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Posts by Miranda J. McDermott

Booktalking "Behind the Gates of Gomorrah" by Stephen Seager

Napa State Hospital houses some of the most dangerous criminals in the nation... with no guards. Why? Hospitals do not have guards. Most of the patients have either been found "not guilty by reason of insanity" or "incompetent to stand trial."Read More ›

Booktalking "The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage" by Selina Alko

Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter were living a fulfilled and happy life in Virginia. They wanted to turn their relationship into the committed partnership of marriage, but in 1958 in Virginia, interracial marriage was illegal.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Collaborating Couples on February 7, 2015

Andrea and Brian Pinkney, Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, and Betsy and Ted Lewin spoke about living and working on books together.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Patron Saint of Butterflies" by Cecilia Galante

The Regulation Room is simply a normal part of life on Mount Blessing to its residents. Read More ›

METRO Conference on January 15, 2015

Highlights from the local library conference.Read More ›

Booktalking "Breaking the Ice" by Gail Nall

Kaitlin's luck seems to be failing her. Telling the judges at a competition exactly what she thinks of her low scores for artistic expression leads to her demise at the Ridgeline Skating Club. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Letter Writer" by Ann Rinaldi

Eleven-year-old Harriet Whitehead is hired to write letters for a blind woman on a Virginia cotton plantation in 1830. There, she meets 14-year-old Violet, a half-black and half-white girl who becomes her soul sister. Read More ›

Booktalking "The Ever-After Bird" by Ann Rinaldi

The scarlet ibis is known to the slaves as the Ever-After bird. Legend has it that once a slave sights this bird, he or she will be free. Read More ›

Booktalking "Willow" by Tonya Hegamin

Willow gets into trouble for reading anything other than the Bible... and she is also not supposed to know how to write. So she hides her diary in the woods.Read More ›

Booktalking "Justice While Black" by Robbin Shipp and Nick Chiles

A criminal defense attorney with a quarter-century experience gives advice to young men of color in order to avoid and minimize harm done if they get arrested. However, it is useful for all citizens to know about and exercise their rights.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Lions of Little Rock" by Kristin Levine

It is 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the debate about racial integration in schools is raging. Read More ›

Booktalking "My Thirteenth Winter" by Samantha Abeel

Dyscalculia is a math-related learning disability. Samantha Abeel was caught in the crossfire between her complete inability to perform simple mathematical calculations or read music (which is related to math) and her extreme creativity with writing and vivid imagination. Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Science Fiction on January 3, 2015

Authors and librarians weighed in on the subject of sci-fi in children's books at the event earlier this month.Read More ›

Booktalking "Trapped" by Michael Northrop

No heat, no water, no cell phone reception... and no help on the way.Read More ›

Booktalking "Sugar White Snow and Evergreens" by Felicia Chernesky

The illustrations in this book are exquisite, and I love how Swan emphasizes single colors in the double-page spreads.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Publishing in the 21st Century on December 6

Betsy Bird, Youth Materials Specialist at NYPL, introduced the program. Jane Breskin Zalben moderated the panel, which consisted of Laurent Linn, Leonard Marcus, Neal Porter, Caroline Ward, Susan Roth, and Elizabeth Harding. Read More ›

Association of College and Research Libraries, New York Chapter

The ACRL/NY chapter puts on an annual symposium and has a mentoring program as well.Read More ›

Booktalking "Dear Santa, Please Come to the 19th Floor" by Yin

Carlos is wheelchair-bound due to an accident that damaged his spinal cord. He is depressed due to the injury and the dramatic change in lifestyle, but luckily his best friend lives in the building. Read More ›

Metropolitan New York Library Council: Training for Librarians

One of the many advantages of large urban areas is increased opportunities for professional development. METRO is one of the most helpful librarian professional organizations that I have found in New York City. Read More ›

Booktalking "Tease" by Amanda Maciel

Sara is being charged with the harassment and assault of Emma Putnam. Emma is dead.Read More ›
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