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Awkward Family Pet Photos: Kitsch Education 101 

Last week, while having breakfast in a diner, I watched the funniest interview with two authors on TV. The morning news crew was interviewing the editors/authors of Awkward Family Pet Photos, a book featuring old and unstaged photos of families with their pets. A series of examples flashed across the screen, including this image, accompanied …

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Design Thinking and Social Change 

Clay Shirky’s recent publication, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age, provides a number of critical insights for thinking about the relationship between participatory technologies and social change. In this accessible but provocatively argued book Shirky provides a historical context for reflecting on (largely Western) society’s changing relationship with the mass media—defined here …

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The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E. B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic 

Title: The Story of Charlotte's Web: E. B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic Author: Michael Sims Publisher: Walker & Company; First Edition 3rd Printing edition (June 7, 2011) Call Number: PS3545.H5187 Z925 2011 From the Publisher: While composing what would become his most enduring and popular book, E. …

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Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide 

Title: Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide Author: Tatyana Kleyn Publisher: Scarecrow Press (February 24, 2011) Call Number: JV6465 .K54 2011 From the Publisher: As the future of our democratic society, youth from U.S.-born and immigrant backgrounds alike will need to make informed decisions on our diverse nation’s behalf. To do so, young adults need to …

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Meet Eric 

Eric has been working at the Gottesman Libraries since January! Eric is our library tech support worker. You can see him fixing the computers and setting up the laptops and projectors in the library classrooms. His sense of humor keeps all of us workers laughing. Are you a Teachers College student, and, if so, what …

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How to find books at the library! 

In an effort to bring more information to the community about library services we are going to answer frequently asked questions right here on Pressible! Of course you are still welcome at all times to stop by the desk and ask your questions. A question we receive often is how to find books at the …

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The Bookless Library 

Phones have gone cordless, the Internet has gone wireless.  Offices have gone paperless. Why shouldn't libraries go bookless? Over the last two decades, libraries have kept up with the digital shift, among other reasons, partly to remain up-to-date in their mission of organizing and providing access to information (OPACs should make relevant books easier to …

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The Sly Company of People Who Care 

Title: The Sly Company of People Who Care Author: Rahul Bhattacharya Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 26, 2011) Call Number: PR9499.4.B537 S59 2011 From the Publisher: In flight from the tame familiarity of home in Bombay, a twenty-six-year-old cricket journalist chucks his job and arrives in Guyana, a forgotten colonial society of raw, mesmerizing beauty. …

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Children and Their Art: Art Education for Elementary and Middle Schools 

Title: Children and Their Art: Art Education for Elementary and Middle Schools Authors: Michael Day and Al Hurwitz Publisher: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 9 edition (January 1, 2011) Call Number: N362 .D39 2011 From the Publisher: A trusted guide and companion for current and future art educators, CHILDREN AND THEIR ART presents a professional approach to teaching art consistent with national …

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Best Book I Never Finished: Atlas Shrugged 

Why "Atlas Shrugged"? My classmate kept writing "Who is John Galt?" all over the student lounge in undergrad. This annoyed me. So, I looked up the reference and found it was from "Atlas Shrugged." I heard of the book and decided I would pick it up. Fortunately, my boss gave me his used copy the …

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On books, and the death of print 

For years I’ve proudly declared myself a print enthusiast, the kind of person who cringes when hearing the phrase “print is dead,” and yet I have a perhaps morbid (ahem) fascination with the e-book reader debate.  In particular, I find it curious how many New York Times writers publish nervous pieces about their worry over …

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Age of Fracture 

Title: Age of Fracture Author: Daniel T. Rodgers Publisher: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (January 1, 2011) Call Number: E169.12 .R587 2011 From the Publisher: In the last quarter of the twentieth century, the ideas that most Americans lived by started to fragment. Mid-century concepts of national consensus, managed markets, gender and racial identities, citizen obligation, …

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Flip 

Title: Flip Author: Martyn Bedford Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books (April 5, 2011) Call Number: PZ7.B3817996 Fl 2011 From the Publisher: One December night, 14-year-old Alex goes to  bed. He wakes up to  find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country, and it’s the middle of June. …

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Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us 

Title: Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us Author: Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 19, 2011) Call Number: QP401 .P35 2011 From the Publisher: Two crackerjack science journalists from NPR look at why some things (and some people!) drive us crazy It happens everywhere offices, schools, even your own backyard. Plus, seemingly anything can trigger …

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Revisiting an old good book: Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. 

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson Where I got the book: I’ve been re-reading old paperbacks on my bookshelf at home one by one, so I grabbed this off my own shelf.  (Our bookshelves are organized by color of spine, not by author or subject (gasp!) and so right now, I’m reading through …

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Big Girl Small 

Title: Big Girl Small Author: Rachel DeWoskin Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition (May 10, 2011) Call Number: PS3604.E927 B54 2011 From the Publisher: Judy Lohden is your above-average sixteen-year-old—sarcastic and vulnerable, talented and uncertain, full of big dreams for a big future. With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, she should …

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The Novel: An Alternative History 

Title: The Novel: An Alternative History (Beginnings to 1600) Author: Steven Moore Publisher: Continuum, 2011 Call Number: PN3451 .M66 2010g From the Publisher: Encyclopedic in scope and heroically audacious, The Novel: An Alternative History is the first attempt in over a century to tell the complete story of our most popular literary form. Contrary to …

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Organizational Psychology : A Scientist-Practitioner Approach 

Title: Organizational Psychology : A Scientist-Practitioner Approach Authors: Steve M. Jex and Thomas W. Britt Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (February 28, 2008) Check it out! HF5548.8 .J49 2008 From the Publisher: Thorough and up-to-date coverage of both the science and practice of organizational psychology. This Second Edition reflects the latest developments and research in the field using a scientist-practitioner model that expertly …

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What to Read Next? Based on the Book 

In the spirit of promoting nonacademic summer reading material, I thought I'd start a series of blog posts: What to Read Next? I call this first list Based on the Book. It features movies that are, you guessed it, based on a book or short story. As an added bonus (I think) all of the …

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Contemporary Clinical Psychology 

Title: Contemporary Clinical Psychology Author: Thomas G. Plante Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (September 14, 2010) Check it out! RC467.P56 2011 From the publisher: A realistic and contemporary portrayal of the dynamic field of clinical psychology Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect the most current topics professionals will face in clinical practice, the Third Edition takes an integrative …

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