April 22, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Cardboard for the Silicon Set | The Gaming Life

Board, card, and miniatures games for video gamers

There’s a new generation of innovative board, card, and miniatures games that take full advantage of the developments in game design over the past 20 years that have made video games so popular. These games have moved beyond Monopoly and Clue that most of us played as children to incorporate the strategy, role-play, conflict, and competition that make console games so enticing.

In “Teaching Through Play: Cooperative Games in the Classroom” (School Library […]

Say the Word Again? Eid | Up for Discussion

An author and teacher strives to raise awareness about the Islamic holidays

When I visit public libraries and peruse resources on children’s holiday literature, I am always confronted with a glaring absence. The two major celebrations in the Muslim world, Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Adha (see explanation boxes), seem remarkably obscure in American libraries. If I am fortunate, I may find one or two nonfiction titles addressing the topic. While informational books on the Islamic holidays are few, fictional tales are even more […]

From Playing to Creating: Teaching Game Design | The Gaming Life

Teaching Game Design to Children and Teens

Video gaming is playing a huge role in helping libraries serve the needs and interests of our users, especially teens. More and more libraries are hosting gaming nights and tournaments that give young people an opportunity to connect with peers and the community, explore new technologies, and hang out and have fun doing something they love.

What’s next? Teach them how to design their own video games. Give youngsters the tools and skills to create […]

The Big Three: Next Generation Video Consoles | The Gaming Life

The next generation of video consoles are here and many librarians and media specialists might not be sure which system will give their library the most bang for the buck. Nintendo’s Wii, the Xbox 360 Elite from Microsoft, and Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3) recently debuted in North America. Which system is right for your library?

To make an informed decision, consider several factors. Who does your library serve? Can a new gaming system bring together a more diverse segment of library […]

All Together Now | What Works

Social bookmarking offers a new way to store and share Web sites

We’ve all heard about wikis, blogs, and RSS feeds. Now there’s another hot Web-based tool for classroom use. It’s called social bookmarking. Don’t worry, it’s not like MySpace, Friendster, or other social networking sites that have come under fire for exposing kids to unsafe Internet practices.

Social bookmarking allows multiple users to save their favorite sites, articles, and even podcasts on the Web—instead of inside your browser—making them accessible […]

Don’t Stop with Mother Goose | Up for Discussion

Making a case for vibrant, well-stocked poetry collections

Just 10 years ago the Academy of American Poets initiated the observance of National Poetry Month to celebrate poetry and its place in American culture. Since then, the movement has continued to gain momentum with the emergence of Young People's Poetry Week in 1999 sponsored by the Children's Book Council, a focus on poetry slams as the centerpiece for Teen Read Week in 2003 sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA), and the […]

Another School of Thought | Soapbox

It’s time to educate media specialists in schools of education

As a doctoral student hoping to teach school library courses at a university, I may be shooting myself in the foot to say this: school library degree programs should operate within schools of education, not in schools of library and information science.

The focus of most school library degree programs is on the library as a source of information and on developing the skills of librarianship. No surprise there. To be sure, […]

The Big Questions | Up for Discussion

A professor links children’s literature to religious imagination

From the very first pages of David Almond's Skellig (Delacorte, 1999), the narrator, Michael, tells of trying to see the beat-up, broken-down, junk heap of the family garage with his "mind's eye." He learns quite quickly, alongside his friend Mina, that their ability to see with this unusual lens will be challenged by something far more heartbreaking than an old warehouse, by the strange being that inhabits the space. As Michael's extraordinary tale […]