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In the 1920s, Black artists, musicians, dancers, writers, and thinkers had settled into Harlem after the Great Migration and built a community where they could congregate and create. While Harlem is considered the epicenter of this prolific movement, other cities around the country saw their own related scenes spring from the ground up, and the innovations of those involved impacted the whole world.Teaching the Harlem Renaissance
The quintessential Seder question - why is this night different from all other nights? - is always easy for me to answer. This night is different because it's finally time for my favorite holiday! Sharing food, songs, traditions, and quality time with family and friends (after a deep spring cleaning session) is something that I look forward to on any given day, but Passover gives us an excellent excuse to sit down together. This year, though, we're celebrating while sheltered in place. What better time to learn about new ways to celebrate and expand my learning on traditions I haven't exper...
After Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement on Sunday that NYC Public Schools will be closed from now until April 20, the city’s teachers are moving into the largely uncharted territory of reaching students at home. The practice of remote or distance learning is common in higher education and has also been utilized in secondary education environments, but has not been used often with younger...
The word "potluck" comes from communal eating traditions. Whether bringing food to a friend on a visit or pooling resources in hard times, the "luck of the pot" provides nourishment for the body, the soul, and the community. The library is a gathering place for everyone. What better way to share who we are and what we do than with a book buffet curated with the "luck" of our catalog? Whether we're seasoned or still a little green, we library staff members part of the Teachers College melting pot to help you expand your information palate. We hope that the books we've brought to the table wi...
What makes a great children's book? This question has been on my mind for the past three years as I've curated the children's award winners and honors display. As a prospective school librarian, part of my training is to acclimate myself to the world of children's and young adult publishing in order to help growing readers flourish. The award lists are crucial tools in this process. Some awards focus on writing, some on illustration, some on both. Many have cultural focus or a core idea that drives the selection process, but many are also selected and judged...
May 1 marks International Workers' Day, chosen in memory of the Haymarket Affair: a general strike petitioning for the eight hour day set in 1886, the ensuing police violence, and other workers' rallies that followed. With teachers of all levels going on strike around the nation and the world in a fight for fair treatment, this month comes as a reminder of what workers have won and what they have at stake in the future. The idea for this collection began when I came across a ch...
The highest accolade that a piece of children's literature can receive is a chorus of voices shouting "Again! Again!" when the story is finished. Measuring what makes a book stick out to children isn't always easy, but awards panels try their best to strike a balance between books that are most likely to be read front and back, over and over, and books that are most likely to make a lasting impression for readers of all ages. This year, I have been given the honor of presenting the most recognized children's books of 2018. The materials on display come from long lines of winners and honorab...
On Saturday, July 21, LIU Post economics professor and Forbes contributing writer Panos Mourdoukoutas published a piece entitled Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money. The title is self-explanatory: he proposes the elimination of in communities and the creation of Amazon book stores in their place, on the grounds of reducing taxes that contribute to public services and allowing ...
On Saturday, July 21, LIU Post economics professor and Forbes contributing writer Panos Mourdoukoutas published a piece entitled Amazon Should Replace Local Libraries to Save Taxpayers Money. The title is self-explanatory: he proposes the elimination of libraries in communities and the creation of Amazon book stores in their place, on the grounds of reducing taxes that contribute to public services ...
{{unknown}} Last night, a friend of mine took to the stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg to recount how a video that he made when he moved to New York accidentally went viral, but how his life is better for it. He was one of ten NYC Moth StorySLAM champions competing in the event. The room was packed with a crowd that was ready to laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. While it would be easy to spend time bragging about my friend or singling out the amazing details exposed by each of the evening's incredi...