I read this entry on the Chicken Spaghetti blog from October 26, 2006. I think it is a terrific idea. Your students’ selection could be put on a library website, library blog, or library bulletin. Another plus is the cost….zero!

The Nearest Book
By Susan Thomsen
From
Mental Multivitamin
1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next four sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Don’t you dare dig around for that “cool” or “intellectual” book on your shelves. (I know you were thinking about it.) Just pick up whatever is closest.

Here’s what I found:
Mom shrugs her shoulders at Georgia, who says, “I think I brought her to the right place.”
I walk Georgia to her car, where she turns and holds me by the shoulders. “Baby,” she says, “it’s a tall order for you to have this kid around; she adores you. I wouldn’t do it, but she’s fragile and you’re the only other person to have made good contact with her besides me, though I think your dad may have made a big inroad just now.”
From the young-adult novel Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher.

 For a basic understanding of blogs, click on this link. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blogs

http://www.maine.gov/msl/services/calculator.htm The Maine State Library offers this handy tool which helps library patrons understand the monetary value of the library materials, programs,meeting rooms, computers, and reference services they use. Source: Ex Libris: an E-Zine for Librarians and Other Information Junkies. http://marylaine.com/exlibris

CHICAGO — Jack Prelutsky is the inaugural winner of the Children’s Poet Laureate award from the Poetry Foundation. The announcement was made at the third annual Pegasus Awards ceremony last night on the stage of the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park in Chicago.

The new award aims to raise awareness that children have a natural receptivity to poetry and are its most appreciative audience, especially when poems are written specifically for them. Findings from the Poetry Foundation’s recent research study—Poetry in America—demonstrate that a lifelong love for poetry is most likely to result if cultivated early in childhood and reinforced thereafter.

Prelutsky, the beloved author of more than 35 books of verse and editor of several poetry anthologies, has been charming children and adults with his witty, musical poems for nearly 40 years. His books have combined to sell well over a million copies, and his work has been translated into several languages. His anthology, The Random House Book of Poetry for Children, is a perennial favorite of librarians.
Source: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/release_092706.html

Have you heard the news? Beginning next year the old 10-digist format for ISBN will change to 13 digits. For an overview of the change in ISBN, follow the following link.
http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6308665.html

The American Library Association (ALA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) are pleased to announce the newest We the PeopleBookshelf. This year’s theme is “The Pursuit of Happiness.” Part of the NEH’s We the People initiative, this annual collection development grant project will award sets of 15 classic books for young readers to 2,000 libraries across the country. Selected libraries will also receive 4 of the Bookshelf titles in Spanish, a bonus CD (Happy Land: Musical Tributes to Laura Ingalls Wilder performed by various artists), posters, bookmarks and programming resources. Libraries interested in receiving the collection are required to develop and host a program to introduce the collection and its theme to students and/or patrons. The list of “Pursuit of Happiness” titles has just been posted at http://www.ala.org/wethepeople. Guidelines and applications will be available online at http://www.wethepeople.gov or via http://www.ala.org/wethepeople from September 19, 2006 through January 31, 2007. All applications are due by January 31. To start planning your application today, visit http://www.ala.org/wethepeople for a list of programming ideas

For questions contact, ALA Public Programs Office 800/545-2433, ext. 5045 or publicprograms@ala.org
Source: ALA Public Programs Office

Jane Jenkins discovered a startling problem when she became the librarian at Jonathan Valley Elementary School in Haywood County four years ago. In the science section, a book on space exploration ended with the 1969 moon landing. A book on U.S. presidents ended with the Eisenhower administration. A science book called “The Universe” was printed in 1962. A title on religion had a copyright date of 1920.

And that’s not to mention the 1960s-era “Hardy Boys” books in the non-fiction section with the same cover artwork that primed the imagination of fifth-graders 30 years ago. “It was horrible,” she said. So to combat a problem faced by schools nationwide, Jenkins used a master’s course at Appalachian State University to produce a survey of the school’s titles. She presented the survey to the Waynesville Kiwanis Club with the hopes of getting a $5,000 grant to buy a few new books. Instead, the group gave her $20,000 and volunteered to come out Tuesday to help shelve the new titles.

“I think this grant was used as seed money, as a challenge to other schools to focus on improving their libraries.” said Theresa Morgan, president-elect of the Kiwanis.

See complete article http://www.citizen-times.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060913/NEWS01/60913001/1011