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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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Ask A High School Librarian! 

In order to celebrate School Library Month we are reaching out to different school librarians to highlight the work they do! We will be posting our interviews with them through out the month.  My name is Teresa Tartaglione and I am the campus librarian at the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus in Manhattan. I …

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Ask a School Librarian! 

In order to celebrate School Library Month we are reaching out to different school librarians to highlight the work they do! We will be posting our interviews with them through out the month.  Please introduce yourself (where do you work, job title) My name is Marla Greenwald. I am the librarian at Cypress Hills Community …

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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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Creativity, Courage, & Arts Education 

In the introduction to A Whole New Mind, author Daniel Pink outlines the incredible paradigm shift occurring in society. He writes, "the last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind - computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch …

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Connecting Educators with New York City’s Cultural Institutions: “The NYC Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core” Conference 

Local cultural institutions have a lot to offer New York City educators by supporting curriculum development in exciting new ways. Teachers, for instance, are able use the high quality resources available at New York City’s museums to get students to think critically about the world around them. When students become aware of what the city …

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Teaching Graphic Novels 

Readers can't seem to get enough graphic novels, and luckily, the number of superb graphic novels appears to be multiplying exponentially every year. This is good news for teachers, since there are about a hundred reasons to use graphic novels in the classroom; one big reason being that graphic novels are frequently highly relatable, which …

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Designing Learning Spaces in the Everett Library Café 

The Designing Learning Spaces Collection is now available for perusal in the Everett Library Café. These books explore library and learning space architecture and planning, design elements like furniture, alternative classroom use cases, and even digital learning space design. These items are meant to support the Teachers College community in our redesign of the fourth …

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The Books Are Alright; Why Print Isn’t Doomed in the E-book Industry 

Despite having grown up in a technologically-dominated age, in which everything from music, television, shopping, and even the way we spend time with other people is gradually becoming digitized, there's one thing I can't bring myself to adapt to, and that is using e-books. Reading is one of the first things I learned to enjoy, …

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Have Libraries Lessened the Importance of Structured Education? 

There was a time when libraries kept their books under lock and key, stored away behind gates, too precious for anyone to touch. Books were only accessible to university professors or, in the case of the Library Company of Philadelphia, benefactors. Books were still so rare that, in order to preserve them, only a limited …

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Banned Books Week 2013 

September 22-28 is Banned Books Week! If you're looking to celebrate by reading a banned or challenged book, you can check out 2012's top ten challenged books . You can also check out Banned Books Week's list of Banned Books that Shaped America. In recent news on this front, the school board of Randolph County, …

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ALA’s frequently challenged books of the 21st century 

Each year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information. A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with …

Posted 70 months ago by

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Summer Reading 

As this past week kicked off the first official day of summer, as well as several days where many of us toiled over which friend with an air conditioner to call next, it would appear that it is also time to talk about summer reading. It seems to be viewed as a time when we …

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Life in six words, writers treasure 

English teachers Marcelle Mentor and Amanda Stessen conduct a fun, enlightening workshop, Building Your Own Library Using Authentic Literacies. We explore Hemingway*,  Smith Magazine, and other great sources for the six word memoir -- opening our hearts and minds to “multiple interpretations, insinuations, explorations.” Yes, we find that those brief, oft poetic phrases spark the …

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Used at TC, banned in Arizona: On book removal and silencing student voices 

“The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack,” - ALA The events taking place in Arizona's Tucson Unified School District are hitting too close to home. As a former ethnic studies student and as I continue my studies here at TC with the purpose of improving the educational experiences …

Posted 85 months ago by

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Zines as Teaching Aides 

If your goal in teaching is to inspire your class to create works of text or art, you might consider using zines as teaching aides.  Alison Piepmeier, author of Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism, reports that, “Every time I teach a class about zines, a significant percentage of the students begin making their own. …

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Book talk with Wendy Elmer 

Education Program at Gottesman Libraries hosts different types of education related events in the library through the year. For instance, Socratic Conversation, book talk, workshop, news display, and film screening.  I always find those events resourceful and enjoyable. This week, I attended a book talk hosted by Wendy Elmer: Book of Poems About Being a …

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Book Expo America (BEA) 

What do Russia, Ice T, Roger Ebert and digital publishing in Italy have in common? You guessed it! They're all at this year's Book Expo America (BEA) conference at the Jacob Javitz Center in NYC. BEA is the book world's annual conference where industry professionals gather to network, learn about trends, hear from authors and …

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April is…Poetry Month 

If that scares you (and your students) check out some of the resources below, many available online and at TC. Books If you’re teaching elementary school, you may already be familiar with these writers of poetry for children:  Douglas Florian, Joyce Sidman and Lee Bennett Hopkins. TC has a pretty extensive collection of their books. …

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A Paywall for the New York Times 

Beginning today, the New York Times is implementing a "paywall": No longer will the content at be free for unlimited use. Here's the official announcement made by the NYT on March 17th. Opinion on this issue has varied widely. The new paywall was very quickly criticized by a variety of interested parties, including …

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