October 21, 2017

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Maya and what elephants know top south Asia book awards list

An increasing number of high-quality children’s and YA books are being published that portray South Asia in the United States and abroad. The South Asia National Outreach Consortium has instituted a yearly book award to call attention to outstanding works on South Asia. The 2017 winners are: Maya by Mahak Jain, illustrated by Elly MacKay (Owlkids), which tells the story of how a legendary banyan tree kindles a child’s imagination; and What Elephants Know by Eric Dinerstein (Disney-Hyperion), set in the Nepalese borderlands. The Honor Books are: Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Julianna Swaney (Groundwood), and A Long Pitch Home by Natalie Dias Lorenzi (Charlesbridge). The 2017 South Asia Book Award Ceremony will be held in Lansing, MI, in conjunction with the Michigan Library Association Annual Conference, on October 18.

YALSA Calls for proposals and grant requests

Through August 25, YALSA is accepting program proposals for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 22–25, 2018, in New Orleans. ALA has moved to a centralized proposal system; the form looks different from the past and requires ALA log-in information. Those who have never been to ALA’s Annual Conference can apply by December 1 for a travel grant.

LAST CHANCE TO GET FREE SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR NEEDY CLASSROOMS

The Kids in Need Foundation is continuing to take applications through August 14 for free school supplies for classrooms in schools where 70 percent of the students receive free or reduced-price lunch. Successful applicants will receive two large boxes containing a variety of basic school supplies.

Poets create “incredible bridges”

The Academy of American Poets and EDSITEment have teamed up to create Incredible Bridges: Poets Creating Community, an online initiative and set of lesson plans designed to engage youth with contemporary poetry. The title of the initiative comes from Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, who, during a 2015 interview at the Library of Congress, discussed the civic responsibility of poets: “Let’s create incredible bridges.” Aimed at middle school and high school learners, each lesson incorporates a famous poet reading her or his own work, along with multimedia resources and interactive activities. Each lesson plan meets ELA Common Core Standards.

TEEN READ WEEK PREPARATION UNDERWAY

Teens Top Ten YALSATeen Read Week is October 8–14, 2017. Visit the ALA store for posters, bookmarks, or the official manual related to the 2017 theme, “Unleash Your Story.” Free membership to the Teen Read Week website comes with grant opportunities, forum access to share program ideas with other members, a free download of the 2017 themed logo, and more. Also, voting for the Teens’ Top Ten nominees occurs between August 15 and October 14. The Teens’ Top Ten is a teen choice list, where young readers choose their favorite books of the previous year. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS PROJECT

Rural, small, and tribal libraries can now apply for the second edition of the YALSA and Association of Rural and Small Libraries’ “Future Ready with the Library: Connecting with Communities for College & Career Readiness Services” project. Applications are due September 1, 2017. Eligibility requirements apply.

NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY AND METRO NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS NOW SHARE INTEGRATED LIBRARY SYSTEM

Limitless libraries logoThe Nashville Public Library and the Metro Nashville Public Schools are now live on a CARL•X integrated library system (ILS), removing barriers to their Limitless Libraries partnership. The move consolidates a partnership that began in 2009 with the goal of improving school libraries, fostering research sharing, and increasing student access to information. Sharing a single ILS removes barriers to access and promotes ease of use. The time school librarians once spent on administrative tasks can now be spent helping students.

TELEVISION CRITICS ASSOCIATION, PBS ANNOUNCE TV SERIES ON JOY OF READING

The Great American Read (the current working title) will launch in spring 2018 with a multiplatform digital and social campaign leading up to the reveal of 100 books selected by the American public and an advisory panel of literary professionals. Beginning with a two-hour kickoff event in May, the hosted documentary special will feature appearances by celebrities and everyday Americans passionately advocating for their favorite books. Voting and social media engagement will continue throughout the summer of 2018, when PBS stations will partner with local organizations and booksellers. America’s top 10 books will be revealed in the final episode in September 2018.

75 PUBLIC LIBRARIES SELECTED AS NASA@MYLIBRARY PARTNERS

Seventy-five U.S. public libraries will receive resources and training through NASA@ My Library, an initiative that will increase and enhance STEM learning opportunities for library patrons. Forty-nine states are represented. The project is led by the National Center for Interactive Learning at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, CO, in partnership with the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and the Education Development Center. Support comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. The libraries, which competed in a pool of 500 applicants, will participate for 18 months, with the opportunity to extend the project for two years.

APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR FALL 2017 MENTORS AND MENTEES

The ALSC Mentoring Program  matches individuals with an interest in library service with mentors. Mentee applicants do not need to be ALSC or ALA members. They only need to have some connection to children’s library service. Mentees may be students, early career professionals, individuals returning to the profession, or those who would like to refine their skills, make connections, and learn more about children’s librarianship as a career. Mentor applicants must be ALSC members and should have experience working in the field of children’s librarianship or children’s literature. Both applications close on September 1, 2017.

AUTHOR SUE DICICCO PROMOTES INTERNATIONAL PEACE DAY

International Peace Day, established by the United Nations in 1981, will be celebrated on September 21, 2017. Sue DiCicco’s new book, Origami Peace Cranes: Friendships Take Flight, shows young readers how children in a diverse community can welcome new friends, and comes with supplies to make peace cranes. The author is embarking on a cross-country tour promoting Peace Day and her book, stopping at libraries, schools, and bookstores in September. She encourages all organizations to hold Peace Day parties, complete with printable activities, which can be downloaded at peacecraneproject.org.

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Christina Vercelletto About Christina Vercelletto

Christina Vercelletto is School Library Journal’s former news editor. An award-winning writer and editor, Vercelletto has held staff positions at Babytalk, Parenting, Scholastic Parent & Child, and NYMetroParents.com.

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