Wednesday, May 22, 2013

NYT Summer Reading Essay Contest for teens 13-19

Fourth Annual New york Times Summer Reading Essay Contest  starts on June 14th and ends on August 16, 2013.
During that time, teenagers, 13-19 can choose any piece in The New York Times they like and write to tell why it interested them. Weekly winning submissions will be chosen. The contest is open to teenagers only — anyone from 13 to 19 years old, from anywhere in the world.

How it Works
The New York Times will  post the same Student Opinion question for every Friday, starting June 14.
Each will ask, “What Interested You Most in The Times This Week?”
That is where students  should post their  picks (and reasons) any time until the next Friday.
Then that post will be closed and  a new one opened with the same question.

Submissions (Comments on a particular article) should be 350 words or less and abide by the rules found here

Notes for Teachers
 Teachers: If you want all the students in a particular class to write in, just give them a code of some kind to affix to their first names

Teachers can  also consider telling students that it will be their responsibility when they return to school in the fall to provide a list of links to each of their comments.
Each comment has its own unique URL, which can be found by clicking “link” in the upper left-hand side of any individual comment

Rules and more information

Friday, May 03, 2013

Montclair Film Festival highlights film on Autism in Newark

"Best Kept Secret" is a feature-length documentary about the struggles of JFK teacher Janet Mino, a veteran educator who specializes in helping severely autistic kids. The film follows Mino as she prepares six young men at JFK for the harsh realities of life once they "fall of the cliff" — Mino's words for what happens when they age out of the public school system at 21.
See an srticle about the film at

It premieres:
'Best Kept Secret' at the Montclair Film Festival

Where: Montclair Kimberly Academy, 6 Lloyd Road, Montclair
When: Saturday at 1:45 p.m.
How much: $12.50. Visit  for more information.

For  a select list of books on autism at the Guarini Library see

Free Comic Book Day- 5/4/13

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 comic book shop for their participation and rules.

Need a local comic shop to visit on May 4th? Use the  "shop locator".

More information

Comics are educational too!