Thank you for all you do. The work you do is essential to our future.
On April 15th, while we were on break, the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. To view the announcement, visit the Pulitzer website. Below is the list of winners for each category in the Letters, Drama & Music section.
- The Overstory, by Richard Powers (Winner)
- The Great Believers, by Rebecca Makkai (Finalist)
- There There, by Tommy Orange (Finalist)
- Fairview, by Jackie Sibblies Drury (Winner)
- Dance Nation, by Clare Barron (Finalist)
- What the Constitution Means to Me, by Heidi Schreck (Finalist)
- Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, by David W. Blight (Winner)
- American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic, by Victoria Johnson (Finalist)
- Civilizing Torture: An American Tradition, by W. Fitzhugh Brundage (Finalist)
- The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke, by Jeffrey C. Stewart (Winner)
- Proust’s Duchess: How Three Celebrated Women Captured the Imagination of Fin-de-Siecle Paris, by Carline Weber (Finalist)
- The Road Not Taken: Edward Lansdale and the American Tragedy in Vietnam, by Max Boot (Finalist)
- Be With, by Forrest Gander (Winner)
- feeld, by Jos Charles (Finalist)
- Like, by A.E. Stallings (Finalist)
- Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America, by Eliza Griswold (Winner)
- In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers, by Bernice Yeung (Finalist)
- Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore, by Elizabeth Rush (Finalist)
In 1995, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared April 23 to be World Book and Copyright Day. It is a great opportunity to celebrate copyright-protected works of creative artists. For information about this day, it’s best to check out the website.
What will you do to celebrate World Book and Copyright Day?
As part of National Poetry Month, the Academy of American Poets is celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day this year on April 18th. Started in 2002, this celebration asks people to select a poem, carry it around in your pocket, and share it with other people in person and online. If you share it on social media, use the hashtag #pocketpoem.
For more information go to the poets.org website.
Registration is open for the Summer Librarian Tech Camp. It has gone back from a two day camp, to just one day out of the summer. This year it will be held on August 21st. The keynote will be Chris Sperry from Project Look Sharp who will focus on News and Media Literacy.
Project LookSharp is an outreach project at Ithaca College that provides training and materials for educators to integrate media literacy and critical thinking into their existing curriculum. As the media atmosphere is getting more and more misunderstood, it is imperative that our students are given the skills and resources to navigate the vast amounts of false information, as well as the vast amounts of real information, and the ability to discern which is which.
Project Look Sharp always does a fantastic job and we encourage you to attend.
There is a call for proposals for 45-minute workshop sessions, so if you feel inclined to share with your colleagues a topic that might fit here, we encourage you to do this as well.
Happy National Library Week!
Transform Learning with the Reimagined ESIFC
Registration is now open for the NYLA-SSL 2019 Carol A. Kearney Educational Leadership Institute: Transform Learning with the Reimagined ESIFC led by Dr. Barbara Stripling.
This revised ESIFC aligns with the AASL, ISTE, ELA, Social Studies, and NextGen Science Standards. It will provide a comprehensive continuum of information fluency skills PK-12 and clear guidance for school librarians to integrate the teaching of essential information fluency and inquiry skills across all grade levels and throughout the curriculum.
The Institute will take place August 7th and 8th at the Syracuse University Sheraton in Syracuse, NY.
Whether we’re talking about academic, public or school, librarians and library workers are the unsung heroes of society. Combating fake news, providing social services, and educating our communities, librarians provide valuable services to students, educators, and community members of every age. That’s why on April 9th, the ALA is celebrating the work that librarians and library staff members do each and every day. Library users are invited to “submit a star” by providing a testimonial about a favorite library employee. If you have a colleague or a staff member that you respect and admire we encourage you to submit a star for them!
Hey guess what! April is not only Autism Awareness month, and National Poetry month. It’s also the best month ever… because it’s National School Library Month!
Created and hosted by the American Association of School Librarians, April is a celebration of school librarians and their programs. We encourage you to host activities to help your school and your local community understand the essential role that your library program plays in transforming learning for your students.
This year’s spokesperson is Dav Pilkey, and the theme is Everyone Belongs @ Your School Library.
Every Wendesday of this month, AASL is hosting webinars at 7:00 pm Eastern time:
The Power of Manga, Comics, & Graphic Novels through the Lens of the AASL Standards Frameworks for Learners
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central
Addressing the Gatekeepers: How to Turn Comic and Graphic Novel Skeptics Into Believers
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central
Comics Librarianship: Essential Tools for the School Librarian
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. Central
For more information about School Library Month, and this years events, go to the AASL School Library Advocacy page.