- Ever wonder what the most circulated library books are worldwide? Check out the OCLC’s list of the 100 most-circulated books of all time and see if any of your guesses were correct!
- Want to wield some power and help decide which One Book New Yorkers read next? Head to NYPL on April 23rd and hear from all five shortlisted authors and cast your ballot!
- Netflix wants to help you teach world languages and it’s as easy as downloading a Chrome browser extension!
- Brain Pickings has been around for 12 years, and if you haven’t already signed up for this smart, insightful, book-loving newsletter, do so today!
- John Green recently introduced a 10-episode Crash Course called “Navigating Digital Information”, developed in partnership with MediaWise–a project of the Poynter Institute, funded by Google, with curriculum developed by the Stanford History Education Group who gave us several important research projects, including the well-known study, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning. Take the course yourself & urge your students to, as well!
- The Center for Fiction has a brand-new home in Brooklyn! It features a library, a sun-filled bookshop/cafe, a state-of-the-art auditorium, classroom space, and a writer’s studio. Make plans today to visit this sanctuary!
- Want to become a credentialed Media Literacy Educator? Take PBS’s free online course and add to your skillset, your resume, and your life!
- It is almost time for the much-anticipated and much-talked-about 2020 Census, but before that becomes front and center for all of us, you should definitely check out what the Census folks put together so you can creatively work in Statistics into every subject you teach. Kind of like hiding vegetables in your pasta sauce!
- We don’t subscribe to Project Muse, so it’s great news to hear that they now feature several Open-Access Journals and many many Open Access books! Take some time to look through their offerings and enjoy the windfall!
- Last month, 113 cultural institutions from across the globe participated in the 2019 #ColorOurCollections campaign, in which they all shared free printable coloring pages culled from their acquisitions. Last year, 181 institutions participated, and you can access coloring pages from both years of this campaign!
- Next month is National Poetry Month, so it’s time again to learn how poetry can make both your lives & your classrooms better! The American Academy of Poets (the folks who bring you National Poetry Month) have created a new project, dear poet project 2019, that is “a multimedia education project inviting young people in grades five through twelve to write letters in response to poems written and read by some of the award-winning poets who serve on the Academy of American Poets Board of Chancellors.” They also created a curriculum and classroom activities for you, so check it out! Here is their list of “30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month”!
- One of the “gateway poets” who infected me with a love of poetry is Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and this month he turns 100! Bookseller, visionary, and still writing! Read what this American treasure has to say on the eve of his milestone birthday!
- The 92Y is a wonderful local venue in which to see authors, poets, and playwrights. I’ve seen many there over the years! Their “Poetry Center Online” is a great place where you can access recordings by Lucille Clifton and hundreds of other poets.
- This seems like a perfect time to remind you to subscribe to JSTOR Daily if you don’t already. Their tagline is “where news meets its scholarly match”, and it does not disappoint!
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