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YS Newsletter #3, March 2008

March 3, 2008

“Once, words had rendered Liesel useless, but now, when she sat on the floor [of the library], she felt an innate sense of power. It happened every time she deciphered a new word or pieced together a sentence.”

The Book Thief, p. 147

State Library Updates and Announcements

  • The Big Read for Youth Services program is in progress! All youth services librarians and volunteers are invited to read Markus Zusak’s YA novel The Book Thief and join the online discussion at
    Also, join in 3 live online chats about the book before the in-person NMLA session:
    • March 19 at 3:30 pm: topics to include the use of Death as the story’s narrator, looking at WWII from the perspective of a German girl in a family critical of the Nazi party, and a conversation about the morality of Liesel and Rudy’s thievery
    • March 25 at 10:00 am: topics to include the theme of reading throughout the book, the power of reading in general, and how to capture and impart Liesel’s love of reading to young library patrons today
    • April 1 at 2:00 pm: topics to include booktalking the novel to YA patrons and using online book chats and clubs in your library

To join in the chats, go to (this link is also on the wiki). This is a simple, basic chat room. All you need to do is go to the website, click on Enter my Chat Room, type in your first name and, under profile, your library name, and that’s it! Please join the online chats even if you haven’t finished the book yet. And plan to attend the NMLA Big Read session on Thursday, April 10, at 1:45!

  • Check out the recent interview podcast the State Library conducted with Angie Manfredi, head of Youth Services at Mesa Public Library in Los Alamos: (episode #28)! The State Library is collaborating on the podcast project, titled Librarian Live, with the North Texas Regional Library, Alamo Area Library, and Central Texas Library Systems. And explore the rest of the podcasts for other youth services topics while you’re there!

NM Library Youth Program Highlights

  • The Farmington Public Library has published the first issue of Blended Zine, an online magazine for teens, by teens. Through art and writing, teens expressed their feelings and opinions in the issue. The Blended staff presented the project to receive a grant, and collected and arranged the submissions for the first zine. Blended staff presented the project at local high schools, held a luncheon for high school teachers to promote and explain the purpose of a “zine,” and offered a zine workshop for teens at the library. All San Juan County high schools received a complimentary copy of the first issue.
    Check it out at and become a friend of Blended Zine at The next issue will be available in May 2008. Email Melanie at the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Here’s your chance to tell your colleagues about the great youth programs your library offers! Please email me with highlights to include in the newsletter.

Resources and Opportunities

  • Treasure Trunks from the State of New Mexico’s Museums! You can borrow educational trunks full of authentic artifacts and educational materials for presentations in your summer educational programs. Treasure Trunks include hands-on and interactive learning featuring authentic artifacts, cultural information, and extension project suggestions. Please visit our website for descriptions of over 20 trunks available for free delivery to your location ANYWHERE in New Mexico. Consider booking now for Summer (June- August) 2008!
    I look forward to sharing some of New Mexico’s Cultural Treasures with you!
    Jamie Brytowski, Statewide Outreach Coordinator: Treasure Trunks
    Museum Resources, Dept of Cultural Affairs
    (505) 476-1171
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  • The Summer Reading Program public service announcements are now available! There’s a 35-second Catch the Reading Bug video and 8 versions—including 4 in Spanish—of a 30-second video featuring the teen Metamorphosis theme. They’re colorful, fun, and feature some of the artwork in the SRP manual. Go to to view and download them.
  • The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) held the Mars Inside and Out! workshop at the State Library last week; participants from public and tribal libraries across NM enjoyed learning about Mars and had fun performing hands-on activities designed to help kids learn scientific principles about the planet. Unfortunately attendance was limited and many of you were thus unable to attend; however, the entire workshop—from PowerPoint presentations to activities to great photos of Mars—plus additional resources are available free of charge at (And there’s plenty more at LPI’s website, so explore the whole solar system!)
  • Another useful resource the LPI folks mentioned is the Solar System Ambassadors Program, through which knowledgeable volunteers make free public presentations about the solar system in their locales; go to for more info and to find an Ambassador near you.
  • The Picturing America program, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in cooperation with ALA, enhances the teaching, study, and understanding of American history and culture by bringing some of America’s greatest works of art into school classrooms and public libraries. Picturing America will provide K-12 schools and public libraries with 40 images of American art, an illustrated teachers’ resource book, and a web site containing additional information including lesson plans. Educators and librarians are invited to apply online; the application deadline is April 15. Go to to learn more or contact Michelle Quisenberry at (505) 277-4151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

New Books at the State Library (available for interlibrary loan)

  • More Teen Programs that Work, edited by RoseMary Honnold, Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2005.
  • Outstanding Library Service to Children: Putting the Core Competencies to Work by Rosanne Cerny, Penny Markey, and Amanda Williams, Association for Library Service to Children, ALA, 2006.
  • The Book Bunch: Developing Book Clubs for Beginning Readers by Laura J. H. Smith, Upstart Books, 2004.

Upcoming Events

  • El día de los niños/El día de los libros, held annually on April 30, is an event that promotes the importance of advocating literacy for every child, regardless of linguistic and cultural background. There are many ways to celebrate the event in your library; for ideas and to learn more about the day, check out the following websites:

March Celebrations

  • Author birthdays: Theodore Giesel, March 2nd; Ezra Jack Keats, 11th; Virginia Hamilton, 12th; Lois Lowry, 20th; Randolph Caldecott, 22nd; Kate DiCamillo, 25th
  • March is Women’s History Month. Just a few resources:
    • Sage, Samantha, and Stephanie Booth. “Growing up native-American style.” Teen Magazine 43.3 (March 1999): p. 66. Student Edition. Gale. (Full text available at Magazines Online! And there’s a lot more for high school students on the topic in the Student Edition database—check it out.)
    • More than Petticoats: Remarkable New Mexico Women by Beverly West, TwoDot, 2001.
    • The National Women's History Project:
    • Time for Kids: Women’s History Month:,8805,101044,00.html
    • Gale: Women’s History Resources:

Beth Crist, Outreach & Community Services Coordinator
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