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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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World as Classroom: A New Everett Cafe Book Display 

A major attraction to working at Teachers College is our international student body and depth and breadth of our faculty in their work across the globe. Interestingly, our students come from all over, faculty members consistently engage in international initiatives, and staff is dedicated to training teachers who have served abroad (Peace Corps Fellows) and plan …

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Dreaming with Machines: A New Everett Cafe Book Display 

Perhaps the dream started with Leonardo, the greatest artist whose telling notebooks include fantastic drawings of "smart" machines -- a parachute, helicopter, tank, mechanical knight, and many other curious mechanical devices. Leonardo certainly amused the Italian royalty, but his dreams came to fruition -- enabling the creative and logical connection between humans and technology. We remember that he was not …

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Staff Picks of the Month: Escapism 

When my turn to do the Staff Picks of the Month came around, I knew right away what I wanted to focus on: speculative fiction. Or do we call it genre fiction? Sci-Fi/Fantasy? Weird-books-where-sometimes-there's-magic-and-sometimes-there's-robots-and-sometimes-both-oh-my-god-how-do-we-define-all-of-this? The books featured in this collection belong to a form of storytelling that is often incredibly difficult to pin down with …

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Everett Cafe: Lessons from the Gilded Age 

After collective iterations of selections for the new Everett Café book display, Lessons from the Gilded Age, the last thing I expect to find is a small frog in my path. Down the steep hill at the top of the park, I am cycling too fast to stop, but I shift my Schwinn just a …

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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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Wearable Books 

Most of us librarians really...really love books. I also really love jewelry. Last week, my like-minded coworker and I visited an exhibit at The Gallery at Reinstein|Ross on 30 Gansevoort Street in Chelsea. Located in the gallery's back room, "Read and Worn: Jewelry from Books" exhibited works by five artists from around the world. Their wearable pieces had with one …

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The Supremes: A New Book Collection 

You might be wondering what the biggest 60's American female singing group from Detroit has to do with the Gottesman Libraries? Not too much, really -- other than that they share the same title with the latest Everett Cafe book collection: The Supremes, on display now, through April 30th. It's not Motown that's landed here, with divas Florence …

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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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How to Win an Election: A New Cafe Book Collection 

Did you know that Italian master Foppa Vincenzo painted (circa 1464) "The Young Cicero Reading" as part of his commission to fresco the courtyard of the Banco Mediceo in Milan? How apropos the library poster for the new Everett Cafe book collection, How to Win an Election!, on display now through March 15th, the Ides of March -- …

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Sensational Gods: A Winter Book Collection 

Drawn to the festive red and green, we note the powdered face of the Elizabethan court jester. The comic fool, yet not the fool in serving to provide witty insight and advice to the King, whom he may also mock. Dark eyes aslant, there’s a pursed smile…deciding, disapproving, lying? We muse on what student Burdett had in …

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Landing on Mars: A New Cafe Book Collection 

With the recent discovery of liquid water on Mars, comes the arrival of a new, thought-provoking, café book collection! Landing on Mars delves into amazing scientific, anthropological, and philosophical ideas concerning human travel to outer space and the sustainability of life on the Red Planet. Fast forward 10, 20, 30 years? Are you packing your bags, donning …

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