- If it’s September, it’s time for the Brooklyn Book Festival! The Festival runs from September 16th-September 23rd, with the Children’s and YA day on Saturday, September 21st, and the flagship day on Sunday, September 22nd. Click on the link to see all of the both up-and-coming and world-famous authors that will be in attendance!
- Diversity is much more than a buzzword. It is a powerful way many of us structure our schools, lives, and reading lists, and now it is a new book search engine!
- In case you missed it when it originally aired last year, now you can stream PBS’s “The Great American Read”!
- How about some free posters celebrating Women Role Models in Science, Technology, and Math? They are available in 7 languages other than English!
- Need data sets to let your students loose on? Try SCB, UNSD, FiveThirtyEight, ProPublica, Socrata, BigQuery, Quandl, data.world, data.gov, World Bank, GapMinder, Knoema, OEC, index mundi, and Pew Research. Here are some tips and lessons to make your students more data literate!
- The Fifty Greatest Coming-of-Age novels (according to Literary Hub)...
- The 1619 Project from the New York Times came out this summer to much praise and acclaim, and some criticism. Here it is on PBS NewsHour, and here is the collection of poems the Times commissioned to accompany the project.
- Summer is not the only time to dive into reading! Try these tips that might help you be a more active and committed reader all year long!
- Need strategies to help you pronounce the names of your new students?
- September is #LibraryCardSignUpMonth! Put your own oxygen masks on first and make sure your own cards (BPL & NYPL) are active, and then make sure your students have active library cards as well!
- Every year the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) curates and put out a list of the Best Websites for Teaching & Learning. Here is the list for 2019!
- If your students are in grades 9-12, please let them know about the National Poetry Month Poster Contest! The winning student will receive $500, a $500 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, art supplies from Sakura Color Products of America, and signed copies of books by this year's judges, renowned graphic memoirist and comic book artist Alison Bechdel and former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. The student will also be featured in American Poets magazine. Submissions will be accepted online between September 1 and October 25th, 2019.
Here are 12 things I thought were worth sharing:
Here are 13 things I thought were worth sharing:
1. Some Summer Reading Lists for you!
UC Berkeley Summer Reading List
Book Your Summer (Barnes & Noble)
NYPL Summer Reading 2019/Teen Book Lists
Publishers Weekly Summer Reading 2019
The Best New Books Coming Out Summer 2019 (Southern Living)
The Most Anticipated Books of Summer 2019 (Parade Magazine)
The New York Times Books (interactive)
We are Kid Lit Collective
2. The kids should see this. No really, they should!
3. Creative Commons has upped their image game and now has over 300 million images, with advanced searching options coming soon!
4. Statewide Summer Reading Resources out of Albany!
5. Literature & Math teachers, Unite!
6. Here is a spiffy updated MLA formatting poster shared with us from a library in Beijing!
7. It’s time for the 10th Annual New York Times Summer Reading Contest!
8. Go see some great live music in Brooklyn this summer! And here is a longer listing for all five boroughs!
9. Request a Woman Scientist, right here.
10. The Best Advice You Ever Received (and are willing to pass on)
11. Last fall, Google launched a new search engine that is helping scientists find the data sets that they need.
12. Want to walk the runway representing the subject you teach? Check out these dresses!
13. Free computer science curriculum from Google? Yes, please!
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1. America’s Poet, Brooklyn’s Own Walt Whitman, will turn 200 on May 31st, 2019! There are a multitude of happenings celebrating a man who celebrated himself and the city and country he called home. Click here for the 8-page tabloid “America Celebrates Walt Whitman” that lists events in New York City, places all over the country, and beyond. Some events have already happened, and some stretch into the fall, so be sure to check the list soon!
2. There are two new interactive tools that allow anyone to create, print, and share “erasure” poems from both democratic texts or stories from the New York Times.
3. As Spring Fever grips us in its talons, procrastination can easily run amok. Here are two takes on procrastination (TED & NYTimes), which will help us understand it when it happens to us or to our students…
4. Have we forgotten how to read? How to pay attention to pages instead of screens? I have hope that we can balance what both bring to our lives. So does Michael Harris. Another call to action to put down our screens and take up life again…
5. Love Pharrell? Love STEAM? Then check out Pharrell’s new Netflix series called Brainchild!
6. SYNC returns on April 25th and runs through August 1st! Be sure to sign up so you can get 28 free audiobook downloads over 14 weeks and fall in love with the spoken word again…
7. Want to share videos with your students but don’t want the surprise of objectionable content popping up? Try boclips!
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Here are 11 things I thought were worth sharing:
1. Reading makes an enormous difference in the lives of millions of people. You should try to be one of those people! Watch a young man who vowed to read a book a week for a whole year talk about how this goal changed him. Here he is at 20 weeks in, and again at 6 months in.
2. The simple truth about reading 200 books a year (and how to make it a habit).
3. Books are good for your brain.
4. What does immersing yourself in a book do to your brain?
5. It is never too early to make summer plans and pad your resume in the process! Check out the PD offerings from these organizations and apply today!:
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
American Bar Association
National Gallery of Art
USS Midway Museum
Historic Hudson Valley
New-York Historical Society
National Constitution Center
The National WWII Museum
National Portrait Gallery
Columbia University Teachers College
Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers
Summer Teachers Institute at St. John’s College
Summer Poetry Teachers Institute
6. The Books, Songs, Films, and other works that just entered the Public Domain two days ago...
7. Barack Obama shares his favorite books, music and movies of 2018.
8. The National Film Board of Canada has just created an online database of indigenous cinema for your viewing pleasure. Any dissemination of indigenous culture, anywhere in the world, is cause for celebration.
9. The Brooklyn Museum will be hosting a big Frida Kahlo show next month. Get your tickets for it now and get prepared by immersing yourself in Google’s online Frida celebration!
10. Speaking of Google, check out their new documentary series, “Search On", featuring “stories of people around the world using Google technology to solve big problems, answer hard questions, and take action.”
11. Find out more about the African Diaspora right here in New York City by going on a Black Gotham Experience Walking Tour, created and run by artist/historian Kamau Ware.
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1. December is the month of End of Year Best of the Best Book Lists! Here are the lists for:
Amazon's Top 20 Picks for the Best Books of the Year So Far
Chicago Tribune 10 Best Books of 2018
Goodreads Choice Awards 2018
Library Reads Favorite of Favorites 2018
NYPL Best Books for Teens
The New York Times (10 Best of the Year)
The New York Times (100 Notable Books of 2018)
The New Yorker's Best Books of 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge
Publishers Weekly Best Books 2018
School Library Journal Best Books 2018
2. Kate DiCamillo on the magic of reading aloud.
3. NewsGuard is a new organization that employs journalists to combat misinformation, 24 hours a day. Download it as a free Google Chrome extension and see the reliability ratings of the news resources you visit and use in real time!
4. Some of our lucky 9th and 10th graders got to attend the National Book Awards’ Teen Press Conference last month and got to see all five YA finalists read excerpts of their books! Here is the list of which titles won across all categories.
5. The Library of Congress just launched Crowd, where you can volunteer to transcribe Abraham Lincoln’s letters and letters home from Civil War soldiers.
6. NYC Digital Safety is “a new initiative to bring resources covering digital privacy and data security to the City’s frontline public library staff”. Check out their modules and consider sharing them with your students!
7. “TeachRock is a standards-aligned, arts integration curriculum that uses the history of popular music and culture to help teachers engage students.” Get it today, free of charge!
8. Google recently launched Grow with Google, a platform that provides free training, tools, and events to support teachers, students, job seekers, and entrepreneurs.
9. The Gray Lady and Google Images are getting hitched!
10. “NASA just made their entire media library publicly-accessible and copyright free!”
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Here are 17 things I thought were worth sharing:
1. The shortlists for the National Book Award were announced this morning! The awards will be given out live on November 14th, and some of our high school students will be attending a special reading featuring all five shortlisted Young People’s Literature authors the day before!
2. The Public Library of Science has been sharing full-text open access scientific and medical articles since 2001...
3. The First Days Project collects and shares stories of immigrants and refugees from when they first came to the United States. Consider adding your story if you moved here from another country!
4. The OED is turning 90, and we are the ones getting a present! We have been granted a full year of access to the Oxford English Dictionary, for free! Click here to get our login details.
5. You’ve heard of mail being delivered late, but not THIS late! “The Prize Papers” is a recently-discovered and publicized “archive of 160,000 undelivered personal letters from all over the world, seized from ships captured during Britain’s naval wars over three centuries, and are to be digitized in a project offering an intimate glimpse into people’s lives.” Read all about the project here. Talk about primary sources!
6. JSTOR helps you teach your students about the fine points of researching with their “Research Basics” curriculum.
7. Sign up today for the Academy of American Poets’ “Teach this Poem”, the winner of the 2018 Innovations in Reading Prize given by the National Book Foundation.
8. Please note I have updated the following pages on the Library website with more resources: Chemistry, Literature, and Watch, Listen & Learn!
9. Download free e-books and textbooks from Bookboon!
10. Just a few of the websites that the AASL chose as the best of the best this year: All Sides for Schools, Biointeractive, EarSketch, edWeb, The Global Goals, Loom (Chrome extension), NewseumEd, PencilCode, Science Friday, Stanford History Education Group, and Time.Graphics.
11. UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library has just created and shared their new digital archive: The Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement.
12. The European Planetary Science Congress has just released a catalog of over 2,200 planetary maps produced worldwide from between 1600 and 2018.
13. The Library of Congress has expanded its reach! They now house a collection called the National Screening Room that “showcases the riches of the Library’s vast moving image collection, designed to make otherwise unavailable movies, both copyrighted and in the public domain, freely accessible to the viewers worldwide.”
14. Open Sources continue to be our new currency! Search for them here, via a new portal created by the SUNY Geneseo Library.
15. This has nothing to do with books, but has everything to do with what books are made of! Did you know that all of NYC’s trees are mapped, and that you can get all kinds of info about each one of those 678,619 trees?
16. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has created Open Bookshelf, “a digital library collection of popular books free to download, formatted for modern devices, and handpicked by a Curation Corps of librarians from across the US.”
17. Humanities & ELA teachers: Last month the Library of Congress launched DBQuest and Case Maker, two new web and mobile apps that join a suite of digital resources introduced back in 2016. These new interactive opportunities for middle and high school students will engage learners in interactive civics, asking them to weigh evidence and build arguments.
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1. Want to take your students on a field trip? Then apply for a Target Field Trip Grant today! Each grant is worth up to $700, and the entry deadline is October 1st.
2. It's time for the Scholastic Writing Awards again! Begun in 1923, it is the nation's longest-running writing and artistic competition for young people. The competition opens on September 12th, so be sure to tell your students to enter. "Through the Scholastic Awards, teens in grades 7–12 from public, private, or home schools can apply in 29 categories of art and writing for their chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited and published."
3. Would you like to connect to a non-profit organization that sells surplus items to teachers for very low prices?
4. If you live or work in Brooklyn (now I know at least one of those things applies to you!), sign up today to get a free Brooklyn Public Library Teacher Card. You will become a “Super Patron”, and be able to borrow more items for longer periods than anyone else!
5. Get your $10 ticket and listen to the founder of Politifact and other fighters-for-facts as they discuss “Our Fake Reality: Journalism, Legitimacy, and Post-Fact America”on September 27th.
6. Use this repository of ads from all over the world as a springboard for lessons or researching.
7. Just in time for the November election, Teaching Tolerance and Rock the Vote have teamed up to create “Voting and Voices”, a collection of resources for you and your students about the history and process of voting.
8. Over the summer, Artstor made more than 1 million image, video, document and audio files from public institutions freely available to everyone!
9. A love letter to libraries and reading, brought to you by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell.
10. The New York Historical Society offers free and low-cost afterschool PDs for teachers, related to their ever-changing exhibitions. Some are happening really soon, so check out the list today!
11. Harry Potter has been in the USA for 20 years, and The New York Historical Society is celebrating this with their upcoming exhibition Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which opens on October 5th and runs through January 27th.
12. Free full-color reading propaganda posters for to download and print for your classrooms!
Here are 14 things I thought were worth sharing:
1. The Brooklyn Book Festival is a perfect way to begin the new school year and your personal reading year!
2. Things are getting real on The Great American Read! Tune in on September 11th for their first episode of the season, and set the rest of the series to tape. I printed out the librarian/educator’s guide, so stop by and take a look.
3. It is still technically summer, so here is Obama’s Summer Reading List if you missed it...
4. Did you know you could get free admission to dozens of NYC cultural institutions just by using your library card?
5. Would you like free hands-on PD opportunities focused on digital media?
6. Banned Books Week 2018 runs from September 23rd-29th. Resist censorship and dive into one of these books during that week and all year long.
7. The NYPL is posting classic stories on Instagram.
8. For the first time in 22 years, the American Academy of Poets is sponsoring a contest for high school students to create their National Poetry Month poster that gets sent out to over 100,000 schools, libraries, and bookstores. Spread the word to your students (entries due by 10/31) and find the details here.
9. Want to fill your bookshelves and make a difference at the same time? Head to Brooklyn Public Library’s Big Brooklyn Book Sale on October 20th at their Central Branch.
10. Don’t forget to use the New York Times’ Learning Network!
11. JSTOR has plenty of Open Content for both you and your students.
12. PBS Learning Media has a special database of free resources, specially curated for teachers in New York.
13. Enrich both your school and professional lives by attending free (sometimes!) cultural events in our City. Check out the fall rosters for the Museum of the City of New York, NYPL, The Brooklyn Historical Society, The New York Historical Society, and the 92Y!
14. As of three days ago, Flipgrid is now free for all educators!
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