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Help Finding Books

February 28, 2008

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  Scholastic Books has recently come out with Book Wizard, an online tool that is available to help librarians, parents, teachers and students find similar books.  The lists can be saved online or shared.  In addition to this service, the Book Wizard also performs collection analysis.  While I did register for and use the Wizard […]

50 Years of Things Falling Apart

February 28, 2008

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  50 years ago African literature was redefined with the publication of Things Fall Apart.  Tayari Jones offers nice behind the scene insights gathered from a recent event celebrating the book and its author. USAfrica will honor 50 Years of Chinua Achebe’s masterpiece ‘THINGS FALL APART’ by holding the 2008 ‘USAfrica international Harvest of Achebe’, […]

Free Colts DVD

February 25, 2008

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The community relations department of the 2007 Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts has free copies of a DVD featuring head coach Tony Dungy and several players discussing how their faith impacts their football careers.   A limited number of complimentary copies of “Faith & Football” are available to churches and non-profit organizations. The order form […]

Free Resources

February 23, 2008

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Colorín Colorado is pleased to offer free print guides created for parents, teachers, and anyone who wants to improve the reading achievement of children. You’re welcome to download and print these guides for your own use or to distribute to others.  I think they did mean to mention librarians as well!

Bilingual Children

February 23, 2008

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The Los Angeles Daily News reports that after years of watching and observing, the Los Angeles Unified School District has created programming to address the negative impact on academic performance of speaking English dialects in the home.  These lessons help students differentiate between home language and school language.  There’s a time and place for everything!

Do you have Teen Parents in your Library?

February 22, 2008

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Breaking news from an article in School Library Journal which reports children whose parents took an eight-week class in communication and child-rearing techniques showed a notable improvement in their cognitive abilities.  This might give us ideas for library program planning!

NASCAR seeks diversity

February 22, 2008

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from over that the PRWeb .  .  . In an effort to increase it’s work with the cities where it is located to increase its market, NASCAR is providing internships and scholarships to minority teens in Dallas, Detroit, Dover DE, Daytona Beach, Los Angeles and Atlanta.

New to the Blogroll

February 21, 2008


I’ve been paying a little attention to my own blog roll lately.  When I visit other blogs, I tend to spend more time going through their blogroll than reading the original blog. I want to know what people are reading. So, every once in a while, I go through and do some housekeeping in case […]

Outstanding Science Opportunities for Students

February 21, 2008

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Earthwatch seeks high school students with limited experiences in the sciences who are creative and inventive thinkers, motivated learners and eager to increase their understanding of science and nature. A combination of level-headedness and lively imagination mark these students as intelligent nonconformists. Leadership, commitment, and communication skills show their potential to make a difference. These […]