Lynn Dean Ford Scholarship

The Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists has had very little
interest in their annual $1,000 scholarship and they have extended the deadline.  They will consider college students majoring in journalism, as well as high school seniors who
have written for their school newspapers or can otherwise demonstrate a
commitment to our field. To be eligible, applicants must be black and must
have attended either high school or college (ideally both) in the state of

Along with the application, students will need: 1) two letters of
recommendation, 2) examples of work in the media (published articles or
tapes, if broadcast) and 3) a 250-300 word typed, double-spaced essay on
what attracted them to journalism and their goals within the field.

For an application or more information, contact Courtenay Edelhart, IABJ Scholarship Committee Chair  phone 317.338.8163, email

Deadline has been extended to May 30.

Top Ten

OK, I’m borrowing this topic from a thread on LM_NET, a listserve for school media specialists. The question asked was “What are the top ten circulating books in your library”? Not only did I learn what the most popular books are in my library, but I learned how to generate this using Follett’s Destiny. I generated by list using fiction and non-fiction books. The Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary actually had the highest number, but because teachers check out 30+ at a time, I didn’t include them. No other non-fictions made the list. Drama High vol. 2 made number one. This book, for some reason is returned much soon than the other volumes and consequently circulates more.

Here are my top ten, it sure would be great to see some others from school and public libraries!

#1–Drama High vol 2 by L. Divine

2- Skinny women are evil: notes of a big girl in a small minded world by Mo’nique

3 (tied)- Played by Dana Davidson

Ultimate X Men vol 12

Tastes like chicken by Lolita Files

4. (tied) L’il Mama Rules by Sheneska Jackson

Dark by Kenji Jasper

5. (tied) If you want me by Kayla Perrin

Rave master vol 19

6. A right to be hostile: the Bookdocks treasury by Aaron McGruder

Interesting Class

This class information was recently posted on YALSA-listserv. I think it looks like an interesting way to learn about activities that can make libraries more inviting to young people. There is something about the link between images and words that is quite powerful that I am just beginning to become aware of. If I had the time, I would do this!

Enrollment for the Arts and Crafts for Youth ibrarians May 7th online workshop is currently open. he popular class sponsored by Art Teacher on the Net s taught by Valerie Colston, artprofessor and Library rt Performer. The 4 week non-credit workshop
provides expert art advice for Youth Librarians and hose working with children and teens in a library etting. It’s a wonderful opportunity to network.
Topics include:
Organizing Art Programs
Supplies You Need
Promoting Literacy Through the Visual Arts
Summer Art Program Ideas
Teen Programs
Preschool-Elementary Art Program Ideas
and much more.

You can access the workshop 24/7 at your convenience
and post to other Youth Service Librarians on a weekly
To sign up visit
and see what others who have taken the workshop are
saying about it.

Cost: Only $35.00 for a 4 week online session.

For more information contact

Valerie Colston
Art Teacher on the Net

Need Money?

Applications for Target Store Grants are available either at your local Target store or online. The grants, of up to $3,000, focus on arts, family violence prevention and reading. Reading grants are awarded to schools, libraries and nonprofit organizations, supporting programs such as weekend book clubs, after-school reading programs and events encouraging family reading time.

library 2.0

If you’re looking for different ways to involve teens in your library, you might design projects or workshops for budding videographers using Make Internet TV. This site has step-by-step instructions for shooting, editing and publishing online videos that can be watched and subscribed to by millions of people. The site is connected to the MITV Wiki, a space where anyone can share techniques, links, and other resources related to making Internet TV