Thursday, October 25, 2007

See Inside the Minds of College Freshmen

Check out Beloit College's Mindset List

As described on their website:
The Mindset List is not a chronological listing of things that happened in the year that the entering first-year students were born.

Our effort is to identify a worldview of 18 year-olds in the fall of 2007. We take a risk in some cases of making generalizations, particularly given that our students at Beloit College for instance come from every state and scores of nations.

The "Class of 2011" refers to students entering college this year. They are generally 18 which suggests they were born in 1989.

The list identifies the experiences and event horizons of students as they commence higher education and is not meant to reflect on their preparatory education.

You may also want to check out this viral video

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Little Toot is 100 years old

It is the centenary of Hardie Gramtky, author of Little Toot (Juv.G745L).

In addition to activities connected to the book, there is a contest for children to enter. Alert your librarian!
See here for more information:

Monday, October 15, 2007

NCLB call-in this week! Call now


AFT leaders and activists are invited to participate in a congressional call-in week, Oct. 15-19, on the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). After living under NCLB for the past five and a half years, we all know that substantial changes must be made to this law. NCLB can be fixed only if your representative and senators hear directly from you.

Please call 866/327-8670 during that week to be connected to your members of Congress. Share your experiences of how NCLB is not working and urge your representative and senators to take the time to get this law right. The process should be driven by the product, not the clock. Urge your members of Congress to fix adequate yearly progress (AYP) so that it truly reflects how schools are performing; to oppose measures that will lead to more teaching to the test; and to oppose "pay to the test" provisions that mandate the use of test scores to evaluate teachers for determining salary or incentives. When you call, an operator will ask you to identify your representative and senators.

To find the names of your members of Congress, visit For more information on the AFT's campaign to fix NCLB, go to

Jim Trelease speaks in Princeton- - 10/25/07

Jim Trelease, author of The Read Aloud Handbook, will give his last New Jersey lectures (he’s retiring in January) at the Performing Arts Center at Princeton High School (151 Moore Street Princeton 08540) on Thursday, October 25 at 3:30 p.m. (for educators) and at 7:30 p.m. ( for parents). The auditorium seats 700 so everyone is welcome.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

African Burial Ground Monument opens in NYC

Grand Opening of the African Burial
Ground National Monument memorial
Duane Street between Broadway &
African Burial Ground Way (Elk Street)

Friday, October 5, 2007
1 p.m. – Opens to public

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Greet the Torch
Battery Park
Drummers and a mass choir greet the ceremonial torch as it arrives from the Statue of Liberty.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Candlelight Procession Battery Park to Foley Square
Honor the Africans who helped build the city of New York by marching in a candlelight procession from Battery Park to the African Burial Ground National Monument. Performances to follow at Foley Square.

Saturday, October 6, 2007
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
International Tribute Concert Foley Square
Performers from Africa and the African Diaspora celebrate the ancestors of the African Burial Ground. For more information on dedicationevents call 212-491-2012.

October 8-12, 2007
Youth Week
Educational programs for youth. For class or group reservations,the African Burial Ground National Monument at 212-637-2019.

*All events are free and open to the About the African Burial Ground National Monument (
The African Burial Ground National Monument is the first National Monument dedicated to Africans of early New York and Americans of African descent. It is the newest National Monument in New York City, joining the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, and Castle Clinton.

African Burial Ground National Monument
National Park Service
290 Broadway, First Floor
New York, NY 10007

Monday, October 01, 2007


September 29–October 6, 2007
Free People Read Freely ®
For more information see

The "10 Most Challenged Books of 2006" reflect a range of themes, and consist of the following titles:

"And Tango Makes Three" by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell, for homosexuality, anti-family, and unsuited to age group;

"Gossip Girls" series by Cecily Von Ziegesar for homosexuality, sexual content, drugs, unsuited to age group, and offensive language;

"Alice" series by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor for sexual content and offensive language;

"The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things" by Carolyn Mackler for sexual content, anti-family, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

"The Bluest Eye" by Toni Morrison for sexual content, offensive language, and unsuited to age group;

"Scary Stories" series by Alvin Schwartz for occult/Satanism, unsuited to age group, violence, and insensitivity;

"Athletic Shorts" by Chris Crutcher for homosexuality and offensive language.

"The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky for homosexuality, sexually explicit, offensive language, and unsuited to age group

"Beloved" by Toni Morrison for offensive language, sexual content, and unsuited to age group;

"The Chocolate War" by Robert Cormier for sexual content, offensive language, and violence.

Off the list this year, but on for several years past, are the "Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain


THEY ARE ON DISPLAY ON THE 1st Floor of the Library!