Wednesday, December 15, 2010

NJ School Librarians ALERT -Have Students VOTE for GSTBA NOW!

New jersey School Librarians Alert
It's time for your students to vote for their favorite books!

The Garden State Teen Book Award Committee would like to remind librarians to have your students get out the vote!

Garden State Book Awards
Each year, New Jersey teens vote for their favorite books in three categories.The ballot lists twenty nominees for each category, based on teen appeal and quality of writing.

Follow these links to on-line ballots listing all 60 nominees:

Follow this link for a listing of fiction books for Grades 6 to 8.

Follow this link for a listing of fiction books for Grades 9 to 12

Follow this link for a listing of non-fiction books for Grades 6 to 12

Voting for the 2011 Garden State Teen Book Award will run through January 8, 2011

The winners will be announced in February 2011.
The Garden State Teen Book Award, first presented in 1996, is a project of the Young Adult Section of the New Jersey Library Association.

Teens can vote online at: or use a paper ballot.

Send your ballots or vote totals to:

Laura Leonard
Hillsdale Public Library
509 Hillsdale Ave
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
Region H 1147

Ballots must be received by Saturday, January 8, 2011.

Paper ballots, past winners, and information about the award can be found at:

Thursday, November 18, 2010

National Book Awards (2010) Announced

Jersey City's Walter Dean Myers is a finalist in the National Book Awards for his young adult novel , Lockdown!

The other winners and finalists are:


WINNER: Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird (Philomel Books, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group) -

Finalists:Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker (Little, Brown & Co.) -
Laura McNeal, Dark Water (Alfred A. Knopf) - (Juv.M1693d )
Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) -
Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer (Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) -

Other winners and finalists were


WINNER: Jaimy Gordon, Lord of Misrule (McPherson & Co.)

Peter Carey, Parrot and Olivier in America (Alfred A. Knopf)
Nicole Krauss, Great House (W.W. Norton & Co.)
Lionel Shriver, So Much for That (Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)
Karen Tei Yamashita, I Hotel (Coffee House Press) -


WINNER: Patti Smith, Just Kids (Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Barbara Demick, Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea(Spiegel & Grau, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group)
John W. Dower, Cultures of War: Pearl Harbor, Hiroshima, 9-11, Iraq(W.W. Norton & Co/The New Press )
Justin Spring, Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
Megan K. Stack, Every Man in This Village Is a Liar: An Education in War(Doubleday)


WINNER: Terrance Hayes, Lighthead (Penguin Books)

Kathleen Graber, The Eternal City (Princeton University Press)
James Richardson, By the Numbers (Copper Canyon Press)
C.D. Wright, One with Others (Copper Canyon Press)
Monica Youn, Ignatz (Four Way Books)

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Romeo and Juliet at NJCU and in library books

The ASC’s production of Romeo and Juliet begins this month, and this production will depart from traditional costuming of its actors in authentic Elizabethan dress, and will be featuring a blend of Renaissance and contemporary costumes, music and style.

Romeo and Juliet By William Shakespeare - Craig Colfelt, Play Master
Actor's Shakespeare Company
West Side Theater
285 West Side Avenue
Jersey City,NJ 073055

November 5-21, 2010
7:30 p.m. Fridays
3:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
201-200-2390/ visit for reservations
$30 general admission,
$15 for students and seniors,
children under 15 pay their age

Some Romeo and Juliet library resources include:

Graphic Novels
Manga Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet Juv. 822.33 .A647r
William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet Juv.822.33.P1335r

Juvenile Books
Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet Juv. 822.33 .R814sr

Romeo and Juliet Themed Young Adult Novels
If You Come Softly/Woodson Juv. W898i

Romeo's ex : Rosaline's story/Fiedler Juv. F4524r

Romiette and Julio/Draper Juv. D765r

Street Love/Myers Juv. M9967sl

Teacher Resources
Shakespeare Made Easy: Romeo and Juliet
CMC PR2831 .G76 2006
Shakespeare set free : teachingRomeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A midsummer night's dream
CMC PR2987 .S483 1993
William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
CMC PR2831 .P34 2005
Gifted books, gifted readers : literature activities to excite young minds (pp.138-142)
CMC LB1575.5.U5 P64 2000

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Bernardsville NJ Children's Book Festival

Children’s Book Festival at
Bernardsville Public Library
1 Anderson Hill Rd
Bernardsville, NJ 07924-2351
(908) 766-0118

Sunday, November 7

Meet children’s book authors and illustrators:
Danny & Kim Adlerman
Pat Cummings
Doris Ettlinger
Megan Halsey
Dar Hosta
Trinka Hakes Noble
Lena Shiffman
Javaka Steptoe
A variety of books will be available for purchase and signing. Great holiday gift idea!
No sign-up is needed.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

YA National Book Award Finalists announced

National Book Award Finalists Announced

From School Library Journal

By SLJ Staff October 14, 2010

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Paolo Bacigalupi's debut YA novel, Ship Breaker (Little, Brown), a fast-paced postapocalyptic adventure set on the Gulf Coast, is one of five nominees for the top prize, presented annually to authors to celebrate the best of American literature.
"Ship Breaker was a chance for me to write a high-octane adventure story while still touching on themes like peak oil and global warming that fascinate me," wrote Bacigalupi on his blog.

Dark Water by Laura McNeal

After several collaborations with husband Tom McNeal, Laura McNeal went solo with Dark Water (Knopf), which tells the story of a forbidden romance with tragic consequences set against the backdrop of catastrophic wildfires that ravaged Southern California in 2007.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Kathryn Erskine thanked the National Book Foundation for naming Mockingbird (Philomel) as a finalist, posting comments on her blog at 9:11 a.m. PDT this morning. "I'm so grateful for the National Book Foundation, whose wonderful mission it is to 'celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America,'" she wrote. "What an honor."She also told SLJ that she feels "particularly honored because the judges for these awards are our peers, and I think it's often the case that it's harder to impress another writer than it is to impress a reader."

Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers

Walter Dean Myers, who was nominated for a National Book Award in 1999 for Monster—which won the first Michael L. Printz Award and was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book—is nominated again. This time for Lockdown (HarperCollins), a moving story about a kid who may have made a mistake but still deserves the modest future he seeks. (Myers is a Jersey City, NJ resident!)

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Meanwhile, SLJ gave a starred review to Rita Williams-Garcia's One Crazy Summer (HarperCollins), set in 1968 and about three black sisters from Brooklyn who spend a month in California with their mother, a poet who ran off years before and is living in Oakland.

The winner in each category—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people's literature—will be announced on Wednesday, November 17, at the 61st National Book Awards Benefit Dinner and Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Newark, NJ Literature, Literacy, History Symposium-10/22-10/23/2010

Bethany Baptist Church
Book Club & Youth Council
Sharing Our History and Celebrating Our Stories
Friday, October 22, 2010
6:15 PM to 8:30 PM
Saturday, October 23, 2010
8:15 AM to 2:00 PM
Bethany Baptist Church
275 W. Market St. * Newark, New Jersey 07102
973 623-8161

Please join the Bethany Baptist Church Book Club and Youth Council as they celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Dr. M. William Howard and Ms. Barbara Howard as Pastor and First Lady of Bethany Baptist Church.
This two-day Symposium will explore the importance of reading and literacy in the urban community using the Civil Rights Movement as its theme. The Symposium is free and open to the public but advance registration is required.

Please fill out the attached form and mail to the church or you may register on line at

Registration Deadline is
Wednesday, October 20, 2010


You may register on line at or fill in the information below and send to Bethany Baptist Church, BBC Book Club, 275, West Market St., Newark, NJ 07102



Telephone Number:

Email Address:

Please circle your answer:

I will attend Friday Night Program (A light supper will be served): YES NO

I will attend Saturday Plenary Program and Continental Breakfast: YES NO

I will attend Saturday Ending Session and Lunch YES NO


Please Indicate Your Workshop Preference:

Session I: 9:30 – 10:30 ________________________________________________

Session II: 10:45 – 11:45________________________________________________

Session III: 12:00 – 1:00_______________

Workshop Titles

9:30-10:30 a.m.
America Through the Eyes of Langston
The Poet Laureate of Harlem, this workshop will include a short talk about the issues of Langston Hughes’ times (Jim Crow laws) and literature he wrote about the tribulations of the day.
Sandra L. West

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Black Leadership and the Black Church
Jeopardy Answer: White Men, African American Females and the Black Church
Question: What are the only free entities in the United States of America?
Workshop presentations will underline the importance of literacy, encourage an interest in understanding our community and motivating us to continue the fight for justice.
Thomas L. Puryear

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Learning from Our History: Financial Choices that Matter Most
Contrary to popular belief, many African American institutions and individuals have a long history financial responsibility. Learn about responsible investing and money management techniques that have been part of our history. Discuss ways to keep your financial perspective during good times and when the economic climate is challenging.
George R. Barnes

9:30-10:30 a.m.
Love Supreme
A free flowing multi media exploration of the impact of what some claim to be the greatest album in jazz (A Love Supreme). We will look at the spiritual, musical and cultural impact of this important work. “Tranes” search for spiritual and musical freedom, through polyrhythmic, modalities will serve as our portal to a greater understanding of one of the most important jazz artists of our time.
Philip Easton

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Boondocks: Because I Know You Don’t Read the Newspaper
Session will review satirist and author Aaron McGruder”s “Boondocks, because I know you don’t read the newspaper” a compilation of comic strips that has often irked many in the African American community. Author Aaron McGruder thinks frankness in racial matters makes better punch lines. His commitment to candor in comedy makes for a comic strip and subsequent books attractive to white critics, who feel McGruder is the best satirical writer since Gary Trudeau and Doonesbury. What does this work reveal about contemporary culture in black America?
Bryan Epps

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Called to Write – How to Write Effectively for the Kingdom
Many people believe that they have been divinely given a vision to write a book or to be a writer. Unfortunately, they don't know what that really entails. Do you feel that you have been called to write one book or many books? Do you feel led to write only as a supplement to your primary work/ministry or are you being called to a career as a writer? This workshop will assist participants in understanding the CALL of a writer and the connection between a person's ability to understand the vision and their ability to write the vision.+
Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Claudette Colvin: No Ordinary Woman
The Claudette Colvin story is representative of so many men and women who challenged the unfair civil rights practices against African Americans and other disenfranchised people. Come share your reflections of Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice and other civil rights warriors of the 19th and 20th centuries. Discuss Newark's own struggle to ward off segregation practices against African Americans during the Civil Rights era..
Linda Caldwell Epps

10:45-11:45 a.m.
Frances E. W. Harper: The Undisputed Dignity of Her Womanhood
Participants will read and discuss Frances E. W. Harper’s short story, “The Two Offers,” in the context of the 19th century women’s movement and how free black women articulated their position within that movement. “The Two Offers” is considered the first African American short story to be published, appearing in 1859 in the Anglo-African Magazine.
Note: An e-mail address is recommended so that the story can be sent in advance

10:45-11:45 a.m.
A Special Kind of Love - Grandmothering” (or Grandma’s Hands)
Grandmothers who are raising or have raised Grandchildren and people who are “Grandmother- raised” reminisce and acknowledge their struggles, sacrifices and triumphs.
Niyonu Boateng

12:00 noon-1:00 pm
Filming the Black Woman’s Joy
Filmmaker Nicole Franklin presents work from a career that began with The Double Dutch Divas! and continues with Little Brother, a conversation on Love. Nicole Franklin's Filmography may be seen at:,
Nicole Franklin

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
From Spirituality to Sex and Everything in Between."
Here from the mouths of musicians, how they approach their craft and manage day-to-day life. The connection between belief in a higher power and the effects of music derived from the words of musicians and those who are affected by music.
Sheila Anderson

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
The Harlem Renaissance – America’s Golden Literary Age
A rich discussion of the literary jewels of an era that heralded Black America's age of enlightenment and an exploration of the era's timelessness and relevance to today.
Joyce Wilson Harley

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
Paying Homage: Arthur A. Schomburg, a Distinguished Black Bibliophile and Historian
The presenter will illustrate Arthur Schomburg’s travels from San Juan, Puerto Rico to Harlem, New York and the sociological impact of Black Bibliophiles, librarians, and historians on the Negritude Movement and Harlem Renaissance during the Progressive Era in the United States. During the 1920s and 1930s, Schomburg befriended many Caribbean and African American intellectual giants. The presenter will correlate the Black bibliophiles, librarians, and historians of the Progressive Era to Afrocentric academicians and librarians today.
Timur Davis

12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
To Kill A Mockingbird-A Reflection of Contemporary America
The workshop will explore and compare sociological context of American racism in the 1960’s of “Scout Finch” of To Kill a Mockingbird and in the so-called “post-racial era of the Obama presidency. The discussion will also include excerpt from an article citing the experiences of a white southern-born college profession that agrees with the premise of the story.
Margaret E. Hayes, PhD

Workshop Title
I Am My Own Second Opinion
This workshop is designed to direct youth to think outside of the box as a way to access the road to self-discovery to live up to their greatest potential. It is not about being famous but being GREAT!
Gilda Rogers

Incorporating Comprehension in Young Readers
Participants will learn how to increase reading comprehension by learning how to read for meaning. Workshop will practice making predictions and asking questions based upon prior knowledge.
JoAllyn Henry

Let’s Make a Quilt
Under the guidance of an experienced quilter, participants will decorate a fabric square for inclusion in a commemorative piece to be presented to the Rev. M. William Howard upon completion.
Kelli Puryear

Music in the Movement
In this workshop the participants will have hands on experience with a variety of instruments, learn about Freedom songs during the Civil Rights Movement, create their own instruments out of recycled materials, learn to compose their own songs while singing along to some of their favorites and widen their knowledge about the basics of music and instruments.
Amber Bryant

Storytelling Techniques
Effective storytelling can turn an ordinary story into a fantastic experience. Key elements to successful be demonstrated. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate various techniques
JoAllyn Henry

S.T.R.O.N.G.- Striving To Reunite Our New Generation
S.T.R.O.N.G. will present to some and introduce to others the richness of black history and identity by highlighting the wealth and simultaneous lack of knowledge of black intelligentsia and juxtaposing that against the prevalence and corresponding awareness of high profile athletes, entertainers, celebrities. The goals of this exercise is to increase awareness of higher education as an option for young people of color and present education as a primary means of preparing one for the never-ending struggle for civil rights.
Onaje Crawford

We Beat the Streets – How a Friendly Pact Led to Success
Literature Circle I Grades 3-5
Using the children’s book “We Beat The Street” How A Friendship Pact Led To Success by The Three Doctors we will role play, read aloud, have some fun, and perhaps even identify our own career paths as we look at the lives of three young men from our city.

Literature Circle II Grades 6-8
Participants will be assigned Literature Circle Roles in this interactive workshop. We will use the children’s book We Beat The Street by The Three Doctors from Newark. Join us for this skill building workshop for what is sure to be a lively discussion and time of discovery.
Vanessa Freeland Thomas

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

October 2010 book events

David Lubar
Paramus Library
116 E. Century Road, Paramus, NJ 07652


October 15, 2010

David Lubar (, author, all around funny guy, video game designer and lover of libraries, will be visiting the Paramus Public Library, 116 E. Century Road, Paramus, NJ 07652 on Friday, October 15 at 7:00 pm.

Mr. Lubar will talk about writing, his books and mostly like tell jokes. He will be available following his talk to sign books. Books will be available for purchase at the event.

A flier advertising this event can be found at

For grades 3 and up. Please encourage all of your young readers to come meet David Lubar and have a fun evening!

Celebrate. Discover. Discuss.
Bank Street College of Education is pleased to announce

BookFest @ Bank Street!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p .m.

Speakers scheduled to appear:
Laurie Halse Anderson
Mac Barnett
Leonard Marcus
Stephen Savage
Jon Scieszka
David Yoo . . . and more!

BookFest @ Bank Street 2010 is the 39th year of the program previously hosted by New York Public Library, Teachers College, and Columbia University. Bank Street is proud to be part of this tradition and thanks everyone who has produced this program in the past. BookFest @ Bank Street is intended for adults who love literature for children and teens.

For more information about Book Fest @ Bank Street and to register, please click here. Space is limited; registration closes Friday, September 10.
Thanks to our sponsors for their support of BookFest @ Bank Street: Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; School Library Journal;;; and Scholastic, Inc.

Bank Street College of Education 610 West 112 Street New York, New York, 10025 (212)-875-4400
coming to New Jersey City University, November 2nd-ERIC VELASQUEZ!
Eric Velasquez will intoduce his new book Grandma's Gift.
Event info:
Date: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 ( Election Day)
Time: 5-7 pm
Place: Gothic Lounge, Rm H-202
2039 Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07305-1597
Note: Professional Development Hours will be available

Thursday, September 30, 2010

BookFest Bank Street 10/30/10- Authors in NYC

Celebrate. Discover. Discuss.
Bank Street College of Education is pleased to announce

BookFest @ Bank Street!
Saturday, October 30, 2010
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p .m.

Speakers scheduled to appear:
Laurie Halse Anderson
Mac Barnett
Leonard Marcus
Stephen Savage
Jon Scieszka
David Yoo . . . and more!

BookFest @ Bank Street 2010 is the 39th year of the program previously hosted by New York Public Library, Teachers College, and Columbia University. Bank Street is proud to be part of this tradition and thanks everyone who has produced this program in the past. BookFest @ Bank Street is intended for adults who love literature for children and teens.

For more information about Book Fest @ Bank Street and to register, please click here. Space is limited; registration closes Friday, September 10.
Thanks to our sponsors for their support of BookFest @ Bank Street: Walden Pond Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; School Library Journal;;; and Scholastic, Inc.

Bank Street College of Education 610 West 112 Street New York, New York, 10025 (212)-875-4400

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Jersey City Public Libraries hours and services cut-Speak Out Now

Source: Jersey Journal
Author: Melissa Hayes
Date: September 9, 2010
The Jersey City Free Public Library is scaling back hours and closing most of its branches on Saturdays due to budget cuts.
Library Director Priscilla Gardner says more service cuts could be in the offing pending possible further layoffs and furloughs, noting that a staff reduction plan submitted to the state Civil Service Commission awaits approval.
The city is expected to provide the library $6 million this year, down from $7.7 million last year.
The Main Library, at 472 Jersey Ave., which had been open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., is now closing at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The library will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Gardner said hours at other branches have been staggered to minimize the impact on library patrons. Those libraries will be closed on Saturdays with the exception of two Saturdays between now and the end of the year when each of the branches will be open.
The Glenn D. Cunningham Branch, at 275 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday; with Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 9 and Nov. 20.
The Miller Branch at 489 Bergen Ave. will be open the same hours at the Cunningham branch, but with Saturday hours Sept. 25 and Dec. 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Five Corners branch, at 678 Newark Ave., and Pavonia Branch, at 326 Eighth St., will be open Monday from noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Five Corners will have Saturday hours Oct. 16 and Nov. 27 and Pavonia will have Saturday hours Oct. 2 and Nov. 13, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Heights Branch, at 14 Zabriskie St., will be open Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Saturday hours Sept. 18 and Dec. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Greenville Branch, at 1847 Kennedy Blvd., will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; Tuesday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and will be open this Saturday and Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Lafayette, West Bergen and Marion neighborhood libraries will remain open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Send the following letter or call :

Office of the Mayor
City Hall - 280 Grove StreetJersey City, New Jersey 07302Tel: (201) 547-5200Fax: (201) 547-4288/5442
Mayor Jerramiah

Council President Peter Brennan
City Hall, 280 Grove StreetRoom 202Jersey City, NJ 07302Tel: (201) 547-5319Fax: (201) 547-4678email:

Councilwoman-at-Large Willie Flood
City Hall, 280 Grove StreetRoom 202Jersey City, NJ 07302Tel: (201) 547-5134Fax: (201) 547-4678email:

Ward A (Greenville) Councilman Michael Sottolano
City Hall, 280 Grove StreetRoom 206Jersey City, NJ 07302Tel: (201) 547-5098Fax: (201) 547-4678email:

Ward B (West Side)Councilman David Donnelly
City Hall, 280 Grove StreetRoom 202Jersey City, NJ 07302Tel: (201) 547-5092Fax: (201) 547-4678email:

Ward C (Journal Square) Councilwoman Nidia Lopez
City Hall, 280 Grove StreetRoom 202Jersey City, NJ 07302Tel: (201) 547-5159Fax: (201) 547-4678email:

Ward D (The Heights) Councilman William Gaughan
City Hall, 280 Grove StreetRoom 202Jersey City, NJ 07302Tel: (201) 547-5485Fax: (201) 547-4678email:

Ward E (Downtown) Councilman Steven Fulop
City Hall, 280 Grove StreetRoom 202Jersey City, NJ 07302Tel: (201) 547-5315Fax: (201) 547-4678 (fax)

Ward F (Bergen/Lafayette) CouncilwomanViola Richardson
City Hall, 280 Grove StreetRoom 207Jersey City, NJ 07302Tel: (201) 547-5338Fax: (201) 547-4678email:

Dear Mayor and Councilperson:

This video is funny

But the news about the reduction in hours and funding of our public libraries is not!

Please think of the services our public libraries provide and their importance to students, job-seekers and other residents of Jersey City, and please restore funding for library services. Each dollar in funding you provide lessens illiteracy, juvenile delinquency, unemployment and provides research resources and educational support for our students and citizens.

Sincerely yours,

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Lesson Plans for 9/11

9/11 Lesson plan Sources


Mr. Donn's Pages has lesson plans on major religions including Islam. (Scroll down on the page)

Teaching 9/11 has elementary K-5 lesson plans as well as other grade levels


Teaching Tolerance has lesson plans for Confronting Islamophobia
(There is also an note on book burning, even through the scheduled book burning by a pastor in Florida has been cancelled, it may be a worthy classroom discussion.

Teachable Moment has a classroom discussion guide on theNew York City Community Center controversy.

Please reply with other useful sites!
See  and
for more resources

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Newark Public Library READ-IN-8/31/- 9/1/10 to save the library



Noon-to-Noon (Tuesday, Aug. 31-Wednesday, Sept. 1)

City Hall Steps
920 Broad Street, Newark



Thursday, August 26, 2010

Authors Speak in New Jersey in September 2010

Mark your calendars:

Princeton Public Library Children's book festival- 9/11/2010-11am-4pm

Venue: Alfred E. Hinds Plaza adjacent to the Princeton Public Library.
Princeton Public Library 65 Witherspoon St.Princeton, NJ 08542
Tel: 609-924-9529

The 5th Annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival is Sept. 11 from 11 am- 4pm. Over 50 nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators of Children's and Young Adult books will be meeting their fans, discussing their work and signing books on the Alfred E. Hinds Plaza adjacent to the the Princeton Public Library.Books will be available for purchase through Barnes and Noble's satellite book store located in the library's Community Room. Live entertainment throughout the afternoon Alfred E. Hinds Plaza adjacent to the the Princeton Public Library.Books will be available for purchase through Barnes and Noble's satellite book store located in the library's Community Room.

Live entertainment throughout the afternoon.

Jersey City Public Library A Tale of Our City- 9/18/2010, 11am-4pm

Venue: Van Vorst Park adjacent to the Main Branch of the Jersey City Public Library,
Montgomery Street and Jersey Avenue, Jersey City
Tel (201) 547 - 4500

Jersey City’s annual book festival, will feature 18 established and up-an-coming authors in the bucolic Victorian setting of Van Vorst Park, on Saturday, September 18.

Some authors will be very familiar… Al Sullivan, Senior Staff Writer for the Hudson Reporter weekly newspaper chain… Bob Leach, Director of the Jersey City Historical Project, with his latest on Jersey City Mayor Frank Hague… NJ Room Manager Cynthia Harris of the Jersey City Free Public Library, with her photo and postcard book on Changing Jersey City… others will be known for their works, such as John B. Wefing, Seton Hall law professor whose book is on NJ Governor Richard J. Hughes… or Adeyinka Makinde, for his book on Jersey City boxer Frankie DePalma… and others, such as novelist Shobhan Bantwal, will be known within certain communities (for this author, India).

T. A. Barron-9/23/2010-4:30 PM -7:00PM at NJCU

Date and Time: 9/23/2010, 4:30-7:00 pm (including reception)
Venue: Hepburn Hall 202 (Gothic Lounge) on the campus of New Jersey City University (NJCU) , 2039 Kennedy Boulevard, Jersey City, NJ 07305,
Note: The event includes professional development hours.

T.A. Barron , award-winning and bestselling young adult author the highly acclaimed epic -- and soon to be major motion picture -- The Lost Years of Merlin. Mr. Barron will speak on his books, writing process, and passion for conservation and children’s literature.

Mr. Barron will be awarded the 2010 M. Jerry Weiss Book Award by the New Jersey Reading Association for his book Merlin’s Dragon.This prestigious Award honors authors of outstanding children’s and young adult literature. Candidates for the Award are chosen by teachers and librarians and voted on by New Jersey children. Past recipients include Walter Dean Myers, Mo Williams, Doreen Cronin, and Betsy Lewin.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Professional Development Credits are available for educators.

Please contact Victoria Thompson at (201)200-2472 or
for more information. This event is sponsored by the M. Jerry Weiss Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pre-K Teachers, Braille Books and Summer Reading Contests

Zero to Three Project
(Courtesy Saroj Ghoting who posted to the ALSC listserv)

What has a more powerful influence on how parents raise their young children: the way they were raised or their faith? What roles do professionals and friends play in shaping parents’ views on childrearing? What impact is the economic downturn having on child care arrangements for young families?
These questions and more are some of the issues addressed in a new national parent survey of 1,615 parents of children from birth to 3 years conducted for ZERO TO THREE by Peter Hart Research. The survey was designed to explore the issues and challenges that parents of young children confront today, gaps in knowledge about early development, sources of information and support to which parents turn, and factors that influence their approaches to parenting.

The survey was conducted between June 4th and 11th 2009 and was funded by MetLife Foundation. The research includes an oversample of 200 African American and 200 Hispanic parents.
See for the full report, webinar and other resources.

(courtesy Shonda Brisco, Oklahoma State University)

(twin vision books)

National Braille Press
great resources, as well as hand-outs for instructional courses with teachers on the use of Braille with K-12 students


American Printing House for the Blind

New Jersey State Library for the Blind

New Jersey State Library Talking Books

A SUMMER READING CONTEST! (you can win concert tickets and a signed jersey)

The Statewide Summer Reading Program is partnering with the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority (owner and operator of the IZOD Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex) to encourage reading and readers

Join the Statewide Summer Reading Program at your local public library and you can win
4 tickets to select family events at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

Just enter the name of a book read at the website ( under the link to “contest and events.”

Then enter the contest by filling out the entry form using Survey Monkey!

Wiggles Concert
Sesame Street Live
A signed jersey from NJ Devils player Zach Parise

Monday, July 19, 2010

Harlem Book Fair 2010

The 2010 Harlem Book Fair took place this past weekend at the NYPL Schomburg Branch

If you missed it, some of the events are archived on C-SPAN's Book TV.

The most important message from the panel discussions for librarians, teachers and parents was that if we want to see an increase in quality youth materials, representative of peoples of African descent and their history and culture, then we must SEEK OUT these materials at book fairs, libraries, and book stores; PURCHASE these materials and DEMAND that our SCHOOL LIBRARIES and CLASSROOMS contain these materials. These materials are not just for African American youth but contain universal themes for all readers. To prepare our youth for a diverse world, we have to provide them with materials that reflect that diversity.

The Program included some very stimulating and revealing panel discussions of interest to librarians and teachers. I have included both the descriptions and links to the archived videos.:


Complete Saturday program

Of particular interest

White and Whatever: Diversity in Children’s & Young Adult Book Publishing

The United States is an extremely diverse nation. But books for children and young adults hardly reflect that diversity. Only a small percentage of the books published every year are written and or illustrated by people of color. Many of these don’t make it to the market place. Why, in 2010, when the nation has elected its first African American president, is the book publishing industry still not meeting the need and demand for books that explore the width and breathe of our country’s multicultural experiences? This panel will explore the complex issues and suggest solutions to a problem that is garnering a lot of attention.

MODERATOR: Wade Hudson, Publisher, Just Us Books

PANELISTS: Jerry Craft, Mamma's Boyz; Zetta Elliott, Bird; Cheryl Willis Hudson, My Friend Maya Loves to Dance; Vanesse Lloyd Sgambati, Publicist; Director, African American Children's Book Project

From Digital Divide to Digital Inequality: Bridging the Market-driven Literacy Gap

The advent of digital technology has redefined the very scope of literacy. While African American literacy rates are statistically on par with national averages, the advent of the market-driven digital age threatens timely access to information to the most economically disparaged...less a 'digital divide' than a 'information access' divide. Inequality of bandwidth; autonomy of use; skills level; quality of support; and purpose (whether the Internet is used for increase of economic productivity and improvement of social capital or for consumption and entertainment) are the current pressing concerns. These authors believe that visual representation is the one critical element that will balance the impact of these emerging issues and drive a new generation of readers successfully into this brave, new world.

MODERATOR: John Jennings, Black Comix: African American Independent Comics, Art and Culture (Mark Batty Publisher/Random)

PANELISTS: Damian Duffy, Out of Sequence: Underrepresented Voices in American Comics (Krannert Art Museum), Dawud Anyabwile, Brotherman; Alex Simmons, DarkJACK; Gregory Walker, ZM1

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Test Preparation help for NJCU students

New Jersey City University Students
Have no fear

Follow these steps:

Just go the Guarini Library Home Page
2 Click on Databases by Title
3 Click on Learning Express
4 SET UP AN INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT (6 character min. for username and password)

(Click on Admissions and Placement Preparation for CLEP, GRE, TOEFL)
(Click on Skills Improvement for Writing, Grammar, Vocabulary, Spelling, etc)
5. Click on Jobs & Careers. Scroll down for Teaching.
6. Click on Teaching for Praxis /
or Nursing and Allied Health for NCLEX-RN practice tests
7. Scroll down to choose the test that you need.
8. Click Add to My Center box on the right.

Problems ?
Currently enrolled NJCU students only
Call the Guarini Library Reference Desk for assistance.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

NYC Multicultural Film Festival-6/23-6/27 2010

Film Series and Panel Discussion -
JUNE 23 - 27, 2010
As part of its ongoing ADFF Spring and Summer Film Series at Teachers College, Columbia University, ADFF and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Affairs are presenting the "RACE AND PRIVILEGE IN SOCIETY" film series on June 23 to 27, a selection of documentary and fiction films that explore issues around race and privilege.




SATURDAY, JUNE 26 , 2010

SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2010

Wednesday through Friday are Free of Charge and Open to the public.
Saturday and Sunday only: Weekend pass $15; Day pass $10; $6 per show;


Teachers College, Columbia University
525 West 120th Street -
Room 263 Macy
Take train 1 to 116th street and walk uptown four blocks.
Entrance between Broadway and Amsterdam.
Picture ID requested to enter building.

DVDs of films from Africa and the African Diaspora will be on sale at the venue.
$20 per DVD; $35 for 2 DVD; $45 for three DVD and $15 for each additional DVD.
See for more information

Splash into Reading at NJ libraries

New Jersey public libraries have water-related summer reading programs for each age group!

The themes are:

Children: "Make a Splash",

Young Adults:"Make Waves"

Adults :"Water Your Mind"

Parent/Educator Alert

Check out the summer reading website at

for prograns, reading lists, film and movie lists, and web resources for each age group.

Don't forget to become a New jersey library supporter at!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

JUNETEENTH-June 19th- Celebrations


The celebration of the belated news of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865 has been transformed into celebrations throughout the United states and the world. It is now a state holiday in 36 states.

Celebrations in New Jersey

June 19, 2010 - Greater Woodbury Arts Council -
Wing Dickerson Park, Allens Lane and Carpenter Street,
from 11 am to 4 pm.
Activities will include Park Dedication, live music, food, vendors, children's activities and more.

June 19, 2010 - Juneteenth Planning Committee of Elizabeth, New Jersey - Mt. Teman AME Church160 Madison AvenueElizabeth, NJ
June 19, 2010 12 Noon - 4 P.M.
Program, Speakers, Storytelling, Black History Trivia,Praise Dancers, Games and More

Also on June 26, Games such as softball, kick ball, horseshoes, double dutch, basketball gameLocation:
Bayway Community Center, 513-515 Richmond Street, Elizabeth, NJ

June 26, 2010 - City of Elizabeth Juneteenth Committee -
Fred Erxleben Recreation Center 513-515 Richmond St. Elizabeth,
NJ Softball Tournament, Bingo, Checkers, Juneteenth All Stars Basketball Game, Free Food and MORE!

June 19, 2010 -
Silver Set with Rubies Chapter, Red Hat Society -
A Celebration of History through Music, Poetry and Prose.
June 19th from 12-4 PM.
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church,
158 Warren Street, Beverly, NJ.
Call 609-387-1259 for info about tickets.

Keynote address by Burlington County Historian, Joseph Laufer -
Burlington County: Cradle of Emancipation - The Vision, the Determination, the Legacy. Historical reenactment of Harriet Tubman by actress, writer, griot Alma Day.
Presentations of poetry, music and prose;
Black History photographic exhibit;
Riverfront Historical Society display.
Vendors, door prizes, soul food luncheon.
Presented by the Silver Set with Rubies Chapter,
Red Hat Society as a benefit for the Beverly Free Library.
To find events in other locations:
Curriculum and Lesson plans

Juneteenth Books
Branch, Muriel Miller.
Title: Juneteenth : freedom day
Juv. 394.263 .B816J

Jordan, Denise.
Title: Juneteenth
Juv.394.26 .J82j

Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux.
Title: Juneteenth
Juv.394.26 .N424j

Weatherford, Carole Boston,
Title: Juneteenth jamboree

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Save NJ Libraries and Services-ACT NOW!

New Jersey Library Association -- Legislative Action Center:
"Last Push to Restore Library Funding
Thank you all for your support over the last 3 months. Your letters and phone calls have demonstrated to our elected officials how valuable library services are to the people of New Jersey. Now, as the final budget is being negotiated, we ask that you reach out one more time. These last days before the budget is approved are very important and we need to ask all elected officials to restore funding to the NJ Library Network, the NJ Virtual Library, public library state aid and the NJ Knowledge Initiative. Please send your message today."

Click here to act!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Holocaust Seminar-5/21/10-Queensborough Community College

Seminar –
Teaching the Holocaust, Genocide and War: Resources and Services

The Harriet & Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives of Queensborough Community College,
City University of New York
Friday, May 21 – 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon – Breakfast

Speakers will include:
Dr. Arthur Flug, Executive Director, QCC, Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives
Dr. Susan Jacobowitz, Associate Professor, QCC, City University of New York, English Dept.
Ms. Sylvia Karges, Curatorial Assistant, American Numismatic Society
Dr. Anne Kirschner, University Dean, Macaulay Honors College, City University of New York

Sponsored by --
ACRL/NY - New York City Section
Friends of the Kurt R. Schmeller Library
"Providing Knowledge, Promoting Understanding"
QCC, City University of New York
RSVP Dr. Barbara Bonous-Smit

Budget Cuts-NJ/NY

The New York Public Library used an innovative method to garner library support with the use of "Ghostbusters" and its "Don't Close the Book on Libraries" Campaign

Read more about it here

On May 22, 2010, New Jersey residents and supporters can march to protest budget cuts

Massive May 22nd Rally in Trenton to Protest Budget Cuts

A massive rally in Trenton is planned for Saturday, May 22, 2010, starting at noon at The State House (125 W. State St, Trenton NJ 08625).

This is a community rally to protest NJ’s proposed cuts in the state budget. Over 100 community groups are participating in this event which could draw up to 50,000 people. Workers, family, and friends are invited to attend this rally and the speakers will be coming from community groups. The sponsors of the rally include the major unions of public service employees although union officials will not be speaking. Participants are urged to wear red, white, or blue clothing.

Free buses are available to attend the rally and you can sign up for these at various union web sites including AFT: see You can also take NJ Transit trains to Trenton.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Free Comic Book Day is May 1st, 2010

May 1st is Free Comic Book Day!
What is Free Comic Book Day? Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. *Check with your local shop for their participation and rules *

Official Site and Store Locator
See for more information
See for comic previews

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Study Abroad in Madrid for Bilingual University Students


Summer Madrid Program Aims to Provide Global Leadership Experience for American Students from Diverse Backgrounds
Monday, May 3, 2010.
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI) and PromoMadrid invite qualified students who are currently in their last year of their undergraduate or studying a Post Graduate Program in an accredited four year University, from throughout the United States and Puerto Rico , to apply for the 2010 CHLI-Madrid Program: Gateway to Madrid Summer Internship Program.

Seven to ten students from diverse backgrounds will be selected to become part of this intensive six-week summer internship program in Madrid , Spain . Successful interns will first participate in a one week immersion course that will focus on Spanish culture, economy, and politics which will then be followed by a five week placement with a sponsoring Madrid-based company. The CHLI-Madrid Program aims to provide a unique and enriching practical work experience for bilingual American student leaders in one of Europe 's main economic hubs, the Regional Community of Madrid.

This initiative is financially backed by PromoMadrid and managed by CHLI, who will be responsible for all aspects related to the students' internship, training, housing & travel while living in Madrid .

The application deadline is Monday, May 3, 2010.
The program begins June 14 and ends July 30, 2010.
Applications can be downloaded from the CHLI website at

To apply, applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, bilingual in English and Spanish.
  • Have a valid U.S. Passport.
  • Be enrolled in an accredited four year college/university.
  • Submit a completed application form, personal statement in English and Spanish, curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation and official transcripts.


  • Airfare and housing accommodations in Madrid , Spain .
  • Stipend for living expenses
  • Health insurance

For more information please contact Yisel Cabrera, Director of Programs and Operations, Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute at or at 202-347-8280 Ext. 303.

About CHLI:
The Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute (CHLI, pronounced "chili”) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, based in Washington , D.C. , that advances the diversity of thought in U.S. Hispanic community in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, as well as in the international community. For more information, please visit You may also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About PromoMadrid:
PromoMadrid, Desarrollo Internacional de Madrid, S.A. is a regional government-owned company, incorporated in 2004 with the purpose of promoting and developing the Region of Madrid internationally from an economic perspective. PromoMadrid acts under the authority of the Madrid Regional Ministry of Economy and Finance Affairs. Visit


Thursday, April 22, 2010

Mel Glenn at NJCU today!


Thursday, April 22
4:30–6:00 p.m.
New Jersey City University
Hepburn Hall, Room 202
(2039 Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ 07305)

Mel Glenn, acclaimed author of 12 young adult books and retired high school teacher, has been writing since 1980. His first book, Class Dismissed! High School Poems, which was published in 1982, was named a Society of Children’s Book Writers Golden Kite Honor Book and an American Library Association (ALA) Best Book for Young Adults, and was included in the ALA’s Best of the Best Books 1970-1982.

Mr. Glenn’s characters are urban teens who reveal their fears, joys, conflicting feelings, concerns, and hopes through poetry. Using multiple narrators, his poems provide readers with broad and thought-provoking perspectives about school life, basketball, poverty, violence, love, friendships, and family relationships.

Mr. Glenn will speak about his writing process, books, and experiences as an author and educator.

Professional Development Credits are available for educators.

Please contact Victoria Thompson at (201)200-2472 or for more information.

Friday, April 16, 2010

The Cartel-Documentary about NJ education premieres

The Cartel Movie - A Film by Bob Bowdon - Screenings: "April 2010 Friday, April 16 - The Cartel will premiere in New York at the Quad Cinema, Each theater will be showing the film for a week (Friday, April 16 through Thursday, April 22). The documentary is about New Jersey schools and education.

New York premiere: Showtimes are at 1:10pm, 3:10pm, 5:10pm, 7:10pm, and 9:30pm. At the 7:10 showing on April 16 there will be an Education Reform Panel Discussion and Q&A with Director Bob Bowdon; Derrell Bradford, Executive Director of Excellent Education for Everyone; Carlos Lejnieks, President of the NJ Charter Schools Association; and Marcus Winters, Education Scholar at the Manhattan Institute.

See the movie website, for more information.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NJCU celebrates National Day of Silence- 4/15/10

On the National Day of Silence hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in their schools.

New Jersey City University will prepare its students for the National Day of Silence with a series of workshops on Thursday, April 15, 2010.


Why Choose to be Gay?

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: GSUB 129

Do LGB people choose to be gay or is it predetermined at birth? It is an age old topic of debate that no one seems to have a definitive answer to. Is there an answer? Come find out!

Speaker: Dr. Hoch, Biology Department

What’s the deal with Gender Roles?

Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Location: GSUB 129

Is an effeminate man gay? Is a masculine girl a lesbian? Where do these gender roles come from and how do they tie into sexuality? In a world where we tend to assume so much about people based on their physical appearance and actions, how can we tell who's gay from someone who's somewhat effeminate or masculine?

Speaker: Tracy Riley, English Department/Women and Gender Studies Program


Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Location: GSUB 129

What exactly are the B and T and how do they fit into the LGBT equation? What is their interaction within the community and why are they excluded from many constituencies? Where do these prejudices start and where are they seated? More importantly, how do we dispel them?

Speaker: Liza Fiol-Matta, Women’s & Gender Studies Program

“Shut yo’ mouth!”

Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: GSUB 129

We hear them every day: "faggot," "dyke," "tranny"-- “oh, that’s so gay.” How do the words we say and use affect our every day lives, our self-esteem and self-worth? Do they box people into various stereotypes?

Speaker: Dr. Silvia Pastor, Psychology Department & Peers Educating Peers, Counseling Center“

Breaking the Silence”

MIXER – 7:00 – 10:00 P.M.

Come Break the Silence at Hepburn Hall’s Gothic Lounge (H202). Guest DJs, refreshments and snacks will be served. Come out to show your support in the fight against discrimination.

For more information, please contact Ms. Moreira, LGBTF Alliance Advisor, at (201) 200-2269 or email

See to register and for materials.

Monday, April 12, 2010

School Board Elections in New Jersey

On April 20th, New Jersey voters will have an opportunity to vote for members of their school boards and the school budget in their districts.

You can vote by mail! Fill out the application. It has to be received by the Board of elections by tomorrow!

Locally, Jersey City voters will elect three new Board of Education members.

All Jersey City residents and taxpayers, parents and caregivers are welcome to learn about the issues and meet the candidates at two free Board of Education forums.

The candidates will present their platforms after which audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions directly to the candidates.

First Forum
Date: Tuesday April 13th, 2010
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: PS16 Auditorium – 96 Sussex Street
Hosted by: The HPHA

Second Forum
Date: Thursday April 15th, 2010
Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: PS11 Auditorium – 886 Bergen Avenue
Hosted by: JCFBS and JC PTO Coalition

and you can check:
for streaming videos of some of the Jersey City candidates

Results can be found here

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Curious George and the Holocaust

Today, April 11, 2010 is Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Currently until August 1, the Jewish Museum at 1108 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY is hosting an exhibit, Curious George Saves the Day, the Art of Margaret and H.A. Rey.

The Reys were German-born Jews who escaped from Paris just before the Nazi Occupation. They carried their manuscripts which were later published as the Curious George books with them during the escape. The story has been told in the imaginative picture book, The Journey that Saved Curious George: the True Wartime Adventures of Margaret and H.A. Rey by Louise Borden ( Juv. 928.1 H249b). The exhibit follows the lives and work of the Reys from their childhoods, their lives in Europe and Brazil and the United States.

There are several educator and family workshops offered by the museum and a curriculum guide will soon be available on the museum site,

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

NLW: National Library Week 2010- 4/11- 4/17-Save Libraries

What is the best way to celebrate National Library Week?
Work to save our local libraries!

In New Jersey
go to
There you can find out about proposed state legislation that endangers library funding.

You can also click on Contact Legislators with 1 click
Scroll to the bottom of the page
to immediately contact the Governor and your state legislators!

and then tell others to take Action
Honorary Chair of National Library Week,Neil Gaiman, the 2009 Newbery Medal winner for “The Graveyard Book,” will speak to his lifelong love of libraries and the role they play in a democratic society by supporting intellectual freedom and privacy.
Library lovers and Gaiman readers across the country who are interested in watching are encouraged to join in the event live via and will need a 1 Mbps Internet connection and Flash player. Internet2 will also multicast the event on its national network enabling any of its connected research and education members that are multicast-enabled to broadcast the event to their campuses. Multicast information can be found at

Thursday, March 25, 2010

NJGE 10th Annual Conference

“Thinking Globally: New Jersey and Beyond”

April 16, 2010,
Kean Hall
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: (908) 737-7140
Fax: (908) 737-7145


8:00 to 8:45

9:00 to 10:00

(Director, Office of Academic Standards, NJDOE)

10:15 to 10:45

(Faculty, Fulbright Scholar, Turkmenistan)
“Different Country Similar Difficulties: Integrating ICTs in Teacher Education in Turkmenistan”

(Associate Professor, Ocean County College)
“A Technological Approach to Student Service Regarding Global Issues”

(Doctoral Students, Rutgers University)
"From the Rutgers Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL): The School Library: A 21st Century Classroom"

11:00 to 12:00

(Director, CIS, Kean University;
(Director, Multicultural Program, Seton Hall University)
“The Road (not) Taken”

(Art Teacher/Adjunct Professor, Leonia School District)
(Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge, NY)
“Multicultural Creative Arts & Play from Early Childhood through Adult Learners”

(Director, US Dept. of Commerce)
“Preparing Your Website For An International Audience”

12:00 to 1:00

For information on NJGE, please visit our web site:

“The New Jersey Global Educators promote and enhance global and multicultural education in curriculum, professional development, research, and student program development in two and four year institutions of higher learning in the state of New Jersey”

Registration Fees

NJGE Member--$60.00

(Includes One Year Complimentary NJGE Membership)


Registration fee includes meals and a certificate of completion of four professional development hours (4 PDH)

Registration the day of conference includes a $10.00 late fee
Conference Registration Fees DUE by April 1, 2010.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Angela Burt Murray comes to NJCU-3/23/10

You are invited to the
A Conversation with Angela Burt-Murray,
Editor-in-Chief Essence/ CNN Collaborator Special
“Black in America”
Tuesday, March 23rd
1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Gilligan Student Union Building, Multipurpose Room A
Discussion & Analysis of the movie “Precious”
2:30 pm-4:00 pm

As steward of ESSENCE's editorial content, Burt-Murray aims to celebrate, inspire, entertain and empower the brand's audience - which encompasses 8.5 million readers of the monthly magazine. In addition, is the largest and fastest growing African-American magazine website; providing fresh daily content and breaking celebrity news, which has resulted in explosive growth to over 10 million page views each month.

Since taking the helm in 2005, Burt-Murray has updated the magazine's look to a vibrant and modern design, and created new sections to reach a younger, more affluent audience. At the same time, ESSENCE has been recognized for its compelling editorial content - including extensive coverage of the effects of Katrina in the Gulf Coast, a poignant photo essay on AIDS in the African-American community, as well as comprehensive coverage of politics including exclusive interviews with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

Burt-Murray is the co-author of the critically acclaimed humor book, The Angry Black Woman's Guide to Life (Dutton), and the novel, The Vow (HarperCollins/Amistad). Burt-Murray was featured as one of the "40 Under 40" by Crain's New York Business. She has also appeared on Access Hollywood, BET, CNBC, CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, MSNBC, and The Today Show, to name a few. A graduate of Hampton University, Burt-Murray holds a B.S. in finance.

Friday, March 12, 2010

2010 NYC Teen Author Festival


First Draft to Final Draft – Talking About the Writing Process
Monday, 3/15
(NYPL, Tompkins Square Branch, 331 East 10th Street, 6pm):
Gayle Forman, Daphne Grab, Carolyn Mackler, Sarah Mlynowski, Blake Nelson, Marie Rutkoski, Eliot Schrefer, Natalie Standiford
Getting Inside the Mind of a Teen Boy
Tuesday, 3/16
(Barnes & Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren Street, 7pm):
Nick Burd, Matt de la Pena, Gordon Korman, David Levithan, Barry Lyga, Michael Northrup, Jon Skovron, Jake Wizner
The Treasure Map to Going Bovine with Will Grayson(s) (or, an evening of readers’ theater) Wednesday, 3/17
(Mulberry Street Branch, NYPL, 10 Jersey St, 6pm)
Libba Bray, John Green, David Levithan, E. LockhartThursday,
(Five Borough Read, 10am):
Authors read to high school students and the public in libraries across the city.
Countee Cullen Branch, NYPL, 104 W 136th
StDonna Freitas, Eliot Schrefer, Rachel Vail, Lynn Weingarten, Ebony Wilkins
Jefferson Market Branch, NYPL, 425 6th Ave
Gabe Guarente, Carla Jablonksi, Kristen Kemp, Barry Lyga, Samantha Schutz
Muhlenburg Branch, NYPL, 209 W 23rd St
Emma McLaughlin, Lauren McLaughlin, Courtney Sheinmel, Jennifer Smith
Mulberry Street Branch, NYPL, 10 Jersey Street
Angie Frazier, Aimee Friedman, Alice Hoffman, Robin MacCready, Sarah Maclean, Amanda Marrone
Seward Park Branch, NYPL,
192 East Broadway
Cathleen Bell, Susane Colasanti, Matt De La Pena, Gayle Forman, Daphne Grab
Yorkville Branch, NYPL,
222 East 79th St
Micol Ostow, Robin Palmer, Shani Petroff, Robyn Schneider, Abby Sher, Jake Wizner, Michelle Zink
Central Branch, Brooklyn Public Library, Dweck Auditorim, 10 Grand Army Plaza
Emily Horner, Melissa Kantor, O.Rhuday-Perkovich, Matthue Roth, Siobhan Vivian, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Melissa Walker, Robin Wasserman
Bronx: Bronx Library Center, NYPL, 310 East Kingsbridge Road
Coe Booth, Sarah Darer Littman, Neesha Meminger, Maryrose Wood
Queens: Broadway Branch, QPL, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City
Jessica Blank, Sarah Burningham, Heather Duffy-Stone, Marianne Mancusi, Elizabeth Scott
Staten Island: West New Brighton Branch, NYPL, 976 Castleon Avenue
Elizabeth Eulberg, David Levithan, Michael Northrup, Kieran Scott
Thursday Evening,
3/18 (Books of Wonder, 18 W 18th St, 6-8pm):
Sourcebooks Fire Launch Party
featuring authors
Lisa Brown, Anne Eliot Crompton, Helen Ellis, Adele Griffin
and music of Tiger Beat!with Libba Bray, Dan Ehrenhaft, Barnabas Miller, and Natalie Standiford
Friday, 3/19
(South Court, 42nd Street, 2-5 and 6-8:30)
NYC Teen Author Festival Symposium Afternoon
2:00 Introduction
2:10 – 3:00: Using Genre to Tell the True Story of Adolescence
featuring: Judy Blundell, Sarah Beth Durst, Lauren McLaughlin, Diana Peterfreund,Sara Shepard, Maggie Stiefvater, Robin Wasserman
3:00 – 3:30: Making a First Impression – 2010 Debut Authors
featuring: Angie Frazier, Emily Horner, Alyssa Sheinmel, Ebony Wilkins
3:30 - 4:15: Grief, Loss, and the YA Novel
featuring: Alexandra Bullen, Heather Duffy-Stone, Donna Freitas, Alice Hoffman, Sarah Darer Littman, Lisa Ann Sandell, Samantha Schutz
4:15 – 5: The Boy You Can’t Have f
featuring: Susane Colasanti, Elizabeth Eulberg, Robin Palmer, Elizabeth Scott, Melissa Walker, Maryrose Wood5-6:
BreakEvening6:00 – A Tribute to Regina Hayes
featuring: Sarah Dessen, Joy Peskin, Jacqueline Woodson
6:45 – 8:30: What it Feels Like for a Girl – Writing in a Teen Girl’s Voice
featuring: Jessica Blank, Eireann Corrigan, Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, Terra Elan McVoy, Siobhan Vivian, Adrienne Maria Vrettos, Jacqueline Woodson
Saturday, 3/20 (Bartos Forum, 42nd Street, 1pm):
Stuff for the Teen Age Event
The New York Public Library’s list of the hottest books, movies, music, and video games from 2009.
Keynote speaker, Libba Bray, the author of Going Bovine.
Sunday afternoon: Books of Wonder Signing
(18 W 18th St, 2-6)
NOTE: Because of the number of authors, signings will be in shifts.