Exploring Jewish Books and Literacy Programs at AJL09

Monday, July 13, 2009.

The 44th annual convention of the Association of Jewish Libraries took place July 5-9, 2009 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. I was honoured this year to be part of the speaking program having been invited to talk about the role of social media in promoting Jewish literature.

On this edition of Just One More Book!!, follow Mark as his audio recorder captures forgiveness, education and pop-culture, how Jewish books have evolved and become exciting for young readers.

Segment 1: April Halprin Wayland is the author New Year at the Pier, a book about forgiveness which is rooted in the the Tashlich ceremony of the Jewish New Year celebrations of Rosh Hashana.  This segment includes April reading the beginning and end of her book, New Year at the Pier.

Segment 2: Librarian Toby Rossner shares her approach to creating educational programs about universal values using picture books including Chicken Man, a book about someone who made the most out of any job he did.

Segment 3: Ann Abrams is a musical librarian who serenades us with her own songs and sings a musical parody using a popular song for which she rewrote the lyrics — both to help get children excited about Jewish children’s books.

This episode includes two brief excerpts of Mark’s session on using social media to raise awareness of great Jewish literature using social media, presented at AJL09.

Thanks to the Association of Jewish Libraries, Heidi Estrin and Cheryl Banks, Esme Raji Codell and our interview guests author April Halprin Wayland and librarians Toby Rossner and Ann Abrams.

Building Dreams: Iggy Peck, Architect

Friday, October 26, 2007.

Iggy Peck, ArchitectAuthor: Andrea Beaty (on JOMB)
Illustrator: David Roberts (on JOMB)
Published: 2007 Abrams Books for Young Readers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 081091106X

Uncommonly crisp, comical illustrations combine with flippant, rhyming text to chronicle the irrepressible ingenuity of an audacious seven year old — and to remind us to make space for what makes people tick.

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Something Else: The Trouble with Tilly Trumble

Friday, May 18, 2007.

The Trouble with Tilly TrumbleAuthor: Lynn Manuel
Illustrator: Diane Greenseid (on JOMB)
Published: 2006 Abrams Books for Young Readers (on JOMB)
ISBN: 0810959720

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This frolicsome tale of friendship found reminds us that — even when our lives are full of colour, clutter and carefree creativity — the best things in life are … breathing.

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