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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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