Wednesday, October 29, 2008

State of Preschool Reports

The National Institute for Early Education Research supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. It is a joint effort of the Pew Charitable Trusts and Rutgers University.

There have been 5 reports on the State of Preschool in the United States.
All the reports , including the current one (2007) are available at
The site also contains interactive data with data sets, state statistics, and graphs.

Teen Author readings in NYC

October 29 -- Teen Author Reading Night (6-7:30, Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL, 425 6th Ave, at 10th St.)

Katie Finn, Top 8
Lauren Henderson, Kiss Me Kill Me
Christopher Krovatin, Venemous
Wendy Mass, Every Soul a Star
Matthue Roth, Losers
Courtney Sheinmel, My So-Called Family
Elizabeth Scott, Living Dead Girl

December 3 -- Teen Author Reading Night (6-7:30, Jefferson Market Branch of NYPL, 425 6th Ave, at 10th St.)

Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied
Coe Booth, Kendra
Daniel Ehrenhaft, Dirty Laundry
Caroline Hickey, Isabelle’s Boyfriend
Margo Rabb, Cures for Heartbreak
David Van Etten, All That Glitters

Thursday, October 16, 2008

David Weisner, Caldecott author, presents program 10/19/08

Caldecott winner David Wiesner will be speaking at Rutgers University this coming Sunday afternoon, October 19, at 2pm. He will discuss how he came to children’s literature after a childhood spent reading comic books, looking at art, watching monster movies, and endlessly playing in the wilds of suburban New Jersey.

Title: Cover to Cover: Exploring the Limitless Worlds within the Picture Book
Date: October 19, 2008
Time: 2 pm
Location: Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University

Monday, October 06, 2008

New Web Economic Guide for Teachers and Students!

Librarians Mary Flannery Climes and Robert J. Tiess have created a web-based guide to the national and international economies, with links to glossaries, latest financial news, government information and personal finance topics.

The website: The Economy Global Economic Crisis, News, Statistics, Economic Indicators, Credit,Energy, Food, Housing / Mortgages / Subprime, & Related Resources is available at

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Latino Heritage Weekend--Friday–Monday, October 10–13

FREE Admission
Programs open to all ages and are bilingual
(English and Spanish)
Friday, October 10,
1–4 pm
Senior Friday:
Celebrate Latino Heritage with Music and DancePerformance—
Raices: The Roots of Latin MusicGroups welcome;
pre–registration required, please call 973–596–6613.
Join Louis Bauzo and his band for a performance that will have you dancing in the aisles! Explore how music can tell the story of your heritage, stir our memories and bring us joy.

Saturday, October 11
Drop-In Activities
12–1 pm
Storytime in the Galleries
Special guest, Margarita Muniz, Newark’s Deputy Mayor for Community and Neighborhood Engagement, will read Abuela by Arthur Dorros; illustrated by Elisa Kleven, a story of a little girl and her grandmother’s wonderful adventures (English and Spanish).
12–4:30 pm
Create Your Own Clown Face
1 & 3 pm
The Art of Clowning
1–4 pm
Explore Latino Voices in American Art
Explore the emotions you experience when you look at Juana Valdes' work of art, The Deepest Blue.
Create your own work of art using porcelain tiles that tell your story.

Sunday, October 12
noon–4 pm
Family Science Activities
(All programs are bilingual: English and Spanish)

12–1 pm & 3–4 pm
Tours of the Interactive Exhibit Dynamic Earth
Discover the astounding variety and diversity of plants, animals, minerals and rock forms—results of our ever-changing Earth.
1–3 pm
Animal Explorations: Night and Day
Meet LIVE nocturnal creatures that are up and about during the night while we're asleep.

Monday, October 13
12:30–4:30 pm
Heritage Festival: Festival de la Familia II:
Celebrating Our Traditions, Telling Our Stories
Share the story of your heritage and celebrate the diversity and richness of Latino culture.
Enjoy music and dance performances, tours and hands-on art and science workshops and exhibitions designed especially for kids!

Performances(Seating is limited and available on a first come basis.)
1 pm
Dance with Grisel Ponce and Jossue Torres
Enjoy the passion and beauty of Latin Dance—Mambo, Samba, Cha Cha, Meringue and Salsa—by watching great dancers perform, and then receive a dance lesson.
2:30 & 4:15 pm
Gary Nunez and Plena LibreSan Juan, Puerto Rico's multi-grammy nominated 13-piece orchestra Plena Libre is considered the Ambassador of the Puerto Rican/Afro-Rican music Plena and bomba.