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Staff Picks Dec. 2017: Silver Anniversary Picture Books 

The December Staff Picks collection, Silver Anniversary Picture Books, on the second floor of the Teachers College Gottesman Libraries, showcases a favorite group of picture book authors and illustrators who were active some 25 years ago. Concentrating on this period allows me to highlight books, published prior to 1990, from the closed stacks. <span …

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Smoking Guns, Smoking Mirrors: A New Everett Cafe Book Display 

Several years after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a glass store front in our NYC Yorkville neighborhood still displays the devastating sign in bold black ink, "We will always remember our little angels." Twenty miniature wax angels in Royal Stewart gowns symbolize the innocent children who lost their lives on that fateful day, December 14th, 2012, while they numbingly …

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November is Picture Book Month! 

Do you remember your favorite picture book as a child? Maybe it was a classic someone gifted you or a random book picked up at the library because it had a nice cover. Chances are, you still remember something about that book because the combination of pictures and words that flow together can be very powerful. …

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Staff Picks Nov. 2017 | Ballot Boxing: Winning and Losing the Right to Vote 

Despite persistent hand-wringing about the state of our democracy, Americans are relatively ambivalent about one of its foundational institutions. With the notable exception of 2008, voter turnout in presidential elections has been on a steady decline since the 1960s. This is despite the expansions to the franchise that followed the passage of the Voting Rights …

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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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Death and Taxes: A New Everett Cafe Book Collection 

Taxes tend to send us all into a tizzy -- whether we are trying to file our own returns, seeking out the help of an accountant, or merely paying up what (always) seems to be due. For some folk, the October deadline for extended returns has just passed -- groans muffled stoically to the Government …

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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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Arts in Education Week 

Benjamin Pollock (British, 1857-1937)Characters, from Jack and the Giant Killer, Plate 7 for a Toy Theater, 1870–1890British,Lithograph; Sheet: 6 11/16 × 8 7/16 in. (17 × 21.4 cm)The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1952 (52.541.1(7)) I was excited to learn that …

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Everett Cafe Book Display: A Cure for What Ails You: Dr. Feelgood’s Quick Fix Elixir 

"What is Healthcare? Who should have it? Who should pay for it? Do some people deserve it more than others? Does it include mental health? What about addiction treatment? 'Healthcare' constitutes a lot of different parts of our lives; some we think about, while others only become apparent when they fall apart. With the current …

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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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Unbound: Remixing the Classics 

You could be serving a mango mule (mocktail) to the tune of Moby - Go (Woodtick Mix), or dancing "Cool" in West Side Story after seeing Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans. A remix appropriates or changes other materials to create something new, be it food or drink, song, artwork, photograph, video, or book. So, while getting creative with old …

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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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Book Talk: Stitching Truth 

Author and journalist Jeff Kelly Lowenstein travelled to Santiago, Chile as a Fulbright Scholar in 2013, and so lived in Chile during the 40th Anniversary of the country’s 1973 military coup. His book The Chilean Chronicles: Moments and Memory Forty Years After the Pinochet Coup contains his observations of this important moment in Chilean history. …

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April Poetry for May Flowers 

From the BioDiversity Heritage Library Let's all take April’s poetry to May while we are enjoying the flowers! Ebooks: Eleven more American women poets in the 21st century: poetics across North America edited by Claudia Rankine and Lisa Sewell The poems of William Wordsworth: collected reading texts from the Cornell Wordsworth series. Volume III edited by …

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Celebrating Voices: International Poetry 

In researching our institution's connection to poetry, I am interested to learn that Professor Allan Abbott (1886-1956) sought to inspire reform in the teaching of English by encouraging teachers to tailor their selection of literature to student interests. Interestingly, he co-authored with M.R. Tribue, of the University of North Carolina, A Measure of Ability to Judge Poetry: …

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Readings for Women’s History Month 

  Even though Women’s History Month is coming to a close, there are lots of books help you continue to celebrate and learn about how women have changed history. Some of their contributions are just being acknowledged from years past, while others are in the process of changing the world right now.   Available in …

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March Resources 

Dr. Margaret Mead by Edward Lynch, Retrieved from the Library of Congress,   March Resources This month Gottesman Library is highlighting Government and Education databases. This is a great list of resources that approach school policies, practices, and administration  from different disciplines such as economics, political science, health and more. WE'VE GOT …

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Staff Picks for March 

I am very pleased to have curated this month's Staff Picks located in the Second Floor Reading Room. I based my selections around Green Card Stories. It encompasses two things I enjoy - having people tell me their stories and happenstance. I like having …

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#Colorourcollections, Mo Willems, & Book Chains 

#Colorourcollections February 6th - 10th is #colorourcollections week! Libraries and Special Collections around the world have digitized parts of their collections for you to color and enjoy. There are 95 different organizations participating this year, including Digital Public Library of America and Biodiversity Heritage Library. A full list of participating organizations can be found here<span style="font-weight: …

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Black: A New Everett Cafe Book Display 

I was a little more than shocked when a promising, young Southern researcher, in her pursuit of archival materials on the College's educational involvement in Peru, asked if I happened to know "when Columbia. specifically Teachers College, was officially desegregated." What?! Segregation at Teachers College seemed to me a very foreign concept, indeed one that …

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