July 31, 2014

International Games Day @ your library

Got your game face on? Well, you’re going to need it. On Saturday, November 3, the American Library Association (ALA) will be hosting the fifth annual “International Games Day @ your library” (IGD12)—and more than 1,000 libraries worldwide are expected to join in the fun. Last year, the event attracted over 27,700 people, who played games at more than 1,400 libraries across the U.S. and in other countries.

Here’s how it works: participating libraries organize a local tournament in which their players compete against players at other libraries for national bragging rights. If your library would like to get in on the action and appear on an international map of participating locations, it needs to register online by November 2.

If you can’t organize a tournament, just pull out the games and let ‘em play!


2012 National Book Award finalists in Young People’s Literature

National Book Award Winning  Medal The National Book Award is an American literary prize given to writers by writers and administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization.  In order to be eligible for the Award, a book must be written by an American citizen and published by an American publisher between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year.  The Award winner will be announced at a ceremony in mid-November.

William Alexander, Goblin Secrets (Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of
Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach (Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing)

Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down (Balzer+Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers)

Eliot Schrefer, Endangered (Scholastic)

Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon
(Flash Point, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press)

3 Apples Book Award




         What are your kids’ favorite books?�

Nominations are open for the 3 Apples Book Awards, the New York State Children’s Choice Award!  The 3 Apples Book Award has been developed to encourage the joy of reading for pleasure, and to give the children of New York State the opportunity to participate in honoring their favorite books. The Award is co-sponsored by the Youth Services and School Library Media Sections of the New York Library Association, which together represent the public and school libraries of the state. 

 The Award is divided into 3 age levels;  Young Readers, the yellow apple, grades pre-K-2nd (3-8 yrs);  Children’s, the red apple, grades 3-6 (8-12 yrs);  Teen, the green apple, grades 7-12 (13+ yrs).  Click on How to Participate in the left margin of the webpage to find out how it works. The links for the Nomination Forms (separate one for each age group) are available below.  Make them available for your young patrons to fill out.  It is requested that each child submit only one and that it must be a specific title – not a series. 




All nominations by kids need to be in by Oct. 2oth and the librarian should tally them, how many nominations for each title, and submit the list of nominated titles by Oct. 30th.  If you wish, you can send the list of nominations to me and I will submit for the group.  Please submit to me by Oct. 28th.  Contact me if you have questions.  Valle


Learning (or teaching!) code

I just found this article about NY-based Codecademy that can help you conduct a code class for your kids – click on the second link in the article, “mini-Codecaemies”, to sign up for a kit.  Or click on the first link, “Codecademy”, to learn yourself!  Looks like a fun way to learn code.


#1 on PW’s Children’s & Picturebook Bestsellers lists this week

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses  by Ian Falconer – the latest for the Olivia the Pig
 Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of the Tippy Tinkletrousers   by Dav Pilkey – the newest adventure for our hero

              Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers (Hardcover)