Action: Using Your Leadership to Create Change”

    “A Call to Action: Using Your Leadership to Create Change” was inspired by campus community activists who envision a movement for justice that overlaps with other social causes that are relevant in our day to day – a public education campaign to bring attention to the widespread needs of historically marginalized LGBTQ people. We urge and challenge participants to use their leadership to create change, keeping in mind the need for intersectional-focused social justice work because there is overlap in our causes. Selected workshops and speakers will shed light on issues that are often forgotten, such as classism and segments of the LGBTQ community that are almost completely unseen, such as LGBTQ communities of color, intersex and transgender communities, and homeless youth. Through this theme, the conference will inspire and shape student leaders, including higher educational professionals, to foster a fully inclusive movement that advocates for the entire LGBTQ+ community.

    Guidelines for Workshop Proposal Submissions:

    • Workshops will be offered as simultaneous 60-minute breakout sessions from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. • Workshop audiences are anticipated to include 20-50 participants per workshop.
     • Workshops will be offered on two tracks: fundamental (introductory workshops) and advanced workshops. Workshop content should be designed for one of these targeted tracks. If possible, a track for staff and faculty will also be available.
     • Workshops must speak to the conference theme " A Call to Action: Using Your Leadership to Create Change." They should identify how people create change and where these changes are occurring.
     Examples of related topics we hope to see offered include: 
    o The arts o Courage and resiliency o Trans rights in the military
     o Violence in the community and against trans women of color 
    o Brave spaces vs. safe spaces 
    o Anti-racism o Intersectional work 
    o Gay adoption o Allyship 
    o Victories within the movement
     o Lessons learned from the Black Lives Matter movement 
    o From Stonewall to Black Lives Matter to Orlando 
    o Young, trans people of color 
    o LGBTQ refugees 
    Feedback from past conferences has indicated that interactive workshops are highly desired. Workshop presenters should consider ways in which you can engage your audience or facilitate discussion. Also, please identify a target audience for your workshop.

    For more information please contact:

    Dr. Frank C. Nascimento, New Jersey City University Proposals, Workshops, and Programs Committee Chair Email: fnascimento@njcu.edu Phone: 201-200-3149
     
    Please fill out this submission form
    attached to the link above.

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 
http://www.freecomicbookday.com/Home/1/1/27/992
 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.