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From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:16:31 1998
From: Susan C Melancon <melanco@acsu.buffalo.edu>
Subject: Re: youth internet access

Charity and censorship should begin at home and in the community. The
community should reenforce what is learned at home, otherwise those things
learned at home would eventually become irrelevant. Censorship is not a
dirty word. If fact, it is quite wholesome. Each of us censors what we
read, eat
and do everyday. This list, more than most others, should encourage the
protection and edification of the young, impressionable minds we serve in
our libraries. Librarians should not be political activists, but public
servants. The First Amendment has stood erect for some 200 years now
and it does not need librarians to protect it. The children do!

Susan C. Melancon
School of Information and Library Studies
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, New York 14206-1020

On Sat, 27 Dec 1997, Toni Grow - Baldwin wrote:

> I'd like to give a hearty cheer to both Joel Rane and Chuck Schacht for
> their recent postings regarding freedom of access to information for ALL
> library users.
> One of my favorite quotes is Clare Booth Luce's comment on censorship:
> "Censorship, like charity, should begin at home. Unlike charity, it
> should end there."
> Toni Grow
> Young Adult Librarian
> Baldwin Public Library
> Birmingham, MI
> So many books, so little time!


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:17:08 1998
From: Tiffany Schwartz <schwartz@noblenet.org>
Subject: stumper: fish who ate too much

Now I know why there are so many posts saying "I checked the archives but
just had no luck"...I spent way too long trying to find this through the
archives because I know that even the moderator of this listserv posted
the answer, saying it was the most popular stumper!

The book is about a boy who fed a fish too much and the fish grew too
big...Please reply to schwartz@noblenet.org.

[Moderator: Helen Palmer's _Fish Out of Water._ ]

Tiffany Schwartz | Lucius Beebe Memorial Library
Young Adults' Librarian | Wakefield, Massachusetts
schwartz@noblenet.org | *North of Boston Library Exchange*


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:16:31 1998
From: bf455@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bonita Kale)
Subject: Blunt trauma of childhood (was Dolls on a New Year's Cruise)

I'm cross-posting this from childlit to pubyac, because I want to share the
De Becker quotation.

Reply to message from 00tmmatlock@BSUVC.BSU.EDU of Thu, 01 Jan
Resa writes:

>My second obsession is less well-defined, probably because it's accompanied by
>its own battery-powered cloud of anxiety. As best I can tell, this one has to
>do with trying to arrive at an understanding, definition or even an inkling,
>of what, if anything, it is about books that can save children from what all
>too often seems to be the blunt trauma of childhood.

A couple of thoughts

1. At the least, if you can help a child to read with pleasure, you have
given him/her an escape -at command-, a place to go when that child wishes,
not when the VCR is free, or the TV show is on.

2. from _The Gift of Fear_ by Gaven De Becker:

"I have learned that the kindness of a teacher, a coach, a police officer,
a neighbor, the parent of a friend, is never wasted. These moments are
likely to pass with neither the child nor the adult fully knowing the
significance of the contribution. No ceremony attaches to the moment that
a child sees his own worth reflected in the eyes of an encouraging adult.
Though nothing apparent marks the occasion, inside that child a new view of
self might take hold. He is not just a person deserving of neglect or
violence, not just a child who fails to solve his family's problems, who
fails to rescue them from pain or madness or addiction or poverty or
unhappiness. No, this child might be someone else, someone whose
appearance before this one adult revealed speciialness or lovability, or

So -giving- the book may mean as much as the book itself.


Bonita Kale


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:20:14 1998
From: Pscn <Pscn@aol.com>
Subject: Stumper - folk tale?

This is my first posting to the list, I've been lurking for a while and
loving every minute of it (lots of minutes!). I'm hoping you guys can help
because I really have no clue on where to look for this. A patron came in and
said he was looking for a tale that he remembers from when he was a boy 50 -
60 years ago. He thinks the main character's name is Epamanondis - this is a
phonetical spelling only. The accent is on the syllable -pam-. He remembers
that the character was always doing foolish things, like sticking butter in
his cap, and that everyone kept saying, "Epamanondis, you ain't got the sense
you was born with!" I've looked in the folk tale books we have because it
sounds like a "fool" tale to me. I've called my local storyteller, but it
rings no bells with him. Someone suggested it may be an African-American
tale. If you can help with this, please reply directly to me at Pscn@aol.com.
Sandy Westbrook, Assistant Children's Librarian
South Windsor Public Library
South Windsor, Conn.


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:19:16 1998
From: "PATRICIA.STLIB.STATE.NM.US" <PATRICIA@stlib.state.nm.us>
Subject: Summer Reading manual

Ah, yes.. it's that time again to plan to get more readers into the library
this summer.

Our manual for this year's state program is in production, but needs some more
really bright ideas. Our theme this year is "Books Come in All Flavors" and
the committee has consulted other summer programs based loosely on food. We
are, however, a state with lots of small, rural libraries staffed with
volunteers and eager but untrained librarians who could use some extra help.
If you have any bibliographies, program themes, or suggestions for really
successful activities we would love to include them in the manual and give you

Thanks! (please send directly to me, I'll summarize for the list)

Patricia Froehlich
Youth Services
New Mexico State Library


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:16:31 1998
From: Carolyn Caywood <carolyn@infi.net>
Subject: Re: Youth Participation Database

I'd like to add, that as a member of the committee that put together
the book, Youth Participation in School and Public Libraries, It
Works, it was a miserable job trying to compile the list of teen
groups. And sure enough, no sooner was it published than I got "Why
did you leave out my group?" Now we have the ability to keep a
current list that will be a resource for us all. I know many of you
have posted about your teen groups on Pubyac. Please help make this
database really useful!
Carolyn Caywood
> The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the
> American Library Association, is creating a database of school and
> public libraries with active youth participation groups. To be included in
> the database, send the following information to: YALSA@ala.org:
> 1. Name of Library
> 2.Name of Group
> 3.Adult contact
> 4.Mailing address
> 5.Phone number
> 6.Fax number
> 7.E-mail address
> 8.Type of group (book discussion, programming, advisory, advocacy,
> etc.)
> 9.Average number of members
> Linda Waddle
> Deputy Executive Director
> Young Adult Library Services Association
> American Library Association
> 40 East Huron Street
> Chicago, Illinois 60611
> 1-800-545-2433 Ext. 4391/Phone
> 1-312-664-7459/Fax
> lwaddle@ala.org


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:19:25 1998
From: jennifer shoemaker <bdyref1@vax.linc.lib.il.us>
Subject: Re: YA nonfiction THANKS

Many thanks to those of you who sent me suggestions, pros and cons, and
opinions about incorporating a separate area for YA nonfiction. You
have given us a lot to ponder as we plan to implement this service!

Jennifer Shoemaker
Youth Services Assistant
Bloomingdale Public Library
Bloomindgale, IL


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:20:07 1998
From: "Shannon VanHemert, CL Children's" <shannonv@jefferson.lib.co.us>
Subject: Re: Picture books/Easy readers

I personally feel fairly strongly about this b/c Easy Readers are a
particular kind of book designed for a very specific purpose. When I went
to work in Colorado, my branch had picture books and readers mixed, albeit
the Readers had bright yellow dots. They were nevertheless hard to find
and browse. The first thing I did was a major shift and get them by
themselves. Why? These are books that, although now written with
better plots than the old Dick and Janes, have CONTROLLED
VOCABULARY. Say this mantra to yourself. CONTROLLED VOCABULARY. A
giveaway is the word list in the back of the book, although they don't all
have one. But you can tell by a fairly cursory glance if a book truly is
a reader--are there words that repeat often? If it *looks* like a reader
but has all new words on every page, it really doesn't help that new
reader out, so stick that one in the picture books. The Amelia Bedelia
books can be pretty tricky--we have some in picture and some in readers.
Publishers try to fool the eye sometimes by making the print large and the
sentences short, but if it's not controlled vocabulary, well, tough, it's
not a reader. Those few that may sit the fence won't be ignored in the
picture books.

Shannon VanHemert
Head, Children's Dept., Columbine Branch
Jefferson County Public Library
7706 W. Bowles Ave.
Littleton, CO 80123
Phone: (303) 932-2690 Fax: (303) 932-3041


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:16:31 1998
From: Mary St Cavish <mls@bc.seflin.org>
ubject: school age programming

I hAVE been doing the usual storytime for school age kids once a week for
a long enough time that I am getting a little less than enthusiastic
about it. Has anybody done any other type of program for that age (7-10
years) ona regular basis? I'm considering a once a month special program
like origami demos, listening to genres such as scary stories etc. Any
thoughts on other programs that could be once a week but be a variation
usual few stories and craft that I do now ad infinitum? Please reply to
me mls@bc.seflin.org Thanks for your ideas.

Mary St. Cavish


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:16:32 1998
From: Walter Minkel <walterm@nethost.multnomah.lib.or.us>
Subject: Coretta Scott King Award web sites

The Coretta Scott King Award official site is now up at
<http://www.ala.org/srrt/csking/>. On Mon., 12 Jan at around 10 am CST,
we'll be posting the '98 winners & honor books, so join us then. Until
then, we're featuring the '97 winners & honors. There is also a history of
the award & a complete list of all winners & honors, plus a picture of the
award seal and an explanation of its symbolism.

I also want to remind everyone that ALSC's Newbery & Caldecott Home Pages
will be posting annotations & scanned covers of those winners & honors at
the same time:

Newbery: <http://www.ala.org/alsc/newbery.html>
Caldecott: <http://www.ala.org/alsc/caldecott.html>

We invite you to link to all three of these sites for the most complete
information about these awards, plus pictures. Please pay a visit.

Thanks, W

Walter Minkel, School Corps Technology Trainer
Multnomah County Library, 205 NE Russell St., Portland, OR 97212
Voice (503)736-6002; fax (503)248-5441; walterm@nethost.multnomah.lib.or.us
Was it a cat I saw? --Palindrome-of-the-month Club


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:19:41 1998
From: "Bridgett Johnson" <bridgett@lewis-carnegie-library.org>
Subject: Morley librarian---bibliotherapy

Thank you to the Librarian at Morley Library in Painesville Ohio, for
the information you sent to me on Bibliotherapy. Before I received
it, we changed internet providers and they accidentally dumped my
program with all my addresses. So I'm sorry I couldn't send you a
thankyou personally. Bridgett Johnson

Bridgett Johnson,Youth Services Librarian
Lewistown Public Library, 701 W. Main, Lewistown, Montana 59457
(406) 538 - 8559 bridgett@lewis-carnegie-lib.org


From owner-pubyac@nysernet.org Sat Jan 3 11:24:46 1998
From: PUBYAC Moderator <pyowner@pallasinc.com>
Subject: Boys will be...

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 1998 19:28:44 -0800
From: "Dr. Ruth I. Gordon" <druthgo@sonic.net>

>Date: Sat, 20 Dec 1997 10:19:23 -0800
>To:Pubyac [pubyac@nysernet.org]
>From:druthgo@sonic.net (Dr. Ruth I. Gordon)
>Subject:Boys will be...
>Colleagues: I agree with Mary Kay (Dr. Mary Kay, at that) about boys--and
>girls--of a wide variety of ages looking up pictures of naked persons.
>When I started working with young people--during the age of the electric
>quill pen--there were always searchers. Finally, we showed them the fine
>arts section and purchase "body-building" periodicals.
>The search to see what we and others look like is usual, normal, and
>healthy. The hiding of same is not healthy and can create guilt and teach
>people how to lie. That's shameful--not the body.
>Have a warm season for now the days become longer.
>Let's hear it for solstice.
>Big Grandma

"You may not be able to change the world, but at least you can embarrass
the guilty." Jessica Mitford (1917-1996)