Thursday, December 10, 2009

College Student Essay Contest-deadline 1/8/09

NCBS

The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) is the leading organization of Black Studies professionals in the world. For more than 30 years NCBS members have been at the forefront of driving the development of Black/Africana Studies as a respected academic discipline.

Essay Contest

Submit your essay today to compete in the NCBS Annual Student Essay Competition! Winners will be recognized at the Student Luncheon.


ESSAY GUIDELINES:
Essays should focus on any aspect of the Africana experience, i.e., art, education, history, literature, politics, psychology, social and policy issues.
Must bet typed in MS Word, 12-18 pages in length, double-spaced with one-inch margins left-to-right and top-to-bottom.
Students are asked to document sources using either the MLA or APA style guides.
Submissions must be mailed to the address below. Faxed or electronic essays are not accepted!

Please include the following information on your cover sheet only:
Name
Mailing address
Telephone number
Email Address
Name of college or university
Class status (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, Graduate Student)
Name of Faculty Advisor
Do not include the above information on any subsequent pages of the essay other than on the cover sheet.
DEADLINE: January 8, 2010
(must be received by this date)


Send all manuscripts to:

National Office, NCBS
Department of African American Studies
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 4109
Atlanta, GA 30302-4109

Street/Overnight Address
1 Park Place South, #962
Atlanta, GA 30303

Prizes

Winners
Undergraduate Winners:
1st Place - $350.00
2nd Place- $250.00
3rd Place- $125.00

Graduate Winners:
1st Place - $350.00
2nd Place- $250.00
3rd Place- $125.00



For more information:

http://www.ncbsonline.org/home

http://www.ncbsonline.org/student_essay_contest

info@ncbsonline.org

GSCBA-Attention: New Jersey Public and School Librarians

Don't delay- Submit your tally sheets!-deadline 1/1/10

The Garden State Children's Book Award Committee would like to encourage New Jersey school and public libraries to make the children's votes count!

For the official tally sheet and ballot for the 2010 Award Winners, as well as information on where to send your library's winning results, please see the following link on the NJLA website: http://njla.pbworks.com/f/gscbaballot10.pdf

If your library has set up a display and ballot box for the 2010 nominees, please tally up the three most popular titles in each of the four categories (Easy Reader, Easy Reader Series, Fiction and Non-Fiction) and send your library's winning results to the committee by Friday, January 1, 2010.


If your library has not set up a display and ballot box for the 2010 nominees, your library can still participate by using your library's circulation statistics to determine the three most popular titles in each of the four categories and send your library's winning results to the committee by Friday, January 1, 2010.

For information on the Garden State Children's Book Award, the 2010 Ballot and Past Winners, please see the following links on the NJLA website:

Ballot
http://www.njla.org/honorsawards/book/GSCBAballot.pdf
http://www.njla.org/honorsawards/book/GSCBA_annotations_fiction.pdf
http://www.njla.org/honorsawards/book/GSCBA_annotations_NF.pdf

Nominees
http://www.njla.org/honorsawards/book/GSCBA_annotations_ER.pdf

Information
The Garden State Children's Book Awards were established in 1977 to honor books for younger readers. The Children's Services Section (CSS) of the New Jersey Library Association felt that books for the early and middle grades seldom received proper recognition. Yet it is at this age, more than any other, that the potential reader needs to be encouraged, stimulated and captivated by the printed work and good illustration.

The winners are chosen by a committee of the Children's Services Section of the New Jersey Library Association on the basis of literary merit and popularity with readers. The awards are given to both author and illustrator in four categories: "Easy to Read" as specifically designated by the publisher, "Easy to Read Series", Fiction and Non-fiction for younger children in grades 2-5. Because children vote for their favorite books, the committee works with titles published three years before the award.

http://www.njla.org/honorsawards/book/index.html

Past Recipients:
http://www.njla.org/honorsawards/book/childrens.html
http://www.njla.org/honorsawards/book/teen.html

If your library did create a display of the 2010 GSCBA nominees and would like to share pictures of it with us, or if you have any questions, please email us at GSCBACom@gmail.com.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Reading?-books to avoid

Trying to organize a Thanksgiving Day book display can be problematic.
Many of the stalwarts such as those found on the New York Public Library's http://kids.nypl.org/holidays/thanksgiving.cfm
and other lists
http://wildrosereader.blogspot.com/2009/11/thanksgiving-book-lists-book-reviews.html
are also found on Oyate's Books to Avoid list ( Note Oyate has discontinued this list but you can find the list at
http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/books-to-avoid/article_5d0d1834-c648-5adb-bc7e-239252337d66.html

The books found on the Recommended Books list from Oyate:

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)

Swamp, Jake (Mohawk), Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message. New York: Lee & Low, 1995, all grades.
(Juv.299.79 S7919)

among others show respect for Native American traditions and don't employ or further the mythological Pilgrim-Indian friendship, first thanksgiving with turkeys and feathers.
See http://www.oyate.org/resources/longthanks.html
However, they may not be as attractive to students and teachers.

The problem is how do we critically examine ourselves, our perspectives and our transmittal of these myths to the next generation by employing the familiar books and stories in our teaching

Some books that might help in that exploration are listed below:

E98 .P99 H57 1999
American Indian stereotypes in the world of children : a reader and bibliography

E175.85 .L64 2007
Lies my teacher told me : everything your American history textbook got wrong

LC1099.3.T47 2009
Culturally proficient leadership:the personal journey begins within

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Text your Wisdom, Write a Book with NJSL

National November Write Your Own Book Month
The Challenge
The New Jersey State Library is taking the challenge is to write a book with 50,000 words in one month.
The NJ State Library will compile a book with the collective wisdom of people sharing advice for another human being.
Text your words of wisdom for a child, friend, politician, parent, teenager, adult, parent to the New Jersey State Library, by November 30, 2009, so that it can be included in the book!
The Book:
H2H (Human to Human) wisdom in 140 characters!
The name of the book will be, H2H (Human to Human) wisdom in 140 characters
- unless someone texts us a better title!
It will be published online.
Participate:
  • Text your advice ( maximum:140 characters or less).
  • Text "H2H" to 51684, hit “space” and type your advice
  • Include your initials or first name to your quote if you want it to appear with your quote.
  • Standard message charges apply.
  • You'll receive a message to let you know your submission has been accepted
  • NJ State Library will collect your text messages until they have 50,000 words of wisdom.
  • All entries must be submitted no later than November 30.
Submission Guidelines:
  • No profanity
  • No personal references
  • NJ State Library reserves the right to reject submissions.
Updates:
Updates will be sent weekly ( no more than1 message per week).
Stop the messages anytime you want by replying "Stop".
Questions? :
Nancy Dowd:
609-278-2640 ext 122

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

MIX IT Up at Lunch Day- Nov. 10, 2009

Teaching tolerance a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center is sponsoring
Mix It Up at Lunch Day
in K-12 schools
November 10, 2009
The event is a simple call to action: take a new seat in the cafeteria. By making the move, students can cross the invisible lines of school division, meet new people and make new friends.
Mix it Up at Lunch Day helps students become more comfortable interacting with different kinds of people.
For information go to:
Organization Tips for Teachers
and
Lessons and Activities are also available
Schools can register to participate:

Friday, October 30, 2009

Jersey City Public Library staff on Wendy Williams,11/9/09

“How YOU doin’?” is the signature greeting of nationally syndicated radio, and now TV personality, Wendy Williams, so Library Director Priscilla Gardner decided to have some fun and recorded a video with some of the administrative staff – all, giving their distinctive versions of, what else?! “How YOU doin’?”

Wendy loved the video, and now the Jersey City Free Public Library will appear live on her show on Monday, November 9th, with all participants introducing Wendy. The Wendy Williams Show originally airs daily (M-F) at 10 a.m. on Fox 5 (WYNY-TV, Channel 5) and is repeated, daily (M-F) at 10 p.m. on My 9 (WWOR-TV, Channel 9) Both television stations are in the New York metro area.Maybe it’s because Wendy Williams is a Jersey Girl and proud of it, or maybe it’s also because of Assistant Library Director Dennis Hayes’ (all-body) rendition (seein’s believin’!) of her question, “How YOU doin’?” that the Jersey City Free Public Library will be featured.

Dan Fitzpatrick, the Associate Producer of The Wendy Williams Show, wrote in an e-mail to Director Gardner that Wendy “LOVED” Dennis Hayes’ take on her query.The Library Director called Miller Assistant Branch Head Jason Sanders to video tape the production on October 20th, with the following participants (in order of saying,“How YOU doin’?”): Library Director Priscilla Gardner; Carolyn Armour, administrative assistant to the Library Director; Carl Shipman, Maintenance; Assistant Library Director Sonia Araujo; Finance Director Wayne Ponder; MIS Head Victor Enriquez; Assistant Library Director Dennis Hayes; and Patricia Dunn of the Business Office.

Watch all participants and the videographer introduce Wendy on The Wendy Williams Show on Monday, November 9th!

Missed it?
Here is a link to the entry
http://www.wendyshow.com/2009/11/09/how-you-doin-fever-tapes/#more-7202
https://www.flickr.com/photos/30018080@N00/4158683936

Halloween Costumes for Poetry Lovers

Dress like your favorite poet(ess) for Halloween,
Easy instructions for admirers of Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, William Carlos Williams, Walt Whitman and Sappho!

http://poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/210, 93

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Calls for Papers -NJGE and Transformations Journal


CALL for PROPOSALS

Tenth Annual NJ Global Educators Conference
Thinking Globally: New Jersey & Beyond
The New Jersey Global Educators Spring 2010 Conference
Friday, April 16, 2010
Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ


Topics Include:

  • NJ P-12 Initiatives in Global Education

  • Uses of Technology in Global Education

  • Sustainability – Economic or Ecological – Is there a Difference?

  • Pros and Cons of Studying in NJ versus Studying Out of State or Overseas: To Travel or Not to Travel

  • Opportunities and Barriers to Global Education

  • 21st Century Skills in Global Awareness

  • Global Citizenship: What does it Mean?

  • Pros and Cons of Globalizing Curriculum Initiatives

  • Current Assessment Strategies – A Help or a Hindrance for Global Education Initiatives

  • Proposals from other related areas are welcome

    PLEASE COMPLETE THE PROPOSAL SUBMISSION FORM at

https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dGpTZWt6UmJOd3ZDWFB4azg1ekhYNmc6MA..


Or


http://tinyurl.com/NJGEregistration


Deadline: December 1, 2009


and




Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR A SPECIAL ISSUE
TEACHING THE EARTH
Guest Editor: Anthony Lioi
The editors of Transformations seek articles (5,000 – 10,000 words) and media reviews (books, film, video, performance, art, music, etc. – 3,000 to 5,000 words) that explore environmental issues in all pedagogical contexts and disciplinary perspective. Essays should raise questions concerning constructive pedagogical responses to local and planetary environmental issues.

· Ecological literacy
· Environmental ethics
· Natural, cultural, and financial economies
· Resource depletion
· Mass extinction
· Popular culture and the environment
· Religion and ecology
· Corporate greenwashing
· Celebrity environmentalism
· The Earth and the Internet
· Resource wars
· Indigenous nations and environmental sovereignty
· The queer Earth
· Nature writing
· Green cities
· Food and farming
· Radical environmentalisms
· Ecology in the Borderlands
· Environmental racism
· The Anti-Toxics and Environmental Justice movements
· Rural, suburban, and urban geography
Deadline: November 3o, 2009
Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary forum for pedagogical scholarship exploring intersections of identities, power, and social justice. The journal features a range of approaches — from theoretical articles to creative and experimental accounts of pedagogical innovations from teachers and scholars from all areas of education.


Send submissions or inquiries in MLA format (6th ed.) as attachments in MS Word or Rich Text format to: Jacqueline Ellis and Edvige Giunta, Editors, transformations@njcu.edu.

OR

send a hard copy to

Transformations,

New Jersey City University,

Hepburn Hall Room 309,

2039 Kennedy Boulevard,

Jersey City, NJ 07305.


Author(s) name and contact information should be included on a SEPARATE page.

For submission guidelines go to: www.njcu.edu/assoc/transformations.
Published semi-annually by New Jersey City University

VOTE for your favorite One Book NJ


VOTE!
From now through Sunday, November 15, librarians and readers of all ages are encouraged to vote for the titles best suited to be One Book New Jersey selections! You can only vote for one title per category, but you can place a vote in all four categories: Adult, Teen, Middle Grade, and Read to Me.
Vote now, and spread the word! Winning selections will be announced on November 16, 2009


To view the titles and vote go to http://www.onebooknewjersey.org/

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

APA Manual-Sixth Edition-Errors

UPDATE
APA will allow exchanges!
Anyone who gets in touch with the association between November 2 and December 15 and asks for a replacement will receive a free copy of the emended second printing, according to Rhea Faberman, director of communications. Rhea Faberman’s phone number is 202-336-5709.
(She recommends that people contact the APA's service center to submit those requests.)
Here is the information for the APA Service Center :
APA MainContact Mailing address:
American Psychological Association,
750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242
Telephone: (800) 374-2721 or (202) 336-5500
Service Center Hours:
Monday through Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
for details!

FURTHER UPDATES

One of our professors called to find out using the information you shared. Here is the info that he emailed :
“Just called down there to make sure they knew their dates and they said they’re still trying to figure out the nuts and bolts of how they’re going to get the old copies and send out the new ones and that they should have the process solidified by 11.10.”

From LIBREF-L@LISTSERV.KENT.EDULIBREF-L@LISTSERV.KENT.EDU

"After November 2, a link on the APA's website ...(http://apastyle.apa.org/) ...will be available for people with copies to return to click on, and furtheri nstructions will appear on how to return our defective copies.

The representative ... said that there will not be a cost for the shipping, and we may return all copies we wish to have replaced.

A copy of the 2nd printing will be substituted. Still some errors in that printing, from what I understand, but better than the many found in the first one."

____________________________________________
APA Manual 6th Edition Alert

If you bought the new Sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association be sure to check if you have the first or second printing!

The first printing has errors.
The second printing is the corrected version.

Please note the Congressman Frank J. Guarini Library has Sixth edition - second printing copies of the APA manual in the Reference Collection (Ref BF 76.7 .P83 2010 )

First vs. Second Printing
Check the verso page with CIP info.

For the first printing, the last line on the bottom reads: Sixth Edition, First Printing

However, on the 2nd printing, towards the top of the page, the next line below the Copyright paragraph is the line: Second printing: August 2009 and the last line only states: Sixth Edition

See http://pubmanual.blogspot.com/ for updates on obtaining second printing copies
and the post
http://pubmanual.blogspot.com/2009/10/image-of-verso-page-of-second-edition.html
for a page image.

Corrections List
If you have the First Printing, check http://supp.apa.org/style/pubman-reprint-corrections-for-2e.pdf for lists of corrections.

Sample Papers
access the corrected sample papers at http://apastyle.apa.org/ by clicking first on "Related Resources" and selecting the "Sample Paper" option from the left-hand column.
Or
Follow this link http://search.apastyle.org/?facet=stylecontenttype:Sample%20paper

( Thanks to the EBSS-L ALA listserv and the APA Style Blog for this information)

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

OCTOBER DATES


October 3rd
Cornel West
The Book Club of Bethany Baptist Church,with the support of Dr. Randal Pinkett and
Mayor Cory A. Booker,
hosts
Dr. Cornel West as he signs copies of his most recent book,BROTHER WEST: LIVING AND LOVING OUT LOUD, A MEMOIR.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
3:00 pm
Bethany Baptist Church
275 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07103

Amiri Baraka/Randy Weston Duo
A Tribute to Amiri Baraka at the Jazz Vespers on Saturday, October 3rd at 6pm sharp:
Bethany Baptist Church
275 West Market Street
Newark, NJ 07103
(973)623-8161
http://www.bethany-newark.org/
Guest artist: Randy Weston Duo - (Jazz Saxophonist)

October 8th
James Harris
James Harris, first vice president of the state conferences of NAACP branches, will open New Jersey City University’s 2009-2010 African Heritage Colloquium Series on Thursday, October 8. Mr. Harris will speak on “40 Years of Justice: The NAACP, History, and Relevance for a New Generation,” 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., in Multipurpose Room A of the University’s Michael Gilligan Student Union, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. Sponsored by NJCU’s Lee Hagan Africana Studies Center, the lecture is free and open to the community. For further information call the Center at (201)200-3524

Sharon Draper
Thursday Oct 8th 2009 Mancini Hall, 7pm Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street, Toms River , NJ 08753Ocean County Library’s 40th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Celebration with author Sharon Draper

Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer. She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award, and is a New York Times bestselling author.

October 9th
Deadline for I Love My Librarian Award
STILL TIME FOR LIBRARY USERES TO NOMINATE LIBRARIANS FOR 2009 CARNEGIE CORPORATION OF NEW YORK/NEW YORK TIMES I LOVE MY LIBRARIAN AWARD

Nominations are still open for the 2009 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award.
The award invites library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations will run through October 9 and are being accepted online at http://www.blogger.com/www.ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian.

Sunday, October 11th
National Coming Out Day
National Coming Out Day is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) issues. It is observed on October 11 every year by members of the LGBT communities and their supporters (often referred to as "allies").
http://www.hrc.org/issues/coming_out.asp
http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/educator/index.html


Monday, October 12th
Hector Cantu creator of Baldo
Award-winning journalist Hector Cantú, co-creator/writer of the nationally-syndicated newspaper comic strip, “Baldo,” will open New Jersey City University’s 2009-2010 University Lecture Series on Monday, October 12 at 4:00 p.m. in Room 202 of Hepburn Hall, on the University campus at 2039 Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Commemorations-Sad and Happy

9/15/09

On Sunday, 15th September, 1963, a white man was seen getting out of a white and turquoise Chevrolet car and placing a box under the steps of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. Soon afterwards, at 10.22 a.m., the bomb exploded killing Denise McNair (11), Addie Mae Collins (14), Carole Robertson (14) and Cynthia Wesley (14). The four girls had been attending Sunday school classes at the church. Twenty-three other people were also hurt by the blast.
http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/m_r/randall/birmingham.htm

Among the books written about the events are:

Juv. C978w 1997

The Watsons go to Birmingham--1963 : a novel Curtis, Christopher Paul. New York : Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1997, c1995. 210 p. ; 20 cm.
See here for a reader's guide and lesson plans
http://www.multcolib.org/talk/guides-watsons.html
http://webenglishteacher.com/curtis.html

Juv.811.6 .W3625b 2007
Birmingham, 1963 1st ed. Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- Honesdale, Pa. : Wordsong, c2007. 39 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
see here for an authkor guide
http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/pwtv/studyguides/Weatherford.pdf

View 4 little girls by Spike Lee

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-3302971953362876297

4 Little Girls (1997)
There are many remarkable things about the documentary 4 Little Girls. Spike Lee's striking, beautifully realized film is a cinematic lesson of what kind of material is better suited to the documentary format. In his first documentary, Lee shares an attribute of Ken Burns: the major event in his documentary is not seen on camera. Except for four quick glimpses of black-and-white autopsy photos, the picture stays clear from the bombing. Lee remains with the faces, the girls' friends, families, and the historic figures of the era. They've all grown up since the bombing but their memories haven't faded. The vital facts of the case are certainly here: the troubled history of Birmingham, the court proceedings, friends' last run-ins with the girls. What touches us deeper though are those witnesses telling us of living through the core era of segregation and bigotry: a father explaining to his child why she can't have a sandwich in a cafeteria and a woman offering up tears of past events. There's even an interview with George Wallace, the prince of segregation, that belongs in a David Lynch feature. Lee's film asserts the bombing energized the civil rights movement and when the voice of America, Walter Cronkite, echoes those sentiments, you believe he may have it right. From the director of ' 'Do The Right Thing' ' and ' 'Malcolm X' ' comes ' 'a masterpiece.' ' (Chicago Tribune) When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on September 15, 1963, it takes the lives of four young girls. This racially motivated crime, sparks the nation?s outrage and helps fuel the civil rights movement sweeping across the country. There are many remarkable things about the documentary 4 Little Girls. Spike Lee's striking, beautifully realized film is a cinematic lesson of what kind of material is better suited to the documentary format. In his first documentary, Lee shares an attribute of Ken Burns: the major event in his documentary is not seen on camera. Except for four quick glimpses of black-and-white autopsy photos, the picture stays clear from the bombing. Lee remains with the faces, the girls' friends, families, and the historic figures of the era. They've all grown up since the bombing but their memories haven't faded. The vital facts of the case are certainly here: the troubled history of Birmingham, the court proceedings, friends' last run-ins with the girls. What touches us deeper though are those witnesses telling us of living through the core era of segregation and bigotry: a father explaining to his child why she can't have a sandwich in a cafeteria and a woman offering up tears of past events. There's even an interview w...all » There are many remarkable things about the documentary 4 Little Girls. Spike Lee's striking, beautifully realized film is a cinematic lesson of what kind of material is better suited to the documentary format. In his first documentary, Lee shares an attribute of Ken Burns: the major event in his documentary is not seen on camera. Except for four quick glimpses of black-and-white autopsy photos, the picture stays clear from the bombing. Lee remains with the faces, the girls' friends, families, and the historic figures of the era. They've all grown up since the bombing but their memories haven't faded. The vital facts of the case are certainly here: the troubled history of Birmingham, the court proceedings, friends' last run-ins with the girls. What touches us deeper though are those witnesses telling us of living through the core era of segregation and bigotry: a father explaining to his child why she can't have a sandwich in a cafeteria and a woman offering up tears of past events. There's even an interview with George Wallace, the prince of segregation, that belongs in a David Lynch feature. Lee's film asserts the bombing energized the civil rights movement and when the voice of America, Walter Cronkite, echoes those sentiments, you believe he may have it right. From the director of ' 'Do The Right Thing' ' and ' 'Malcolm X' ' comes ' 'a masterpiece.' ' (Chicago Tribune) When a bomb tears through the basement of a black Baptist church on September 15, 1963, it takes the lives of four young girls. This racially motivated crime, sparks the nation?s outrage and helps fuel the civil rights movement sweeping across the country.«

September 15, 2009-October 15, 2009
Hispanic Heritage Month
See here for activities
http://www.colorincolorado.org/calendar/celebrations/hhm
http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson023.shtml
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/hispanic/
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/hispanic-heritage-month/south-america/6629.html
http://www.nps.gov/history/Nr/feature/hispanic/
and read some of these:

E184 .S75 L36245 2005 Latina legacies : identity, biography, and community /
edited by Vicki L. Ruiz and Virginia Sánchez Korrol

E184 .S75 H5653 2007 Hispanic Americans /
edited by Paul McCaffrey.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

In SEPTEMBER-visit your public library!



September is Library Card Sign-up Month - a time to remind parents and kids that a library card is the most important school supply of all.






Don't have a public library card?

Just bring a form of ID and a utility bill or mail addressed to yourself at your current address and you can get one. Parents can enroll their children


Already have a library card?
Encourage others to join!


JERSEY CITY:
A Tale of Our City, Jersey City’s 2nd annual book festival,
Saturday, September 12th, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in
Van Vorst Park, the Victorian park across from the Main Library,
472 Jersey Avenue (corner of Montgomery Street)
Jersey City, NJ

Meet local authors, storytelling, magic shows, celebrate Hispanic heritage and a farmer's market
Also Library card Sign-up!

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Downloadable audiobooks, e-books and more at your Public Library

Teachers needing audiobooks and e-books can download them from their public library to an mp3 player or iPod. The loan period is ten (10) days.

A catalog of offerings can be accessed at your local public library's website or here at the ListenNJ website,
http://www.listennj.com/A8D0DFD2-B331-4AAC-961E-EABEE84AFBBB/10/333/en/Default.htm

Some participating libraries are listed here, http://www.listennj.com/A8D0DFD2-B331-4AAC-961E-EABEE84AFBBB/10/333/en/Libraries.htm

But, there are many more that offer this service.

Some libraries may also offer downloadable videos too!

Great tools for students and teachers!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

August 7th-YA Author/YA movie-Elizabeth Public Library

Friday, August 7-4PM
Watch the movie Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (starring Michael Cera and Kat Dennings) and
then, after the film, we'll be hanging out with David Levithan, co-author of the book that inspired it! The movie will start at 4pm,
David will be arriving around 5:30pm for the discussion. Interested teens (and their librarians) are invited to attend!

Elizabeth Public Library
11 South Broad Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
(908) 354-6060
www.elizpl.org

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

2009 Eisner Awards Announced

The Eisner Awards are part of Comic-Con International, San Diego, a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contributions of comics to art and culture.
For more information see http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_faq.shtml#oscars

Best Short Story: "Murder He Wrote," by Ian Boothby, Nina Matsumoto, and Andrew Pepoy, in The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror #14 (Bongo)
Best Continuing Series: All Star Superman. by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (DC)
Best Limited Series: Hellboy: The Crooked Man, by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben (Dark Horse)
Best New Series: Invincible Iron Man, by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca (Marvel)
Best Publication for Kids: Tiny Titans, by Art Baltazar and Franco (DC)
Best Publication for Teens/Tweens: Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, adapted by P. Craig Russell (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Best Humor Publication: Herbie Archives, by "Shane O'Shea" (Richard E. Hughes) and Ogden Whitney (Dark Horse)
Best Anthology: Comic Book Tattoo: Narrative Art Inspired by the Lyrics and Music of Tori Amos, edited by Rantz Hoseley (Image)
Best Webcomic: Finder, by Carla Speed McNeil, www.shadowlinecomics.com/webcomics/#/finder/
Best Reality-Based Work: What It Is, by Lynda Barry (Drawn & Quarterly)
Best Graphic Album—New: Swallow Me Whole, by Nate Powell (Top Shelf)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Hellboy Library Edition, vols. 1 and 2, by Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips: Little Nemo in Slumberland, Many More Splendid Sundays, by Winsor McCay (Sunday Press Books)
Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books: Creepy Archives, by various (Dark Horse)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: The Last Musketeer, by Jason (Fantagraphics)
Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan: Dororo, by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical)
Best Writer: Bill Willingham, Fables, House of Mystery (Vertigo/DC)
Best Writer/Artist: Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library (Acme)
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Guy Davis, BPRD (Dark Horse)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: Jill Thompson, Magic Trixie, Magic Trixie Sleeps Over (HarperCollins Children's Books)
Best Cover Artist: James Jean, Fables (Vertigo/DC); The Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse)
Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Abe Sapien: The Drowning, BPRD, The Goon, Hellboy, Solomon Kane, The Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse); Body Bags (Image); Captain America: White (Marvel)
Best Lettering: Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #19 (Acme)
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: Comic Book Resources, produced by Jonah Weiland (www.comicbookresources.com)
Best Comics-Related Book: Kirby: King of Comics, by Mark Evanier (Abrams)
Best Publication Design: Hellboy Library Editions, designed by Cary Grazzini and Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)
Hall of Fame: Judges' choices: Harold Gray, Graham Ingels; Voters' choices: Matt Baker, Reed Crandall, Russ Heath, Jerry Iger
Other Awards
Will Eisner "Spirit of Comics" Retailer Award: Tate's Comics, Fort Launderdale, Florida, USA
Bob Clampett Award: Denis Kitchen
Russ Manning Award: Eleanor Davis
Bill Finger Award: John Broome, Frank Jacobs

Check OSCAR for graphic novels and books about collecting graphic novels!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Transformations Journal- call for papers-deadline 8/31/09

transformations
The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR A SPECIAL ISSUE
TEACHING NATION
Guest Editor: Edward Ramsamy
The editors of Transformations seek articles (5,000 – 10,000 words), media reviews (books, film, video, performance, art, music, etc. – 3,000 to 5,000 words), and photo-essays that explore nation in a variety of pedagogical contexts and from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Topics might include:
• Defining, defending, crossing national borders;
• Conceptualizing and contesting ideas of nation in the classroom;
• Courses on Im/migration and/or emigration;
• Pedagogical approaches to nation, identity, citizenship, and language;
• Globalization, economics and labor;
• Diaspora, transnationalism, exile;
• Nations, states, nation-states;
• Colonialism, post-colonialism and nation;
• Nation and communities;
• Nation, race-ethnicity, religion, class, gender, and sexuality;
• National conflict and cooperation;
• Nationalism, patriotism, xenophobia in the classroom;
• Articulating and representing cultural identities;
• Teaching indigeneity and sovereignty.

Deadline: August 30th, 2009

Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary forum for pedagogical scholarship exploring intersections of identities, power, and social justice. The journal features a range of approaches — from theoretical articles to creative and experimental accounts of pedagogical innovations from teachers and scholars from all areas of education.
Send submissions or inquiries in MLA format (6th ed.) as attachments in MS Word or Rich Text format to: Jacqueline Ellis and Edvige Giunta, Editors, transformations@njcu.edu. OR send a hard copy to Transformations, New Jersey City University, Hepburn Hall Room 309, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305. Author(s) name and contact information should be included on a SEPARATE page. For submission guidelines go to: www.njcu.edu/assoc/transformations.

Published semi-annually by New Jersey City University

Getting Ready for September?- A Helpful Website

The Teacher Created Materials Website has an interesting collection of :

and a searchable

There are also Webinars http://www.teachercreatedmaterials.com/webinars/

and podcasts http://www.teachercreatedmaterials.com/podcasts/

A fun site to browse through!

Monday, July 20, 2009

NJ Graphic Novel Fans Alert!


COME ROCK OUT AT THE SOUTH ORANGE PUBLIC LIBRARY
So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother), a graphic novel for teens written and illustrated by brother/sister team Micol and David Ostow, will be presented at the South Orange Public Library on Thursday evening, Aug. 6th, at 7 p.m. by the authors, who are South Orange natives.

Micol and David will show the MTV-style book trailer for So Punk Rock, and read a short selection of the book. Teens will have a chance to look at the hilarious illustrations designed by Dave, ask questions, learn a little bit about the writing and publishing process, and maybe even win a copy of the book.
All are welcome and refreshments will be served. For further information please contact Phyllis Kalb at the South Orange Public Library at (973) 762-0230 or pkalb@sopl.org. For a description of the book, see the author website at http://www.micolostow.com/, and http://www.micolostow.com/sopunkrock/

Thursday, July 02, 2009

See a Book- Read a Movie

Summer is here, time to experience movies and literature together
Try these titles

COMING SOON TO THE SCREEN

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood prince
Juv.R883he
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417741/

Skellig
Juv.A452s
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382301/

Available on DVD
Coraline
Juv.G141C
Juv.R966c (graphic novel)

Tale of Desperaux
Juv.D545TA

Inkheart
Juv.F982i

Spiderwick Chronicles
Juv.D863


Happy Summer Reading and Viewing!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Laugh globally at the ADFF in June

LAUGH OUT LOUD COMEDY FILM SERIES


The African Diaspora Film Festival, The Office of the President, Diversity and Community Affairs and the Center for African Education at Teachers College, Columbia University invite you to ADFFs Laugh Out Loud Film Series Program featuring films from Senegal, Mozambique, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago, France and the US.


Friday, June 26 through Sunday, June 28, 2009 at Teachers College, Columbia University. All films are in English or with English subtitles.
FREE Friday screenings and discussions on films from Africa and the African Diaspora. Refreshments will be served. All other screenings: $9 General Admission, $7 students & seniors.Sat, June 27 - 172 Macy Hall

TC African Diaspora Cine Club
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street - Room 172 Macy Hall
Train 1 to 116th Street - Walk up four blocks or
Bus M4, M60 or M104 to 120th Street


Friday, June 26 at 6:00PM
Special Event Screening: Discussion & Cocktails
100% Arabica
by Mahmoud Zemmouri, 85min, 1997, France, comedy in French with English subtitles.

In a housing project located on the outskirts of Paris renamed "100% Arabica" by its inhabitants, African immigrants live side by side. The residents are united by their struggle for recognition in a society where immigrants are often regarded as second-class citizens. In a world of exiles, poverty is the common denominator. Against this backdrop, director Zemmouri has brought together two of the biggest and most charismatic stars of the cross-cultural musical form known as Rai, Cheb Mami and Khaled, who play the leaders of a band called Rap Oriental. As the band of musicians starts to gain in popularity, the Imam of the local mosque (Mouss) tries to destroy them by stirring up racial and cultural tensions. However, no one can stop the infectious popularity of the songs in this story of music triumphing over bigotry and violence.

at Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street
Fri, June 26-172 Macy Hall FREE (faculty and students) Screening (6:00PM)
Photo ID required to enter building


Friday, June 26
8:30PM
in Room 172 Macy Hall
VIEW TRAILER
SANKY PANKY
by Jose Enrique Pintor, 110 min, 2007, Dominican Republic, comedy in Spanish with English subtitles.

The Dominican Republic has beautiful beaches, beautiful people, and a little something called "Sanky Panky," which female tourists might want to stay away from. In this musical comedy starring the charismatic Fausto Mata, his attempts at getting foreign women to fall in love with him in order to procure a visa to the United States have hilarious results. A huge hit in both the Dominican Republic and the Dominican communities abroad, SANKY PANKY is a humorous look at the little-known phenomena of seducing travelers for personal gain. Popular Dominican music, such as Big Family and Aventura, accompany many of Mata's ridiculous exploits in his quest for a little "Sanky Panky."

Saturday, June 27
2:00PM
in Room 172 Macy Hall
PLAYING AWAY

by Horace Ove, 100mins, 1986, Trinidad&Tobago/UK, comedy in English. Official Selection, Lond and African Diaspora Film Festivals

To mark the conclusion of their "Third World Week" celebration, a cricket team in a small English village invites a West Indian cricket team from South London to a charity game. "Not surprisingly, there's wariness on both sides. But Willie Boy (Norman Beaton), the proud, wryly philosophical captain of the Conquistadors, is intent on accepting the invitation. Meanwhile, the captain of the Sneddington Cricket Club, the innocent but overwhelmingly self-satisfied Derek (Nicholas Farell), is confident of a handy Sunday afternoon victory. Obviously, the possibilities, both comic and serious, in this cultural exchange are endless, and the filmmakers seem not to have missed any of them. But, for all the film's abundant humor, Ove, said to be Britain's first black film maker, and the Oxford-educated Phillips, never let us forget that racial tensions lurk beneath the occasion's surge of good will. In the end, Playing Away's pleasures are subtle and genuine." ~Los Angeles Times

Saturday, June 27
4:00PM
in Room 172 Macy Hall
THE GREAT BAZAAR

by Lincinio Azevedo, 58 min, 2005, Mozambique, comedy in Portugese with English subtitles. Winner Best Short Film, Durban International Film Festival. Official Selection, African Diaspora Film Festival.

In the suburb of an African city, 12-years-old Paito sells fritters outside his house. One day, a band of young robbers takes his money. He decides he's not going to go home until he recovers what he lost. With this in mind, he heads out for the big city on the same train as the thieves. Looking for work, he begins to live in a market square that at night becomes a dormitory for homeless vendors. There he meets Xano, a boy his age, whose insolent behavior and fearlessness attract him. Unlike Paito, Xano despises work and he steals. Despite their differences, they become friends. Together, they reinvent the world.

Saturday, June 27
8:30pm
in Room 172 Macy Hall
NO TIME TO DIE
by King Ampaw, 95mins, 2006, Ghana, love and comedy in English. Official Selection, African Diaspora Film Festival.

Death and funeral traditions play a significant role in African culture. No Time to Die is director King Ampaw's contribution to passing the traidtion onto the next genderation. hearse driver, David Dunnoth meets and falls in love with a young, beautiful dancer who is plannine an elaborate homegoing celebration for her mother. This love and comedy feature lenght film follows David as he does everything to win her affection.

Saturday, June 27
6:00pm
in Room 172 Macy Hall
REUNION

by Sheila Marie Norman, 110mins, 2006, USA, comedy -drama in English . Recipient of numerous awards including Best Actress, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress. Official Selection, African Diaspora Film Festival.

Struggling with vulnerability, Dominique (Carolyn Owens), a college professor, must do some soul searching to address personal shortcomings. Suffering from kidney failure, she attends a family reunion to approach her estranged sister, CeCe (Trisha Mann), for a transplant. However, unresolved conflicts from their catastrophic childhood remain. At great emotional expense, both sisters must confront the demons of their past to find forgiveness and healing. Wacky relatives attending the reunion add color and controversy to the affair. Mounting tensions erupt when Aunt Clara (Maxine Hayden), the family matriarch, reveals a shocking secret, shaking the family tree to its roots

Sunday, June 28
2:00pm
in Room 172 Macy Hall
ALMODOU

by Amadou Thior, 85mins, 2002, Senegal, comedy in Wolof/French with English subtitles. Official Selection, African Diaspora Film Festival.

Sometimes distasteful practices are most effectively criticized with a good sense of humor. Meet Modou, a young, courageous and determinde talibe - a pupil in a Koranic school-who manages to escape from his corrupt and abusice teacher to find a better life in contemporary Dakar, Senegal.

Sunday, June 28
4:00pm
in Room 172 Macy Hall
SPECIAL GUEST Q&A
w/Refreshments

MURDER MAGIC by Windell Williams, 100mins, 1993, USA, drama in English. Official Selection, African Diaspora Film Festival.

A comedy-drama by gifted New York based director Windell Williams, Murder Magic is about a treacherous family secret which causes a murderous conflict between two brothers, one clean-cut and ambitious, the other a womanizing ex-convict. Don't miss this deliciously original, filled with humor, and distinctively intelligent independent feature film and meet director Windell Williams. Q&A after the screening. Refreshments will be served. Sunday, June 28 at 4:00pm. Q&A with filmmaker, Windell Williams and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, June 28
6:30pm
in Room 172 Macy Hall
HOW TO CONQUER AMERICA IN ONE NIGHT
by Dany Laferriere , 96mins, 2004, Canada/Haiti, Romantic comedy in French with English subtitles . Recipient of Zenith Prize (Best First Fiction Feature), Montreal World Film Festival. Official Selection, African Diaspora Film Festival.

Newly arrived in Montréal, and determined to conquer North America by charming blond-haired women, Gégé, a Haitian in his thirties, lands up at Fanfan's - his nostalgic uncle who has given up poetry for a good old taxicab and dreams of returning to his homeland. Over the course of one night filled with humor and friendship -- highlighted by a party attended by twins Andrée and Denise, two Québécoises with contrasting charms -- the two fun-loving guys take stock of their lives, memories and fantasies. Meanwhile, on television, various celebrities draw up a comic portrait of North American society. "A shrewd, funny, humane and very well-written and acted comedy from Haitian-born Montreal writer Dany Laferriere (author of How To Make Love To a Negro Without Getting Tired and On the Verge of a Fever), who makes a lively directorial debut with this comic-dramatic tale." ~ Michael Wilmington - Chicago Tribune.

Screenings: $9 General Admission, $7 students & seniors.
Friday, June 26 8:30pm
Saturday, June 27
Sunday, June 28

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact OASID at oasid@tc.edu , (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (212) 678-3854 video phone, as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations, such as ASL interpreters, alternate format materials, and a campus map of accessible features.Info: (212) 864-1760

Monday, June 08, 2009

Calling Newark-Teen Girls -Apply NOW-June Deadline

From the Sadie Nash Leadership Project

Last Chance: Apply for Newark Summer Institute ONLINE Last Chance!

Apply Online: Apply now for Newark Summer Institute 2009

Please help spread the word to your youth contacts about this great opportunity. The application date has been extended to June!
www.sadienash.org or 718.422.8664

SADIE NASH LEADERSHIP PROJECT
Frequently Asked Question
What do we do? SNLP is a unique educational leadership program that is made up of young women ages 14-21 in New York City and Newark, NJ. We are currently recruiting for our Summer Leadership Institute for 2009. SNLP gives you a chance to meet amazing peers and accomplished leaders (like filmmakers, activists, scientists, artists, writers); to take fun exciting courses (about things like human rights, creative writing, medicine, sociology, the environment); and to develop your unique way of leading with your peers and with our support. SNLP is about you, run by you and for you, as a leader and as a young woman.

Why do we do it? The Sadie Nash Leadership Project is designed to guide you through a process in which you come to understand the importance of your life experiences, and how these experiences can be applied to taking action and making change. We believe you, as a young woman in high school, have the ability to change the world, now and in your future. The Sadie Nash Leadership Project is your opportunity to take some time and look at your own leadership, your potential leadership, and the leadership of the women around you.

How does it work? The Sadie Nash Leadership Project requires an initial commitment of six weeks. The summer program lasts for six weeks from July 6th – August 14th, Monday through Friday from 10am until 4pm (on Fridays, we have special events and the hours are different). The summer program will be located in downtown Newark (we hope on the Rutgers Newark campus where it was located last year) which is accessible by bus and train. There will be required pre-session orientation meetings in early June to prepare you for the summer, and to provide an opportunity to meet the staff and to get to know each other. During the summer you and your peers will take classes, meet women involved in different forms of leadership, take workshops on issues that are important to you, and explore your own and others' leadership. The program is FREE, and in fact you will receive a weekly stipend to attend.

What is the stipend? To help you cover your expenses (food and transportation) during the summer you will receive a stipend during the program for everyday you attend. You only receive the stipend when you are at the program because it covers those two direct costs that come with attendance

June Celebrations- Juneteenth-June 19



What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance
Source-http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

For more information see http://www.juneteenth.com/welcome.htm
For the location of celebrations near you see http://www.juneteenth.com/worldwide.htm

And check out these books from the library:
Juv. 323.263.B816j Juneteenth: Freedom day by Muriel Miller Branch

Juv. 973.7.C321u Underground Railroad for Kids: from slavery to freedom with 21 activities by Mary Kay Carson

Also see these sites for lesson plans:

Celebrate Juneteenth http://www.readwritethink.org/calendar/calendar_day.asp?id=547

Juneteenth Wordsearch http://www.teachervision.fen.com/black-history-month/printable/37370.html

Celebrating Juneteenth in Texas http://tides.sfasu.edu/Teachers/Tides/docs/LessonPlans/Elementary/socialPlans/WardenJuneteenth.html

Roads to Freedom http://www.slaveryinamerica.org/history/hs_lp_roadstofreedom.htm

Before, During, and After the Emancipation Proclamation Lesson Plan: A Slave's View
http://www.slaveryinamerica.org/history/hs_lp_rtf-emancipation.htm

See http://educationservicesnews.blogspot.com/2011/06/juneeteenth-in-new-jersey.html
 for 2011 New Jersey events

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Support NJ Public Libraries-YOU DID IT!

New Jersey Public Libraries face drastic cuts, please read below

From the New Jersey Library Association:



1. LEGISLATIVE UPDATE
As you know, Senator Brian Stack (D-Hudson and mayor Union City) has introduced
S. 2775 which would reduce the minimum funding for municipal libraries to 1/6 mil from 1/3 mil of the equalized valuation of the real property. This is very devastating legislation.

NJLA ( New Jersey Library Association, http://www.njla.org/) activated its legislative alert system through Capwiz ( a service which allows you to send a message directly to your state senator).

The alert is at:
http://capwiz.com/ala/nj/issues/alert/?alertid=13301621&PROCESS=Take+Action

So far approximately 1900 messages have been sent but we still need more. If you have not sent your message please do so today.

We urge you to also forward this message other library supporters.. Many of you have Facebook pages so please forward this to your contacts.

If you have had a response from your local Senator to your email, please let me know. For example, Senator Marcia Karrow has already said she would not support the bill. It is important that we know what the legislators are saying.

Senator Stack represents District 33. The two Assemblypersons in this District have now signed onto the A3753 ( the Assembly bill).They are Assemblyman Ruben Ramos and Assemblywoman Caridad Rodriguez. We don’t believe that the addition of these sponsors means that there is widespread support in the Assembly for this legislation.

The library community, however, must do everything it can to see that this bill does not more forward. Get involved. Attend the NJLA Public Policy Forum on June 5 ( see below).

Check out the njla.blog ( on the front of our website). On Friday, northjersey.com had an article entitled “Towns fill budget gaps with surplus library funds.” On Sunday, the Record also had an extremely supportive editorial against S2775.

2. STATE BUDGET
A message from the NJ State Librarian Norma Blake regarding the NJ State budget. “Last week the NJ State Library received from the Office of Management and Budget another directive to give suggestions as to where they can take an additional $1,606,000 from the library FY2010 budget, bringing our total projected cut to $3,564,000. The suggestions were very difficult to make. However, we have tried to spread the budget cuts across a number of areas of the library budget, including cuts to the State Library, to minimize the impact on any one program. There is no guarantee that the Office of Management and Budget who makes the cut will follow our suggestions or will allow us to make transfers among budget lines. I will write again as soon as OMB makes their final decision. We have every reason to believe, based on the revenue projects, that this may not be the last library budget cut FY2010. Sincerely, Norma E. Blake, State Librarian, New Jersey State Library.”

IMPORTANT LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FROM NJLA - YOU DID IT!

I am very happy to forward the message we received from JoAnne Serrano, president of the library board of Hoboken Library. JoAnne was contacted by Senator Stack’s office on Friday. They indicated he will “withdraw” S2775 as soon as possible.

This is absolutely wonderful news. We have removed the “capwiz” legislative alert from out website. Over 2200 messages were sent to legislators regarding S2775 through this site.

We also want to thank the NJ State Library which called public libraries to encourage them to contact their legislators regarding this bill.

This has been an outstanding advocacy effort by the entire library community. I particularly want to thank the library community of Hoboken who are represented by Senator Stack in District 33. The entire library board led by Board President Joanne Serrano, Library Director Lina Podles and the Friends of the Hoboken Library all contacted Senator Stack’s office and told them how detrimental this bill would be for the entire library community.

This demonstrates that local advocacy efforts coupled with electronic resources such as “capwiz” can make our library message known in Trenton.

We certainly hope this is the end of the efforts to reduce library funding to 1/6 mil. Assemblyman Prieto, sponsor of the bill (A3753) on the Assembly side, has told us he will not go forward with the legislation.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Ezra Jack Keats Snowy Day stamp in 2012?-How you can help


THE SNOWY DAY by Ezra Jack Keats 50th Anniversary in 2012

Help Create a U.S. Postage Stamp to Celebrate!

From the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation:

The U.S. Postage Stamp Citizen's Advisory Committee, the group that decides what subjects are chosen for our country's commemorative postage stamps, is considering
celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the publishing of THE SNOWY DAY by Ezra Jack Keats. This book is not just an American classic beloved by generations of children and parents around the world; it is also the book that broke the color barrier in mainstream American children's book publishing.


It takes three years for the subject of a postage stamp to be considered, accepted
and developed. The fiftieth anniversary of THE SNOWY DAY is in 2012. Help us gather
signatures to send to the Citizen's Advisory Committee to let them know how welcome
this stamp would be to families and educators across the country. Help us show the world that Ezra's character Peter, playing in the snow, a character they recognize and treasure, is as valued here as it is abroad.


To support the creation of THE SNOWY DAY 50th Anniversary Commemorative Stamp visit
the website of the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation(http://www.blogger.com/www.ezra-jack-keats.org)and add your name to the Support the Stamp list. Tell your friends, your students, your teachers and your parents to add their names to our petition. Names will not be used for any other reason than for THE SNOWY DAY Stamp Petition, nor will they be shared or sold to any other entity. Help make 2012 a celebration of American children in all their diversity!


The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation funds literacy and arts programming in public schools,
public libraries, parks, museums and universities across the country to enhance the joy of learning and teaching for all generations of learners.


Ezra Jack Keats Foundation
450 14th Street
Brooklyn, New York 11215
718-965-1266

Monday, May 18, 2009

Virtual manipulatives

Math Instructor's Alert!

Do you need manipulatives for mathematics instruction?

Here is a fun site for students:
National Library of Virtual manipulatives- Utah State University
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Griot & Oral tradition in Africa Film Series 5/29-5/31/09

TC African Diaspora Cine Club
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street - Room 273A Grace Dodge
Train 1 to 116th Street - Walk up four blocks or
Bus M4, M60 or M104 to 120th Street

Photo ID required to enter building

WHAT: FREE Friday screenings and discussions on films from Africa and the African Diaspora. Refreshments will be served.

UPCOMING SCREENING: Friday, May 29, 2009 at 6:00PM

The African continent is a reservoir of traditions, talent and creativity. Griots & Oral Tradition in Africa, one of the most important traditions in Africa: The art of story telling. Great Malian writer and ethnologist Amadou Hampate Ba said "in Africa, when an old man dies, is a library that burns ("En Afrique, quand un viellard meurt, c'est une bibliotehque qui brule"- Unesco 1960). The selection of films in this series is built around that African tradition.


SOTIGUI KOUYATE:
A MODERN GRIOT


by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, 58min, 1996, Chad/France, documentary, French with English subtitles.


Through testimonies by Peter Brook, Jean-Claude Carriere, Jean-Pierre Guigane, and Sotigui Kouyate himself, Sotigui Kouyate: A Modern Griot dresses the portrait of one of Africa's greatest actor now based in Paris. From Africa to Europe, the film unveils the multiple facets of Sotigui Kouyate, actor, musician and modern.

GRIOTS & ORAL TRADITION IN AFRICA
with Special Event Screening: Discussion & Cocktails
Saturday, May 29 - Sunday, May 31, 2009

at Teachers College, Columbia University 525 West 120th Street

Fri, May 29-273A Grace Dodge FREE Screening
Sat, May 30 273A Grace Dodge (6:00PM Special Event Screening $12 General Admission)
Sat, May 30 273A Grace Dodge
Sun, May 31- 273A Grace Dodge



Griot & Oral Tradition in Africa Film Series Program
is a selection of films that delves into the life and culture of the Griot a.k.a story teller. This films series feature Professor Oyeronke Oyewumi, an award-winning author of "The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses." Professor Oyewumi, born in Nigeria, has garnered a number of research fellowships including, Rockefeller Fellowships, a Presidential Fellowship, and a Ford Foundation grant.

The African Diaspora Film Festival, The Office of the President, Diversity and Community Affairs and the Center for African Education at Teachers College, Columbia University invite you to ADFFs Griot & Oral Tradition in Africa Film Series Program featuring films from Tanzania, Belgium, Chad and Senegal. Come discover the world of The Griot, Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31, 2009 at Teachers College, Columbia University. All films are in English or with English subtitles.

Saturday, May 30 2:00PM in Room 273A Grace Dodge


NAMES LIVE NOWHERE
by Dominique Loreau, 76 min, 1994, Belgium, docu-drama in French with English subtitles
Official Selection, African Diaspora Film Festival 1996.

In this film, whose title is a Senegalese proverb, a griot (storyteller) traveling from Dakar to Brussels weaves a tale about African expatriates and offers a candid look at the life of African immigrants in Belgium. With Sotigui-Kouyate - a real life griot - as the story teller.

Saturday, May 30 @ 4:00PM
Sunday, May 31 @ 4:00PM
in Room 273A Grace Dodge


AS OLD AS MY TONGUE
by Andy Jones, 90mins, 2006, Tanzania/UK, documentary in English and Swahili with English subtitles.

An intimate portrait of legendary singer Bi Kidude, probably the oldest singer on the world stage today. A strong woman with a defiant personality that challenges the perception one has about women's behavior in Muslim oriented societies.

Screenings on
Saturday, May 30 @ 4pm and
Sunday, May 31 @ 4pm.

Saturday, May 30@ 6:00PM Special Event $12 Gen Admission


YANDE CODOU, THE GRIOT OF SENGHOR
by Angele Diabang Brener, 52 min, 2008, Senegal

Yande Codou Sene (80 years old) is one of the last great singers of polyphonic Serere poetry. This film is an intimate look at a diva who has lived through the history of Senegal at the side of one his greatest near-mythical figures, President-poet Leopold Sedar Senghor. Saturday, May 30 @ 6pm and Sunday, May 31 @ 6pm. Saturday screening followed by discussion with Professor Oyeronke Oyewumi, author of award-winning book The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Discourses and cocktail.
Sunday, May 31 2:00PM in Room 179 Grace Dodge


SIA, THE MYTH OF THE PYTHON
Special Prize of the Jury: FESPACO 2001, Official Selection Cannes 2001.
by Dani Kouyate, 96mins, 2001, Burkina Faso/France, Epic Drama, Bambara with English subtitles.

Kombi is a poverty-stricken city dominated by a tyrant king. In order to bring back prosperity, the king is advised by his priests to make the traditional human sacrifice of a young virgin to a mystical snake god. Sia, the most beautiful young woman of the village, has been designated. Lieutenant Mamadi, her fiancé, rebels against the decision to perform this ritual and the village becomes divided. Struggles and revelations follow as the characters confront issues of honor, corruption and power.

"A delightful, pointed fable of religious and political extremism that's extra-relevant at present" - Dennis Harvey-VARIETY
Sunday, May 31

AS OLD AS MY TONGUE
See Satruday May 30 @ 4PM screening
Tickets:
Teachers College Students, Faculty and Staff: Free with valid TC ID

Friday, May 29 -6pm FREE Screening

Saturday, May 30 6pm Special Event Screening $12 general admission,
$10 for students & seniors

All other screenings $9 general admission, $7 students & seniors.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact OASID at oasid@tc.edu , (212) 678-3689, (212) 678-3853 TTY, (212) 678-3854 video phone, as early as possible to request reasonable accommodations, such as ASL interpreters, alternate format materials, and a campus map of accessible features.

Info: (212) 864-1760

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Ten Most Challenged Books in 2008

The Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) of the American Library Association has released:

The 10 most challenged books of 2008

And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (Juv.R523a)
Reasons: anti-ethnic, anti-family, homosexuality, religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman(Juv. P982)
Reasons: political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, violence

TTYL; TTFN; L8R, G8R (series), by Lauren Myracle (Juv.M9975)
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz (Juv.398.4 .S399S)
Reasons: occult/satanism, religious viewpoint, violence

Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya (Juv.PS3551.N27 B6)
Reasons: occult/satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, violence

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (Juv.C513p)
Reasons: drugs, homosexuality, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited to age group

Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar (Juv..V9489w)
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Uncle Bobby's Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen (Juv.B8217u)
Reasons: homosexuality, unsuited to age group

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (PS3608 .O832 K58 2005)
Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper (Juv.H2934f)
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group


The most frequently challenged authors of 2008
Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson (Juv.R523)
Philip Pullman (Juv.P982)
Lauren Myracle (Juv.M9975)
Jim Pipe
Alvin Schwartz
Chris Crutcher (Juv.C957)
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (Juv.N333)
Rudolfo Anaya (PS3551.N27, Juv.923.31 .C512A)
Stephen Chbosky (Juv.C513p)
Cecily Von Ziegesar (Juv.V9489w)

Check OSCAR, the Online catalog for works by these authors!

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Transformations Journal is seeking submissions

The peer reviewed journal, Transformations:The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy is seeking submissions.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR A SPECIAL ISSUE -TEACHING NATION
Guest Editor: Edward Ramsamy

The editors of Transformations seek articles (5,000 – 10,000 words), media reviews (books, film, video, performance, art, music, etc. – 3,000 to 5,000 words), and photo-essays that explore nation in a variety of pedagogical contexts and from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Topics might include:
• Defining, defending, crossing national borders;
• Conceptualizing and contesting ideas of nation in the classroom;
• Courses on Im/migration and/or emigration;
• Pedagogical approaches to nation, identity, citizenship, and language;
• Globalization, economics and labor;
• Diaspora, transnationalism, exile;
• Nations, states, nation-states;
• Colonialism, post-colonialism and nation;
• Nation and communities;
• Nation, race-ethnicity, religion, class, gender, and sexuality;
• National conflict and cooperation;
• Nationalism, patriotism, xenophobia in the classroom;
• Articulating and representing cultural identities;
• Teaching indigeneity and sovereignty.

Deadline: June 30th, 2009

Transformations: The Journal of Inclusive Scholarship and Pedagogy is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary forum for pedagogical scholarship exploring intersections of identities, power, and social justice.

The journal features a range of approaches — from theoretical articles to creative and experimental accounts of pedagogical innovations from teachers and scholars from all areas of education.

Send submissions or inquiries in MLA format (6th ed.) as attachments in MS Word or Rich Text format to: Jacqueline Ellis and Edvige Giunta, Editors, transformations@njcu.edu.

OR
send a hard copy to Transformations, New Jersey City University, Hepburn Hall Room 309, 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305. Author(s) name and contact information should be included on a SEPARATE page. For submission guidelines go to: www.njcu.edu/assoc/transformations.

Published semi-annually by New Jersey City University

Monday, May 04, 2009

Teacher jobs and job sites

Job-seeker Links
From NJEA (New Jersey Education Association) links
http://www.njea.org/page.aspx?a=2054

From NJCU (New Jersey City University)
http://web.njcu.edu/sites/nptnj/Content/guide_for_job_searchjob_fair.asp

NJ.COM- Newspaper classified advertisements
http://www.nj.com/jobs/

School Spring
http://www.schoolspring.com/find/new_jersey_teaching_jobs_in_new_jersey.cfm

Chat with YA author Susan Beth Pfeffer tonight!

Join One Book New Jersey at 7:30 tonight for a discussion Life as We Knew It with award-winning author Susan Beth Pfeffer!

Life as We Knew It is the teen selection of OBNJ this year, as voted on by the public. It was also recently awarded as winner of the Garden State Teen Book Award (Grade 6-8 category), as voted on by teen readers across New Jersey.

Logging into the chat is free and easy and all are welcome. Go to www.bccls.org/OBNJ anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 tonight to join us!

For more information, go to www.onebooknewjersey.org/young-adult!


More info:
Life as We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
ISBN: 9780152061548
Proceeds from orders through Amazon support NJLA.

When an asteroid hits the moon, it causes a change in the moon's orbit and unleashes a series of world-wide disasters, including tsunamis, earthquakes and erupting volcanoes. This story is told from the perspective of Miranda, a sixteen-year-old girl in living in a rural Northeastern Pennsylvania town. In one night everything changes; even though she is far enough away from the major destruction, her life will never be the same. Gone are the everyday routines of school, crushes, and friendships. Instead, Miranda needs to worry about food, sickness, and taking care of her family, while trying to deal with overwhelming fear. Through her journal, Miranda is free to express her worries, desires, and hope.

Susan Beth Pfeffer is an award-winning author who has received much acclaim, including for her work on a series for younger readers, Portraits of Little Women, and the recognition of A Year Without Michael as an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. To date she has had 75 books published, her most recent work being the dead & the gone, the companion novel to Life as We Knew It. The author says she decided to be a writer when she was in first grade, and her first book, Just Morgan, was published in 1970. Ms. Pfeffer was born in New York City and today lives in Wallkill, NY.

Friday, May 01, 2009

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY-May 2nd

Saturday, May 2nd is Free Comic Book Day!
Check for participating stores near you at the
Free Comic Bok Day website
http://www.freecomicbookday.com
Just enter your zip code to get a list of stores and check for signings by comic book artists!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Neil Gaiman, Shaun Tan and Mariken Jongman-NYC- 4/30/09

April 30, 2009
Leaps and Bounds, Fits and Starts: The Evolution of a Children’s Book Writer
Thursday, 6:30-8:00pm
With Neil Gaiman, Mariken Jongman, and Shaun Tan; moderated by Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Picture books! Novels! Graphic Novels! And more! Authors and their works develop in distinctive ways. Some ideas and books are nurtured for years while others have a eureka moment. Join children's book authors Neil Gaiman, Mariken Jongman, and Shaun Tan for a discussion about the ever-evolving landscape of children's and young adult literature with Scholastic Executive Editor Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Where:
Scholastic Auditorium
557 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
212.343.6100
R/W to Prince Street
B/D/F/V to Broadway-Lafayette

Free and open to the public
Presented by PEN's Children's Book Committee and Scholastic

http://www.pen.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/3213/prmID/1376

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day Research Project

In honor of Earth Day, a quick but illuminating interdisciplinary research project for grades 9-12 reflecting

NJCCS (New Jersey Core Curriculum Standards)
STANDARD 5.10 (ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES) ALL STUDENTS WILL DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE ENVIRONMENT AS A SYSTEM OF INTERDEPENDENT COMPONENTS AFFECTED BY HUMAN ACTIVITY AND NATURAL PHENOMENA.

B. Human Interactions and Impact
Assess the impact of human activities on the cycling of matter and the flow of energy through ecosystems.
Use scientific, economic, and other data to assess environmental risks and benefits associated with societal activity.


Background

Research the industrial history of Jersey City in the following library books and websites:
F144 .J543 G33 2007 2007
Jersey City : a monumental history

F144 .J5 J47 1910a 1996
Jersey City of to-day, Hudson County, New Jersey, America : its history, people, trades, commerce, institutions & industries

F144 .J5 J47 1910a 1996
Jersey City of to-day, Hudson County, New Jersey, America : its history, people, trades, commerce, institutions & industries

Jersey city Online
http://www.jerseycityonline.com/history/jc_history.htm

Jersey City History-Past and Present
http://www.njcu.edu/programs/jchistory/

New Jersey Department of Environmental Chromium Map
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dsr/chromium/map.htm

Jersey City Now
Students can view the following videos




Research
Note some of the main points of the videos
View the videos again and note some of the visuals that accompanied the main points
Note what emotions the visuals tried to elicit, if any.

Research the terms "chromium" and "Jersey City" in several periodical (newspaper)
databases such as Lexis Nexis or Academic Search premier.

Are your sources authoritative?
Does your research confirm the main points of the video

Discuss your findings with the class

What conclusions can you make, if any?

Follow Up
If you are concerned about industrial pollution, what actions can be taken?
Contact your representatives
Do more research
Contact environmental organizations

Monday, April 20, 2009

School Board Elections-April 21, 2009-VOTE!

Don't forget to vote in the School Board Elections held on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 in New Jersey!

Jersey City Residents can find information on candidates here:

The Powerhouse Arts District site
http://www.padnajc.org/
has questionnaire responses for the majority of candidates

School Board Panel Debate report
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wires/2009/04/10/school-board-candidates-i_ws_185608.html

Talking Politics- JC Board of Ed Candidates
Click on JC Board of Ed Candidates to watch video interviews with 4 of the 12 candidates
http://www.channel125.com/tp12.htm

Jersey City Independent
Interview with 3 of the 12 candidates
http://www.jerseycityindependent.com/2009/04/10/meet-the-school-board-candidates-william-derosa-moshe-rozenblit-and-tom-wilen/

Coverage of panel
http://www.jerseycityindependent.com/2009/04/10/school-board-candidates-introduce-themselves-at-community-forums/


Candidate websites:
Three of the candidates have a website with their biographies,mission and other information
http://www.jceen.org/