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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Job Opportunity!

Hey guys, I've been asked to share this job opportunity for people interested in working with kids! It looks like a lot of fun, so check it out:
"Brooklyn Public Library Seeks Read! Write! Create! Program Facilitators – Spring 2014

Read! Write! Create! Program Facilitator – Spring 2014

Applications are solicited ASAP for Program Facilitators for BPL’s Read! Write! Create! (RWC) literacy program. RWC will hold two six-session series of comic book writing workshops for children in three public housing development community centers and three branches of the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) on specific dates in the Spring of 2014. The facilitators are scheduled to work for 2 hours on each session of the series, which will take place weekdays during after school hours or on weekends. Upon completion of the series, there will be a possibility of renewal for the summer and fall series.

BPL will partner with the Comic Book Project to introduce the RWC workshop series during which children will write, design and produce original comic books, and parents and caregivers will become informed about family reading engagement, school readiness and summer learning. The goals of RWC are to strengthen reading and writing skills in five- to nine-year-old children from low-income households through enriching hands-on workshops, to strengthen ties between branch libraries and families living in public housing developments, and to raise awareness of the importance of recreational reading and writing practice as it pertains to in-school learning and child development.

Duties and responsibilities:

·         Using the curriculum created by the Comic Book Project and adapted by BPL, facilitate comic book writing workshops for children.

·         Work collaboratively with the Children’s Librarian at the assigned branch and staff at the public housing community center.

·         Promote literacy skills by exploring the connection between words and visual imagery as it relates to narrative structure and content.

·         Setup and breakdown activity space.

·         Communicate clearly with Read! Write! Create! Coordinator.

Education and Qualifications:

·         Bachelor’s Degree

·         Experience working with children ages five to nine

·         Excellent communication skills;  Strong presentation and programming skills

·         Flexibility and willingness to travel

·         Enrollment in a graduate library or education program desirable, but not essential

·         Interest in and knowledge of comic books, graphic novels, and sequential art a plus

Compensation: $100 per program and $100 to attend the training
Job offer is contingent on passing a pre-employment background check

All interested and qualified applicants should email a cover letter and resume to: Job2181@brooklynpubliclibrary.org 
Brooklyn Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer."

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dear Book Nerd: THE PODCAST

I have some very exciting news! The bookish advice column I've been writing for Book Riot, "Dear Book Nerd," is now being offered in PODCAST FORMAT.

You can read the show notes and listen to the first episode on the Book Riot site here

Or, if you'd rather, you can listen to it directly on iTunes here. (If you enjoy the show, feel free to subscribe and/or rate it!)

Podcasting is a new medium for me, and I have to tell you, recording the first show was a lot of fun. (Nerve-racking fun, but fun nonetheless.) I hope you get a chance to check it out.

AND, if you'd like to submit questions of your own, there's a form on the site that you can fill out, or you can email me at DearBookNerd@bookriot.com. Don't be shy, I'd love to hear from you! 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Don't Go Breakin' My Books

Today I visited a preschool to talk about library stuff, give out library cards, and do a storytime. You know, the usual. Before we read the books I brought (Dinosaur vs. The LibraryPete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, and Not a Box), I talked with the kids about why it's important to take care of library books and some tips on how to do that.

The kids came to some interesting conclusions.
List of things you should not DO to library books:

- break them

- lose them

- cut them with scissors

- drop them into the bathtub

- rip all the pages out

- let a baby draw on them

- let a baby drool on them (I think someone in class had a new baby sibling.)

List of things that you should not put INTO library books: 

- water

- mud (Thank you, Pete the Cat.)

- snow

- spiders

- food

- poop

Good job, kiddos. You're getting it.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Winter is Rough

Discarded books in the snow behind a chain link fence. Saddest book-related photo EVER? (Okay, probably not. But still. Poor books.)