February 2006

How’s this for trivia? 100 Best First Lines from Novels http://www.litline.org/ABR/100bestfirstlines.html


Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2006 15:42:27 -0800
From: Jennifer Huang jennifershuang@YAHOO.COM

Subject: Re: GEN: March is…
And Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
If you are over 50, get your colonoscopy!!
Jody Gerlock wrote:
March 2006 is…
American Red Cross Month
Crane Watch ’06 (3/1-4/15)
International Listening Awareness Month
Irish-American Month
Mental Retardation Awareness Month
Music in Our Schools Month
National Athletic Training Month
National Craft Month
National Eye Donor Month
National Ethics Awareness Month
National Kidney Month
National Multiple Sclerosis Education & Awareness Month
National Nutrition Month
National Talk With Your Teen About Sex Month
National Women’s History Month
Play-the-Recorder Month
Poison Prevention Awareness Month
Save Your Vision Month
Youth Art Month
Return the Borrowed Books Week (3/1-3/7)
3-A-Day Week (3/3-3/9)
Ash Wednesday (3/1)
Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss’ Birthday) (3/2)
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race (3/4-3/19)
Celebrate Your Name Week (3/5-3/11)
National Cheerleading Week (3/6-3/12)
National Professional Pet Sitters Week (3/6-3/12)
National School Breakfast Week (3/6-3/10)
Newspaper in Education Week (3/6-3/10)
Universal Women’s Week (3/8-3/14)
Save Your Vision Week (3/703/13)
Babysitter Safety Day (3/6)
National Be Heard Day (3/7)
Peace Corps Day (3/7)
Unique Names Day (3/7)
International Working Women’s Day (3/8)
UN International Women’s Day (3/8)
Learn What Your Name Means Day (3/8)
Girl Scout Week (3/12-3/18)
International Internet Mom’s Week (3/12-3/18)
Deaf History Month (3/13-4/15)
Camp Fire USA Week (3/13-3/19)
International Brain Awareness Week (3/13-3/19)
Passion Week (3/13-3/19)
National Toad Hollow Week (3/14-3/21)
Good Samaritan Involvement Day (3/13)
National Open an Umbrella Indoors Day (3/13)
Ta’anit Esther (3/13)
Moth-er Day (3/14)
National Children’s Craft Day (3/14)
Purim (3/14)
Buzzards Return to Hinckley, Ohio (3/15)
Australia: Canberra Day (3/15)
Ides of March (3/15)
St. Urho’s Day (3/16)
Freedom of Information Day (3/16)
Curlews Return to Umatillo, Oregon National Wildlife Refuge (3/16)
St. Patrick’s Day (3/17)
Ireland: National Day (3/17)
Evacuation Day: MA (3/17)
National Agriculture Week (3/19-3/25)
National Bubble Week (3/20-3/27)
National Poison Prevention Week (3/19-3/25)
National Spring Fever Week (3/20-3/27)
Anonymous Giving Week (3/21-3/27)
UN Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling Against Racism and
and Racial Discrimination (3/21-3/27)
Act Happy Day (3/20)
Spring (Northern Hemisphere, 3/20-6/21, Vernal Equinox 7:33 a.m. EST)
Birthday of Big Bird (3/20)
Memory Day (3/21)
National Dance Day (3/21)
South Africa: Human Rights Day (3/21)
UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (3/21)
India New Year (3/22)
International Day of the Seal (3/22)
National Common Courtesy Day (3/22)
UN World Day for Water (3/22)
American Diabetes Association Alert Day (3/22)
UN World Meteorological Day (3/23)
St. Gabriel Feast Day (3/24)
National Cleaning Week (3/26-4/1)
National Sleep Awareness Week (3/27-4/2)
Education and Sharing Day (3/27)
Kite Flying Day (3/27)
Quirky Country Music Song Title Day (3/27)
American Diabetes Association Alert Day (3/28)
Czechoslovakia Teacher’s Day (3/28)
Taiwan Youth Day (3/29)
Doctor’s Day (3/30)

Restless youngsters—be they in the library, computer lab, or car—have a delightful new source for storytelling: Storynory.The site features free “iPod-ready stories for kids,” ranging from popular classics, such as “Sleeping Beauty” to lesser-known gems like the Japanese tale “The Cat’s Elopement.” And the Apple device isn’t required. You can listen to “storynories” on your computer using Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, or iTunes, or download the audio files and transfer to any portable MP3 player or burn to a CD.

Storynory was quietly launched in November 2005 by London-based blog consultants Hugh Fraser and Matthew Lynn. “We don’t have any sponsorship. We fund it out of our own pockets,” says Fraser, a journalist by training. But a grassroots e-mail campaign addressed to the online education community has resulted in a growing word-of-mouth buzz. “Our audio stories are getting roughly 3,500 downloads a month, each” says Fraser. Natasha Lee-Lewis, an actress, reads the stories in a lilting British accent, though at a slow enough pace to keep the readings understandable for young listeners.

This is my 101 entry into the esc7libs blog since May 24, 2006. I’m hopeful you’ve found the information useful.

During the month of January, approximately 150,000 youngsters voted across the state for their favorite Bluebonnet book. The votes are in, and the winner is Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta. With complementary stories in both text and illustrations, not to mention great wordplay, Seadogs is a sophisticated book and it’s howling success reminds us that young readers are willing to tackle and love books told in a variety of media, with several narratives, and with layers of meaning in both words and actions. The award will be presented jointly to Lisa Wheeler (author) and Mark Siegel (illustrator) at the Bluebonnet Luncheon on Thursday during the Texas Library Association’s Conference. Please make plans to attend. You can make reservations only thorough your TLA conference registration.

More details, plus complete voting statistics, are on the tba website: http://www.txla.org/groups/tba

As always, if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to send them to me at bcarter787comcast.net

Betty Carter
Texas Bluebonnet Program Coordinator

Interesting little article about Melvil Dewey and the creation of the DDC. Also talks about the Library of Congress sytemj. http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mdeweydecimal.html

Tana Hoban, author and photographer, wrote many of the books we’ve used for years to show geometric concepts for early readers.