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REMA Meeting Notes by HC120520101428


									                                 REMA Meeting
                              Thursday April 14, 2005
                                  5:00-6:30 PM
                     Faculty Lounge, 3rd Floor, SCILS Building

Meeting begun by Deb Goetjen, outgoing REMA co-president

Upcoming meetings:
   May 5th - Connie Paul

Deb Goetjen - Certification Update
    To date REMA has had no response from Peggy Smith, regarding letter on
      certification concerns.
    Amy Nagel (SCILS alum) – applied for provisional teacher certification.
          o Peggy Smith told her that a letter submitted with her application
              paperwork, should include a statement of her status as a provisional school
          o Sample letter satisfying these requirements will be posted to the REMA
          o JoAnn Chmielowicz – Carol Kuhlthau said the additional education
              courses required should be finalized by July. Rutgers SCILS courses will
              be updated to fit the certification requirements laid down by the state.
          o At this time, it is best to wait on teaching courses until state decides on
              exact group needed for certification.
    Melanie Smith
          o Since the last REMA meeting, Carol Kuhlthau, Ross Todd, Mary Lewis
              (outgoing president of EMAnj) and La Dawna Harrington (incoming
              president of EMAnj) are working on certification status issues.
    Colloquim Credit is possible for REMA meeting attendance

Guest Speaker - Ruth Toor presents The Power of Story
   School Library Media Specialist (29 years) at Southern Boulevard School in
      Chatham, NJ
   Taught at Rutgers and Montclair Universities
   Taught a graduate course in Alaska
   Member of the Caldecott award committee
   Co-founder of the School Librarian’s Workshop
   Based on contents of graduate seminar taught in Alaska
         o Ruth began by asking those in attendance to discuss the books they had
            brought. Below is a list (title and author) of the sources discussed.
                  Max by Bob Graham
                  Henry Reed Inc by Keith Robinson
                  Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett; illustrated by
                    Ron Barrett
                  The Butterfly by Patrica Polacco
          Fly High, Fly Low by Don Freeman
          Ski Pup by Don Freeman
          Bridges are to Cross by Philemon Sturges
          Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
          Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
          Everything I know about Pirates by Tom Lichtenheld
          How I became a Pirate by Melinda Long
          No David by David Shannon
          David goes to School by David Shannon
          Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
          One more River to Cross by Walter Dean Myers
          Honey I Love by Eloise Greenfield
          Hey, Little Ant by Philip and Hannah Hoose
          The Wee Free Man by Terry Pratchett
          The Prince of the Pond: Otherwise Known as De Fawg Pin by
           Donna Jo Napoli
          Office Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
          Morris’s Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells
          Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
          My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells
          The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola
          The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco
          Tomas and the Library Lady by Pat Mora
          Sabriel by Garth Nix
          Go and Comeback by Joan Abelove
          Gooney Bird and the Room Mother by Lois Lowry
          Love that Dog by Sharon Creech
          Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
          Dear Napoleon, I know your dead, but… by Elvira Woodruff

o Ruth has co-written two books.
       Raising Readers: Appealing Approaches & Successful Strategies
         by Ruth Toor & Hilda K. Weisburg. Library Learning Resources,
         Inc. $23.00 -- 25% student discount (includes postage & mailing)
       Learning, Linking & Critical Thinking: Information Strategies
         for the K-12 Library Media Curriculum by Hilda K. Weisburg &
         Ruth Toor. Library Learning Resources, Inc. $31.50 -- 25%
         student discount (includes postage & mailing) $24.00
o If anyone is interested in subscribing to the School Librarian's Workshop,
  the $46 annual subscription has a 20% student discount and is $37.00
       Go to and click on About
         Us on the left-hand side and then on eleven books within that
        For further information, contact Library Learning Resources, Inc.,
         P. O. Box 87, Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922; 973 635 1833 - phone;
         973 635 2614 - fax.
o Ruth’s suggestions on getting students reading.
      Book Contest
              Kids pick their favorite books
              Vote for their favorites
              Activity should be structured around Caldecott and
                 Newberry award announcement time
              Oldest class in the school would be responsible for
                 producing book medals in art class
              Activity gets kids involved in reading and talking about
      Battle of the Books
              Third – Eighth grade
              College bowl styled activity
                     o Students have 15 books to read
                     o Teachers, parents, and the students make up
                         questions about the books read
              All types of books used
              Different reading levels included
              Great parental involvement
                     o Parents helped slower readers by reading with them
                     o All students contribute
              Library purchases about 10 copies of each book
              Gives kids a chance to find new authors and new genres
              Questions are designed to be answered with the book’s
                 author and title
                     o Students decide which book fits the question asked
                     o Activity helps students compare and contrast what
                         they have read
              Sample question – In what book does the main character
                 throw up in class? (Ramona by Beverly Cleary)
              Always include page number with the question for
              Battles are conducted within a class or sometimes with one
                 class against another class
                     o Missed questions are thrown out to the audience
      Create book displays for assemblies, other themes
              Gets the library involved in school-wide affairs
      Create Theme-based units
              Think and Say by Patricia Pallaco
                     o Great picture book for beginning a Civil War unit in
                         high school
                     o Literature is often better than a text book
                Author’s Day
                     Expensive, but educational ($1500-3000)
                     April author visit,
                            o School-wide preparation begins in September
                            o Kids and teachers read the books
                     Students produce a list of questions to ask the author
                     Takes lots of preparation
                     An author will recommend other authors if it is a good
                     Authors will sign and sell books (40% off cover price)
                            o School ordered books ahead of time
                     Combine with other area schools to get a discounted fee
              Reading Activities
                     For every book the kids read, get a sticker (or cutout) to
                        add to the wall
              Literature for Different Occasions
                     Wilma Unlimited by Katherine Krull
                     The Gardner by Sarah Stewart and David Small
                     Mammalabilia by Douglas Florin
                     A Kick in the Head by Paul Janesco
                     Science Verse by John Chesco
                     Alia’s Mission by Mark Alan Stamaty
                     Uncle Andy by James Warhola
                     Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
                     Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner
                     Who ordered the Jumbo Shrimp and other Oxymorons? By
                        John Agee
                     Wintering Well by Lea Wait
      o High School Disabled students reading choices
              Dear Napoleon might be suitable
              The Teachers Funeral: A Comedy in Three Parts by Richard Peck
   How do you keep up to date on the latest in children’s literature?
      o Booklist and School Library Journal

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