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From: "PUBYAC: PUBlic librarians serving Young Adults and Children" <pubyac@prairienet.org>
To: "PUBYAC: PUBlic librarians serving Young Adults and Children" <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 9:03 AM
Subject: PUBYAC digest 642

    PUBYAC Digest 642

Topics covered in this issue include:

  1) circulation stats
by Christine Hill <chill@willingboro.org>
  2) Bad Cat Stumper Solved!!
by "Chris Mallo" <chrism@GRRL02.GRRL.LIB.MN.US>
  3) Public Performance Video Licensing (Long Summary)
by Jean Hewlett <nbclsref@sonic.net>
  4) winter novels compilation (sorta long)
by "Mary D'Eliso" <mdeliso@monroe.lib.in.us>
  5) RE: PUBYAC digest 640
by Tia Jah Wynne <TWynne@imcpl.lib.in.us>
  6) Re: Berenstain Bear question
by kay bowes <kbowes@tipcat.dtcc.edu>
  7) RE: volunteers in Childrens
by Jeanne O'Grady <OGRADYJ@santacruzpl.org>
  8) circulation stats
by Christine Hill <chill@willingboro.org>
  9) DVD cases and display
by Adelaide Rowe <Adelaide.Rowe@egvpl.org>
 10) something missing in Lapsit program
by Connie Ward <mariewardd@yahoo.com>
 11) stumper
by Nancy Bonne <bonne@noblenet.org>
 12) Counseling program affiliated with teen library centers
by "Ziman, Holly" <HZiman@ci.burbank.ca.us>
 13) CD ROM Towers vs. hard drive
by "Gruninger, Laura" <lgruning@MCL.org>
 14) STUMPER--quilt story
by Jeri Kladder <jkladder@gcfn.org>
 15) Popular series
by "Joanna Andrew" <andrew.joanna@stirling.wa.gov.au>
 16) RE: Berenstain Bear question
by "Rebecca Cohen" <storyweaver@newportlibrary.org>
 17) YA Board
by "Linda Rutz" <rutzli@oplin.lib.oh.us>
 18) Mother Goose advice appreciated!
by "Lisa Mulak" <lmulak@nssc.library.ns.ca>
 19) stumper: going to bed earlier
by Sue Ridnour <SRidnour@flower-mound.com>
 20) Re: Berenstain Bear question
by Loralee Armstrong <larmstrong@tpl.lib.wa.us>
 21) Re: Mardi Gras party...
by "Brenda Evans Childrens Librarian" <chroom@seidata.com>

From: Christine Hill <chill@willingboro.org>
To: pubyac@prairienet.org
Subject: circulation stats
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Date: Fri,  4 Jan 2002 10:00:44 CST

Correction to previous post-
There WERE Newbery and Caldecott winners in the top 500--Holes
at number 204 and Where the Wild Things Are at number 208.
Christine M. Hill

From: "Chris Mallo" <chrism@GRRL02.GRRL.LIB.MN.US>
To: <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Subject: Bad Cat Stumper Solved!!
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Date: Fri,  4 Jan 2002 10:00:51 CST

Thank You, Thank you, Thank you!!!

The picture book from the 70's about the bad cat
who wouldn't listen to his parents was "No Kiss
For Mother" by Tomi Ungerer.  It had the bathroom
scene in it, just as she remembered it!  Thanks
for all your help!

Chris Mallo
Great River Regional Library
405 St. Germain
St. Cloud, MN 56401
(320) 650-2500

From: Jean Hewlett <nbclsref@sonic.net>
To: videolib@library.berkeley.edu, pubyac@prairienet.org,
Subject: Public Performance Video Licensing (Long Summary)
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This message is being cross posted to videolib, pubyac and publib. I
apologize for any duplication and for its length. I am responding to
several requests that I summarize responses for the list.

In December, I posted a message asking for information about people's
experiences with MPLC (Motion Picture Licensing Corporation.) MPLC
offers an umbrella license for public video performances that are not
covered by educational use guidelines. The licenses are available to
nonprofit groups such as libraries, schools, day care centers, and
clubs. Below is a summary of the responses I received.

It appears that there are two major organizations that do this. One is
MPLC and the other is Movie Licensing USA (a division of SWANK Motion
Information about both is available on their websites
http://www.mplc.com/main.htm and http://www.movlic.com.

All of the messages I received emphasized that both of these are
legitimate, reputable businesses. Both of them set the cost according to
your library's number of branches and patron base. Several sources
mentioned that Movie Licensing USA may be a better choice the MPLC,
because they have more movies by major studios. Some persons recommended
phoning the companies and requesting current catalogs, because the
information on the web is a bit outdated.

Apparently both companies place restrictions on how you can advertise
their movies. My understanding is that you may advertise them only
in-house, not in outside publications. In other words, you can take out
an ad in your local newspaper saying that the library will present a
Thursday film series and the film on January 31 will be about about
China, but this ad may not say you are showing Crouching Tiger. You can
give specifics about the movies and when each will be shown on library
posters, in flyers that are avaiable in your library, in your Friends
newsletter, etc.

Below are some quotes from the messages I received and related postings.
Many thanks to everybody who responded--this was a tremendous help!

Jean Hewlett
North Bay Cooperative Reference System, Santa Rosa CA

I have worked with an MPLC licensing agreement at two libraries
and have had great experiences with the programming it allows. 
We have done book/movie discussion groups, "premiere parties"
for new releases (like "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon") and lots of
supporting activities for kids and YA programs.  It's also fun just to
show movies in the afternoon in the summer, sometimes -- gives
families a cool place to park for no money.  Well worth the cash
outlay for the licensing agreement!

You can get a studio listing by calling MPLC.  I am in the process of
purchasing an umbrella license for our library, but have chosen a
competitor of MPLC called Movie Licensing USA.  Movie Licensing is a
newer company and offers licensing for most of the major motion picture
studios, of which MPLC has only a few.  The URL for Movie Licensing USA
is www.movlic.com.  You'll need to ask for a list of studios because the
ones on the website are not comprehensive (that is, they list the major
ones but not their subsidiaries on the site).  I think Movie Licensing
is a little more expensive, but they cover more studios.  They, too,
base their cost on registered patrons.

Our county library has a license and has no complaints about it.

The Wisconsin DPI has a FAQ page on Performance Rights for Copyrighted
Videorecordings which includes a number of questions to ask before
signing that type of license.  It is at

I think SWANK films has a better deal because they deal with more
than MPLC.  Price came out to be the same for me, though.  For a public
library they base it on size of population and # of card holders. It's a
new branch of SWANK that they just started.

I have used MPLC licensing when I was the audiovisual librarian for
Co Public Library, a suburb of Atlanta Ga...I felt it was well worth
the money especially for children's programming. I do remember that
films were included in the license. I believe we paid for a license for
each site where the films would be shown and it may have been $200 per
site. The license has to be renewed each year and studios do get removed
from it. The one time I was disappointed in the license was when I was
setting up a film program of Josephine Baker's films. Kino handles a lot
of older and/or foreign films and they do not participate in the MPLC
program. If you have an extensive video/dvd collection and you use them
in children or adult programming frequently, it's a good program to
belong to.

The name of Swank's new branch is: Movie Licensing USA 201 S. Jefferson
Ave. St. Louis, MO   63103-2579  Toll-free number: 1-877-321-1300 or
e-mail at mail@movlic.com.
The price they quoted me was about $900.00 per year.  Currently in the
film consortium I'm in where we share the cost of 16mm films it's
costing me about $2000 per year to show 1 film per month (2 showings on
1 day). What with my 16mm projector breaking down all the time and the
lousy setup I have, I've been showing cassettes with no one complaining
yet of quality. When I was researching this I found MPLC to be very
limited compared with Movie Licensing.

We have been paying for this license [MPLC] for several years.  It
covers a lot of different video companies (though not, unfortunately,
Disney), and basically is a CYA for showing videos in the library.  It
is based on population served and number of branches in the system.
There is a
decal that you get for each branch to put on the door and it's all very
official looking.  We've never had a challenge to us showing any videos
in the library, but we're small and poor, and the license is much
cheaper than a lawyer and a lawsuit in case the copyright police come

I got no response from them [MPLC] via email--use the 1-800# instead.

We are trying this contract this coming year.  They will provide you
with a list of distributors that are allowed and a list of 16,000+ films
that are covered.  Although many may not be represented, we feel we can
get enough coverage that it will be worth it.

We normally rent films from SWANK and would channel that money into the
cost of the licensing fee and show films from our collection.  The only
thing you can't do is publicize the titles in the press releases.  We do
enough in-house and Friends newsletters advertising that we're not
concerned about that restriction.

Yes it does seem ridiculous doesn't it, but the law concerning
copyright approaches the ridiculous sometimes.  According to MPLC, you
advertise in-house by title (this includes house organs - newsletters,
etc.but not in general public media (newspapers, television, radio - I
wonder if a web page is public?  - probably.)  However, you can
advertise a film program at the library with specific dates and themes,
but just not mention the titles.  It is this type of contractual
thinking that is weird - the MPAA just doesn't want movie theatres to
lose business - like they would compete with public libraries?.

This is actually the infamous "Disney " rule. And these guys aren't
kidding. Back when I was at Films Inc they went ballistic when some
place in the middle of nowhere listed the Disney animated film they were
showing in a flyer... None of the other studios care.

That is why you should deal with a nice companies like Kino, Milestone,
New Yorker etc....In fairness to both Modern Sound & MPLC they are
apparently acting under orders from the studios they contract from...

And that...is THE advantage of dealing with the smaller distributors who
actually like our customers and want people coming to our films. As I
remember my contracts with Swank and Films Inc from several decades ago,
on-site publicity is allowed, but no outside ads or flyers were

The publicity prohibition goes back to the days before video and when
films could run in theaters for a year. ... the clause remains
because the studios and the big distributors (Swank primarily) either
don't want to think OR change things because they fear making a mistake.
In fact, Swank enforces this no-ad rule fairly strictly, which is just
bizarre to me.

From: "Mary D'Eliso" <mdeliso@monroe.lib.in.us>
To: pubyac <PUBYAC@prairienet.org>
Subject: winter novels compilation (sorta long)
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Thanks to all who responded to my question about favorite "wintery"
novels.  The book display looks great, and I learned of so many new titles
from you all that are now on my own "to-read" list.
Special thanks to : Kelly Kowalchuk, Jerry Henry, Melody Allen, Beverly
Bixler, Irene Scherer, Pat Vasilik, Kristin Arnett, & Paula Schaffner.

Happy new year and enjoy!
Aiken, H.  The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Bellairs, J.  The Dark Secret of Weatherend
Benoit, Margaret.  Who Killed Olive Souffle?
Bird, E. J.  The Blizzard of 1896
Bledsoe, L. J.  Tracks in the Snow
Brink, C. R.   Winter Cottage
Brooks, W. R.  Freddy Goes to Florida
Catherall, A.   Prisoners in the Snow.
Caudill, R.  Schoolroom in the Parlor
Christiansen, C. B. A Snowman on Sycamore Street
Christopher, M.  Desperate Search
Clifford, E.  Help!  I'm a Prisoner in the Library
Cooper, S.  The Dark Is Rising
Cunningham, J.  Macaroon
Dodge, M. M.  Hans Brinker, or, the Silver Skates
Ehrlich, G.  A Blizzard Year
Eisenberg, L.  Lexie on Her Own
Erickson, John.  Hank the Cowdog : Lost in the Blinded Blizzard
Farmer, P.  Emily in Winter
Fleischman, Paul. Lost! : a Story in String
Fleischman, S.  The Half-a-Moon Inn
Garden, N.   Fours Crossing
Gardiner, J.   Stone Fox
George, J. C.   Julie of the Wolves
Gregory, K.  The Winter of Red Snow
Hanel, W.   The Other Side of the Bridge
Haywood, C.  Snowbound with Betsy
Helprin, M.  City in Winter
Helprin, M.  The Veil of Snows
Hill, K.  Winter Camp
Horwood, W.  Willows in Winter
Houston, J.  Drifting Snow (& others)
Hurwitz, J.  The Cold and Hot Winter
Hurlimann, B. & P. Nussbaum.  Barry : the Story of a Brave St. Bernard
Jacques, Brian.  A Redwall Winter's Tale
Jansson, T.  Moominland Midwinter
Judson, W.  Cold River
Kehret, P.  The Blizzard Disaster
Kjelgaard, J.  The Snow Dog
Lawlor, L.  Addie's Dakota Winter
Lawson, R.  The Tough Winter
Lewis, C. S. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Lindgren, A.  The Runaway Sleigh Ride
McInerney, J. W.  Judge Benjamin, the Superdog Surprise
McSwigan, M.  Snow Treasure
Mazer, H.  Snow Bound
Mowat, F.  Lost in the Barrens
Naylor, P. R.  A Traitor Among the Boys
Paulsen, G.  Brian's Winter
Paulsen, G.  The Winter Room
Peterson, J. L.  The Littles to the Rescue
Pierce, M.  Treasure at the Heart of the Tanglewood
Pinkwater, D.   Blue Moose
Porter, C. R.    Changes for Addy
Ransome, A.  Winter Holiday
Roth, A.  The Iceberg Hermit
Rylant, C.    Special Gifts
Shaw, J.  Changes for Kirsten
Shaw, J.  Kirsten snowbound!
Stevens, C.  Anna, Grandpa, and the Big Storm
Tripp, V.  Changes for Felicity
Tripp, V.  Changes for Josefina
Tripp, V.  Changes for Kit
Tripp, V.  Changes for Samantha
Updike, D.   A Winter Journey
Valgardson, W. D. Winter Rescue
Warner, G. C.   The Mystery in the Snow
Warner, G. C.  The Mystery on the Ice
Wetterer, Margaret K.  The Snow Walker
Whelan, G.  Rich and Famous in Starvation Lake
Wilder, L. I.  The Long Winter

Mary D'Eliso, Children's Librarian Monroe County Public Library
mdeliso@monroe.lib.in.us Bloomington, Indiana

From: Tia Jah Wynne <TWynne@imcpl.lib.in.us>
To: "'pubyac@prairienet.org'" <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Subject: RE: PUBYAC digest 640
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These books are perfect for those first and second graders who read at
higher reading levels; short chapters, familiar characters, age appropriate
situations.  They are about as popular as the Crosby Kids series--both of
which are checked out in equal parts by children and adults.

Tia Jah C. Wynne, MLS
Manager and Juvenile Librarian
Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library
Fountain Square Branch
1066 Virginia Avenue
Indianapolis, IN  46203


From: "Bryce, Richard" <bryce@palsplus.org>
To: "'pubyac@prairienet.org'" <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Subject: Berenstain Bear question
Date: Wed,  2 Jan 2002 23:58:25 CST

Hello, all!  Happy New Year.  I was just wondering if you had any of the
Berenstain Bear big chapter books/Berenstain Bear Scouts in your collection
& how well they circ.

The B.B. picture books for the younger readers move fairly well- although
not with the same intensity as Clifford or Arthur.  The chapter books,
though, are all about 100 pages or more making it a high end 3rd grade or
4th grade+ reading level.  The back of the Scout books have them listed as a
RL2 & the Big Chapters are 5.7.  They are both shelved in the regular
fiction section.

I would think that once the kids get to 3rd or 4th grade the BB characters
would be thought of as too young for them, but each book manages to go out
about 6 times a year.  Who in your library checks these books out?  Is it
the kids or the parents?  How old are the kids who do check them out?  Do
you have kids who read the whole series as they come in, or just read one
and that's it?

From: kay bowes <kbowes@tipcat.dtcc.edu>
To: "'pubyac@prairienet.org'" <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Subject: Re: Berenstain Bear question
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Date: Fri,  4 Jan 2002 10:01:16 CST

We have a spinner rack full of beginning chapter books and that's where
the Berenstain chapter books are.  They go out to 2nd-3rd graders.  I know
of at least one kid who read them all, even getting what we didn't have
from other county libraries.  They seem to circulate well from there.  No
one has complained or commented on the reading level.  I hope this helps.
Kay Bowes
Concord Pike Library
Wilmington, DE

On Wed, 2 Jan 2002, Bryce, Richard wrote:

> Hello, all!  Happy New Year.  I was just wondering if you had any of the
> Berenstain Bear big chapter books/Berenstain Bear Scouts in your
> & how well they circ.
> The B.B. picture books for the younger readers move fairly well- although
> not with the same intensity as Clifford or Arthur.  The chapter books,
> though, are all about 100 pages or more making it a high end 3rd grade or
> 4th grade+ reading level.  The back of the Scout books have them listed as
> RL2 & the Big Chapters are 5.7.  They are both shelved in the regular
> fiction section.
> I would think that once the kids get to 3rd or 4th grade the BB characters
> would be thought of as too young for them, but each book manages to go out
> about 6 times a year.  Who in your library checks these books out?  Is it
> the kids or the parents?  How old are the kids who do check them out?  Do
> you have kids who read the whole series as they come in, or just read one
> and that's it?
> I'm curious & look forward to finding out.  Have a great week.  Take care
> be well.
> Richard :O)

From: Jeanne O'Grady <OGRADYJ@santacruzpl.org>
To: "'pubyac@prairienet.org'" <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Subject: RE: volunteers in Childrens
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WE do not use volunteers at public desks in any part of the library.  Our
volunteers in the children's area do read shelves and shelve books, but
their preferred activities are helping to prepare crafts for programs.

Jeanne Kelly O'Grady
Youth Services Outreach Librarian
Santa Cruz Public Libraries

-----Original Message-----
From: Dennielle@aol.com [mailto:Dennielle@aol.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2002 10:03 PM
To: pubyac@prairienet.org
Subject: volunteers in Childrens

Once again I come to you asking for your help to think outside the box.  How
do you use volunteers in the children's area?

Administration won't put a desk in the children's area but they believe it
needs to be monitored.  Their answer is to put volunteers in.  What kind of
things/projects do you use to attract volunteers to your library?

Danielle Day
Kansas City Public Library

From: Christine Hill <chill@willingboro.org>
To: pubyac@prairienet.org
Subject: circulation stats
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Date: Fri,  4 Jan 2002 10:01:28 CST

We recently ran a list of the 500 juvenile books with the
highest circulation since we started our current automated
system four years ago. The results were so interesting that I'd
like to share them.
Number one was Where's Waldo.
Of the top twelve, seven were by Marc Brown. The remaining four
were by Dr. Seuss and P.D. Eastman. Number thirteen was a
surprise- No More Water in the Tub by Tedd Arnold. He also had
number nineteen with No Jumping on the Bed. I knew his books
went out, but not like that.
You have to go down to number twenty for anything that's not an
easy reader or picture book- Harry Potter and the Sorceror's
Of the top 100 only eleven were not easy readers or picture
The highest ranked non-fiction book was, at number 50, a
biography of Allen Iverson (we are in Sixers territory.) The
other three non-fiction books in the top 100 were all about
Other fiction books in the top 100 were two Bailey Street Kids
books, one Goosebumps book, one Animorphs books, one Junie B.
Jones book and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
There was not a single Newbery or Caldecott winner in the top
500. The highest honor book was There Was an Old Lady Who
Swallowed a Fly at number 109.
Christine M. Hill
Willingboro Public Library
One Salem Road
Willingboro NJ 08046
Coming in February! Ten Hispanic American Authors, Enslow, 2002

From: Adelaide Rowe <Adelaide.Rowe@egvpl.org>
To: "'PUBYAC: PUBlic librarians serving Young Adults & Children '"
Subject: DVD cases and display
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Date: Fri,  4 Jan 2002 10:01:35 CST

First off my apologies for asking this if it has been discussed recently. I
have been unable to view the list as frequently as I should. We have these
ill-fitting, ill-suited DVD cases that are called Ft Knox safer cases made
by Checkpoint. They are top-heavy, and wide and to my knowledge unusable in
face-front display units. If anyone uses these in a face-front unit, please
let me know what kind. We have the Lift system for our CDs and
audiocassettes which works great. If our cases fit the DVDs better then they
would work on the Lift system as well.  Thanks and Happy New Year.
It is always such a pleasure to involve administration, circulation,
technical services, adult services and youth services in a new joint venture
which perhaps involves nixing $4000 worth of cases previously purchased. In
addition, if anyone uses them and likes them, we might be able to cut you a
deal lol.

Adelaide Rowe
Elk Grove Village Public Library
EGV, IL 60007

From: Connie Ward <mariewardd@yahoo.com>
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Subject: something missing in Lapsit program
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for those working with babies ages 0-24months:

Our lapsit program began in October.  Once a month, 6x a year.

This is how we describe it:  "It will be a lovely, noisy time.  The
babies will listen to very short stories, play little games, and listen
to all of us sing nursery rhymes to them.  Afterwards, the adults can
visit and enjoy snacks while the little ones play together."

Gisela (the lady who does the program) can feel that something is
missing but can't figure out what.  She had done it 3x now and knows
that it needs something that will have the patrons thinking, "This is
great.  We will come back next month."

The babies do hand motions and sing songs, but Gisela thinks that maybe
the babies making music somehow is what she needs.  She has gone to
websites of other libraries to see what their programs are like, but
they all seem to be like what she already has.

Any ideas about what is missing?

Connie Ward
Syracuse Public Library
Syracuse, Ind.

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From: Nancy Bonne <bonne@noblenet.org>
To: PUBYAC@prairienet.org
Subject: stumper
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Please, does anyone know the name of the book, and the author?  Two
brothers live with their divorced mother in Washington, DC.  Their father
has moved a few towns away.  When they hear that their  father is living on
the roof of his new house, and won't come down, the boys decide to go and
help him.  The best part of the story is that they can make their way
through a number of towns, without leaving a wilderness belt that runs
between the two towns.  Rock Creek Park? They eat out of McDonald's
dumpsters, and accidentally find themselves on an army base where they're
shooting live ammo.   I want this for myself, not a patron, because I'm
compiling a list of books by the state they're set in, and nightwalkers was
the only DC book I have, so far.    thanks, all of you...nancy
Nancy Bonne
Children's Librarian
Beverly Public Library

From: "Ziman, Holly" <HZiman@ci.burbank.ca.us>
To: "'pubyac@prairienet.org'" <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Subject: Counseling program affiliated with teen library centers
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Message: This question may be unusual.  When our new library is built, we
are considering what should be in our new teen center.  We have heard from
teen in our community of a need for counseling.  Do you know of any public
libraries that have offered counseling or therapy space ato school or family
service agencies after school, as well as the typical homework help support
and teen center models?  Looking at the literature, there doesn't seem to be
much except a few articles on bibliotherapy...
Thanks....We know this is getting pretty far away from the traditional
public library service model..........Holly Ziman, Burbank Public Library

From: "Gruninger, Laura" <lgruning@MCL.org>
To: "'pubyac@prairienet.org'" <pubyac@prairienet.org>
Subject: CD ROM Towers vs. hard drive
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We currently hand out children's CD-ROMS to patrons one at a time to
load manually.
For those of you who use a tower, how many can you load onto a hard
drive? Does this work efficiently?
I remember once reading about software you could buy to install the
discs on the drive. We thought perhaps we
could load some onto the drive, and the remainder onto the tower. We
have yet to purchase a tower, and want
to make sure this will work for us before we do so.

Do you rotate which games you have loaded? Do the kids complain if their
favorites are removed? We've had the
same core group of 10 games for a while.

I'll summarize.
Laura Gruninger, Youth Services
Mercer County Library System,
Lawrence HQ, Lawrenceville, NJ

From: Jeri Kladder <jkladder@gcfn.org>
To: PUBYAC <PUBYAC@prairienet.org>
Subject: STUMPER--quilt story
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Hi all,
I know this one, just can't seem to pull it up out of my senior
data bank.
   A picture book from about 15 years ago about two elderly sisters
in a bed facing each other and reminiscing about their childhood.  They
embroider a quilt with the memories and each sister has a slightly
different perspective of the same incident.
I've checked quilt stories and sisters in A to Zoo, our own
fabulously complete picture book subject index (also available to you all
on line at cml.lib.oh.us) and keyword searches six ways from Sunday in our
own on-line catalog.
HELP!!  Thanx, jeri

Jeri Kladder, Children's Librarian & Storyteller
Columbus Metropolitan Library
Columbus, Ohio 

From: "Joanna Andrew" <andrew.joanna@stirling.wa.gov.au>
To: "PUBlic librarians serving Young Adults & Children"
Subject: Popular series
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Just thought I'd mention that the Deltora Quest series mentioned in one =
of the compiled messages about popular series is Australian fantasy =
series, very popular here, by Emily Rodda. Suitable for mid to upper =
primary students.=20
(Perth, Western Australia)
Joanna Andrew
Young People's Specialist Librarian
City of Stirling, Civic Place, Stirling, 6021
ph: 9345 8816
fax: 9345 8658

From: "Rebecca Cohen" <storyweaver@newportlibrary.org>
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Subject: RE: Berenstain Bear question
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Hi Bryce,

You wrote:
<I was just wondering if you had any of the Berenstain Bear big chapter
books/Berenstain Bear Scouts in your collection & how well they circ?>

I did buy 6 of the Berenstain chapter books and they have proven to be
staunch shelf-sitters.  Needless to say, I will stick with the picture book
versions.  I never seem to enough of them.

Rebecca Cohen
Newport Public Library
Newport, Oregon

From: "Linda Rutz" <rutzli@oplin.lib.oh.us>
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My library would like to organize a YA Board and I'm interested in both your
failures and successes in getting such a group organized.  At this point our
primary focus will be on kids in grades 6-9. I'm seeking information
regarding your "application form", advertising/promotional material,
structure (or lack thereof), rewards/benefits/incentives for the board
members, board responsibilities, etc.  Please email me directly and I will
be happy to share my findings with other interested YA librarians.


Linda Rutz
Youth Services Librarian
Way Public Library
Perrysburg, OH

From: "Lisa Mulak" <lmulak@nssc.library.ns.ca>
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Subject: Mother Goose advice appreciated!
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Thank you so much to everyone who reponded to my question of starting a
Mother Goose program.  Everyone who reponded had such enthusiasm- the
consensus was to have two programs (one for infants, and another for
toddlers).  Thanks again!
All the best in 2002!
Lisa Mulak-MacPhee
Children's Librarian
McConnell Library, CBRL
Nova Scotia, Canada

From: Sue Ridnour <SRidnour@flower-mound.com>
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Subject: stumper: going to bed earlier
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Does this ring a bell with anyone out there: a girl named Genevieve (sp?)
whose doctor (for whatever reason) told her to go to bed an hour earlier
every night...so she did.  She went to
bed at 7 the first night, at 6 the next night, at 5 the next night, etc.,
until soon she was in bed all day and up all night.  While she was up all
night, she may have made friends with the mice.

Customer is in her 40s and remembers this from childhood, so it couldn't
have been published later than the 60s. 

Please reply to me.

Sue Ridnour
Children's Services Manager
Flower Mound (TX) Public Library

From: Loralee Armstrong <larmstrong@tpl.lib.wa.us>
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I have both sets in my library cataloged as JF.  They go out about
the same as yours five or six times a year.  (Our loan period is for
28 days)  It's almost always the children who pick them out and read
them.  The scout books don't get quite as much circ as the regular
Berenstain bears.

Loralee Armstrong
Tacoma Public Library

"Meddle not with dragons for thou art crunchy and taste good with

From: "Brenda Evans Childrens Librarian" <chroom@seidata.com>
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Hope this helps. I found it in my pubyac archives. Brenda Evans.
Madison-Jefferson County Public Library, 420 West Main Street, Madison,
Indiana 47250
Kerry Reed
Winnetka-Northfield Public Library, Il

> In 1990, when I worked for the Queens Borough Public Library, Queens, New
> York, I had a Mardi Gras program.  I did a brief presentation about the
> history of Mardi Gras, how Mardi Gras/Carnaval is celebrated throughout
> world (New Orleans, Latin American countries, Australia, West Indian
> countries), and then we made masks and crowns while listening to a tape of
> Mardi Gras music.  I believe I ordered a King Cake from a New Orleans
> bakery.
> I used generic patterns from craft books in our collection for the masks
> crowns.  I do not remember from which bakery I ordered the cake, but I
> seen recipes for King Cakes in several cookbooks.
> One big aspect of Mardi Gras are the parades.  You could have the children
> come in costume and they could parade through the library throwing beads,
> doubloons, candy or other trinkets to the crowd of observers.
> I have done a Mardi Gras party. We read cajun stories, and alligator
> stories. We made masks with sequins and feathers. I also had a piņata (as
> far as I'm concerned, any party is a good time for a piņata). After the
> piņata, I got on a table and threw necklaces out to the crowd. I found
> at a party supply store, quite cheap. Oh yeah, have plenty of Zydeco music
> on hand to play during piņata time.  It was fun, I did this for preschool
> storytime.

> I have not done a Mardi Gras program, but I have done an Unbirthday Party
> and other programs that have used related crafts.  These have included:
> Paper Plate Noisemakers--place a spoonful of popcorn kernels in a
> plastic sandwich bag.  Seal and tape a tongue depressor to the bottom.
> the bag on the back of a paper plate with the tongue depressor extending
> the plate.  Fold the plate in half with the kernels inside and the
> sticking out, staple the edges closed, and decorate.  Volunteers did all
> steps up to the decorating, just to make it easier.  For decorating, use
> markers, stickers, crepe paper, ribbon, etc.
> Celebration Streamers--cut crepe paper into 2-3" width by 12" length.
> to end of a toilet paper tube with glue or staples.  Decorate the tube.
> Masks--draw a mask shape (to cover eyes only) that is about 6" wide on
> cardboard and cut out.  Color and decorate with markers, glitter, ribbon,
> feathers, fabric scraps, etc.  Either punch holes in sides of mask and
> yarn through, or tape a straw to the mask and hold in front of eyes.
> A suggestion--if you are serving food, station a volunteer or staff member
> by the food table both to help avoid spills and to monitor how much the
> attendees take!

> Last year we did an hour-long Mardi Gras program for our monthly
> StoryCraft program for kids in grades 1-3.  We played zydeco music and
> told the kids about the background of Mardi Gras The article "Carnival
> Time!" in Childcraft is excellent, and also explains why the holiday is
> also called Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tusday, or Pancake Day.
> Then we had the kids line up in 2 rows for the pancake race.  Instead of
> doing it the traditional why (as explained in the article), we gave each
> child a shoebox lid to represent a frying pan.  We gave the first person
> in each row a large flannel circle, which was the pancake.  The kids had
> to pass the pancake from one frying pan to the next all the way down the
> line and then back up again.  They had a lot of fun with this!
> Next we told the story Harlequin and the Gift of Many Colors bt Remy
> Charlipand Burton Supree, which tells why the herlwquin is a traditional
> Mardi Gras figure.
> Next, we put on some music and danced the conga around the room.
> We ended with a craft - making Mardi Gras masks.
> This was one of the most fun programs we have done!
> (Sales plug: for this and more great program ideas, get our upcoming
> book, StoryCraft, to be published hopefully in fall of 2000 by McFarland
> & Company.)

> Program Title: Mardi Gras Madness!
> Ages 6-12
> Duration: 1 hour
> Description:  Celebrate this exciting Holiday with stories,
> crafts, and King Cake! Bring a shoebox and we'll build a float.
> Use MARDI GRAS! by Suzanne Coil as an introduction to the
> holiday. The book is too long to read aloud in its entirety,
> but you can tell the story as you show the pictures.
> of you would like a story to read.
> After hearing about the holiday, children can build a Mardi
> Gras float using the shoeboxes and other trinkets. You may
> want to parade around the library with the floats, or use
> them as a display in the children's area.
> Finish off the program with a serving of King Cake and a drink.
> Supplies:
> for floats:
> 1 shoebox (inverted-they decorate the bottom of the box-the
>           lid can be placed vertically on the end as a backdrop)
> assorted construction paper, tissue paper,& streamers in Mardi
> Gras colors-green, purple & gold.
> assorted frou-frou for decorations: feathers, beads,
> stickers, doubloons (coins) and plastic babies. These can be
> purchased through the USToy catalog & you may find them at a
> local party supply store.
> Glue, hot glue, markers.
> King Cake can be purchased from some local bakeries (Price
> Chopper had them in Overland Park). Otherwise do a search
> on Alta Vista for "king cakes" & get lots of sites where
> you can order them. You will also find info on the history
> of the King Cake. You may want to make one, there is a recipe
> in Emeril Lagasse's new EVERY DAY'S A PARTY book.
> We had fun, though I found no one had a clue what Mardi Gras
> is all about. You may need to talk it up a lot to get a good
> turnout. I also had a teacher give some middle schoolers
> extra credit for attending & they had a lot of fun!
>  For a craft activity at the end, I was
> going to buy a lot of those cheap masks (I believe you can get them at
> party stores), and stickers, glitter, feathers, etc., and let the kids
> decorate them.  Maybe also get a bunch of those cheap beads to hand out
> and march around to "When the Saints..."

> I have been doing Mardi Gras programs for the last three years. I put
> up purple, green, and yellow streamers, have the kids make masks, and have
> parade while I and staff members toss bead necklaces and gold coins. Last
> year I bought a zydeco music CD to play in the background. We also have
> powdered sugar doughnuts to snack on in place of beignets - easier to
get -
> unless you want to make your own. If you're into authentic food and there
> no place near you, cajungrocer.com will ship. We have never done floats
> this year may try a "hot potato" game to choose the king and queen of
> Gras. I usually read Anancy and Mr. Dry-Bone by Fiona French. There is
> Cajun Night Before Christmas or Cajun Gingerbread Boy. I've looked for a
> video of Mardi Gras but the ones I found are unsuitable for children. I'm
> sure there are lots of other things you can try also. Enjoy!

> I did an after-school special last year for Mardi Gras that was great fun.
> You could modify the activities for a family event.  Here's what we did:
> --Welcomed students to party ("Carnival").  Explained why people celebrate
> Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras. Shared facts about Mardi Gras listed below.
> --Read Mardi Gras in the Country, by Mary Fontenot, while kids decorated
> and ate "King's Cakes" (cupcakes)
> --We strung Fruit Loops on hemp to make Mardi Gras necklaces.
> --Masks made of 1/2 paper plates were decorated with construction paper
> feathers, sequins, etc.  Kids got very creative.
> --Played cajun music while kids crafted.  It was wonderfully fun!
> Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" and is celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash
> Wednesday.
> The French and Spanish call the days before Lent "carnival" from Latin
> words carne and vale, which mean "farewell meat."  Carnival season begins
> on January 6, or Twelfth Night, the day Christians believe the wise men
> brought gifts to the baby Jesus.
> Secret clubs, or "krewes", spend the year planning the parties and parades
> for Mardi Gras.  Eash krewe gives a fancy costume ball and a parade.  The
> balls are private, by invitation only.  Each parade has a theme, usually
> about events in history or famous legends and stories.  Each krewe selects
> a King and Queen for the year.  Krewe members pay for the cost of building
> the floats and for their costumes.  They also spend thousands of dollars
> on souvenirs, or "throws", to throw from floats to the crowds.  People
> riding floats are called "maskers" and they throw plastic bead necklaces,
> plastic cups, and aluminum coins called "doubloons."
> King Cakes look like large oval doughnuts.  Most cakes contain a small
> doll symbolizing the baby Jesus.  Whoever finds the small doll has to help
> host the next party or buy the next cake.  More than half a million King
> Cakes are eaten every year in New Orleans.
> The colors of Mardi Gras are purple (for justice), green (for faith), and
> gold (for power).
> While fabulous parades roll through New Orleans, the cajuns of rural
> southern Louisians celebrate a tradition that dates back to medieval times
> called the Courir de Mardi Gras - the Mardi Gras Run.  Groups of men and
> horses meet at dawn in outlandish costumes and masks.  The riders set off
> accompanied by wagons and pickup trucks carrying musicians and
> refreshments.  Throughout the day, the riders race across the prairie,
> stopping at farms and homes along the way, where they sing and carouse in
> exchange for chickens and sausage.
> The wild ride ends in late afternoon when the tired, bedraggled riders
> straggle into town.  The chickens and sausages are added to the gumbo
> bubbling in a huge iron pot.  Later, the whole town shares the gumbo, the
> last feast before Lent begins.


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