February 18, 2018

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AASL Volunteers; NYPL After School; SB&F Science Book Prize | News Bites

AASL Volunteers
Due to an anticipated record attendance level at its annual National Conference and Exhibition next week in Hartford, CT, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is seeking more volunteers for the event, says David Bilmes, the local co-chair of the conference committee. He urges those attending the “Rising to the Challenge” conference to consider signing up online for one of the wide variety of volunteer opportunities that are available from Friday, November 15, through Sunday, November 17.

NYPL After-School Programs
Students living in New York City—from elementary through high school—can take advantage of three new educational programs at the New York Public Library (NYPL). Enrichment Zones will provide students with customized homework help and tutoring sessions. Innovations Labs (for middle and high school students) will focus on students working on technology projects that address community issues. Literacy Leaders aims to improve skills for all ages through partnerships: young elementary school students will be paired with trained high schoolers who will tutor them.

AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize 2014 Finalists
AAAS/Subaru has announced finalists for the SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books for 2013. The prize from AAAS (Advancing Science, Serving Society), sponsored by Subaru, celebrates “outstanding science writing and illustration for children and young adults.” The winners will be announced in January, 2014. Prizes are awarded in four categories. The finalists are as follows:

Children’s Picture Book
It’s Our Garden: From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden, by George Ancona. Candlewick.

Things That Float and Things That Don’t, by David A. Adler. Illus. by Anna Raff. Holiday House..

Too Hot? Too Cold? Keeping Body Temperature Just Right, by Caroline Arnold. Illus. by Annie Patterson. Charlesbridge.

Children’s Middle Grades Book
Eruption!: Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives, by Elizabeth Rusch. Scientists in the Field Series; photographs by Tom Uhlman. Houghton Mifflin.

The Skull in the Rock: How a Scientist, a Boy, and Google Earth Opened a New Window on Human Origins, by Lee R. Berger & Marc Aronson. National Geographic, 2012.

Wild Horse Scientists, by Kay Frydenborg. Scientists in the Field Series. Houghton Mifflin, 2012.

Children’s Hands-On Science Book
Beyond the Solar System: Exploring Galaxies, Black Holes, Alien Planets, and More, by Mary Kay Carson. Chicago Review Press.

Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell, by Judith L. Li. OSU Press.

Look Up!: Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard, by Annette LeBlanc Cate. Candlewick.

Young Adult Science Book
Frankenstein’s Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech’s Brave New Beasts, by Emily Anthes. Scientific American/Farrar, Straus.

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, by Mary Roach.  W.W. Norton & Company.

Letters to a Young Scientist, by Edward O. Wilson. Liveright.

Mirror Earth: The Search for our Planet’s Twin, by Michael Lemonick. Walker & Company.

PEN Literary Awards
Now through December 16, the PEN Literary Awards program is accepting submissions for two writing prizes in the field of children’s literature, the PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship ($5,000) and the PEN/Steven Kroll Award ($5,000). The fellowship will go to an author of children’s or young adult fiction who has published at least two books, to help him or her in completing a new book.

Writers must be nominated by an editor or fellow writer. The Steven Kroll Award will go to the writer of an exceptional story illustrated in a picture book published in 2013. Submissions may made by publishers, literary agents, writers, or members of the literary community at large. Self-published books are not eligible. You do not have to be a PEN member to win.

ALA Tech Award
Through November 15, the American Library Association is accepting nominations for the use of cutting-edge technology in library services. The libraries chosen will be recognized in a program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference as well as in ALA publications and through its ALA media and web channels. The winners will be announced at the upcoming 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in January.

“We want to showcase libraries that are serving their communities with novel and innovative methods and provide the library community with some successful models for delivering quality library service in new ways,” said Marc Gartler, chair of the Cutting-edge Technology in Library Services selection committee. Last year, five libraries received the honor, which was awarded for such tech trends as BYOD (bring your own device), augmented reality, e-government, crowd-sourcing, and online learning.

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Karyn M. Peterson (kpeterson@mediasourceinc.com) is a former News Editor ofSLJ.