Thursday, March 17, 2016

Jersey City seeks authors and performers for Tales of our Cities Book Festival 9/25/16

Tales of Our Cities 2016 Talent Outreach

Jersey City Public Library Looking for Talented
 Writers, Poets, Singer/Songwriters & Spoken Word Artists
for Tales of Our Cities 2016

8th Annual Book Festival to be Staged at Van Vorst Park on Sunday, September 25

JERSEY CITY, N.J.   March 7, 2016 –

 “The application is posted!” That’s the answer to the question: “How can I apply to Tales of Our Cities – the annual book festival in Jersey City?” Just go to the Jersey City library website –
and scroll down to the Tales of Our Cities portal

 The 8th annual Jersey City library book festival, Tales of Our Cities 2016, will be presented on Sunday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Now is the time for all authors, singer/songwriters, poets, spoken word artists, vendors and publishers to apply.

The participant’s contract and outreach flyer are available on the library website to download and print, along with contact information.

 The participant application deadline is Monday, July 11. Please contact Elysse Sison at, (201) 547-4543 or by fax, (201) 656-1517.

 Due to the ongoing renovations at the Main Library, the Tales of Our Cities book festival was not presented in 2015, and in 2014, the festival was staged at Grove Street Plaza.
For 2016, the book festival will be in familiar surroundings – the gazebo and extensive grounds of Van Vorst Park.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Environment and Elections-Lesson Plans for Earth Day and Beyond

As Earth Day approaches, lesson plans on the Flint Water crisis provide an interesting perspective

Flint Water Crisis 

Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center has a lesson plan on Progressive City Planners  with these objectives:

Students will:
  • Consider how our society is divided by race and class and consider the stark differences in treatment within communities
  • Evaluate previous biases against people of color and working-class communities.
  • Analyze the impact of environmental racism on the health and well-being of communities of color
  • Create a vision of a more just and equitable society
Another environmental lesson plan was included in this blog's post

The Teachable Moment
The Teachable Moment a project of the Morningside Center
has the following lesson plan  and readings specifically on the crisis


The Teachable Moment also has lessons on the current elections

Teaching Tolerance has lesson plans on past election and voters' rights concerns

For more lesson plan websites and other materials   check this bibliography

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Support Literacy with one Email today

Help Our LSTA / IAL Library Champions Help Us Now!

It's that time of year again when Congressional cost-cutters sharpen their budget knives and go looking for under-supported federal programs to slash or discontinue. Last year, now Speaker of the House Paul Ryan proposed completely eliminating IMLS and with it over $200 million in funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Both of these programs are potentially on the chopping block this year and it's up to you to help save them.  

Library champions in Congress are now circulating "Dear Appropriator" letters to their colleagues urging members of the powerful Senate and House Appropriations Committees to fully fund LSTA and IAL (See the letters here). 

Please take just five minutes to contact your Representative in the House and both of your U.S. Senators and ask them to sign these letters (one each for LSTA and IAL in each chamber of Congress). Your help, and these funds, make a huge difference in what libraries and librarians can do for their patrons in every corner of the country.

These "Dear Appropriator" letters carry tremendous weight with the Appropriations Committee. The more Members of Congress who sign them, the more likely LSTA and IAL - and the millions of Americans they help every year - are to survive and thrive.

Time is short! Please, contact both your Senators and Representative now.