Monday Morning Roundup

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!

Cameras Rolling

El LectorVari­ety 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 Nunez—whose pre­vi­ous direct­ing stints include ‘Ruby in Par­adise’ and ‘Ulee’s Gold’—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

Tango: The Tale of an Island DogCon­grat­u­la­tions 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.

If a Tree Falls at Lunch PeriodFrom 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.

How to Steal a DogBar­bara 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.

Someone Named EvaJoan 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

Windows with BirdsKaren 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 to 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.

Phone: (202) 456‑1414 (202) 456‑1414
Fax: (202) 456‑2461
1600 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave., NW
Wash­ing­ton, DC 20500

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!

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