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Book Talk: The Dropout: How a Lost Kid Found his Dream, with Joseph Matthews 

Joseph Matthews' 'The Dropout' is written from his perspective as a teenager in jail trying to reinvent himself and gather the resources and determination to build a new life. Matthews discusses the discouragement that students of color face in the school system and how it shapes their attitude towards themselves, their future, and contributes to developing a path of self destruction. …

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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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Career Development for A&H Students 

On Monday, February 6  I attended a career development workshop hosted by the Arts & Humanities Department at Teachers College. This week’s topic covered on-campus interviewing preparation for doctoral students. By extension, Skype and phone interviews were also covered since multiple participants had recently in conversation to potential employers. Participants began the workshop by sharing …

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Abby the Therapy Dog Visits the Library! 

Today, the library welcomed Abby and her owner Karen Baldwin to brighten up finals week. Abby and Karen come to TC from the Good Dog Foundation, and Abby is a certified therapy dog who helps bring stress relief, healing, and love wherever she goes. Finals can be a really stressful time for TC students, and the Gottesman …

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Second Floor Staff Picks: At Home in Alternate Worlds 

-Beckie Beeson I have worked as a librarian at the Gottesman Libraries for a year now, and have been honored to meet the students, professionals, and educators that make up the community at TC. As I head to the West Coast to complete my Masters degree in Library Science at the University of Washington, I leave a library book …

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Page Turning Events and the Life of TC Books 

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go." -Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut From the Services desk, circulating books reflect course curriculum, patron inquiries mirror educational research, and the book drop holds charming lost causes of leisure reading. It …

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Remembering Mort Schindel 

Stepping into the colorful book mobile parked in front of the main steps of Teachers College, I stumble across Clifford, of all creatures. Big, red, and furry, for real. Bigger, in fact, than the person whom I really came to see -- Mr. Morton Schindel, distinguished alumnus (M.A, audiovisual education, 1946) and founder of Weston Woods, …

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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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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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Taking a Study Break with Abby the Therapy Dog- Here at Gottesman Libraries! 

It's a busy time at Teachers College with finals around the corner. Everyone is studying, finishing projects, writing papers, and taking tests.  The library is always trying to find ways to ease the stress and frustration of finals week, whether it be staying open until 1:00 A.M. until May 9, providing complimentary chocolates for students …

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Visiting the Cooper Hewitt, Part 1 

One morning I arrive at work to find a cartload of framed art pulled from the library's closed stacks for the Brushes with History: Imagination and Innovation in Art Education History conference and exhibit – select pieces from the Dow and Ziegfeld collections loaded up for loan to Macy Gallery. As I compile the inventory, I discover a …

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Welcome Back! 

Congratulations! You made it through the first day of classes! 2016 is now in full swing, but adjusting to the winter weather and a new semester at the same time may make you wish you were stuck in the past. If you're looking for ways to be here now and draw your focus to the …

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The Minds behind Mindful Lights 

An inside look at the interactive installation at Offit Gallery with EdLab Design Team. Mindful Lights is an interactive installation exploring how light and material can create a space for students to experience a moment of mindfulness. EdLab designers Veronica Black, Min Sung Kwak, Seungkyun Lee, and Jackie “Neon” Simon, examine the uses of LED …

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Virtual Reality at the Library 

Every day, a physical copy of the New York Times is available to patrons at the Gottesman libraries. If you get the paper delivered to you, you may have been as excited as we were to find that something special had come along with the Saturday paper two weeks ago. This edition of the weekend paper came …

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If you give a mouse a cookie… 

She'll share it with a mime. If you give a mime a cookie... Happy Halloween from the services team! Oh yes, enjoy some mini (mouse) cookies.

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News from the Everett News Cafe 

While grabbing your coffee from the Everett Cafe before heading into the library, you may notice that the space looks different this semester. Gone are the newspapers hanging on the wall, instead replaced with a screen that cycles through numerous front pages. Where a small grouping of books used to sit, there is now an …

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Hold Fast to Dreams 

Higher education is often seen as a potential silver bullet for breaking cycles of poverty in the US, yet research continually finds that low-income students face perversely daunting barriers to attending college and completing degrees. This has been true for generations and many know it to be true now, but much conversation and scholarship on this issue …

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Copyright Basics for Everyone part 2: How to Use Intellectual Property without Breaking the Law and Offending People 

Photo credit: Timothy Vollmer I have a confession to make: I have probably infringed on a few copyrights in my time. You probably have too unwittingly. You need an image to add to a PowerPoint presentation, report, or website, so you do a Google image search, grab one of the images, and use it. This, …

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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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Ask a Librarian: How did you get through midterms? 

Computer stations are occupied, the scanners are buzzing, tensions are running a little high... Oh yes, midterms have definitely begun! Over at the reference desk, we've compiled a list of trusted crunch-time strategies from our days as undergraduate and graduate students, long long ago. Hope you'll give one or two (and especially number three) a …

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