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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 ›

Booktalking "Code Talker" by Joseph Bruchac

Sixteen-year-old Ned Begay is used to being called stupid and other names by adults. So joining the Marines and going through boot camp is not especially challenging for him. Read More ›

Booktalking "Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing" by April Jones Prince

The Brooklyn Bridge took fourteen years to build, and the people in Manhattan and Brooklyn all eagerly awaited its completion. Read More ›

Booktalking "I Have Two Homes" by Marian De Smet

Sometimes she lives with Mom, sometimes with Dad... in two different houses.Read More ›

Booktalking "Prisoner B-3087" by Alan Gratz

B for Brikenau Concentration Camp, 3087 for prisoner number. This is how the Nazis define Yanek.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Brooklyn Nine" by Alan Gratz

A novel told in nine stories, spanning the years from 1845 to 2002.Read More ›

Booktalking "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" by Lee Israel

This book tells the story of how one author fell on hard times and decided to try her hand at selling valuable correspondence from prominent authors.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Other Side" by Jacqueline Woodson

Clover notices a little girl on the other side of the fence. She wants to play with her and her friends, but everyone's mothers told them not to go over the fence. Read More ›

Booktalking "Eagle Song" by Joseph Bruchac

Danny does not fit in New York City with his long hair and Mohawk ways.Read More ›

Booktalking "Lumber Camp Library" by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Amazingly enough, these lumberjacks who topple logs every day are a little bit afraid of literature. Read More ›

Booktalking "Paper Daughter" by Jeanette Ingold

Maggie Chen, 16-year-old summer intern at the Herald newspaper, follows in her journalist father's footsteps. She gets caught up in the fascinating flurry of activity in the newsroom, investigating a suspicious death with one of the reporters, which seems to be connected with her own father's demise.Read More ›

Booktalking "The Sundown Rule" by Wendy Townsend

Louise's mother is out of the picture, and her dad is on a writing assignment for National Geographic in Brazil. She finds herself staying with Aunt Kay and Uncle Jack for the summer. Read More ›

Booktalking "Lizard Love" by Wendy Townsend

Grace loves reptiles. She paints snakes, Nile monitors and chameleons on her jacket. Walter at Fang and Claw, a reptile pet store, is jealous; he wishes that he had a jacket like hers.Read More ›

Booktalking "Second Impact" by David Klass

Football is the lifeblood of this small Jersey town, and the administration does not react kindly to negative publicity about its prized sport.Read More ›

Booktalking "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" by Doreen Cronin

These cows have an issue with their living conditions. So they decide to do something about it. They start communicating their suggestions to the farmer.Read More ›

Children's Literary Salon in Retrospect: Native Fiction on October 4, 2014

Stacy Whiteman and Cheryl Klein are editors, and Joseph Bruchac and Eric Gansworth are Native authors. It was interesting to see the interchange between authors and editors during the program. Read More ›

Booktalking "This is How I Find Her" by Sara Polsky

Sixteen-year-old Sophie has essentially been her mother's caregiver for the last five years. Not by her choice. However, Sophie loves the capriciousness carefree nature of her mom, her lovely paintings, and her terrific sense of fun. The mother she can be when not crippled by bipolar disorder.Read More ›
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