November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

Archives for February 2006

Everyone’s Invited: Ways to make your library more welcoming to children with special needs

Is your library a friendly environment for students with disabilities? Like most media specialists, you have good intentions. But you’re probably on a tight budget and can’t afford to purchase special resources or equipment. Moreover, you lack the time to cater to such a small minority of students.

At least that was my experience. I once had a seventh-grade student who had a personal frequency modulation system to help her hear in class. But the self-conscious girl did everything she could […]

Meet the Parent | Under Cover

In Dana Reinhardt’s first novel, a teen is (reluctantly) reunited with her birth mother

In A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, Simone, who was adopted at birth, agrees to meet her biological mother, Rivka. Complicating matters, Rivka is the daughter of a Hasidic rabbi and Simone is an atheist raised by caring, gentile parents. What prompted you to write this story?

I wanted to write a story about Jewish identity. But I wanted to write a story that wasn’t about […]

Stir It Up | Teenage Riot

A little bit of effort and understanding can go a long way with teens

The word “riot” conjures images of rebellion and can inspire fear. Ironically, the word “teenager” invokes similar images for some adults. In the late 1980s, Sonic Youth debuted Teen Age Riot—a song that was heralded as an anthem for disenfranchised youth from a band that was notorious for snubbing the establishment. The lyrics from that song are still fitting today: “It better work out / I hope […]

Bringing Home the World | Up for Discussion

A librarian puts forth a shopping list for international literature

Have you opened the refrigerator only to find the same things that were there yesterday? Times like these I'm thankful to live in an immigrant community, where I can count on finding something to eat that I've never tried before. There's a certain amount of trepidation in ordering something unfamiliar for lunch…the little shock on the tongue of something different…but then I recognize some flavors, start to identify new ones, and […]

Food for Thought | What Works

A brown-bag book discussion group has middle schoolers rushing to the library

Lunchtime at Edward E. Drew Jr. Middle School isn't typical. Instead of heading to the cafeteria, twice a month 20 to 40 students march toward the media center, with their trays and Café Book passes in hand. Once they settle into their seats, a youth services librarian from the nearby Central Rappahannock Regional Library and the media specialist encourage students to exchange views about a book they've just read. […]