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November 2012

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Upcoming Events for Children's Librarians

  • Fri, Dec 14, 2012     ACL Meeting      9 am         Oakland PL

  • Fri, Jan 11, 2013     ACL Meeting      9 am         Oakland PL

  • Jan 25-29, 2013     ALA Midwinter             Seattle, WA

  • Sat, Feb 2, 2013     Performer's Showcase      TBA       TBA

  • Fri, Feb 8, 2013     ACL Meeting      9 am         Oakland PL


Guardian Award:
Frank Cottrell Boyce was named the Guardian Award winner for his book The Unforgotten Coat, which he originally wrote for charity. He was commissioned to write the story (of a Mongolian schoolgirl whose family was taken forcibly from their home by immigration authorities), by the Reader Organisation, which gave away 50,000 copies of the book. The Guardian Award (which is in its 45th year), is given for a book for children's fiction in Great Britain, and is judged by other writers. For more information see: .

National Book Award Finalists:
The National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 2012 National Book Award in Young People's Literature.

The nominees are:

  • William Alexander, Goblin Secrets (S&S/McElderry);
  • Carrie Arcos, Out of Reach (Simon Pulse);
  • Patricia McCormick, Never Fall Down (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray);
  • Eliot Schrefer, Endangered (Scholastic); and
  • Steve Sheinkin, Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal -the World's Most Dangerous Weapon (Roaring Brook/Flash Point).
  • This year's judges were Susan Cooper, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Judith Ortiz Cofer, Gary D. Schmidt, and Marly Youmans. The finalists were announced on MSNBC's Morning Joe, hosted by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist. The winner will be announced on November 14 at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York City, which will be hosted by Faith Salie.

    New Film Based on Picture Book Classic:
    Judith Viorst's classic picture book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (1972), is being adapted by Disney Studios for a feature film starring Steve Carrell. For all the information, check out: .

    Island of the Blue Dolphins Cave Discovered:
    Archaeologists believe they have found the cave on San Nicolas Island that was the home of the true-life Native American young woman featured in Scott O'Dell's Newbery-winning children's novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (Houghton, 1960). For the details, check out:,0,3187267,full.story.

    ALSC selects McCoy as 2013 Emerging Leader:
    The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced Edward McCoy of the Oakland Public Library as its representative in the 2013 Emerging Leader program. McCoy is currently a library assistant at the Oakland Public Library and a candidate for Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif.

    He says that he first developed his skills working with children during his final undergraduate year as an AmeriCorps member, working as a first-grade Reading Recovery instructor in a low-income elementary school. After working as an attorney for eight years, McCoy returned to library school, where he quickly developed an interest in public library service while working at the Oakland Public Library.

    "After participating in branch outreach to local schools and my first summer reading program, I knew public library children's and youth services was where I was truly meant to be," he admitted.

    McCoy is also active in the Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California (ACL), including being a 2012-13 Dorothy Helfeld Fellow and co-chair of the Performer's Showcase. As an ACL member, he reviews children's literature for the organization's monthly BayViews publication.

    McCoy is also a member of Save Oakland Libraries, a library advocacy organization dedicated to helping ensure Oakland values its libraries. He also completed internships at the San Francisco Public Library and Alameda Free Library. He plans to graduate from San Jose State University in December 2012.

    As the 2013 ALSC Emerging Leader, McCoy hopes to deepen and strengthen his relationship with and involvement in ALA and ALSC, as well as to hone his leadership skills early in his career.

    "Being involved with ALA allows me to contribute my enthusiasm for and experience with library advocacy to a national organization," he noted.

    "We are proud to welcome Edward as our 2013 ALSC Emerging Leader," said ALSC President Carolyn Brodie. "We were very impressed by his level of commitment to library advocacy and we are excited to have him represent the division as an early-career ambassador. We believe he will bring an important perspective on the critical issues facing librarianship in the twenty-first century."

    As ALSC's 2013 Emerging Leader, McCoy will attend the 2013 Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Wash., as well as the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

    The Emerging Leaders program enables newer librarians from across the country to participate in workgroups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA's structure and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. Emerging Leaders receive up to $1,000 each to participate in the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and each participant is expected to provide years of service to ALA or one of its units.

    Do-It-Yourself Programming - Movies

    Many libraries have a movie license to show films at library programs. Here are some ways to add movie showings to library programs to get the most benefit from the money spent for your movie license. Some of these ideas are my own, and some were adapted from a PUBYAC listserv compilation posted by Emily E. Bacon of the Kanawha County Library.

    If your library is interested in purchasing a movie license, there are two major companies that provide this service. They are Movie Licensing USA: and the Motion Picture Licensing Corporation: . Go to their websites for information on how to obtain a license, costs, movie titles covered under that company's license, and more. Both companies list great resource material on their sites, from publicity ideas to checklists for library programming.

    Even though families can obtain DVDs from the library, or from Netflix, people still enjoy watching a movie together as a community event. Sell refreshments as a way to offset some of the costs, and to make it more like a “real” movie theatre event (the Friends of the Library may want to do this as a fundraiser).

    Show eight minute Scholastic/Weston Woods videos at the end of Preschool or Family Storytimes. You can do this during the craft and toy playtimes, for older siblings who have attended. See for the DVDs available.

    For your tween or teen book discussion clubs, show a film based on the book everyone has read for that month's meeting.

    For tween book clubs, you might show the following films:

  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Adventures of Tin Tin
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins
  • Ramona and Beezus
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • Nim's Island
  • Because of Winn Dixie
  • City of Ember
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Bridge to Terebithia
  • Legend of the Guardians: the Owls of Ga'Hoole
  • Hoot
  • Holes
  • Teen book clubs would enjoy:

  • The Hunger Games
  • Twilight
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Aquamarine
  • Stormbreaker
  • Secret Life of Bees
  • Cheaper by the Dozen
  • Persuasion
  • The Call of the Wild
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • Blood and Chocolate
  • Holiday vacation movie showings can be an easy way to draw in a wide age range, and remind families to use the library when school is not in session. Movie theatres are packed when school is out, and libraries can draw an equally enthusiastic crowd. Try some of these films:

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • ParaNorman
  • Frankenweenie
  • Hotel Transylvania
  • Coraline
  • Classic Universal versions of Frankenstein, Bride of Frankenstein, and Dracula
  • Christmas/Winter Break:

  • Arthur Christmas
  • The Santa Clause
  • Santa Paws
  • Jingle All the Way
  • Polar Express
  • A Christmas Story
  • Elf
  • Easter/Spring Break:

  • Hop
  • Gnomeo and Juliet
  • Secret of the Wings (Tinkerbell)
  • Dr. Seuss's The Lorax
  • Up
  • Summer vacation is also a great time to show movies. Schedule films at different days and times to see when you draw the largest crowd. Saturday matinees are a natural, but you might also see a big turnout on a weeknight, when parents are home from work and seeking fun and free things to do with their kids.

    Movies to coincide with displays: Do a movie showing that celebrates a big book display. For example, if you do a Black History Month display, show the film Red Tails, which celebrates the Tuskegee Airmen. Or show one of the films nominated for an Academy Award a week or two before the Oscar telecast, to go along with a display of film appreciation books. Another fun display could be done for “Talk Like a Pirate” day in September, to pair with a showing of the first Pirates of the Caribbean film.

    Black History Month:

  • Ruby Bridges
  • Pride
  • Remember the Titans
  • March On!
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • Women's History Month:

  • A League of Their Own
  • The Miracle Worker
  • Amelia
  • Brave
  • Presidents (more for teens and adults):

  • Lincoln
  • All the President's Men
  • You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (for kids)
  • Pirates:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Pirates Who Don't Do Anything
  • The Pirates: Band of Misfits
  • Anime/Manga:

  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Spirited Away
  • Princess Mononoke
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Do movie singalongs: A new, popular take on a library movie showing is to hold a "sing-along movie" event. This takes place when the library shows a movie musical on DVD, activating the DVD's captions, so the audience can sing along during the musical numbers. Many movie musicals on DVD come with a special feature where only the lyrics show up as captions, in bold colors, so the audience knows it is time to join in. You can make it even more exciting if staff, volunteers, and even the audience dress in costumes relating to the movie.
    Possible movies:

  • The Sound of Music
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Grease
  • The Muppets
  • Enchanted
  • Mary Poppins
  • Make it a Movie Party: Why show a movie at the library if DVDs can be checked out and watched at home? The communal experience of watching a movie in a group setting is one reason, and if you add elements to make a library movie program more exciting you will have an even more memorable program. Here are some fun things to do before or after the movie showing: hold a trivia contest about the movie , discuss how the movie compares to the book, make T-shirts relating to the movie, such as Team Jacob and Team Edward shirts to go with Twilight.

    Classic Movies: Show some old classic movies that appeal to tweens, teens, and adults (including seniors). You can cover a genre each week over the summer, from mysteries like Maltese Falcon to musicals like Seven Brides for Seven Brothers to screwball comedies like Sullivan's Travels.

    And finally, have some DVD displays on these same topics, so families can have their own film festivals at home!

    BayNews needs you! BayNews welcomes any articles, news, ideas on storytime or programs, etc. Just send any articles as a Word attachment to email, to Penny Peck at [email protected]. Thanks!

    Submitted by : Penny Peck

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