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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 ›

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 ›
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