Sunday, September 23, 2007

What's New in Science Fiction and Fantasy Booklist

Susan Fichtelberg, Children's Librarian of the Woodbridge Public Library and author of Encountering Enchantment:A Guide to Speculative Fiction for Teens, has updated her online booklist, What's New in Science Fiction and Fantasy List for Children and Teens. Go to her website and click on the link " What's New in SF& F" at the top of the page.

You can see Susan at the AASL Conference in Reno, Nevada on Oct. 26 and the NCTE Conference, November 18 in New York City.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Educator Workshop 9/22/07

The Adelaide L. Sanford Institute for Research, Development
and the Education of Students of African Descent in partnership with Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration; the Black Brooklyn Empowerment Convention; and the Coalition of Black Male Principals


Creating a Culture of Success for Students of African Ancestry

Saturday, September 22, 2007
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Medgar Evers College • Brooklyn, NY

This conference will prove to be one of the most important academic events in our community.

On-site registration begins at 8:00 am.
Workshops are limited.
Register early to gain admission to the workshops of your choice.

For more information,
please visit our website at

or email

or call 718.270.4814

Thursday, September 06, 2007

K-12 Teacher's Workshop on Africa

2007 ASA Teacher's Workshop
"Africa in the K-12 School Curriculum"
Friday, October 19, 2007
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, NY 10028

The African Studies Association, in cooperation the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, is proud to present a day-long professional development
workshop for K-12 educators and librarians in the New York metropolitan

The ASA 2007 Teachers Workshop has two goals:

Equip K-12 educators with practical strategies and resources for
applying knowledge about Africa to teaching on Africa in their schools and
Provide a forum for networking and community building among NY area
scholars and educators working in the field of African Studies.

What Do Teachers Receive?

Choices from a dozen standards-based workshops for educators on Africa
given by leading experts.

Morning refreshments and a box lunch

Curricular materials specific to the workshop sessions they attended.

List of web sites that provide lesson plans for different grade levels.

Follow up advice through network of New York area Africa educators.

An opportunity to dialog with Africa experts from around the world in
small groups.


8:30-9:00 am - Morning Reception at the MET Museum Petrie Court Cafe

9:00-9:20 am - Welcome and Orientation at the MET Museum Education Center

9:30-11:00 am - Session I*

11:00-11:40 am - Box Lunch @ MET Cafe

11:45 am -- 1:00 pm - ASA Children's Africana Book Award Ceremony with
award-winning authors

1:10-2:30 pm - Session II*

2:40-4:00 pm - Session III*

4: 00-5:00 pm - "Live" West African Music -- Alhaji Papa Susso & Co. and Raffle Prizes

* Each session (Session I, II, III) will have four simultaneously running 80-minute seminars.

Some of the topics covered at the workshop include:

Human Rights in a Global Age: View from Africa
African Art at the Met Museum
Islam in Africa
Ghana at 50 Years
Changing Status of Women in Africa
African Literature
West African Music


1) Interested individuals are invited to submit an application and pay the
registration fee. ***Space is limited to 100 participants in total.


2) Early application period lasts from August 15 to September 14. Participation fees are $50 if paid by September 14.

3) Late participation fees from September 15 to October 1 are $65.

4) Applications must be postmarked no later than October 1, 2007.

***For more information, please call 732-445-6638

Lucky NYC students!

From the New York Times (Manhattan: Reading by J. K. Rowling
By JENNIFER MEDINA,Published: September 6, 2007):

The author J. K. Rowling will read to hundreds of New York City students at Carnegie Hall next month, the New York City schools chancellor, Joel I. Klein, and Richard Robinson, the president of Scholastic, which publishes the Harry Potter books in the United States, announced yesterday. The city’s school administrators chose 40 schools to take part in the event on Oct. 19 on the basis of test scores, picking schools that had showed the most improvement in a single year on standardized reading test scores. Principals at each school will choose 40 students to hear Ms. Rowling read from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” and answer questions about the series before signing books for each of the children. Scholastic will also donate 5,000 copies of the first Harry Potter book to the city schools.

(Pity the selection had to be on the basis of test scores.)

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

New Look for Research!

Have you looked at the Congressman Frank J. Guarini's database listings lately?

Now there is one less step for research!

Instead of having to click "off campus" or "campus access" for your location, you can just click on the the name of the database that you need and the computer will do the rest-- either taking you straight to the database or asking for your Gothic ID!

Also check out the new Proquest Education Journals Database.

And that's not all!
Don't know where to start with your research?
Try the new E-Z Search
You can search as many databases as you want and Oscar too, all at the same time.
Try it out-- It's unbelievable!