The Library Connection
Volume 25 Number 10 October 2005
Children's Book Week - November 14 - 20, 2005
Click here for the Fall 2005 Bookmobile Schedule
In This Issue:
|Cedarburg Library Featured in Children's Book||New ESLS Web Sites|
|EasiCat Links to New AV Items||Early Literacy Workshop|
|Imagination Library||CCBC Offers New Intellectual Freedom Information Resource on Web Site|
|New Funding Available for Emergency Plans||ILL Work Group Wants Your Comments|
|Author and Publisher Pull Books from Google||New "We the People" Bookshelf Grant Opportunities|
|2005 Finalists for the National Book Awards||Thanksgiving Bookmarks|
Cedarburg resident Renee Graef has illustrated a new children's book--"B is for Bookworm." The book was written by Anita C. Prieto.
The cover has a picture of the children's area of the Cedarburg Public Library because the illustrator says "It just looked nice and cozy." A neighbor of the illustrator is pictured on the "S" page, which also has a mural from the library in the background. Other local individuals are found on seven other pages. The "K" and "Z" pages contain pictures of librarians from Westlawn Elementary School in Cedarburg.
The book explains the inner workings of libraries, such as how they keep track of all the volumes and how many miles worth of books are in the Library of Congress.
Check EasiCat if you want to get a copy of the book.
The Cedarburg Public Library and the Oscar Grady Library in Saukville now have new web sites. They both have many links to "tried and true" web pages on many subjects. Click the hyperlinks to view them. The ESLS web site has links to all member libraries home pages that include the hours, the services and programs they offer, as well as links to numerous sources of information.
For some time, the ESLS web site has had lists of the new DVDs and VHS tapes added to the collections at the member libraries. Paul has now added another list--new books on CD and all of the lists now contain direct link to the item record on EasiCat so customers can check availability of these items.
Tammy Federspiel from Lakeview Community Library in Random Lake and I attended the Early Literacy Workshop in Madison this September. The sessions were good and they motivated me to order some new professional storyhour books. Besides the infant and toddler program books, I also ordered Ready-to-Go-Storytimes, Science is Simple, and Storytime Action!.
Ready-to-Go-Storytimes by Gail Benton contains six themes that include Yum, Yum; Animal Tales; Desert Dash; Beach Party; Color Wheel; and Dressin’ Up. There is a suggested book to read for each theme as well as numerous fingerplays, scripts, and songs. All the patterns are included including many puppet patterns. The puppets are cute but they would take some time to make. The one drawback I see to the themes is that there is usually only one book title given to support the theme. Most of each program is composed of fingerplays, scripts, and songs.
Science is Simple: Over 250 Activities for Preschoolers by Peggy Ashbrook contains 40 topics that include Planting Peas on President’s Day, Sound is Vibration, What is Melting, Mirrors Reflect, Winter Birds, and Making a Chemical Reaction to Create Slime. Each section has several books included in its bibliography as well as prompts for the presenter on what to do and talk about. I am excited about this book because I think the storyhour kids will have fun with the activities. I know the older kids had a blast, no pun intended, with the potions workshop we did this summer. I got some of the potion recipes at the South Central Summer Reading Training session and the rest I got on-line. I demonstrated the more hazardous potions that used ammonia and then let the kids rotate among six workstations where they could do different potions themselves.
Storytime Action! 2,000+ Ideas for Making 500 Picture Books Interactive by Jennifer Bromann includes how to make any book interactive, how to create an interactive storytime, 2,000 ideas, a theme index, and a title index. One example of her ideas is copying a picture of an outline of a dog and then letting the kids come up and draw on an appropriately colored spot as you read the book Dog’s Colorful Day. Just paging through the book has given me some ideas on how to increase interaction during storytime. I think this will be a good on-going resource.
"Dolly Parton is a hero in East Tennessee. Go into any shop and poke around opinions and you will find how deeply she is loved. Dolly didn't forget her people, the hugely gifted singer and songwriter who went from hand-me-down Levi's to international fame and wealth.
Four years ago she founded the Imagination Library to provide every child under 5 in Tennessee books mailed to their homes. Dolly, Dollywood, the Dixie Stampede and other corporate sponsors support the effort and in June 2004, Gov. Phil Bredesen announced $2 million would be appropriated to accelerate the effort.
Last month, Imagination Library shipped 188,102 books and since its creation, 3,524,720 books have been sent to children, many in homes with no financial means to even consider buying books for their children. (You can bet TV is often the sole source of story telling.) The library has spread to 41 states."
The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has a new feature on their web site where libraries can ask "What IF Questions" about intellectual freedom.
What IF... is a question-and-answer forum on intellectual freedom and censorship, especially with regard to books for children and teenagers in classrooms and libraries. The What IF... forum is not designed to respond to specific challenges to materials. Instead, it is a place to turn to ask questions before a challenge occurs, and to help you think through what the principles of intellectual freedom look like in practice.
What IF... will draw upon the expertise of former CCBC director Ginny Moore Kruse, who is nationally known for her leadership in intellectual freedom work. Ginny founded the CCBC's award-winning Intellectual Freedom Information Services, which provide Wisconsin librarians and teachers with timely, book-specific information in situations where there is a pending or actual challenge. (If you are a Wisconsin librarian or teacher facing a potential or actual book challenge, call the CCBC at 608-263-3720 to ask for assistance from this service.) You can read more about it at http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/freedom/IFServices.asp
Ginny and CCBC librarian Megan Schliesman will respond to each question that is submitted to What IF. All questions are confidential and will receive a personal reply. Some questions and their responses will be chosen for anonymous inclusion in the What IF archives so that others can learn from them.To find out more about What IF..., and to submit a question, go to http://www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/freedom/whatif/default.asp
A new resource from the Heritage Emergency National Task Force identifies federal funding to help make an emergency plan, buy disaster supplies, or train staff for next year's hurricane season. Before and After Disasters: Federal Funding for Cultural Institutions provides information on 15 federal grant and loan programs to help cultural institutions and historic sites prepare for and recover from disasters. http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PDFS/Cataclysm.pdf
Before and After Disasters was produced by Heritage Preservation with support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Endowment for the Arts. Before the guide was printed, the Task Force made it available electronically as a Hurricane Resource to help victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These resources are located at http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PROGRAMS/TFHurricaneRes.HTM
The programs described in Before and After Disasters help nonprofit arts centers, archives, conservation and historic preservation organizations, historical societies, historic sites, libraries, museums, and theaters, among others. Before and After Disasters is an updated and expanded version of Resources for Recovery, last issued in 2000. The new booklet covers programs for planning and mitigation as well as recovery. The agency profiles contain information on eligibility and funding levels and include practical examples. A selection of on-line resources helps institutions find professional conservation expertise for their collections and the communities they serve.
You can order up to 50 copies of Before and After Disasters at no charge from the FEMA publications office. Phone 800-480-2520 and ask for FEMA publication #533. You can also download the 32-page booklet from Heritage Preservation's Web site at http://www.heritagepreservation.org/PDFS/Disaster.pdf
The Heritage Emergency National Task Force has helped to make disaster preparedness and response a higher priority for cultural heritage organizations across the country. The Task Force-an initiative of Heritage Preservation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency-is a partnership of 40 government agencies and national service organizations. Learn the latest information on hurricane recovery efforts and find valuable disaster resources at the Task Force Web site, www.heritageemergency.org
The Interlibrary Loan Work Group was appointed in May, 2005 by the Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning to develop the purpose, goals, and principles for a statewide interlibrary loan system which involves all types of libraries. The Work Group was responsible for making recommendations for revising the "Wisconsin Interlibrary Loan Guidelines" which were last developed and disseminated in 1996, and for considering the general characteristics of an interlibrary loan system. The Work Group activities were planned and facilitated by Debra Wilcox Johnson. The Work Group met five times between May and December.
The workgroup purpose, membership, and activities, a draft version of the "Wisconsin Interlibrary Loan Guidelines, 2005" and a general summary of the meeting topics discussed are posted to the Reference and Loan Library website at: http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/rll/indill.html
The draft guidelines and meeting notes will be discussed by the Council on Library and Network Development at its November 11, 2005 meeting at the Verona High School Library/Media Center. These items will also be shared with other groups during meetings this fall and winter. If you have comments about the guidelines, please email them to Sally Drew at email@example.com or phone 608-224-6161.
Google's controversial program to scan millions of books has run afoul of a very prolific author and his publisher. Jacob Neusner, a research professor of theology at Bard College, has written more than 900 books. Calling Google's book-scanning project a violation of copyright, Neusner requested that his books not be included in the database.
Google's response was that Neusner must submit a separate form for each book he wanted excepted from the project. Siding with Neusner, the Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, which has published many of Neusner's titles, then told Google it wanted all of its titles excluded from the project as well. Calling the scanning project "unfair and arrogant," Jed Lyons, president of Rowman & Littlefield, said, "[W]e don't want to do business with an organization that thumbs its nose at publishers and authors." Lyons said representatives from Google are trying to persuade the publisher to change its decision.
The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are now accepting applications for the We The People Bookshelf on "Becoming American." Part of the NEH's We the People initiative, the annual collection development grant project will award sets of 15 classic books for young readers, as well as three of these titles in Spanish, to 1,000 libraries across the country. Libraries interested in receiving the collection are required to develop and host a program to introduce the collection and its theme of "Becoming American" to students and/or patrons.
Guidelines and applications are available online at http://www.ala.org/wethepeople from September 6, 2005 - January 17, 2006. Unlike past We The People Bookshelves, there will be no second deadline for "Becoming American." All applications are due by January 17, 2006.
To access a list of titles, please visit http://www.ala.org/wethepeople. With questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Book Foundation and the American Library Association have teamed up to bring libraries across the country up-to-the-minute information on the 2005 National Book Awards. For the first time this year, this information is being provided to libraries within minutes after John Grisham's official announcement of the National Book Award Finalists from William Faulkner's porch in Oxford, Mississippi.
They have also created a special NBF/ALA page on the National Book Foundation's Web site: http://www.nationalbook.org to give you more information on how to invite National Book Award Finalists to your library.
* E.L. Doctorow, The March
* Mary Gaitskill, Veronica
* Christopher Sorrentino, Trance
* Renč Steinke, Holy Skirts
* William T. Vollmann, Europe Central
* Alan Burdick, Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological
* Leo Damrosch, Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius
* Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
* Jim Dwyer and Kevin Flynn, 102 Minutes: The Untold Story of the Fight to Survive Inside the Twin Towers
* Adam Hochschild, Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves
* John Ashbery, Where Shall I Wander
* Frank Bidart, Star Dust: Poems
* Brendan Galvin, Habitat: New and Selected Poems, 1965-2005
* W.S. Merwin, Migration: New and Selected Poems
* Vern Rutsala, The Moment's Equation
YOUNG PEOPLE'S LITERATURE
* Jeanne Birdsall, The Penderwicks
* Adele Griffin, Where I Want to Be
* Chris Lynch, Inexcusable
* Walter Dean Myers, Autobiography of My Dead Brother
* Deborah Wiles, Each Little Bird That Sings
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