Caroline Feller Bauer Dies at age 77: Caroline Feller Bauer died April 15, 2013, at the age of 77, in Miami, Florida, where she lived for many years. She wrote several books used by children’s librarians and teachers, including The Way to Books (1983), The Poetry Break (1994), Presenting Reader’s Theater (1987), and several others.
Newbery Medalist E.L. Konigsburg Dies: On April 19, 2013, E.L. Konigsburg died at age 83. She had the unique distinction of winning the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor in the same year in 1967, winning for From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and receiving the Honor for Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth. Twenty-nine years later she received another Newbery Medal for The View from Saturday, the longest span between two Newbery Awards to one author.
Free Workshop from ALA – “Defend the Freedom to Read” – Challenges to library materials take place in schools and libraries across this country every day. One of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s primary duties is to track challenges and to provide support to librarians, teachers, library workers, trustees, and others who are dealing with these challenges.
As part of this effort, OIF is pleased to offer a free, interactive webinar on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 from 1-2 p.m. Central time, focused on challenges: formal requests that materials in libraries and schools be removed due to their content or appropriateness. We’ll discuss the current state of challenges – what’s causing controversy right now – and talk about ALA’s efforts to document as many challenges as possible in order to raise awareness about this fundamental intellectual freedom issue. Participants will learn about the resources and support ALA can offer when libraries are preparing for or responding to challenges. Whether you’re a veteran intellectual freedom fighter or a newbie, this webinar will provide you with information and ideas to help advocate for the freedom to read in your community.
To register, visit http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e34emkdvckk/event/event_info.html . This webinar will be recorded and available in archive after the live event. Contact Angela Maycock at amaycock at ala.org with any questions or concerns.
Summer Reading Book Lists from ALSC: The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has created three Summer Reading book lists, which feature recommended book titles for Kindergarten through 8th grade students.
These Summer Reading lists are available for students Kindergarten to 2nd grade, 3rd to 5th grade and 6th to 8th grade. PDFs of the book lists are available online in full color and black and white and are free to download, copy and distribute. Libraries are able to customize the booklist with their own information, summer hours and summer programs for children before printing and distributing to patrons and schools. http://www.ala.org/alsc/compubs/booklists/summerreadinglist