We’re a little behind time today. CLN has entered the world of cloud computing … Steve spent the weekend moving all 25,000 pages, photos, blogs, and photos to the CLN Cloud. Doesn’t that sound restful? For you, we hope it means the pages will load faster, videos will run more smoothly, and you’ll enjoy hanging out in the neighborhood. If you sent an e‑mail over the weekend, they didn’t get through. Send again, please!
Variety reported on May 11th that Victor Nunez “is attached to helm ‘El Lector,’ the upcoming movie adaptation of the 2007 William Durbin novel. Flaminia Ocampo and Nunezâ€”whose previous directing stints include ‘Ruby in Paradise’ and ‘Ulee’s Gold’â€”penned the screenplay. Story centers on a Florida girl who hopes to become a reader hired to entertain the workers in a cigar factory. ‘Lector’ is produced by Jane Startz Prods., Lauren Versel and Lucky Monky Pictures.” The Hollywood Reporter added that the story “centers on a young girl aspiring to be a lector reading news and literature to cigar rollers until labor unrest prompts factory owners to replace the lector with a radio.” Can’t wait to see this one, Bill!
Kudos and Honors
Congratulations to Eileen Beha, whose Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog (Bloomsbury) has been selected as one of the books to be read for the 2010–2011 Great Stone Face Awards.
Each year, 25 books are chosen by the CHILIS (Children’s Librarians of New Hampshire) to be read by the state’s fourth through sixth graders. Voting by the children takes place during Children’s Book Week the following year.
From Gennifer Choldenko we hear that Al Capone Shines My Shoes won the Northern California Independent Booksellers (NCIBA) Book of the Year for Middle Grade Fiction.
In Minnesota, the Maud Hart Lovelace Award committee has included Gennifer’s middle grade book, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period.
Two other CLN members’s books are on the 2010–2011 Maud Hart Lovelace list. In Minnesota, self-nominated representatives from each of the state’s 12 public library regions sit on the committee that chooses the titles for students in grades 3 through 6 to read.
Barbara O’Connor’s book, How to Steal a Dog, shows up in both divisions, for grades 3–5 and grades 4–6. This upbeat, heartwarming, and smart book about a homeless family and one young girl’s attempt to get them into a home … well, I’m glad to see the book on this list.
Joan M. Wolf’s book, Someone Named Eva, is among the titles for the older division. Writing about a little-known story from World War II, Joan’s own family experience led her to research the horrific punishment the Czechoslovakian town of Lidice suffered when all the men and boys were killed and the women and children sent to concentration camps. The children who exhibited the most Aryan traits were sent for adoption into German families. Hope you haven’t missed this gem.
You Can Go Home Again
Karen Ritz was recently featured in her hometown newspaper, the Spotlight News in Albany, NY, where she visited her grade school, St. Thomas the Apostle School. Karen’s newest book, among the forty-somethingth she has illustrated but the first she has written, is Windows with Birds, a story about moving and heartbreak and healing. Karen was scheduled to have her publication launch this week at The Red Balloon Bookshop in Saint Paul, Minnesota, but Windows with Birds sold out in the first two months and has gone back for reprinting. Karen Ritz fans in Minnesota will have to wait until August 21st to hear about Karen’s new book.
Libraries Need You
And now for some advocacy … on a subject dear to us all. Public libraries and school libraries badly need your support … your voice. Here are a couple of opportunities:
Follow the four easy steps on the AASL Library Advocacy Day page to show your support for school libraries. AASL wants its members and supporters to stand out! Pick up your blue bandana to wear during the rally at the end of the AASL Affiliate Assembly meetings during Annual Conference. Remember toÂ wear red! The rally will be at Upper Senate Park, on Capitol Hill, on Tuesday, June 29. Participants may begin gathering at 10 a.m. The rally will begin at 11 a.m. and last one hour, followed by options for congressional meetings. For one year only, Library Advocacy Day (LAD) will replace National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). Register today for Library Advocacy Day. For the latest information on AASL @ LAD, continue to visit the AASL’s LAD page, follow #lad2010 on Twitter, and visit the Library Advocacy Day pages on ALA Connect.
If you’d like to read the ALA report, “The State of America’s Libraries, you’ve got the link.
Befriend GO BOLD on Facebook … become an advocate for libraries. “GO BOLD! Save libraries and librarians. Write a letter of support and post it here!” GO BOLD encourages you to write a letter to First Lady Michelle Obama, asking her to champion libraries and librarians.
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What’s on Your Bedside Table?
Hope you read the journal entry last week with “On Your Bedside Table,” featuring suggestions from four of your fellow CLN members. Send us an e‑mail telling us what’s on your bedside table and we’ll consider it for inclusion this week. We’re looking for titles of books for children and teens or books about books and reading. Teachers, don’t hesitate to send us titles about the books you’re reading to inform your work. Others would like to know!