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Check out the podcasts of the newest Newbery Medal book. They were created by students at The Dalton School

Still from January 15 Today show with Loriene Roy, Laura Amy Schlitz, and Brian Selznick
Still from January 15 Today show with Loriene Roy, Laura Amy Schlitz, and Brian Selznick
The Awards are In!
Caldecott = The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
Newbery = Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! by Laura Amy Schlitz
**Watch the January 15 segment** of the Today show that featured ALA President Loriene Roy, Caldecott winner Brian Selznick, and Newbery winner Laura Amy Schlitz.

2007 Best Interactive Software for Kids
Click here to check out the list.

Welcome Back to School!
Click on the Discussion tab above to tell us about your 'back to school' needs!

Wendy's Adds Audiobooks to Kids' Meals
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Getting Harried about Harry
Chicago Public Library has 1,000 copies of ...
Deathly Hallows on order, but no holds will be allowed!

Borders has launched its Harry Potter video book club on its Web site. Created with, the club is moderated by the Leaky- Cauldron's "Pottercast" hosts Melissa Anelli, John Noe and Sue Upton and was filmed with Harry Potter fans who attended the Phoenix Rising Conference in New Orleans, La., in May. Fans of all ages participated in the book club discussion of topics ranging from "Dumbledore's Monumental Mistakes" to "Time Travel and Horcruxes" to "Harry versus Voldemort."

Jim Dale is recording the final book in the Harry Potter series.

May 25, 2007: The Golden Compass film trailer
Anticipating the
... Deathly Hallows? or Phoenix on film? Try the Harry Potter News aggregator

April 23, 2007:
Playaways have arrived in Youth Services. Each 3.5 x 2 inch player is loaded with an audio book ... all you need are ear buds or headphones ... and your good to go! Come check out the display and plan your summer 'listening.'
Thing O' the Day:
Why MySpace is a Safe Space

March 15, 2007:
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows ~~ the first printing will total 12 million copies for the July 21st release! [Shelf Awareness// newsletter, last accessed March 15, 2007]

hp7.JPGHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: .... Discussion Chamber .... need we say more?

March 12, 2007: from Roger Sutton's blog

Friday, March 09, 2007 ~~ Keeping Up

It's an unfortunate fact of life-in-print that books get overtaken by events, and Horn Book editors have been busy blue-penciling reviews of all the astronomy books that haven't caught up with the events of August 26th of last year, **a day that shook the solar system.**

But a new--and gorgeous--book is hep to the zeitgeist:

Pluto was a planet.
But now it doesn't pass.
Pluto was a planet.
They say it's lacking mass.
Pluto was a planet.
Pluto was admired.
Pluto was a planet.
Til one day it got fired.

From Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian, to be published by Harcourt next month and reviewed in the May/June Horn Book Magazine.

February 28, 2007: On the lookout for the lunar eclipse on March 3rd? Learn more here.

February 2, 2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, July 21 (eight days after the release of the film version of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix). Besides the $34.99 hardcover, Scholastic will offer a deluxe edition for $65 and a reinforced library edition for $39.99. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is being released under the Arthur A. Levine imprint and will have cover art by Mary GrandPre.

Within minutes of the Scholastic announcement, B&N, Borders and Amazon announced that they had begun accepting pre-publication orders for the book at steep discounts. B&N is offering the book for $20.99--40% off--and B&N Members can receive it for $18.89, 46% off. Borders is offering the book for 46% off. For its part, Amazon is offering the hardcover for 46% and the deluxe edition for 40% off. In case the price bloodbath escalates, Amazon and Borders guarantee all customers will receive the lowest price offered by the sellers between the order and the release date. Yesterday the book was the No. 1 title on all three Web sites.

When the last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was released on July 16, 2005, 6.9 million copies were sold the first day. (About 1.5 million of those sales came from Amazon advance orders.) Some 120 million copies of the six Harry Potter titles are in print in the U.S. About 325 million copies have been sold worldwide. ~~ from Shelf Awareness

Bestselling Children's Titles during the week ended Sunday, January 21, at member bookstores of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association as reported to Book Sense ~~
1. Forever in Blue (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, #4) by Ann Brashares (Delacorte, $18.99, 9780385729369)
2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd (HarperCollins, $7.99, 9780694003617)
3. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White (HarperEntertainment, $7.99, 9780061120268)
4. Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Laurel-Leaf, $6.99, 9780440238485)
5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (Scholastic, $9.99, 9780439785969)
6. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt (Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007)
7. Season of the Sandstorms (Magic Tree House Series #34) by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca (Random House, $4.99, 9780375830327)
8. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares (Delacorte, $6.99, 9780553494792)
9. Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata (Aladdin, $6.99, 9780689856402)
10. The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1) by Jonathan Stroud (Hyperion, $7.99, 9780786852550)
11. The Making of Miss Potter: The Movie by Pearce Garth and Garth Pearce (Frederick Warne and Company, $9.99, 9780723258636)
12. Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw (Firefly, $14.95, 9780920668368)
13. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer (Megan Tingley, $17.99, 9780316160193)
14. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Putnam, $10.99, 9780399226908)
15. Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House #1) by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by Sal Murdocca (Random House, $3.99, 9780679824114)
[Many thanks to SCIBA and Book Sense!]

Here's a sad note to start the new year!
The New York Times reports libraries closing during afterschool hours to deal with youth.

"One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries." ~~ A. A. Milne (1882 - 1956)

Hanukkah begins at Sundown on December 15, 2006

"The secret of eternal youth is arrested development." ~~ Alice Roosevelt Longworth (1884 - 1980)
**Click here for websites and books about Alice Roosevelt Longworth**.

"Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind." ~~ Marva Collins

What's your choice for the 2007 Newbery and Caldecott Awards? Click on the discussion tab above and jump in!
click here for Nina Lindsey's "Mock Newbery" list. The Oakland, CA group will hold their discussion of these nine titles on Jan. 7th. The actual Newbery Award will be announced Jan. 22nd from Seattle.

Eragon Begins Movie Journey on Friday
Directed by Stefen Fangmeier, the movie version of Eragon, Christopher Paolini's bestseller, opens this Friday, December 15. The film stars Edward Speleers as Eragon. Other cast members include Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich and Rachel Weisz.

Eragon, the first book in Paolini's Inheritance Trilogy, has sold more than seven million copies worldwide, and Knopf Books for Young Readers is ready for interest whipped up by the movie: more than 1.3 million copies of the mass market ($6.99, 044023848X) and trade paperback ($10.95, 0375840540) tie-in editions are in print.

Eldest, book two in the trilogy, which has sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide since publication in August 2005, has also benefited from movie publicity.
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"All Together Now" Reading List wiki

New issue of Library Technology Reports reveals benefits of gaming services at libraries

November 13, 2006
Children's Book Week: Games, Puzzles and Things to Do

November 8, 2006
This is the JPL YS BORG. Here's the place we will gather our "information" thoughts and capture resources we use in answering questions. It will expand to many pages as we all get the hang of this! Here are my ideas for what we capture on the site:
  • website URLs
  • titles we find in the collection ... books, videos/dvds, audio
  • magazine/periodical resources
  • titles or links to periodical articles
  • brief information and citations to the source
  • links to titles in SIRSI (I'm not sure if this will work ?? but let's experiment)
  • titles lists for storyhour themes, genres, or reading lists can also be added, if you choose.

Click on the "edit this page" button at the top to add to this page or add new pages using the action bar on the left. If you want a personal tutorial to get you started, gather a list of titles, resources, and web links for the subject, then you and I can sit down and put a page together. If you want to dive in right away, be sure to add subject tags to each page!

So jump in and experiment!

Linda Ward-Callaghan

Lead Professional, Youth Services