[kids-lib] A few quick professional reads

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Fri Jul 23 10:26:34 PDT 2010

Hello!  The July 2010 School Library Journal is particularly good.  Here are a few articles that you may find informative and thought provoking.

Limited Shelf Life: A 15-year-old wonders why so many librarians shun gay lit
By Brent (http://tiny.cc/fb1ys)
A great, one page article by a very insightful 15 year old boy.  Regardless of whether our hot button is LGBT themes, violence, or controversial religious issues, Brent has a great reminder for all of us: “The world needs more librarians who are devoted to finding the right book to put in the right person’s lap, not librarians who think they can decide what’s ‘inappropriate’ and what’s not based on their personal prejudices.”

The Summer Reading Network: To keep kids reading during the summer, librarians connect online to share resources
By Lauren Barack (http://tiny.cc/h5o1w)
A one page article about online summer reading resource sharing.  This article will get you thinking of ways to engage kids in reading/writing online over the summer, and shakes things up a little by suggesting that creating our own reading lists is “a labor of love and a waste of time.”

The Amazing Brain: Babies start learning to read the day they’re born
By Renea Arnold and Nell Colburn (http://tiny.cc/x8sqs)
This one page article presents an excellent example of an “elevator speech” on baby brain development and language development in relation to the process of learning to read.  The second to last paragraph briefly explains how feeling safe and loved facilitates learning.

Competition and Teamwork: Two important elements for a successful gaming event
By Christen Higgins (http://tiny.cc/352en)
A two-page article including about a dozen reviews on games that foster cooperative cometition.  You’ll find a few helpful hints for planning successful gaming programs.  Two quotes from this article that stand out in my mind are:

·        " Enhance the gaming with tie-ins to books, current news issues, or educational concepts."

·        " Gaming programs are great opportunities to have youth mentor each other."



Katie Anderson, Library Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528
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