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Showing posts from September, 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 …

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.

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 …

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.