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Ditching Dewey: Hot Topic in Hartford | AASL 2013

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At the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) 16th National Conference in Hartford, CT, common themes and hot topics of discussion emerged. One popped up numerous times—”genrefication,” the reorganizing of one’s collection away from Dewey Decimal Classification.

‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

‘World War Z’ At the Movies: Some Critical Thinking Questions

Media literacy discussion points covering novel-to-film adaptations, marketing, genre, screen violence, and more.

‘Superman: Unbound’ and Why There’s No Such Thing as the ‘Superhero Genre’

‘Superman: Unbound’ and Why There’s No Such Thing as the ‘Superhero Genre’

Superman, with a 75-year canon to draw upon, should be included in any curriculum that covers science fiction.

Five Simple Things It’s Easy to Overlook About Comics

Five Simple Things It’s Easy to Overlook About Comics

At ALA Midwinter, one of the people in attendance asked how many librarians in the audience still encounter opposition from parents, teachers, or school administrators in promoting and collecting comics. I was astounded to see the majority of the librarians in the audience raise their hands.

Teaching Genre Conventions From a Fan’s Perspective

While some readers may view particular story elements as clichés, a fan might see them as enduring archetypes…

Guest Post by Miguel Rodriguez… Opportunities for Rich Discussion and Literary Analysis: Overcoming the Stigma of the Horror Genre Part 2

The most obvious question about the popularity of horror is one in which we question ourselves: why do people gravitate toward dark content?

Guest Post by Miguel Rodriguez… How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Monster: Overcoming the Stigma of the Horror Genre

It is important to remember that the stories I’ve mentioned were never really called “horror stories” because horror as a genre is essentially a ploy to make certain properties more marketable to a segment of the population.

Getting Boys to Read: Seeing Your Library Through a Guy’s Eyes

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Thursday, October 4, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Ever help a guy find food in the refrigerator? In this fun and informative webinar, you’ll discover how some everyday observations – like that time you maybe helped a guy find the mayo that was right in the front of the fridge – are really vital clues for thinking about getting boys to read in your library. In addition to the fun, the serious side of the topic will be addressed, including why the gap between boys’ and girls’ reading levels is a major concern among health experts and educators, and why the vast majority of reluctant readers are boys. Attendees will learn some tips to promote and support genres that boys like, including comic books, graphic novels, sports, and nonfiction, as well as some ideas for creating reading role models and communities for boys grades K-12. If you want ways to get books in the hands of your guys – and take a different look at how we think about getting boys to read – this session will inspire you. This archive is no longer available.