Thursday, November 09, 2017

November is Native American Heritage Month

Books to Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

Ancona, George                      Powwow                                             

Boyden, Linda                        Powwow’s Coming                             
Juv. 394.3.B789p

Bruchac, James and                Girl Who helped Thunder and Other Native American Folktales

Bruchac, Joseph                      Eagle Song 

Bruchac, Joseph                      Pushing Up the Sky                           

Bruchac, Joseph                      Earth Under the Sky: Native  American Poems of the Land             
Juv. 398.2.B887e

Bruchac, Joseph                      Seven Native American  Plays for Children                     
Juv. 812.54 .B887p

Dennis, Yvonne Wakim          Children of Native America Today    

Landon, Rocky                       A Native American throught of it     
Juv. 970.1.L259n

Morris, Ann                             Grandma Maxine remembers:A Native American family story

Salonen, Roxanne B.              First Salmon 
Slier, Debby                            Cradle me                                            
Taylor, C. J.                           All the Stars in the Sky: Native Stories from the Heavens

Van Camp, Richard                Little You                                              

Since Thanksgiving also occurs in November. Here is a list of books recommended by OYATE (Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed with honesty and integrity, and that all people know that our stories belong to us.)

(unfortunately quite a few of these are out of print) 

Bruchac, Margaret M. (Abenaki), and Catherine Grace O’Neill, 1621: A New Look at Thanksgiving. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 2001, grades 4-up
 (Juv. 394.268 .G729S)

Hunter, Sally M. (Ojibwe), Four Seasons of Corn: A Winnebago Tradition. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1997, grades 4-6. (Juv.394.1 .H947f)

Peters, Russell M. (Wampanoag), Clambake: A Wampanoag Tradition. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1992, grades 4-6. (Juv. 974.48 .P481c)

Regguinti, Gordon (Ojibwe), The Sacred Harvest: Ojibway Wild Rice Gathering. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1992, grades 4-6. (Juv. 977.6 .R334s)

Seale, Doris (Santee/Cree), Beverly Slapin, and Carolyn Silverman (Cherokee), eds., Thanksgiving: A Native Perspective. Berkeley: Oyate, 1998, teacher resource.

Swamp, Jake (Mohawk), Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message. New York: Lee & Low, 1995, all grades.(Juv. 299.79 .S791g)

Wittstock, Laura Waterman (Seneca), Ininatig’s Gift of Sugar: Traditional Native Sugarmaking. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications, 1993, grades 4-6

OYATE Also provides the following materials

Deconstructing the Myths of "The First Thanksgiving"
by Judy Dow (Abenaki) and Beverly Slapin
Revised 06/12/06

How to Tell the Difference: A Guide for Evaluating Children’s Books for Anti-Indian Bias 
by Doris Seale, Beverly Slapin and Rosemary Gonzales                   

Monday, October 30, 2017

Mix It Up at Lunch Day-10/31/17

Mix It Up at Lunch Day is an international campaign that encourages students to identify, question and cross social boundaries. While schools can register to host a Mix It Up event on any day of the year, millions of students around the world participate on the official Mix It Up at Lunch Day, held on the last Tuesday of each October. It’s October 31st this year! 

Students consistently identify the cafeteria as a place in their school where divisions are clearly—and harshly—drawn. So we ask students to move out of their comfort zones and connect with someone new over lunch. It’s a simple act with profound implications that we encourage educators to include in year-round efforts to promote healthy, welcoming school environments. Studies have shown that interactions across group lines can help reduce prejudice. When students interact with those who are different from them, biases and misperceptions can fall away.

And a few books to read about lunch, and school and cafeterias!:

Arnold, Tedd.
Super Fly Guy / Tedd Arnold.

Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Lunch Lady and the bake sale bandit

Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Lunch lady and the cyborg substitute

Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians
Krosoczka, Jarrett.
Lunch Lady and the author visit vendetta

Krosoczka, Jarrett
Lunch Lady and the schoolwide scuffle
Prelutsky, Jack.
What a day it was at school!: poems
Juv.811.54 .P924w   


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Banned Books Week 2017 9/24-9/30/17

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2017
September 24-September 30, 2017
Read a Challenged Book

  1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, drug use and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes (Juv. T1533t)
  1. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Reasons: challenged because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint (Juv.T2714d)
  2. George written by Alex Gino
    Reasons: challenged because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels” (Juv. G4932g)
  3. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    Reasons: challenged because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints (Juv. 306.76 .H574i)
  4. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Reasons: challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content (Juv.L6662t)

        Looking for Alaska written by John Green
    Reasons: challenged for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation”

        Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
     Reason: challenged because it was considered sexually explicit

    Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
     Reasons: challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive”

     Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
       Reason: challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author
      Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowel
      Reason: challenged for offensive language (Juv. R8817e)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Recycling Solar Eclipse Glasses

Recycling  Reuse, and Redistribution Programs for Solar Eclipse Glasses

Lots of Options!

Astronomers Without Borders Solar Eclipse Recycling Program

Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) has the following collection centers:
There are Glasses Collection Centers across the US. See if there is one near you on the interactive map! Sign up for their newsletter for more details or check their Facebook page .
You can also send them to :
AWB Eclipse Glasses Donation Program
Explore Scientific
1010 S. 48th Street
Springdale, AR 72762  
Other Recycling Hints
from Earth 911

-Remove the protective solar-filter lenses before tossing paper frames into the recycling bin. While recycling rules vary in different regions, if the frames are paper or cardboard, they’re likely acceptable with other paper recyclables, according to Patrick Morgan, recycling specialist for Oregon Metro in Portland. The solar filter doesn’t belong in traditional household recycling, he says. Most paper products are recyclable, unless they feature a moisture-resistant coating, such as frozen food packages.
-Toss out the solar-filter lenses. Or perhaps phone a camera store that processes film and ask if they recycle that type of film, suggests Brooks Mitchell, education coordinator for the nonprofit Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colo.

-Trash unwanted plastic frames, which likely would not be acceptable with traditional plastic recycling, says Morgan and other recycling representatives.
-For any questions, phone your local recycling authority.

Reusing & Repurposing
-Display the glasses as a souvenir. Mitchell says he’ll likely hang them on his bulletin board. The glasses, he says, will serve “to remind myself of the awesome celestial experience.”
-Depending on the style and instructions, the eclipse glasses may be reusable, at least for a limited time, as long as the protective filter is not scratched, punctured, torn or damaged in another way. Read instructions printed on or packaged with the glasses. Because the glasses are so inexpensive, some solar observers say you should avoid the risk of saving an older version for the future, even if the packaging does not specify a time limit. (By the way, the next total eclipse in the United States rolls through the sky April 8, 2024.)

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Solar eclipse - 8/21/17

Are you ready for August 21, 2017?
According to
On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe-inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's tenuous atmosphere - the corona - can be seen, will stretch from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Observers outside this path will still see a partial solar eclipse where the moon covers part of the sun's disk.

Are you taking safety precautions?
You never want to look directly at the sun without appropriate protection except during totality.  That could severely hurt your eyes.  However, there are many ways to safely view an eclipse of the sun including direct viewing – which requires some type of filtering device and indirect viewing where you project an image of the sun onto a screen. Both methods should produce clear images of the partial phase of an eclipse.  Click here for eclipse viewing techniques and safety. (

Vendors of goggles/solar filters
The following well-known telescope and solar-filter companies manufacture and/or sell eclipse glasses (sometimes called eclipse shades) and/or handheld solar viewers that have been verified by an accredited testing laboratory to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard for such products. They are listed in alphabetical order; those with an asterisk (*) are based outside the United States.
Solar Viewer Brands
Note: Baader Planetarium's AstroSolar Safety Film and AstroSolar Photo Film, sold in the U.S. by Alpine Astronomical and Astro-Physics (see below), are not certified to meet the ISO 12312-2 international safety standard and are not designed to work as eclipse shades or handheld solar filters. Baader's AstroSolar Silver/Gold Film, on the other hand, does meet the ISO 12312-2 safety standard for filters for eyes-only direct viewing of the Sun.
Numerous other astronomy- and science-related enterprises and organizations sell eclipse glasses made by the companies listed above. If you buy from any of these businesses, you know you are getting ISO-compliant safe solar viewers.
Educational Resources

Thursday, April 20, 2017

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

Celebrate School Lunch Hero Day


May 5, 2017

Get Lesson Plans  and also try these
CMC TX355.M96 2011                    Serving MyPlate: A Yummy Curriculum, Grades 1 & 2                                       (


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"
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
Information: (201)200-2132