Welcome to October, folks!I'll be your resident blogger for this month...and what a month it's set to be! There are a lot of library-related developments taking place on in our schools, around town and nationally. Consider this first blog post a "mash-up" of all of the best that has flashed onto my radar for this month....
First and foremost, it's National Banned Books Week! (Sept. 30-Oct.6th)There's still time for you to acknowledge this with a discussion or activity connected to our freedom to read and to celebrate teachers and librarians as ardent defenders of our first amendment rights.
Helpful links for Banned Books Week:
Center for the Book's official BBW site.
Resources from ALA, natch.
Resources from the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE).
Youtube Channel for ABFFE's "Virtual Read-Out".
October is doubly special...
Did you know it is also National Information Literacy Awareness Month?I (embarrassingly) did not! As of September, New York State was one of 10 states to issue "Information Literacy Awareness Proclamations". To find out just what that might entail, visit the website of the National Foundation for Information Literacy (NFIL): Foundation for Information Literacy Website
BTW: Info Lit awareness month has also been decreed by Pres.Obama, himself, here.
Librarian Events coming up: Delights await!...Oct. 3rd-5th: Library 2.012: Worldwide Virtual Conference
Founded by The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University, this virtual conference explores the current state of the library profession, as well as it's future, through presentations and discussions by innovative librarians, educators and thinkers.
Oct.10th: Educator's Night @ Word Bookstore in Greenpoint, Brooklyn:
Preview new books, score some prizes and give-aways and meet author RJ Palacio of acclaimed KidLit-hit "Wonder"...All whilst you sip wine and nibble snacks. Not bad!
Oct. 29th: Librarians Appreciation Night at McNally Jackson Bookstore in Soho
David Levithan, Sophie Blackall, Adelle Griffin, Tonya Hurly, Matt Luckhurst, Patricia McCormick, Matthew Reinhart, small press publishing Reps, large press publishing reps, raffles, give-aways, galleys, refreshments...need I say more?!
GoodiesLastly, I leave you with a round-up of some awesome blogs librarians should check out, if you haven't already! These are blogs I've found exceptionally interesting and useful, as of late...
"Interesting Non fiction for kids". Provocative reviews and discussions about creative non-fiction, K-12.
Classroom/Library strategies for implementing Web 2.0 projects & activities.
Very interesting Web 2.0-ish sight geared toward high school and college kids.
Blogs, forum, ideas and just plain awesomeness...
Find ideas and inspiration from the "Mighty Little Librarian" (aka Tiffany Whitehead)
Interesting literary blog from a 4th Grade teacher at Dalton.
A blog collective of female professionals from the world of Children's and YA book publishing.