children’s books

children’s books

LGBTQ Youth Literature

LGBTQ Youth Literature

Choosing a topic for my end of semester L390 Children’s Literature paper was a process of exploration. I chose to compare and contrast picture books with a common theme. I wanted a theme that dealt with current events so I focused on the 2012 elections.  With 3 additional States and the District of Columbia legalizing Gay Marriage (for a total of 9 states, http://gaymarriage.procon.org), I decided to examine children’s books that feature children with gay parents. So I turned to the IU East Library children’s book collection.  I located four books that were stories about gay parents: Daddy’s Roommate, Heather has Two Mommies, Gloria goes to Gay Pride, and And Tango Makes Three. A librarian also directed me to an … Continued
Boo Who?

Boo Who?

Don’t cry about it, the library has a spooktacular event for those who dare to be scared!  On Monday October 31st from 3:30-4:30 the IU East Humanities Club, Writers’ Club, and Friends of the Library will present readings of Halloween Poems & Ghost Stories in the library lobby.  You can bring your own reading or choose one from our booooo-k cart. We’ll also be serving up treats and an eerie green punch, so good it glows! Want to do a very scary reading for your own Halloween party? Here’s how to find a good book: In IUCAT enter your search term in the “keywords anywhere” box, like: ghost stories horror tales Halloween witches supernatural You can also limit the “location” … Continued
Read Across America

Read Across America

Union County youth enjoyed meeting Rufus March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’ birthday. To commemorate Theodor Geisel’s talent and to promote reading, the Whitewater Valley chapter of the IU Alumni Association sponsors reading celebrations throughout the region. As coordinator for the event in Union County, I was fortunate to have wonderful assistance from many people affiliated with IU.  Rob Zinkan and Amanda Vance of IU East External Affairs arranged for Rufus to visit with the children at the event and provided IU goodies. Kyle Wright and Londa Brown of IU East Athletics brought many members of the Volleyball team, all of whom were enthusiastic volunteers. IU East students Brit Hudson and Megan Shepherd helped with crafts and photography.  IU alumni Shell … Continued
Scholastic and AR

Scholastic and AR

Help the library earn FREE children’s books!   Now it’s easier than ever to find good books for the children in your life AND help expand the children’s book collection at the IU East campus library. Here’s how it works. Visit the Scholastic website www.scholastic.com/bookclubs and register for an account. When prompted, enter this code: H62HQ. There is no minimum order required and you will find a large selection of books to choose from. Each time you place an order online, the library earns FREE books! Contact Frances (fyates@iue.edu)  with any questions or just stop by the circulation desk. The first order deadline is September 28 and books can be picked up at the library when they arrive.  Thank you … Continued
What Juvie Can Offer to YOU!

What Juvie Can Offer to YOU!

So since I’ve been working at the library, I’ve had more than a handful of students tell me that they didn’t know there was a second floor to the library. I spend the majority of my time on the second floor, particularly in the “juvie section” (although other books that are available include teaching/education, music, and art), and I’ve realized that the juvenile books are just sitting there on display the majority of the week and basically going to waste!  For instance, most of the students that I do see on the second floor are not looking through or checking out juvie books, but instead they are on the computers or meeting with group members to work on a project.  … Continued