Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Poetry Blast at Dalton!

The Dalton Poetry Class holds an Annual Poetry Fest every April at which our amazingly creative, insightful, and brave students come to the library after school to recite their own works.  The celebration is a warm and engaging experience with teachers also either reading their own poems or reciting from their favorite authors.  Our own Tobi Fineberg read a poem about prime numbers that I know you will enjoy, as did our folks here:

A love poem for lonely prime number



On the TV monitor just at the entrance to the library, where everyone waits for the elevator, is replete this month with poems, including a reading of William Wadsworth Longfellow's poem, The Daffodils, by Dave Matthews: 

The Daffodils, by Dave Matthews:  https://vimeo.com/98139899

Enjoy the gift of poetry along with us!

Monday, April 6, 2015


HVLA Blog Post – Adele Bildersee – The Dalton School

April is “Poetry Month” and here at Dalton and we make a very big deal about it!

The Library has a plethora of books and a “who wrote it?” on display all over the library.  Here are some of the mystery poems.  Can you identify the author?

When Towers Fell                                         Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening
Bilingual Love Poem                                     where I live,
The Raven                                                      To My Dear and Loving Husband
Yogurt                                                                        A Red, Red Rose
Still I Rise                                                       Venus Transiens
Back Woman                                                  Living with a Bodhisattva Cat is Intimidating
The Many Secrets of T.S. Eliot                      Modesties                  
Dickhead

The Dalton Poetry Club will hold its annual Poetry Reading in the Goldman Library on Tuesday, April 14th at 3:30pm.  Students write original poems and recite them for other students, teachers, parents, administrators, and guests. The writing is astonishing.  Often they host a professional poet as a guest. Please feel free to come if you can. 
David Orr’s 10 Favorite Poetry Books of 2014   ~~  NY Times December 22, 2014
David Orr writes the Book Review’s On Poetry column, and is the author of “Beautiful and Pointless: A Guide to Modern Poetry.”
Louise Glück, “Faithful and Virtuous Night.” The recent winner of the National Book Award, Glück’s 14th collection is wry, dreamlike and snow-covered: a testament to her late career resurgence, and to her increasing ability to inhabit personas like, but not identical to, her own (in this case, a male painter’s).
Saskia Hamilton, “Corridor.” Hamilton writes short, smart, sometimes enigmatic poems that seem carved out of driftwood, or old bones. “Corridor” is her fourth collection, and one of her best.
Fanny Howe, “Second Childhood.” A memorable meditation on old age and childhood, delivered through poems that often mimic parables and fairy tales. One of the very prolific Howe’s more approachable efforts.
J. D. McClatchy, “Plundered Hearts: New and Selected Poems.” McClatchy is widely associated with the late James Merrill, whose literary estate he manages with Stephen Yenser. The best of his own poetry is far pricklier than Merrill’s, and sets an appealingly black edge against the pastel whimsy of much contemporary writing.
Joshua Mehigan, “Accepting the Disaster.” Mehigan is one of America’s most gifted formalists, and as his title indicates, his sensibility is not a sunny one — rarely have so many people bought the farm in iambic pentameter. But this is an observation, not a criticism, and “The Orange Bottle,” in particular, gives new life to the tired compliment “tour de force.”
Gregory Pardlo, “Digest.” A brainy, compassionate book (Pardlo’s second) that uses a pleasingly large stylistic palette to paint a portrait of fatherhood, racial politics and Brooklyn before it became a place to buy $30 glasses of bourbon.
Kevin Prufer, “Churches.” A gothic extravaganza featuring alligators, avalanches and medical devices left inside bodies, delivered largely in long, musical free verse lines. Poetry at full boil, poured with deliberate abandon.
Alan Shapiro, “Reel to Reel.” Shapiro is a master of the middle tone (as well as most of the formal techniques in poetry’s capacious toolbox), and he probes the deeper places of the self with a skilled psychologist’s gentle persistence. A delicately disquieting collection.
Arthur Sze, “Compass Rose.” Sze’s ninth book is a subtle, patient, many-layered examination of consciousness (his own and humanity’s generally) that isn’t afraid to leave a little appropriate mystery between the lines (“…to the writer of fragments, each fragment is a whole”).
Christian Wiman, “Once in the West.” Wiman, formerly the editor of Poetry magazine, is an affecting poet in his own right. By turns elegiac, brooding and funny, “Once in the West” is one of the very few American poetry books to deal seriously (and successfully) with the religious impulse.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HVLA 2015 Scholarship for Professional Development Winner!

The Hudson Valley Library Association takes great pleasure in announcing

that the recipient of our 2015 scholarship for professional development is

Sarah Murphy, Head Librarian at The Browning School. Sarah is currently

pursuing a second master’s degree at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School

of English. In her application Sarah mentioned that she would like to spend

this summer at Bread Loaf’s UK campus at Oxford University in order to work

on curriculum development for her school on Shakespearean comedies. HVLA

is delighted to help our colleague make that plan a reality by awarding her a

$1000 scholarship.

Sarah will be sharing her exciting experiences at Oxford with all of HVLA in a

special blog posting in the fall. In the meantime, we hope that all Hudson

Valley Library Association members will join us for our spring meeting (date

and location to be announced shortly) where we will make a special

presentation to Sarah.

Monday, March 9, 2015

March Book Club

Date/Time: 
Thursday, March 12th @ 6pm

Location: 
Elizabeth Irwin High School Library
40 Charlton Street
(Between 6th Ave and Varick)

Nearby Subway Stations: Houston Street (1), Spring Street (C, E), West 4th Street (A, B, C, D, E, F, M)

What Were Reading:

X by Ilyash Shabazz & Kekla Magoon 

Listen Slowly by Thanha Lai
Other editions

Please RSVP Here

Please note that you do not need to have read both books. Feel free to come having read just one (or even just some of one).

Also, follow along on Goodreads

Monday, March 2, 2015

March Literary Events in NYC

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder
Saturday, March 7th 1:00pm- 3:00pm
“Join Books of Wonder in welcoming PAM MUNOZ RYAN, KAT YEH, and TRICIA SPRINGSTUBB. These great middle grade authors will be on hand to greet young readers, share their latest literary adventures, provide writing tips, and sign books.”


March Picture Book Bonanza at Books of Wonder
Sunday, March 8th 2:00pm-4:00pm
DANIEL KIRK for The Thing About Spring
KIRSTINE LOMBARDI for Lovey Bunny
PAULETTE BOGAN for Virgil & Owen
MEGHAN McCARTHY for Earmuffs for Everyone!


Launch Party for the Orphan Queen at Books of Wonder
Tuesday, March 10th 6:00pm-8:00pm
“Stop by Books of Wonder for the Launch Party for The Orphan Queen by JODI MEADOWS! JODI MEADOWS will be joined by friends, CJ REDWINE, author of the Defiance Trilogy, CYNTHIA HAND, author of The Last Time We Say Goodbye, BRODI ASHTON, author of the Everneath Trilogy, and JOY HENSLEY, author of Rites of Passage. You won't want to miss these five fantastic YA authors as they celebrate the beginning of JODI MEADOW's latest series!”


Middle Grade Thrills at Books of Wonder
Saturday, March 14th 1:00pm-3:00pm
“Join Books of Wonder, GORDON KORMAN, M.E. CASTLE, and LISA FIEDLER for some middle grade thrills! Your young readers won't want to miss out on the adventure as three of Books of Wonder's favorite authors share their latest exciting tales!”


Meet Dave Piley & Dan Santat
Sunday, March 15th 1:00pm-3:00pm
“Join Books of Wonder in welcoming two of our all time favorites, DAV PILKEY and DAN SANTAT, as they present the 6th book in the Ricky Ricotta series, Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn! Your young readers won't want to miss this afternoon full of adventures, laughs, Stupid Stinkbugs, and Jurassic Jackrabbits!”


Celebrate the 2015 ALA Award Winners and Honorees!
Monday, March 16th 6:00pm-8:00pm
“Join us for an award-winning evening, as we welcome the 2015 ALA award winners and honorees. Author and illustrator DAN SANTAT shares the 2015 Caldecott Medal winning The Adventures of Beekle; author KWAME ALEXANDER presents The Crossover the 2015 Newbery Medal winner; and husband and wife team ANNA KANG & CHRISTOPHER WEYANT bring us their Theodor Seuss Geisel Award title You Are (Not) Small!”

Alberto Manguel: First Reads at The 92nd Street Y
Monday, March 16th 8:15pm
"Upon publication of his new book, Curiosity, Alberto Manguel—renowned for his learned yet felicitous investigations of how writers and readers meet and change each other—takes on a special assignment: to read a work he’s never read before, then discuss the experience of this literary encounter."
Kazuo Ishiguro and Caryl Phillips at The 92nd Street Y
Wednesday, March 18th 7:00pm
2015 NYC TEEN AUTHOR FESTIVAL EVENTS - MARCH 15th-March 23rd
Kickoff Night: SPINE OUT at Dixon Place, 161 Christie Street
Sunday, March 15th 7:00pm
Novelists Read Personal Essays
Leigh Bardugo, Matt de la Peña, Emmy Laybourne, David Levithan, R.L. Stine


What is YA anyway? at NYPL Mulberry Street Branch (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Monday, March 16th 6:00pm-8:00pm
“What is YA, anyway? Where does it come from? What does it mean to authors, readers, and the media? Where is it going? Are there fears that it’s just a “trend” right now, and that the pendulum will swing away from it again … or is YA here to stay? How, as writers, do we continue to keep it evolving? None of us will have answers, but we’ll certainly have opinions.”
Leigh Bardugo, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Donna Freitas, Lev Grossman, Micol Ostow, Danielle Paige, Scott Westerfeld & Moderator: David Levithan
YA that Sings at Books of Wonder (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Tuesday, March 17th 6:00pm
“The NYC debut of three new books with music and emotion at their cores.”
Elizabeth Eulberg, David Levithan, Jennifer Niven


Writing as a Many-Booked Thing: Looking at Series at 42nd Street NYPL (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Wednesday, March 18th 6:00pm-8:00pm
Authors: Dahlia Adler, Sarah Rees Brennan, Seth Fishman, Michelle Hodkin, Barry Lyga, Marie Rutkoski, Eliot Schrefer & Moderator: David Levithan


The Perils of Perfection at Word Bookstore Brooklyn (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Thursday, March 19th 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Authors Kate Axelrod (The Law of Loving Others), Susane Colasanti (Now and Forever), Corey Haydu (Life by Committee), Melissa Kantor (Better Than Perfect), Terra Elan McVoy (Drive Me Crazy), and Alecia Whitaker (Wildflower) with moderator Amanda Maciel (Tease).


Symposium at 42nd Street NYPL (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Friday, March 20th 2:00pm-6:00pm
2:00pm: Introduction
2:15pm: Crafting Something out of Something
Authors: Selene Castrovilla, Sarah Cross, Amalie Howard, Claire Legrand, Mary McCoy, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Aaron Starmer & Moderator: David Levithan
2:30-3:45pm: YA Explains it All (Q & A)
Authors: Matt Blackstone, Lisa Colozza Cocca, Gina Damico, Timothy Decker, Amy Ewing, Gabriel Guarante, Emmy Laybourne, Kass Morgan, Lindsay Ribar, Jill Santopolo, Len Vlahos, & Maryrose Wood
3:55-4:40pm: The Fame Game
Authors: Alison Cherry, Sarah Darer Littman, Maya Rock, Rebecca Serle, Alecia Whitaker & Moderator: Leila Sales
4:40-5:30pm: The Thrill is All Mine
Authors: Martina Boone, Laurie Crompton, JJ Howard, Lee Kelly, Nicole Maggi, Mary McCoy, Diana Renn, VC Stanley, CL Gaber & Moderator: David Levithan


Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater at Union Square B&N (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Friday, March 20th 7:00pm-8:30pm
Authors: Cathleen Bell, Holly Black, Heather Demetrios, Kevin Emerson, Kathryn Holmes, Justine Larbalestier, David Levithan, Scott Westerfeld


Symposium at 42nd Street NYPL (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Saturday, March 21st 1:00pm-5:00pm
1:10-1:40pm: Keynote Speaker: Libba Bray discussing books and gender
1:40-2:30pm: Exploring Feminist YA
Authors: Libba Bray, Gayle Forman, Justine Larbalestier, Nova Ren Suma, Scott Westerfeld & Moderator: David Levithan
2:30-3:10pm: Issues of Representation in YA Literature
Authors: Maria E. Andreu, Coe Booth, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, IW Gregorio, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith & Moderator: David Levithan
3:20-4:10pm: Who You Are and Who You Love
Authors: Nora Raleigh Baskin, Carolyn Mackler, Chase Night, Cindy Rodriguez, Jennifer E. Smith, Jenn Marie Thorne, Will Walton, & Moderator: Melissa Walker
4:10-5:00pm: Creating Strong Characters
Authors: Sarah Beth Durst, TM Goeglein, Elizabeth Kiem, Kieran Scott, Jessica, Spotswood, Robin Talley, Sandra Waugh, & Moderator: Terra Elan McVoy


The Mutual Admiration Society Reading at McNally Jackson (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Saturday, March 21st 7:00pm
Authors:Coe Booth, Michelle Knudsen, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Andrew Smith, Lindsay Smith, Jessica Spotswood & Moderator: David Levithan


Our No Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Sunday, March 22nd 1:00pm-4:00pm
1:00-1:30pm
S Petroff / D Manley, Ash
JJ Howard, Tracers
Nicole Maggi, The Forgetting
Jenn Marie Thorne, The Wrong Side of Right
Jennifer A. Nielsen, Mark of the Thief
Dahlia Adler, Behind the Scenes
Lisa Amowitz, Vision
Maria E. Andreu, Secret Side of Empty
Kate Axelrod, The Law of Loving Others
Nora Raleigh Baskin, Subway Love
Cathleen Bell, I Remember You
Martina Boone, Compulsion
1:30-2:00pm
Coe Booth, Kinda Like Brothers
Sarah Rees Brennan, Unmade
Caela Carter, My Best Friend, Maybe
Selene Castrovilla, Melt
Alison Cherry, For Real
Lisa Colozza Cocca, Providence
Susane Colasanti, Now and Forever
Laurie Crompton, Adrenaline Crush
Sarah Cross, Tear You Apart
Gina Damico, Hellhole
Tim Decker, Lies in the Dust
Heather Demetrios, I’ll Meet You There
Sarah Beth Durst, Chasing Power
2:00-2:30pm
Daniel Ehrenhaft, 21 Proms
Kevin Emerson, Breakout
Seth Fishman, The Dark Water
TM Goeglein, Embers & Ash
Gabriel Guarante, Satan’s Prep
Corey Haydu, Life by Committee
Michelle Hodkin, Retribution of Mara Dyer
Kathryn Holmes , The Distance Between Lost & Found
Amalie Howard, Oceanborn
Lee Kelly, City of Savages
Elizabeth Kiem, Hider, Seeker, Secret Keeper
Michelle Knudsen, Evil Librarian
2:30-3:00pm
Claire Legrand, Winterspell
David Levithan, Hold Me Closer
Sarah Darer Littman, Backlash
Elisa Ludwig, Pretty Wanted
Barry Lyga, Blood of my Blood
Amanda Maciel, Tease
Terra Elan McVoy, In Deep
L Melnick & B Lauer, Please Excuse this Poem
Kass Morgan, Homecoming
3:00-3:30pm
Danielle Paige, Dorothy Must Die
Lindsay Ribar, The Fourth Wish
Maya Rock, Scripted
Cindy Rodriguez, When Reason Breaks
Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Crime
Jill Santopolo, Love on the Lifts
Kieran Scott, What Waits in the Woods
Rebecca Serle, Famous in Love
3:30-4:00pm
Chris Shirley, Playing By the Book
Jennifer E Smith, Geography of You and Me
Lindsay Smith, Sekret
Jessica Spotswood, Sisters’ Fate
VC Stanley & CL Gaber, Jex Malone
Aaron Starmer, The Whisper
Robin Talley, Lies We Tell Ourselves
Mary G. Thompson, Evil Fairies Love Hair
Yvonne Ventresca, Pandemic
Sandra Waugh, Lark Rising
Scott Westerfeld, Afterworlds
Alecia Whitaker, Wildflower


After Party (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Monday, March 23rd 7:00pm
Nova Ren Suma launches The Walls Around Us in conversation with Libba Bray at McNally Jackson

Monday, February 23, 2015

HVLA Winter Meeting


Good Morning Everyone! This is a reminder that this Thursday, February 26th, 2015 is our HVLA Winter Meeting at:

Williamsburg Northside School
299 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This meeting will be from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. 

We will be running roundtable discussions on LGBT Youth in the Library by division.

We are also collecting a list of gender and sexuality titles for each division prior to the meeting.
You can share titles using this Google Form.

There will be a social hour immediately following our meeting at Biblio Brooklyn at 149 North 6th Street.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"The Danger of a Single Story" Young Adult Style

This is perhaps already familiar to some but I recently found a blog called A Year of Reading the World. I cannot recall how I stumbled upon this but I found it very interesting. In turn, I also watched a TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called The Danger of a Single Story from TEDglobal 2009.

I love reading books from various places because I believe this helps us become more well rounded, empathetic individuals who aren’t caught up by stereotypes or media representations. This also got me thinking about YA books. I read a lot of YA both because I enjoy it and because it is a necessary part of being a middle & upper school librarian. I make sure to include books from various and diverse perspectives trying to hit all major identifiers but at the same time how many books do I purchase that are actually from other countries by authors from these countries?

Yes, I have books depicting Asian American characters and books with African American characters. I also have books originally published from the UK, Canada, and Australia. How many books do I have originally published from Kenya or from Laos? How many of these books are written by Kenyan or Laotian authors? How many contemporary books for young adult populations are published from these places? Clearly the United States publishes quite a bit, especially with the recent surge in films based on Young Adult novels but does the rest of the world follow suit? Perhaps they do but because I mostly read reviews from North American magazines and blogs have I developed a Eurocentric or North-Amerocentric (is this a thing?) view of young adult literature? Obviously, teens can read international fiction marketed to adult populations but is that the same thing?

I will note though that since 2006 USBBY has provided an Annual Outstanding International Book list which has great international reads for all ages. It is definitely a good starting point and we are mindful of including these texts in our collection.

Well what are your thoughts? Do you think it is important to include young adult perspectives from around the world? Is it sufficient to include literature about being Asian American, Latin American, etc? Is it sufficient to provide adult titles with YA appeal? Would our students be interested in YA books published and written elsewhere? Would our faculty members?