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ALA Event Meet West Bend Community Library supporters

  • Posted on June 30, 2009 at 10:09 PM

As requested by Dan Kleinman, I am clarifying that the following information is part of an email that Deborah Caldwell-Stone sent to me as a member of a listserv receiving announcements for the ALA group on Intellectual Freedom. I did not gather the information from the blog, but from an email I received that indicated the information was free to be disseminated. Since not all readers receive these emails, I have been systematically sharing events from publishers, authors, and committees regarding events at ALA annual. Since I did neglect to state here that this came from Deborah Caldwell-Stone’s, let me correct that error. I am still waiting for Dan Kleinman to offer other information regarding this.

"Meet the librarians and community members who are fighting to keep library materials on the shelves in West Bend, Wisconsin!

A special panel sponsored by the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee and the Freedom to Read Foundation at ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois will feature West Bend Community Library director Michael Tyree, young adult librarian Kristin Pekoll, library board president Barbara Deters, former library board member Mary Reilly-Kliss, and community organizer Maria Hanrahan. 

The panelists will share their unique experience and insights gained in addressing multiple challenges to young adult and GLBT materials in the West Bend Community Library, including a demand to publicly burn (!) Francesca Lia Block’s Young Adult novel, Baby Be-Bop."

Please note that all bolding is mine because I am shocked that anyone would demand people publicly burn books. Why are they asking this? The answer remains to be written in the comments by Mr. Kleinman.


Library Closed – No Volunteer Available

  • Posted on June 27, 2009 at 3:44 PM

I was so sad. Dad drove me to the Washta Public Library (housed in the same building as the elementary school library), but it was dark, locked, and had a sign on the door:

Library Closed
No Volunteer

I know my former algebra, geometry, and trig teacher Ms Wych retired from school and is the town "librarian." I realize that most of the staffing is by volunteers. Still, I was sad not to be able to walk in to say "Hello" and browse their new books. I’d like to know what people are reading in the town I was reared. 

Knowing how much both collections could use updating, I was hoping to chat with the librarians about grant writing. Maybe they’ll be open on Monday.

ALA Event – Nonfiction Book Blast!

  • Posted on June 27, 2009 at 3:23 PM

On Sunday, July 12, a panel of 17 nonfiction authors and a moderator will appear at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference at McCormick Place in Chicago. "Nonfiction Book Blast! Booktalks Your Reluctant Readers Can’t Resist" presents booktalks librarians can use to interest young readers in nonfiction. The panel appears from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Convention Center Room W181 (Level 1 of the West Building). Participating authors and their books include:

    * Lisa Rondinelli Albert, Stephenie Meyer: Author of the Twilight Saga (Enslow, 2009), So You Want to Be a Film or TV Actor (Enslow, 2008)

*Mary Bowman-Kruhm, The Leakeys: A Biography (Prometheus Books, 2009)

In Arctic Waters

* Laura Crawford, In Arctic Waters (Sylvan Dell Publishing), The Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving From A to Z (Pelican Publishing), Postcards From Chicago (Raven Tree Press)1575053306

 * Jeri Chase Ferris, With Open Hands: The Story of Biddy Mason (Lerner), Arctic Explorer: Matthew Henson (Lerner)

    * Kelly Milner Halls, Dinosaur Parade (Lark/Sterling Publishers, 2008), Saving the Baghdad Zoo (HarperCollins/Greenwillow, 2009),  Tales of the Cryptids (Darby Creek Publishing, 2006)
KidSource: Science Experiments
    * Amy S. Hansen, Bugs and Bugsicles: Insects in the Winter (Boyds Mills Press, 2010), Touch the Earth (NASA and NFB, 2009) 

 Makers and Takers: Studying Food Webs in the Ocean Cover   * Gwendolyn Hooks, Makers and Takers (Rourke Publishing, 2008)

    * Katherine L. House, Lighthouses for Kids: History, Science, and Lore with 21 Activities (Chicago Review Lighthouses for Kids: History, Science, and Lore with 21 Activities (For Kids series)Press, 2008)

    * Patricia K. Kummer, The Great Barrier Reef (Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2009), The Great Lakes (Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2009), North Korea, and South Korea (Scholastic/Children’s Press, 2008)

 The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and Sweatshop Reform in American History   * Suzanne Lieurance, The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire and Sweatshop Reform in American History (Enslow)

    * JoAnn Early Macken, Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move (Holiday House, 2008)

In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry    * Carla Killough McClafferty, In Defiance of Hitler: The Secret Mission of Varian Fry (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008)

    * Wendie Old, The Halloween Book of Facts and Fun (Albert Whitman), The Halloween Book of Facts and Fun The Groundhog Day Book of Facts and Fun (Albert Whitman)

Honk, Honk, Goose!: Canada Geese Start a Family    * April Pulley Sayre, Honk, Honk, Goose: Canada Geese Start a Family (Henry Holt, 2009)

    * Anastasia Suen, Wired (Charlesbridge, 2007), The U.S. Supreme Court (Picture Window Books)

Sacred Mountain: Everest Cover    * Christine Taylor-Butler, Sacred Mountain: Everest (Lee and Low Books, 2009)

    * Rebecca Hogue Wojahn and Donald Wojahn, Follow That Food Chain (Lerner, 2009) (Hey, I blogged about this one!)

Library Media Specialist Sharon Mitchell will be the panel moderator. We hope to see you there!

The authors have also collaborated to produce a wiki (Nonfiction Book Blast: that includes all the booktalks, searchable by title, author, subject, and intended age level. The front page includes links to the authors’ web sites. After the conference, other authors, librarians, and interested readers can add booktalks of their own. Check it out!

JoAnn Early Macken will be autographing Flip, Float, Fly: Seeds on the Move at the Holiday House Booth, #2138 in the West Building, from 1:00-1:30 p.m.

ALA Events – Booklist Youth Forum – Celebrating Lincoln

  • Posted on June 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Booklist Books for Youth Forum: Celebrating Lincoln
Friday, 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Westin River North, Grand Ballroom
Celebrate 200 years of Lincoln’s legacy at the 2009 Booklist Youth Forum with a group of award-winning  authors and editors. Candace Fleming, Deborah Hopkinson, Jean Feiwel, and Russell Freedman will discuss the stories behind their Lincoln titles, as well as the challenges of creating captivating biographies for children and young adults. 

Speakers:  Candace Fleming, Deborah Hopkinson, Jean Feiwel, Russell Freedman

I read many of these this year and it sounds like a great program. This is the first time I heard about this. I wonder for you readers how many of you have heard about these various programs? There are so many out there yet to highlight so feel free to chime in and add your favorites.

ALA Events – free massage?!

  • Posted on June 25, 2009 at 9:18 AM

Okay, I just had to share this one with you, readers. Drexel University’s email today informed me that their booth is offering you the opportunity to:
• Receive a complimentary therapeutic massage
• Enter to win a Nintendo Wii
• Learn about Drexel’s top-ranked online Library & Information Science programs
• Receive a 20% tuition reduction when you apply online

Meet with an admissions advisor!
Get the answers you need and the personalized attention you deserve. Meet one-on-one with an admissions advisor from the iSchool at Drexel. All appointments will be scheduled for a half hour during the ALA Conference (July 9th – 15th) and will take place at booth # 4553. Questions? Contact:
Nicole Brown, ALA–Drexel Online Partnership Liaison, (215) 895-0916, and email:

Let me review that again…. free massage, booth #4553…. hmmmm? I think I can fit a visit into my exhibit hall tour and maybe learn a little more about their program. How about you?  Now, if anyone were offering foot massages….

ALA Events – Junior Library Guild

  • Posted on June 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

If you are attending ALA, be sure you stop by the Junior Library Guild (JLG)’s Booth #2256. Here’s just some of what they have planned:  

  • Interviews by Roger Sutton, editor-in-chief of The Horn Book Magazine, with some of your favorite authors and illustrators. Come hear 2009 Newbery medal winner Neil Gaiman, 2009 Caldecott Winner Beth Kroomes, 2009 Laura Ingalls Wilder medal winner Ashley Bryan, and more.
  • Booktalks by our very own Leslie Bermel evey morning and afternoon featuring sneak previews of our line-up of titles for Fall 2009. 
  • More book give-aways than ever before. At the end of each of Leslie’s booktalks, we’ll draw one winner who will receive ALL of the books covered in Leslie’s presentation. Win them before you can buy them.
  • Conference Special: Get the Horn Book Guide Online FREE for one year when you place a new or renewal order with us at ALA.
  • Our biggest free book drawing ever: Win free books for a year. Enter for a chance to win 4 reading levels of your choice for one year. That’s 48 books, a $636 value!

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

  • Posted on June 25, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Kelly. May 2009. Henry Holt.

Charles Darwin shares the same birthdate as Abraham Lincoln; therefore, this year we are celebrating their 200th birthday. I am reviewing a large number of books on evolution and biographies on Darwin, but I made the assumption that The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate was simply about her changing. I had no idea how intricately Kelly was able to intertwine the story of this amazing young woman and the scientific ideas that revolutionized how we view science and origins.

ALA – PlanetEsme Bookroom Meets Buzzeo Brunch

  • Posted on June 24, 2009 at 4:46 AM

Here’s a note from Esme Raji Codell:  Well, with ALA coming to Chicago, I decided to bring on the blintzes in honor of one of my favorite librarians. Kidlit blogger family, if you’re in town, please join the fun…yeah, sorry, I know it’s pretty far from the convention center, but maybe some urban adventurers out there will make the trek. 😉 Invite below!

The PlanetEsme Bookroom Meets Buzzeo Brunch
Starring world famous librarian and author, Toni Buzzeo!
Hosted by Esme Raji Codell,
Friday, July 10th, 10:30 a.m. To 1:00 p.m.

Yes, what better way to celebrate the American Library Association’s convention in Chi-town than by getting the shmoozapalooza started early in Chicago’s literary living room, the unique children’s literary salon in the highly un-convention-al Rogers Park neighborhood? Please join us for bagels, blintzes and brilliance as we feature author and librarian Toni Buzzeo (, yes, one of the most famous and celebrated author/librarians of all time and creator of the "Mrs. Skorupski" books, that’s right, THAT Toni Buzzeo, and mingle and munch in the company of other pedagogical and publishing legends and legends-to-be.

The PlanetEsme Bookroom is a private venue and space to this event is very limited, so RSVP by June 27 via e-mail to esme(at) ripco(dot)com with the subject line "Buzzeo Brunch," and you’ll receive a confirmation reply with the exact address after the 29th. The event is for grown-ups. Admission is free, but we do ask that attendees purchase at least one title, available at the event, in support of our special guest.

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different

  • Posted on June 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM

While checking off my blog reading I noticed this week’s interview on Market My Words: the Marvelous Marketeer is with Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different). Readers, I confess that time simply got away from me. I meant to blog about Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different last fall when it was released, but life happened and I just got distracted. Now that I’m thinking about summer, national parks, and vacations, I remembered that I really never shared just how cool Kristin O’Donnell Tubb is. Forgive me and simply enjoy the links. 

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different is an historical fiction account of the beginnings of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park through the eyes of 11-year-old Autumn in 1934. This will pair well with Mike Graf’s book Great Smoky Mountains: Ridge Runner Rescue. 

GSM is a scientific fiction book (not sci-fi/fantasy, but a fiction book full of science). Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different is a historical fiction book that contains a great deal of comedy and a very fresh voice. 

I see this being read very quickly by an animated teacher who loves to bring history and quirky characters to life. Personally I struggled every time I had to type or say the ungrammatical title, but I know author Kristin O’Donnell Tubb insisted upon her doing things "different" not "differently."  <grin> When you read this title, you will be capitvated with 11-year old Autumn Winifred’s viewpoint of life in Cades Cove. Readers and listeners will be drawn in so quickly, they’ll be surprised how involved with Autumn Winifred’s life they become. 

Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s research into the background of Caves Cove and the beginning of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park shows in the careful details throughout this delightful middle-grade novel. Strong historical fiction makes you face unpleasant aspects of history – like eminent domain and how the Cherokee people felt during their removal. There aren’t any magic wands to make the ending easy so be prepared to discuss this with your students. There’s plenty to research as you read along and when you end. 

Need to help demonstrate to teachers how to integrate those massive lists of standards they have in cross-curricular units? Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different is a wonderful book to pair with language, social studies, and science units. For a discussion guide for Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different, please click here! Kristin O’Donnell Tubb’s website is and her blog is located at

When her first book was released, Kristin was on a blog tour with the following blogs:
Laura Bowers Shop Talk Tuesday,
Jessica M. Burkhart, Tween Author,
Rae Ann Parker, 
Alice’s CWIM Blog, (Debut Author of the Month for October!)
-Great review on The BookPage
-Susan Sales Harkins’ review on BookPleasures
TeensReadToo has a review & I find more & more of my students check their reviews
Kathy Rhodes shared the experience of watching Kristin’s novel develop

Check out the Book Trailer by Paige Feldman available on YouTube.

ALA Events – EBSCO School Library Database Luncheon

  • Posted on June 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM

If you have not already accepted our invitation, we would like to invite you again to join us for an for an opportunity to hear about NEW EBSCOhost databases, features and services while enjoying a tasty meal with fellow school librarians.  If you have not yet registered, please register now to take advantage of this important opportunity at:




What:  EBSCO’s School Library Database Luncheon  

When: Monday, July 13, 2009, 12:00 p.m.

Where: Sheraton Chicago, Ballroom VI, 5th Floor, 301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois


Please register by MONDAY, july 6, 2009 at the following Web page:




When registering, you will be asked to provide your name, institution, city, state and e-mail address, as well as the number of people in your party. For questions or problems, please contactme at


We try to reach as many people as possible, but if you know of a colleague who has not received this invitation, feel free to forward it.  Everyone is welcome!


We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!


Warm Regards,

Osha Rose Gula

EBSCO Publishing


To sign up for the lunch, go to the following Web page:


Visit EBSCO Information Services Booth #3628 at ALA Annual 2009!

P.S. From Diane, I love to pass along these events for you to attend. See how I save money and learn what’s new?!