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Items of Interest Newsletter
September 2005

Cool ideas from SCLS librarians
Submissions wanted for YSS Press
Charlotte Zolotow Lecture, Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Programs for youth at the Wisconsin Book Festival
Teen Read Week
Reading to Babies Program at the CCBC
4th Annual International Children's and Young Adult Literature Celebration
CCBC Offers New Intellectual Freedom Information Resource on Web Site
Mister Anderson's Puppet Award
ALSC compiles booklist to help children deal with hurricane disasters
Hurricane information – DPI web site
Read On Wisconsin selections
Target has created an online book club for kids
Best Books for Young Adults nominations
Correction to SLP Order Form
Baby news!

Cool ideas from SCLS librarians

Book to Movie Clubs – Deerfield
Amy Reed from Deerfield is excited about two Book to Movie Clubs that will begin this year. Amy says: “It's fairly easy to get my third-fifth graders to come, but I have a group of high school girls that are interested as well! It is very difficult to get teens to attend programs in Deerfield , so I am planning two separate, age-appropriate clubs. The teen club will include food, soda and a trendy craft (henna, etc.) The younger club will include a snack sign-up and crafts related to book/movie. Can't wait!”

Empty Bowls display – Cross Plains
Carissa Christener from Cross Plains recently described a new display she’s created for her library this fall:

“I am putting together a display in our library featuring soup and spices and I decided to call the empty bowls program in Madison and see if they had any bowls they wanted us to display and sell to promote their program. They were thrilled! I have a beautiful display and we're going to also incorporate a "soup drive" for a local food bank.”

Pam Bosben, Carissa’s director, loves this idea and encourages other libraries to think of ways they can duplicate this project in other communities. At Cross Plains they are selling the $15 tickets to the dinner, which takes place on Saturday, October 15 and they will deliver all the money they collect to the Empty Bowls project. Patrons have the choice of just purchasing the bowls for $15. Carissa plans to sell any left over bowls after the October 1 st dinner to continue exposing people to the project.

Do you have an idea to share? Send it to me and I’ll include it in the next issue of Items of Interest. Or feel free to send your idea out to kidslist at any time.

And, speaking of sharing ideas…

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Submissions wanted for the YSS Press

Now that you've dusted off those homework shelves and have a school
schedule again, it's time to start thinking of what you can submit for
the fall issue of the YSS Press. What unique program do you do at your
library? Share your news and ideas with all Wisconsin youth services librarians. Drop Ruhama Kordatzky, YSS Press Editor, a note with your information for the next issue of the newsletter. You can reach Ruhama at:

Ruhama Kordatzky
Youth Services Librarian
Burlington Public Library
rkordatz@burlington.lib.wi.us

Charlotte Zolotow Lecture, Wednesday, October 5, 2005

Angela Johnson, winner of the 2004 Printz Award for literary excellence in young adult literature for her novel "The First Part Last" (Simon and Schuster, 2003), will deliver the eighth annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture on Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 p.m., at the Wisconsin Union Theater on the UW-Madison campus.

This is a free public lecture. No tickets or advanced reservations are required.

From her early picture books for young children, such as "Tell Me a Story, Mama" and "Do Like Kyla," to poetry and singular novels, Angela Johnson has been creating some of the most finely crafted, quietly dazzling literature for youth for well over a decade. In 2003, she was only the second author of books for young people to win a prestigious MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. . 

The annual Charlotte Zolotow Lecture is sponsored by the Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Friends of the CCBC, Inc.

The lecture honors Charlotte Zolotow, the distinguished author of over 70 picture books for young children and noted editor of books by many other authors and artists. Ms. Zolotow attended UW-Madison on a writing scholarship from 1933 to 1936.

For more information about this event and the Zolotow lecture in general, go to www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/czfaq.asp

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Programs for youth at the Wisconsin Book Festival
Youth Speaks Madison : Kickoff celebration and spoken word showcase
Thursday, October 13, 8:00 – 9:30 pm
Wisconsin Historical Society Headquarters

National Youth Speaks Artistic Director, Marc Bamuthi Joseph; spoken word poet and publisher, Jessica Care Moore; and Midwest Spoken Word Teen All-Stars

Youth Speaks is one of the premier youth poetry, spoken word and creative writing programs in the country. It leads teens through a process of examining their world and the issues important to them and turns these perspectives into meaningful expression.

Joyce Sidman, Dave Morice and Ross MacDonald
Saturday, October 15, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Madison Public Library

Harness the power of poetry and pictures with these authors and illustrators of books created for children ages 4 – 8.

BoyzREAD Mini-Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2:00 0- 3:00 pm
Sequoya Branch Library
Terry Trueman, Jospeh Delaney and William Durbin

Join these authors whose fiction captures the imaginations of adolescent boys.

Ji Li Jiang’s Red Scarf Girl: A Courage Hard to Keep
Saturday, October 15, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Madison Pubic Library
Ji Li Jiang

The award-winning book, Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution, recounts the author’s adolescence amid the horrors and humiliations of China ’s Cultural Revolution.

For more program information, visit the Wisconsin Book Festival’s web site.

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Teen Read Week

Rey Mysterio, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) SmackDown! Superstar, will serve as spokesperson for Teen Read Week, October 16 to 22. Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative to encourage teens to take time to ‘read for the fun of it.' This year's theme is “Get Real! @ your library ® .” Read more at about Teen Read Week at the ALA web site.
 

Reading to Babies Program at the CCBC

Susan Straub, founder of the Read to Me program, will present her new film, "Reading to Babies," at the CCBC on Friday November 4, 2005, from 1:00-2:30. The 18-minute film focuses on a diverse group of parents and their babies to show the complex interplay involved in reading aloud to infants.

After the screening, Susan will discuss her innovative program, which was initially aimed at teen mothers in the New York Public school system.

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4th Annual International Children's and Young Adult Literature Celebration

4th Annual International Children's and Young Adult Literature Celebration
" Open a Door... Open a Book... Open your Mind... to the World"

Saturday, November 19, 2005
Tripp Commons , Memorial Union - Madison
8:15 AM - 5:00 PM

Featuring:
Uma Krishnaswami, Yuyi Morales, Pegi Deitz Shea, Tatiana Zunshine

The fourth annual international literature celebration will be an all-day interactive workshop for K-12 educators, librarians, students and children's literature enthusiasts, with an aim to internationalize statewide reading curriculum. After opening remarks, each author will give an individual presentation, offering readings and highlighting the work they feel is most suitable for classroom use. Two authors will speak in the morning session and two will follow lunch. In conclusion, we will have a reception and book signing.

Registration and payment must be received by Monday, November 7, 2005 . This year we will not be able to accept payments on location at the Memorial Union. Late registration will be accepted based on space availability. Please send your registration form, along with your check payable to WIOC, to Rachel Weiss, Center for South Asia, 203 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Dr., Madison, WI 53706. Fax (608) 265-3062. For more information call (608) 262-9224 or e-mail: rweiss@wisc.edu . This event is being sponsored by Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium (WIOC) http://wioc.wisc.edu

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CCBC Offers New Intellectual Freedom Information Resource on Web Site

Are there some standard practices to follow to be prepared for a book complaint?

How can I avoid complaints about the books I choose for my classroom?

Is it censorship to reject an item I've ordered once I see it firsthand?

The Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC) of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison will provide thoughtful responses to these and other questions through its new web site feature: What IF* Questions and Answers on 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 www.education.wisc.edu/ccbc/freedom/IFServices.asp)

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Mister Anderson’s Puppet Award

In honor of Mr. Anderson's legacy with the public libraries of Wisconsin , Mister Anderson's Company is offering a very special award at the annual WLA conference in 2005. Please send in your oldest, most-loved, most ragged, most used puppet, the one from the back of the story room closet, the one you hang on to for sentimental reasons or because you just don't throw anything away; you know the puppet I'm talking about. Include a short paragraph (75 words or less) about the puppet: how you obtained the puppet, how you used the puppet, how the kids liked the puppet, etc. The finalists will be displayed in the YSS booth at the annual conference in La Crosse , and each of the attendees will have a chance to vote on their favorite. The winner will receive a $300 Mister Anderson's Company gift certificate!

Rules:

1. Only one entry per library. Personally owned puppets may be entered if they were used for children's programming. The winner, however, must donate the gift certificate to the library of his or her choice.

2. Only WLA members may submit entries.

2. The name and address of the library/owner must be attached to the puppet. The puppets will be available at the WLA conference for pick-up or arrangements can be made to return the puppet back to the library, if necessary.

3. Mark "WLA Award Entry" on the box and please send your entries to:

Mister Anderson's Company
573 North Pine Street
P.O. Box 758
Burlington , WI 53105
Attention: M. T. Boyle

4. Entries must be received by Tuesday, October 18, 2005 . Late arrivals, no matter how cute, will not be judged!

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ALSC compiles booklist to help children deal with hurricane disasters

CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has developed a list of recommended books to help children cope with hurricane disasters. The ALSC Quicklists Consulting Committee compiled the list, which includes fiction and nonfiction children's titles.

 

Hurricane information – DPI web site

The Department of Public Instruction has developed a webpage to provide a topical listing of information sources for school districts, schools, educators and parents on serving students who have been displaced as a result of Hurricane Katrina. 

Among many other items, it includes links to guidance memos from the department that have been developed and distributed to all school districts in the state.
(DPI – Channel Weekly, Vol. 8, No. 3-- September 15, 2005 )


Read On Wisconsin selections

The Read On Wisconsin Book Selections for this school year are available online at

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Target has created an online book club for kids

Target has created an attractive web site that encourages children to explore books and reading. The web site includes book suggestions, ideas for starting a book club and information for parents.

 

Correction to SLP Order Form

There is an error on a phone number on page 10 of the 2006 Upstart summer library program order form.   The phone number should be 800-448-4887 and the fax number should be 800-448-5828.   The number was printed in error as 488.  Librarians are asked to make this correction on their order forms.

 

Best Books for Young Adults nominations

Target has created an attractive web site that encourages children to explore books and reading. The web site includes book suggestions, ideas for starting a book club and information for parents.

As of October 1, 2005, 154 books have been nominated for Best Books for Young Adults. New nominations are posted on the first of each month throughout the year. For information about Best Books for Young Adults including policies and procedures and the complete list of nominations, please visit the YALSA BBYA web site.

 

Baby news!

Karen Wendt's daughter, Janelle Kohlhagen and her husband Don, are expecting a baby on March 30! Don and Janelle currently live in Evansville , but Grandma is trying to get them to Madison . Janelle plans to bring baby to Grandma Karen's storytimes at the Monona Public Library. Grandpa Brad will teach her/him to throw a mini-frisbee and Uncle Woody will teach him/her to drive (toy cars only please). Aunt Vanessa will only speak Spanish when conversing and will teach her/him to play piano and flute. This is going to be a great grand baby!

Have you just read a great book and want to send a review? Do you have a program idea to share? Send your information to Shawn for the next issue of Items of Interest!

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For more information about Items of Interest, contact Shawn Brommer.