Tuesday, October 6, 2015

October is National Stop Bullying Month

Books about Bullying

You can look at non-fiction bullying books in the call numbers 302.343 and 371.58

Fiction Books

Bock, Caroline. LIE.   YA FIC Bock
Told in several voices, a group of Long Island high school seniors conspire to protect eighteen-year-old Jimmy after he brutally assaults two Salvadoran immigrants, until they begin to see the moral implications of Jimmy's actions and the consequences of being loyal to a violent bully.

Butler, Dori Hillstead. The Truth about Truman School. YA FIC Butler; 6-8
Tired of being told what to write by the school newspaper's advisor, Zibby and her friend Amr start an underground newspaper online where everyone is free to post anything, but things spiral out of control when a cyberbully starts using the site to harrass one popular girl.

Cohen, Joshua. Leverage. YA FIC Cohen
High school sophomore Danny excels at gymnastics but is bullied, like the rest of the gymnasts, by members of the football team, until an emotionally and physically scarred new student joins the football team and forms an unlikely friendship with Danny.

Crutcher, Chris.  Period 8.  YA FIC Crutcher
Period 8 has always been a safe haven and high school senior Paulie "The Bomb" Baum a constant attendee, but as Paulie, Hannah, their friends, and a sympathetic teacher try to unravel the mystery of a missing classmate, the ultimate bully takes aim at the school.

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories. SS Dear
Today's top authors for teens and young people come together to share their stories about bullying—as bystanders, as victims, and as the bullies themselves—in this moving and deeply personal collection.

Hensley, Joy. Rites of Passage.  YA FIC Hensley
Sixteen-year-old Sam McKenna discovers that becoming one of the first girls to attend the revered Denmark Military Academy means living with a target on her back.

Koyczan, Shane. To This Day. YA Graphic FIC Koyczan
Expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people to move beyond the experience

Phillips, Susan. Burn. YA FIC Phillips
Bullied constantly during his freshman year in high school, Cameron's anger and isolation grows, leading to deadly consequences. 

Ryder, Chris.  The Fourth Stall.  YA FIC Rylander; 6-8
Sixth-graders Mac and Vince operate a business charging schoolmates for protection from bullies and for help to negotiate conflicts peacefully, with amazing challenges and results.

Sher, Emil. Young Man with Camera. YA FIC Sher
T lives in a precarious world with very few friends, abused by a trio of bullies he calls Joined at the Hip, and his main refuge is the camera which he uses to capture the unique way he sees the world--but when he photographs the boys attacking a homeless woman the images could lead to even more trouble, especially when the bullies threaten to hurt his only friend, Sean, if he tries to use the pictures against them.

Stella, Leslie. Permanent Record. YA FIC Stella
Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance

Summers, Courtney.  Some Girls Are. YA FIC Summers
Regina, a high school senior in the popular--and feared--crowd, suddenly falls out of favor and becomes the object of the same sort of vicious bullying that she used to inflict on others, until she finds solace with one of her former victims.

For further information on what to do to stop bullying, you can go to the Stop Bullying website.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage Essay Contest

Students are asked to write an original and creative essay that demonstrates an understanding of political courage as described by John F. Kennedy in Profiles in Courage. The maximum word count is 1,000 with a minimum of 700, not including citations and bibliography. Use at least five varied sources such as government documents, letters, newspaper articles, books, and/or personal interviews to address the following topic:

Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a United States elected official that took place during or after 1956. Include an analysis of the obstacles, risks, and consequences associated with the act. The essay may concern an issue at the local, state, national, or international level.

The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; U.S. students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program in any of the fifty states, the District of Columbia, or the U.S. territories; and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas. Past winners and finalists are not eligible to participate. Employees of John Hancock Financial Services and members of their families are not eligible to participate.

The contest deadline is Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
Essays can be no more than 1,000 words but must be a minimum of 700 words. Citations and bibliography are not included in the word count.
Essays must be the original work of the student.

John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy are not eligible subjects for essays.

Essays about past recipients of the Profile in Courage Award  will be disqualified unless they describe an act of political courage other than the act for which the award was given. 

Essays must have a minimum of five sources.

Source Material
Essays with fewer than five listed sources will be disqualified.
All participants must cite sources they used to research their topic throughout their essay. Please use parenthetical citations within the text. We can not accept citations in footnote form.

Essays must include a bibliography. Accepted formats include APA, MLA, or Turabian. You must use a minimum of five selected sources. Please refer to Guidelines for Citations and Bibliographies.

Essay Submission
Students have the choice of either submitting their essay online (preferred) or of mailing their essay. All students must complete and submit a registration form online for student and school information. For instructions on how to submit your essay, see Registration and Submission.
Mailed in essays must be postmarked by January 6, 2016.

Nominating Teachers
All students must list the name of their nominating teacher on the registration form. The role of a nominating teacher is to provide students with support and advice during the writing of their essay. Nominating teachers are also asked to read students' essays to make suggestions for improvement before they are submitted to the essay contest. As part of this review process, the nominating teacher reviews the essay for syntax, grammatical, typographical and spelling errors and ensures the essay meets the contest requirements listed above. The first place winner and his/her nominating teacher, as representatives of their school, will be invited to receive awards at the annual Profile in Courage Award ceremony held each May at the Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
Nominating teachers can be former or current teachers, but must still be teaching at the same high school as the essay participant. Usually students ask their English or History/Social Studies teachers. In very few cases, we will make an exception if a student is unable to ask a teacher from their high school to be their nominating teacher. The parent or legal guardian responsible for the instruction of home schooled students can also serve as a nominating teacher.

The winner receives $10,000 comprised of a $5,000 cash award and $5,000 from John Hancock. The winner and his or her family are invited to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston in May to accept his/her award. Travel and lodging expenses will be paid for the trip to Boston for the winning student and his or her parents.
A second place winner receives a $1,000 cash award.
Up to five finalists each receive a $500 cash award.

All winners receive a hardcover copy of Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy.

For more information, go to the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation website.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing. Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.



Gold Key: The very best works submitted to local programs are awarded Gold Keys. Gold Keys are automatically considered for national-level recognition

Silver Key: Stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability are awarded Silver Keys.

Honorable Mention: Accomplished works submitted to local programs showing great skill and/or potential earn Honorable Mention Awards.

American Visions & Voices Nominees: Five works, from across all categories and grades, are selected from those earning Gold Keys as the “Best of Show” for each local program.


Gold Medal: The most outstanding works in the nation.

Silver Medal: Works demonstrating high honors on the national level.

American Visions & Voices Medal: One work from each local program, from the five American Voices & Visions Nominees, will earn an American Visions & Voices Medal.


Portfolio Gold Medals

Scholarships of $10,000 presented to 16 students earning Gold Medal Portfolios.

Portfolio Silver Medals with Distinction

Scholarships of $1,000 presented to select students earning Silver Medal Portfolios.

The deadline for Region-at-Large is December 16.

Monday, September 14, 2015

National Book Awards Long List

The Long List for Young People's Literature for the National Book Awards was announced today.
The titles on the list are:

Becky Albertalli. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

M.T. Anderson. Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad

Ali Benjamin. The Thing About Jellyfish

Rae Carson. Walk on Earth a Stranger

Gary Paulsen.  This Side of Wild: Mutts, Mares, and Laughing Dinosaurs

Laura Ruby. Bone Gap

Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon.  X: A Novel

Steve Sheinkin. Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Neal Shusterman. Challenger Deep

Noelle  Stevenson.  Nimona

The finalists for all categories will be announced on October 14 and the winners on November 18. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

LGBT Network

The LGBT Network is an association of non-profit organizations working to serve the LGBT community of Long Island and Queens throughout the lifespan: Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, The Long Island LGBT Community Center, Services and Advocacy for LGBT Elders – Long Island, and the Queens LGBT Community Center.

The goal of the Community Education and Training Program at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender  Network  is to create safer, more supportive LGBT-affirming spaces for LGBT people. This goal is accomplished by delivering educational workshops and trainings for a variety of audiences.  The Network has been creating and facilitating LGBT sensitivity workshops and trainings for the greater Long Island community for more than 21 years.

LIGALY has groups such as the Safe School Team that comprises of student activists that evaluate, direct, and implement programs and services to create safer and more supportive schools for LGBT students and their allies. Other services include: support groups, mental health counseling, an anti-violence project, and help line.

There’s a youth group that meets once a week for programs such as arts and crafts, card games, and movie night.

For more information, go to the LGBT Network’s website.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Guinness World Records Challenge

Guinness World Records wants to know what records children would try to set in the next 20 years if they had the chance. The “Records of the Future Challenge” is open to 7- to 12-year-olds and runs through December 1.
For the contest, participants can enter an original poem, song, video, rap, poster or short essay. Entries must be a maximum of 100 words. Submissions can be made online. The grand prize winner receives $750, a 2016 Guinness World Records book, and a mention in the 2017 edition. The winner also gets to nominate a teacher to win $250 for classroom supplies. Ten semifinalists will each receive the 2016 book.

Friday, August 28, 2015

YouTube Gaming

YouTube Gaming, an app and website that aggregates more than 25,000 gaming channels to help gamers find videos from some of the platform's most popular creators like TwoSync and PewDiePie just recently launched. 

Gamers go to YouTube to look for a specific type of content on channels like HikePlay, Squadrom or  Drift0r, so the app-site combo helps filter out whatever's not related to gaming