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November 21, 2014

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News Bites: “YA for NJ” Auction for Sandy Relief

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Check out News Bites for the latest information on what authors are doing to help out victims of Hurricane Sandy, the latest changes at Random House, a literacy campaign for kids in need, and more.

Consider the Source: The Mandate

Downed tree on the way to New Canaan Library, CT.

In the wake of the destruction wrought by Sandy, Marc Aronson emphasizes the importance of the Common Core standards as students and teachers discuss the link between the recent hurricane and climate change.

Disaster Relief Programs and Publishers Offer Many Ways to Help Schools and Libraries Afflicted by Sandy

First Book staff and volunteers unload boxes of new books at a warehouse in lower Manhattan. Photo by First Book

Those wishing to help school libraries and children’s collections that were damaged by Hurricane Sandy now have an array of giving options, thanks to several disaster relief programs, children’s book publishers, and charities.

Sandy

First things first: I’m fine. My family is fine. Our house, the one I share with my sister, fine. We got power back after five days; the worst damage we suffered was a ripped porch screen and a neighbor’s fence in our yard and a lot of branches to pick up in the yard. The [...]

Blog the Vote

Better late than never, right?
Originally, this was supposed to get posted on November 2, as part of Chasing Ray’s Blog the Vote blog series.
It’s not that I didn’t believe that Sandy would be as bad as everyone said; it’s just that in pre-Hurricane planning, finalizing the draft post I had prepared got put on a back [...]

Author Kate Messner Launches All-Star “Kid Lit” Auction for Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

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Stepping up quickly to serve victims of Hurricane Sandy, award-winning children’s author Kate Messner has launched KitLit Cares: Superstorm Sandy Relief Effort, an online auction featuring donations from the children’s literature community to benefit the Red Cross.

Pictures of the Week: Teens at Princeton Public Library in Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath

Teenagers take shelter at Princeton Public Library in New Jersey on October 31 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Teenagers take shelter at Princeton Public Library in New Jersey on October 31 in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Libraries Respond to Hurricane Sandy, Offering Refuge, WiFi, and Services to Needy Communities

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Libraries along the East Coast are stepping up to the challenge, providing a range of services, as well as a place to converge and power up, in Sandy’s wake. New York City schools sustained damage, though the school library situation is still being assessed, according to Richard Hasenyager, director of library services for NYC’s Department of Education

Sandy & Libraries: Photos of Libraries in the Storm’s Aftermath

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Sandy blasted through the East Coast from October 28-29 leaving its record-breaking mark. Despite major damage, libraries have risen to the challenge of serving their communities, offering internet access, electrical power, and even storytime.

Oh, Sandy

My posting schedule for the next week or so may be a bit off, because of Hurricane Sandy. So, just a head’s up in case the content here is light for the coming week to ten days.