#BlackLivesMatter Resource Series at Oakland Public Library

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From the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign at Oakland Public Library. A woman holds a #WeNeedDiverseBooks sign up.      Photo: Courtesy of Oakland Public Library (via NPR)

From the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign at Oakland Public Library. A woman holds a #WeNeedDiverseBooks sign up.
Photo: Courtesy of Oakland Public Library (via NPR)

Across the country #BlackLivesMatter is inspiring action and conversation. Thank you to the Oakland librarians who have compiled resources to support these conversations (all of which are available to view here; however placing holds on materials via the OPL catalog would require a library card).

Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series offers books, articles and videos to prompt discussion and action around:

These are incredibly valuable resources for teachers, students, parents, kids, community organizers, neighbors, and you. ❤

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Vote to help bring more library, archive & museum (LAM) content to SXSW 2015

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” Librarians & Libraries Lovers Descend on SXSW Interactive”, ATX Librarians Social Club. Events March 5-10, 2014

Want to see more library, archive, & museum content come to SXSW 2015? The SXSW PanelPicker is now open for public voting. 30% of the decision to pick a panel is based on public input, so sign up for an account, and get your votes in before Friday, Sept. 5! Feel free to add comments to the proposals to show additional support, and share far and wide! Selected panels will be announced starting Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Below is a short list of SXSW 2015 LAM (Interactive and EDU) panels. See a more inclusive list here and don’t forget to vote!

Coworking, Creating, Doing Business @ your library

Libraries as Playgrounds for Digital Natives

Creating Citywide Connected Learning Ecosystems 

Schools & Libraries Together: Rethinking Learning

Schools’ Vortex: Innovative Library ‘Makerspaces’ 

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month for American Public Libraries

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catlibrarycardThere is no better time of the year than September to sign up for a library card. All next month, the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries all across the country are celebrating the value of getting a library card. If you don’t already have a library card, then be sure to stop by your local public library sometime during the month of September. If you have one, but know a friend or young person who doesn’t, then bring them to the library to get a card! They will want one to check out books, ebooks, audio tapes, cds, videos, dvds, and access computer terminals, databases and download mp3s—all free!

Live in Brooklyn?

Live in Manhattan, Bronx, or Staten Island?

Live in Queens?

 

NYPL’s Children’s Book Exhibit is Brilliant

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The ABC of It is an examination of why children’s books are important: what and how they teach children, and what they reveal about the societies that produced them. Through a dynamic array of objects and creative spaces, the exhibition celebrates the extraordinary richness, artistry, and diversity of children’s literature across cultures and time. On exhibit at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman Exhibition Hall, now through March 23, 2014. If you haven’t already, go experience it!

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Goodnight Moon! Room at NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Gottesman Exhibition Hall

“Librarians Belong In NYC Schools” petition

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New York City Schools are seeking a waiver on state law which requires them to have school librarians in middle schools and high schools. Less than half of NYC schools have a librarian. This is an important resource for our kids and NYC DOE cannot give up on addressing this problem. Please add your name and signature to the following petition that is circulating in support of young people, education, and information literacy in New York City Schools, which says:

“School Librarians are essential to education. We the undersigned feel that the NYC DOE (New York City Schools), should NOT be granted an exemption to state law which requires school librarians and which they have been in gross violation of for some time. School librarians have been shown to improve student performance in numerous studies and New York City public school students have a right to this important educational resource.”

Click here to add your name:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/librarians-belong-in?source=s.fwd&r_by=798749

Thank you!

Wild Thing

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Today’s fabulously elaborate animated Google Doodle pays tribute to beloved children’s author Maurice Sendak, who died last year. Rotating stage-layers include some of the main characters of Sendaks’ illustrations from Where The Wild Things Are, In The Night Kitchen, and others. Sendak lived with his partner, Dr. Eugene Glynn, for 50 years. Not featured: scenes from one of my personal favorites, Chicken Soup With Rice; read to me often as a kid by my own Jewish grandmother.

In June I saw a charming group
Of roses all begin to droop
I pepped them up with chicken soup!
Sprinkle once, sprinkle twice
Sprinkle chicken soup with rice.

NYC: City-Wide Day of Rallies 5/28/2013

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Come out, come out, wherever you are and show some love Tuesday, May 28, 2013!

(Via Urban Librarians Unite)

Citywide Day of Rallies In Support of NYC’s Public Libraries
Rallies in Across the City Call to Restore Proposed Budget Cuts

New Yorkers love their libraries and they show it but the current NYC
budget proposed cuts of more than $106 million threaten to shut down
community libraries across New York City. In response to this, a
citywide day of action will take place on Tuesday May 28th. NYC’s
three public library systems will participate along with the Queens
Library Guild Local 1321 and Urban Librarians Unite. There will be
library love going on across New York City.

Bronx
3:00 – 4:00PM
Kingsbridge Library, 291 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY

Wrap yourself up in library love. The activists in the Bronx will be
hugging the library with the help of local students and community
groups. These crafty activists have been knitting furiously in
protest of the cuts. They expect lots of pint-sized protesters as
their youngest supporters, the storytime set, will be out in force.

Brooklyn
9:00am
Bushwick Branch, 340 Bushwick Ave. at Seigel St, Brooklyn, NY
Council Member Diana Reyna will attend

9:00am
Park Slope Branch, 431 Sixth Ave. at Ninth St., Brooklyn
Council Member Brad Lander will attend

Hug the Libraries! Two Brooklyn Libraries will be literally embraced
by their communities. The Bushwick Branch and the Park Slope Branch
will be surrounded by crowds clasping hands and embracing the library
buildings.

Manhattan
3 to 4 PM
Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY

Manhattanites are hoping the city will “cut it out” with slashing
library budgets. Children of all ages will attend a craft event,
featuring a special paper cut-out celebrating the Library, which will
be displayed for all New Yorkers who love their libraries, and to make
a statement about their importance.

Queens
11:00 – 1:00PM
Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica
Council Member Leroy Comrie expected to attend

The Queens Library Guild, Local 1321 Rally at the Queens Central
Library will be a vocal celebration of love for the library. Staff and
customers will take it in turn to come forward and speak up about
their personal love for the library.