Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Summer Reading Programs

Here are some ways to get kids excited about reading this summer. Please add any additional programs you know of in the comments. 
Students coast to coast will answer the call to keep on reading about the world around them. Newsela's Summer Reading Challenge gives them the chance to earn badges, get newsroom promotions and climb in the standings, all while reading news and feature stories hot off the press.
Calling all kids and teens! Join the action and have a blast this summer as NYPL celebrates heroes and cool books, from popular fantasy and graphic novels to the latest in your favorite series. Even adults can join the fun.
Browse through our site for summer reading related materials. "Every Hero Has a Story" this summer at your local library. To join the fun of Summer Reading today, find your local library website using our link, and register!            
Power Up and Read! The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge™ is a free online reading program for children. Join today and let’s set a new reading world record for summer 2015! (May 4 - Sept 4, 2015)
Students in grades K-5 are challenged to read 10 books this summer and earn $10 in a Young Savers account.

 Sponsored by Pizza Hut, students will find interactive experiences beginning June 22. The more they read, the more prizes they can earn. 

K-6 students can read any 8 books, record them in a reading journal, and choose a free book from their Barnes & Noble Store. 


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Child-sized T

Last week an article I wrote for School Library Journal got published on their website. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

Evaluating Transgender Picture Books

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Musings on Harold and the Purple Crayon

Happy Spring, all! I came across this article on Harold and the Purple Crayon completely by accident, and thought it would be a nice way to start my (Kyle's) month of blogging, since I talk about this book all the time. There are a lot of discussions around issue-driven children's literature, and a lot of my ideas about why picture books are so important are nicely illustrated in this.

One sentence that stood out for me, on a slightly different tack, is "I feel squicky when people quote their students’ glitter-genius sentences on Facebook -- it doesn’t seem mentor-like or ethical..." and I'm interested in other thoughts on that, as it's something I think about a lot.

Enjoy!

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