Monday, September 19, 2011

Reward an outstanding NJ Black History educator

Do you know a New Jersey teacher, librarian or other educator who has done an outstanding job in creating   black American history curriculum materials  or teaching black American history for grades K-12?

Here is your chance to nominate them for an award!
DEADLINE for submissions is 10/6/11

The Commission is Accepting Nominations for the

The Mildred Barry Garvin Prize is an award of $1,500 to a New Jersey teacher, guidance counselor, or school librarian for outstanding teaching of black American history in kindergarten through high school or outstanding performance in a related activity such as developing curriculum materials. One prize is awarded annually.

Nominations for the 2012 prize must be postmarked by October 6, 2011. Nominees must be a New Jersey teacher, guidance counselor, or school librarian engaged in teaching of black American history at any grade level between kindergarten and high school. Individuals may be nominated by others, or they may self-nominate.

To nominate an educational professional, submit the nomination form, and a 500 word essay describing the nominee’s qualifications and why he or she should receive the Garvin Prize. You may access the nomination form at

Postmark and submit the nomination form and essay no later than October 6, 2011 to:
Niquole Primiani
Chief Programs Officer
New Jersey Historical Commission
225 West State Street, PO Box 305
Trenton, NJ 08625-0305
(Please use the P.O. Box for U.S. Mail and the street address for courier service.)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Education/ Curriculum Librarians Group (Metro NY/NJ) visit the Keats exhibit at the Jewish Museum

Please join the Education/ Curriculum Librarians Group (Metro NY/NJ) as we go to the Ezra Jack Keats Librarian Workshop at the Jewish Museum on September 23, 2011 at 10am. We will also be having a luncheon meeting (either at the Jewish Museum Café or at a nearby restaurant) after the program.


Please register by calling 212.423.3225. registration deadline 9/16/11

Ezra Jack Keats: Author and Illustrator
A Workshop for Librarians
Friday, September 23
10:00 am–Noon

Program fee: FREE
Refreshments will be served. Please register by September 16.

Join Leonard Marcus, renowned children’s book historian, author and critic, in a discussion celebrating the legacy of Ezra Jack Keats. Designed specifically for school and public librarians, this workshop also includes an opportunity to view the special exhibition The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats.

To register, please call 212.423.3225.
Program information
General Exhibit Information

Please also RSVP to this blog in the Comment section, and tell us if you will attend the luncheon meeting (pay your own way).
Amy and Sheila
Co-chairs Education/ Curriculum Librarians Group (Metro NY/NJ)
Education/ Curriculum Librarians Group (Metro NY/NJ)

Our description: We discuss issues that relate to our duties as subject specialists in the discipline of K-12 Education, and teacher preparation. We meet 2-3 times a year at locations in the metropolitan area.

Our mission: In the spirit of collaboration, we join together to discuss common issues related to the discipline of education in colleges and universities, children and youth literature and curriculum materials.


Lit-Fest: A Celebration of Books for Children and Young Adults

Co-sponsored by the Nassau Library Systems, Youth Service Office and Adelphi University’s Ruth S. Ammon School of Education.

Friday, October 14th8:00 am to 3:00 pm

Adelphi University
UC Ballroom
Garden City, NY
Lit-Fest - Nassau Library System:

Abbott Leadership Institute classes-Fall 2011

Abbott Leadership Institute- Parent/Educator/Community Worker  Classes

 For the past 9 years, the Abbott Leadership Institute has taught education advocacy, policy and practice to parents, educators, community members and students of Newark and neighboring communities. The  primary goal is to improve the education of children in Newark, and that goal is possible only with informed parent and community engagement. After attending an ALI Series, parents will know the right questions to ask and how to influence school and education policy at the local, state and national level. Our parents are able to navigate the system and build relationships with people who can help them ensure their child receives a quality education. ALI Parents are Empowered Parents!

Series 20 - Making all Schools Work: Equal Opportunities, Equal Resources
Class One:
What every parent should know:
Updates: Changes in Newark Public Schools School Co-location or Shared Campuses , Return to Local Control, New Leadership & Your Child's Education
Sat., September 17, 2011
Rutgers University-Newark
Conklin Hall Room 100
175 University Ave. Newark, NJ 07102

Top 5 Reasons you should spend your Saturday mornings with the Abbott Leadership Institute:

1. GREAT BENEFITS: Classes are informative, free, fun, and there is always food! :)
2. CERTIFICATION: You receive a certificate of completion if you attend at least 4 of the 7 classes.
3. PROFESSIONAL CREDITS: You can receive professional credit hours for every class you attend.
4. MOVING NPS FORWARD: You will have a better understanding of Newark Public Schools and school reform, which means you can be more engaged in making our schools better.
5. PLAY A ROLE IN THE PROCESS: You will be able to work with parents, educators, students, politicians and community members who share your love for NPS and our children!

Series Continues, Saturdays:
October 1, 2011
October 15, 2011 - not an ALI event, but will count for a class
October 29, 2011
November 12, 2011
November 19, 2011
December 3, 2011
Schedule Subject to Change

All classes are Free, and children are welcome. We Eat, Discuss the Issues, and have Fun!
Contact Kaleena Berryman with Questions 973.353.3560 or

Website :
Also see what the The Abbott Leadership Institute Youth Media Symposium accomplished this summer:

The Abbott Leadership Institute Youth Media Symposium was selected as the first and second place winners from numerous applicants from around the country.  The ALI Youth  Public Service Announcements entitled, “Cutbacks & Taking a Stand” premiered at the Save Our Schools March Workshop on Friday, July 30, 2011 in Washington, DC and was received by the  audience with an engaged and warm response."

To view the winning videos, click on the links below:
1. "CUTBACKS" PSA; producer: William Rodriguez link:
2. "Take a Stand" PSA; producer: Alonzo Hamlett link:

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

JCPL Tale of Our City Book Festival-9/10/11

Jersey City Public Library
4th Annual "
A Tale of Our City Festival"
Saturday, September 10, 2011
10AM - 4PM.

A Tale of Our City book festival offers authors, new and established, of all genres and ages, a venue where they can showcase their works and bring it to the reading and buying public in a neutral and inspiring setting. All authors' books will be available for sale.

Author’s Reading Schedule:
10:30 am Thomas Belton – Protecting New Jersey’s EnvironmentPublished by Rutgers University Press, 2010
10:45 am Cherese Bracey – The Case of the Withering Books Self-Published by Xlibris, 2010
11:00 am Elijah M. Brown – Missing Pages, Out of My Life Self-Published by Realism 101, 2011
11:15 am Charles Caldes – Jersey City’s Hudson Waterfront, Books 1 & 2 Self-Published by Journal Square Publishing, 2010
11:30 am John E. DeJesus – TACO Self-Published by CreateSpace, 2010
12:00 N Cynthia Fabian – Those Sweet Nothings Self-Published by PublishAmerica, 2008
12:15 PM Eunie Guyre – Happy Victory: Celebrating a Jersey City Childhood Self-Published by Xlibris, 2011
12:30 PM Chrissy Roberts
Chrissy Roberts, who donated six performances this July for the children participating in the Library’s Summer
Reading Program, offers her acoustic guitar and originally written songs again, leading the audience-participation
performances that galvanize both children and adults.

Ms. Roberts is a singer/performer from Jersey City and her program, incorporating music and movement together, is targeted toward younger children. “Kids love music! As an occupational therapist, I enjoy using music as a tool to encourage kids to learn, move and grow.”

12:45 PM Sandra Guzmán – The New Latina’s Bible Published by Seal Press – Perseus Books, 2011
1:00 PM Jacqueline Hallenbeck – Poem-atic Self-Published by PublishAmerica, 2009
1:15 PM Judith Natelli McLaughlin – Poems on Fruits & Odes to Veggies Self-Published by AimWrite Communications, 2008
1:45 PM Clarence Matthews – Jacob’s Rite of Passage & Teen Jacob Self-Published by deeClare Publishing, LLC, 2010-2011
2:00 PM Valerie A. Mitchell – Emotional Rollercoaster: A Depicted Mind Self-Published, 2010 / Available through Author
2:15 PM Peter O’Reilly – Oh Really, O’Reilly Self-Published, 2008 / Available through Author
2:30 PM Alina Oswald – Vampire Fantasies Self-Published by, 2011
2:45 PM Jane Pedler – Wisteria Rose Self-Published, 2011 / Available through Author
3:00 PM Alyssa Pierce – Caroline & Rebecca’s Day at the Beach Self-Published by Xlibris Corporation, 2011
3:15 PM Keith Smith – Men in My Town Self-Published by BookSurge Publishing, 1st Edition, 2009
3:30 PM Jim Waltzer – The Battle of the Century: Dempsey, Carpentie and the Birth of Modern Promotion Published by ABC-CLIO – Praeger, 2011
3:45 PM JoAnne Williams – Escaping From the Victim or Volunteer Role in Your Relationship Self-Published, 2010 / Available through Author
4:00 PM Maureen Wlodarczyk – Young &Wicked: The Death of a Wayward Girl Self-Published by Ultra Media Publications, 2011

see for Author Biographies
Contact Info  – Sonia Araujo / Chair / A Tale of Our City / 201-547-4549

Teaching 9/11- 10 years later

This is an update to two older posts

Teaching 9/11

Lesson Plans for 9/11

New Resources

(from Leslie Kahn, NPL)
Ground Zero Now

(from Leslie Kahn, NPL)
Larry Ferlazzo's The Best Sites To Help Teach About 9/11
(excellent resources specifically for English Language Learners and others. Includes videos )

(from Julie Greller)
Media Specialist's Guide to Sharing 9/11 with your Students
includes a link to What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001".
the Curriculum guide "What Happened? The Story of September 11, 2001."

(from Leslie Kahn, NPL)
9/11 +ME
Interactive graphic of events that resulted from 9/11

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Princeton Book Festival 9/10/11

 6th Annual Princeton Children’s Book Festival
Saturday, September 10, 2011
 Princeton Public Library
 65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542.

This event will feature over 60 talented and amazing, award winning authors and illustrators of children’s and young adult literature joining us for a fun filled afternoon.

We are pleased to announce that artist and illustrator Sophie Blackall has created unique artwork for our Book Festival featuring the characters Ivy and Bean from the series she illustrates. Sophie has also illustrated many other books and is the author and illustrator of Are You Awake?

Also attending is 2011 Pura Belpre’ award winning illustrator Eric Velasquez, Bill Thomson (Chalk), John Bemelmans Marciano (Madeline), Will Hillenbrand (famed picture book author and illustrator), Brett Helquist (Lemony Snicket), John Rocco (Blackout), Alyssa Capucilli (Biscuit), Debbie Dadey (Bailey School Kids)and Dan Yaccarino (All the Way to America). For a full list of authors and illustrators please visit the Festival’s website at:

In addition we will have live entertainment throughout the afternoon. Kenn Kweder, a Philadelphia guitar legend will be playing for the grown-ups and Mr. Ray will be performing for children. Authors and illustrators will be reading or presenting their work throughout the afternoon. Books will be available for sale and autographing by a local bookseller; JaZam’s of Princeton.