What's Happening in Youth Services

The Youth Sevices Department continues to prepare for the new Book Match season.  Staff has written twenty-five questions for each of the thirty-three new Book Match titles. 

Book Match readers continue to read their way through the fifty book list.  Many have checked out one of the Youth Services eighteen Book Match Nooks.  Using the Nooks, some kids have managed to read three or more Book Match titles during the three week loan period.

At participating schools Book Match preparation is in full swing as students and coaches meet to practice for the winter season.

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Post date: Thu, 10/20/2011 - 1:55pm

The model trains will be rolling again on Saturday, Oct. 22nd form 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m..  The guys from the North Central O Guagers Railroad club spend hours creating all those fantastic Halloween scenes.  I'm sure that many of the old favorites will be back and I bet there will be some great additions.  Lots of people have been asking about this event already.  It's become a Halloween traditon in Highland Park.

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Post date: Wed, 09/28/2011 - 5:08pm

Hear ye! Hear Ye!

A wonderful time was had by all at the Renaissance Faire hosted by the Highland Park Public Library on Sunday, June 5th.  The faire was the grand kick-off event for the Youth Services summer reading program, “A Midsummer Knight’s Read.”  

On a picture perfect day, in the clearing behind the library, faire goers met knights, ladies-in-waiting, a royal falconer with hunting falcons and hawks, and the court jester.  The faire was made possible by The Friends of the Highland Park Library.

For more pictures of the faire go to The Library Gerbils' Facebook Page.

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Post date: Thu, 06/09/2011 - 7:54pm

There's a lot more coming in May than warm weather and flowers.  For the first time some of the Book Match titles will also be available on Nooks.

Starting May 1st anyone aged 8 and up can check out one of the Youth Services Nooks for three weeks.  Look for the display on the side panel of the Book Match book shelf.

The Nooks and the Book Match e-books were generously funded by the Trillium Foundation.

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Post date: Tue, 04/05/2011 - 4:38pm

The Youth Services Department is pleased to announce the arrival of their new staff members, Arthur Pengerbil, Merlin Ambrogerbil, and Lancelot du Gerbil.  Arthur is a standard brown gerbil, Merlin is a black tuxedo gerbil, and Lancelot is a Siamese gerbil.  Come by and see them, or if you can't wait for your next library trip, you can watch their first YouTube video.

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Post date: Mon, 04/04/2011 - 2:47pm

Have you ever heard of the John Newbery Medal? It is an award given every year by the American Library Association to the author of the most distinguished American children’s book. You have probably already read books that have won the medal or received a Newbery Honor without even knowing it!

The award-winning book is chosen each year by a committee of ALA members using the following criteria:
- interpretation of the theme or concept;
- presentation of information including accuracy, clarity, and organization;
- development of a plot;
- delineation of characters;
- delineation of a setting;
- appropriateness of style.

Before the award is given each year, many libraries and bookstores hold a “Mock Newbery,” choosing a selection of children’s books from that year that they think are contenders for the medal. There is no official list of books considered for the award, unlike the Academy Awards, and so part of the fun of a Mock Newbery is choosing just a few of the many excellent books of the year. After choosing a list of books to discuss, participants in a Mock Newbery act as if they were on the real Newbery deciding committee and choose a Newbery winner.

This year, a few of us here in the Youth Services department worked hard to create a list of five books we felt both met the Newbery criteria and were worthy of discussing. They are, in no particular order:

The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi, One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, Keeper by Kathi Appelt, Simeon's Story: An Eyewitness Account of the Kidnapping of Emmett Till by Simeon Wright, The Dreamer by Pam Muñoz Ryan.

We also have a few books to talk about that won’t be on our ballot, but that we thought were worthy of mentioning. They are:
On the Blue Comet by Rosemary Wells
As Easy as Falling off the Face of the Earth by Lynne Rae Perkins
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Sir Charlie: Chaplin, the Funniest Man in the World by Sid Fleischman
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whelan Turner
and Forge by Laurie Halse Anderson.

This morning, we held our Mock Newbery discussion. We discussed each of the books in turn, and then held two votes.

And now… drumroll please…

Highland Park Public Library’s Youth Services Department choice for the John Newbery Medal recipient for 2011 is….

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Oakland, 1968.
Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern arrive at the airport to spend the summer with their mother, Cecile. Cecile abandoned her three daughters shortly Fern’s birth and hasn’t seen or spoken to them since. Delphine is not looking forward to the summer. When she finds out her mother is involved in the Black Panthers, Delphine wonders how she can protect her sisters from the rioting and arrests that are happening, because it’s obvious Cecile isn’t going to.

Our selections for Honor books were:
Keeper by Kathi Appelt and The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi!

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Post date: Fri, 03/11/2011 - 3:50pm