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Ideas from Peers You Can Use in Your Book Discussion Groups

Recently, Nancy Opalko, a children’s librarian at a public library who has paired with a local alternative school for the Great Stories CLUB, asked the program’s electronic discussion list two good questions: “How can I promote more interest in the book and get a discussion going?” and “How do the rest of you handle disruptive behavior?” Her questions immediately got a number of responses, many of which can be adapted and expanded beyond the Great Stories CLUB to work in your library.

Going for the Jugular: Programming and Vampires

Vampires are sweeping the pop culture landscape, but this trend is nothing new. According to faculty panelists at a recent Dominican University presentation, “Fangs a Lot: The Vampire in Myth, Movies, and Popular Culture,” the vampire myth has been around for ages and is prevalent in many cultures.

Free We Shall Remain Webinar

WGBH-Boston is hosting “Enhancing High School Instruction with We Shall Remain,” a free webinar for high school teachers and librarians, on December 17, 3–4 pm Central. The event will focus on the library event kit developed for the We Shall Remain PBS television series. Presenters include former ALA President Loriene Roy and AASL President Cassandra Barnett.

Host Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women

A new documentary film and biography, Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women, will help audiences explore Louisa May Alcott’s extraordinary life and times. The film was directed by Nancy Porter and written by Harriet Reisen. The companion biography of the same name was written by Harriet Reisen and published by Henry Holt and Company.

More Great Stories about the Great Stories CLUB!

Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on the YALSA blog. Thanks to YALSA and Angie Manfredi for letting us share this with you!

There’s still time for you to apply for a Great Stories CLUB Grant! The Great Stories CLUB is a unique opportunity for you to reach out to underserved teens in your community and connect them with stories that can matter in their lives and open up their eyes to new horizons.

Becoming American—New Immigration Stories

At this time in American history, our country is becoming increasingly diverse and the need for understanding of all cultural traditions is of immense importance.

Last Chance to Order StoryLines New England and StoryLines Midwest!

StoryLines is based on a series titled “Big Sky Radio,” which aired in Montana from 1993 to 1995 with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). StoryLines has been characterized as “a cross between ‘Larry King Live’ and college English class.” The series’ dynamic format combines author interviews and scholarly commentary with listener call-ins. Each program begins with the consideration of a featured book, its historical background and literary significance, using it as a lens to examine the experience of living in each area.


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