May 2006

Online Storytelling Concert: “Vacations, Travels, Journeys – Tales of Laughter, Triumph, Adventure, Mystery…”
Beginning May 30, 2006 and continuing ad infinitum

You are cordially invited to attend a free online storytelling concert hosted by the Advanced Storytelling Class at the University of North Texas. The theme of our concert is “Vacations, Travels, Journeys – Tales of Laughter, Triumph, Adventure, Mystery…”
There is entertainment for everyone at this concert site. Relax and enjoy some campfire favorites, share the joys and woes of family vacations, and travel along with others on their personal journeys.
Each story is rated for ease of parental selection and most are suitable for family listening.
While you are at the concert, be sure to visit the Fun Stuff page, which contains a wealth of travel aides that you will find invaluable in planning your own vacation. Browse through our travel games and puzzles, recipes, travel quotes, and recommended reading. You’re sure to find many items of interest.
Join us on our journey, and you will return feeling refreshed and renewed. Your “mini-vacation” is just a click away at


DKC Enrollment is now open! To enroll please visit the DKC web site at and click on the enrollment link. Your DKC package will include participation in the new EBSCO K-12 TexShare package at no additional cost!
At $1.29 per student the DKC core package includes:
– Britannica On-line School Edition, Britannica en Espanol, Britannica Juvenil (a new children’s encyclopedia in Spanish)
– The K-12 TexShare EBSCO package with four different interfaces
– NewsBank and NewsBank KidsPage
This collection provides a balanced amount of resources for the K-12 classroom in English and Spanish covering all content areas, TEKS alignment, Lexile Reading Level Indicators on over 5 million articles, 500+ built-in curriculum integration activities, and professional resources.
We also offer several add-on options to enhance your DKC core package at discounted prices:
– Britannica Curriculum Package ($0.11 per student)
– NewsBank TCR Connections and Connections for Kids ($0.53 per student)
– EBSCO Literary Reference Center, History Reference Center and Non-Fiction Book Collection ($0.45 per student)
– World Book Gold Edition for Campuses ($0.57 per student)
If you would like to preview the DKC and/or K-12 TexShare resources please contact our Help Desk to request a trial access code.
DKC Web site:
K-12 TexShare Web site:

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission in partnership with Education Service Center, Region 20 is proud to present a comprehensive, resource-rich online database package from EBSCO Information Services. This package includes 33 complete databases and is available to all Texas K-12 campuses for the low price of $0.49 per student. To learn more about this package and how it was selected, please visit the K-12 TexShare website at or contact our Help Desk to request a trial access code.

There are several very well known Print-On-Demand (POD) Publishers in the industry. Xlibris, iUniverse, and Lulu are just a few of them. They vary in the services they offer, but they all boast one thing: at the end of the process, you will have a manuscript printed and bound.I opted for Lulu for several reasons, mostly centering around price versus value. Lulu is one of the only major services that offers their basic print on demand services for free. Even the premium services are significantly cheaper with Lulu.What a basic POD service constitutes at Lulu is your book printed and bound in any number of styles (perfect bound, hardcover, spiral bound, and saddlestitched are all offered) and a storefront on Lulu’s site. The most expensive service, ISBN Plus (or “Global”) runs about $149 (the rumor is that the price is going to drop soon). With this, the author gets an ISBN number, and is uploaded into Ingram’s database as well as Books in Print. This allows bookstores and libraries to order the book easily. Most books, once uploaded to Ingram, go to Amazon, Barnes and, Books-a-million, and other online retailers within eight weeks. The catch is that none of the sites are required to carry your book. According to the folks at Lulu, the online retailers almost invariably carry POD books by default (though you may have to prompt them to upload your cover or “search inside” features). Web real estate is cheap, and every book is a potential sale.
Source: May 25, 2006

4 1/3 of a million books, or 10 times the number found in the average public library, will be available for free downloading via the Internet and World Wide Web beginning July 4, as Project Gutenberg and the World eBook Library act on their dreams of increased world literacy and education.Such a collection, if printed out in standard format, would be large enough to outweigh elephant herds and to cover the sidelines at all 40 Super Bowl games.Each year for one month, The World eBook Library and Project Gutenberg will team up to be major sponsors, planning to make ONE MILLION eBooks available in the World eBook Fair of 2009.
Source: May 25, 2006

Back in 2002, NPR did a report on the 100 Best Fictional Characters of the 20th century. The commentator opens the dialogue with the notion that someone in fiction helped to shape you into who you are today. Here are NPR’s top 10 from 2002…

1 – Jay Gatsby, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
2 – Holden Caulfield, The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger, 1951
3 – Humbert Humbert, Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
4 – Leopold Bloom, Ulysses, James Joyce, 1922
5 – Rabbit Angstrom, Rabbit, Run, John Updike, 1960
6 – Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1902
7 – Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1960
8 – Molly Bloom, Ulysses, James Joyce, 1922
9 – Stephen Dedalus, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce, 1916
10 – Lily Bart, The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton, 1905

Who in fiction helped shape how you think? Fyi…Holden McCauley fits my clay mold.
-Amy Bowllan

Source: The SLJ Blog, Apr 27 2006

Library media specialists, download free MARC records weekly for PBS programming you tape off-air!The MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data is designed to be a carrier for bibliographic information in a format that can be read and manipulated by library computer systems. TeacherSource MARC records employ Anglo-American Cataloging Rules and Library of Congress Subject Headings. You may copy or download these records to move the bibliographic data into your own catalog to make it easier for your patrons to find the PBS programs you have taped off-air. For more information on MARC 21 or bibliographic formats see: or

See for specific PBS information.

Source: lisnews