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Staff Picks: 2018 Award-Winning Children’s Books to Read Again and Again 

The highest accolade that a piece of children's literature can receive is a chorus of voices shouting "Again! Again!" when the story is finished. Measuring what makes a book stick out to children isn't always easy, but awards panels try their best to strike a balance between books that are most likely to be read front …

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Snail Mail Inspiration 

If you are feeling inspired by the July/August Staff Picks, Dear Summer: Letters in Literature, here are some websites that facilitate and encourage letter writing. Postcrossing is an international project in which one exchanges postcards with strangers around the world. Sendsomething.net is a place to connect with other people looking for pen pals. InCoWriMo and Lettermo are annual …

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Staff Picks: The School Building, Philosophy & Design 

June 2018 staff picks School design is a modern problem; modern in the sense that it originally developed in response to the industrial revolution, and the complexities of industrial society.  An ever-increasing number of students and compulsory education shifted school design from humble, one-room schoolhouses created by locals to structures and curricular practices more fitting …

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Staff Picks April 2018: From the Classroom to the Streets: 50 years of School-Based Activism 

    Co-Authored and Co-Curated By Anika Paris and Jasmine Sykes-Kunk Fifty years ago this month, Columbia University students, as well as some staff, faculty, committed activists, and Harlem residents, came together to air a set of similarly heterogenous grievances. Incensed by a recent ban on indoor protests on campus, the university's collaboration with the …

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Staff Picks of the Month 

Staff Picks January/February 2018 Survivors, Settlers and Assimilators: Transforming Jewish Identities Graphic novels and comics have for many decades been genres where Jewish citizens of many countries have explored complicated personal, ethnic, and religious histories, with accompanying conflicting identities. MAUS (1986) by Art Spiegelman was one of the first graphic novels to address the complexities of the Jewish-American diasporic identity, along …

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The Common Thread Staff Picks Oct 2017 

  As a new member of the Library Services team, I am very excited and proud to curate my first Staff Picks Collection, The Common Thread: Domestic Arts and Handcraft on the second floor of the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College. This collection examines and addresses the often overlooked wonders of fiber arts and “women’s …

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Staff Picks: Award-Winning Children’s Books to Read Again and Again 

Colorful bookmarks paired with new, acclaimed children's books display information about the awards represented in our collection. September is a month of new starts for many, especially those returning to school. What could be better than kicking things off with new books? At the beginning of the month, Kaitlin and I launched a collection featuring recent …

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Unconventional Beach Reads 

In my non-vacation life I read the lighter fare, the pulpier the fiction the better. I find it is perfect for the train and taking a break when work/school is too much. Which means I have to change it up on vacation. Hence my Unconventional Beach Reads Staff Picks for July/August. When I head to the …

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Staff Picks: Pride Month 

When looking for a book to read, do you have to stop and think whether or not you’ll be able to see yourself in the pages? A common idea about what makes a book great is how easy it is for readers to relate to the characters or plot. While this usually rings true, many …

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Staff Picks of the Month: Journeys 

The second floor reading room of the Gottesman Libraries is home to a lot of things - our Juvenile and Curriculum collections, new modular furniture, big rocks and a bigger bear, and an ever-changing book display put together by members of the services team. My Staff Picks of the Month for May focused on journeys. …

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Staff Picks of the Month 

You may have noticed the “Staff Picks of the Month” section on the second floor of the library. Each month, one or more library staff members select 20-25 books from our collection to display in the collaboration space. For the month of March, I put together the collection based on the theme “Growth”. Each of …

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