Friday, February 24, 2017

"Seniors Enjoy Reading Book Club" visits me for Valentine’s Day!


Four member of the “Senior Enjoy Reading” book club visited me at the Haverford Branch on Valentine’s Day to show me how much they appreciated the service that we provide to their book club.  
The “Seniors Enjoy Reading “ book club operates out of the West Philly Senior Community Center. My job, as their advisor, is to assist this group with selecting good titles to read and helping them in acquiring enough copies so that the seniors can borrow the books for free through the “Free Library of Philadelphia”. Many of book club members are in their upper-70s age-range and older (12 women & 2 men). Mrs. Gloria Presha, one of the Free Library most beloved patrons, is the group's leader. 
Without the collaboration between Free Library of Philadelphia- Haverford Branch and the “Senior Enjoy Reading”, many of these elderly members would not be able to receive their books due to their mobility restrictions. Mrs. Presha and I have been collaborating for the last five years in efforts to keep this book club running strong. Mr.Philly Librarian

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee 2017 Awards

2017 Press Release ITM Awards
Contact: Dale Clark, In the Margins Book Award and Committee
Burnaby, BC – We are thrilled to announce our fourth annual Fiction, Non-Fiction, Top Ten and Social Justice/Advocacy Awards along with our official list of 25 books published by and about those living In the Margins. Our list highlights a survival story of an often overlooked aspect of a teen’s life – aging out of the foster care system – as well as a stunning, self-published fiction debut with a great cover. In a world hungry for diversity in books, we strive to find small press and independent titles and bring them to light, while also acknowledging titles that may be more popular in the US and Canada but specifically resonate with youth living in the margins. Our Social Justice/Advocacy Award goes to the top book recommended for adults to highlight issues facing marginalized and resilient communities. Who Do You Serve, Who do you Protect? Brings forth provocative and hard-hitting questions we collectively need to answer.

ITM Social Justice/Advocacy Award - Who Do You Serve, Who Do you Protect?

As we enter our fifth year, we are excited about our next year’s committee and are currently looking an official sponsor.
In the Margins Official 2017 Top Ten List
1.     Abram, Christy Lynn. Little Miss Somebody. 259p. Humble Bee Publishing. July 2015. PB $9.99.  ISBN 9780692386224.
2.     McLellan, Michael.  American Flowers. 296p. CreateSpace Independent Publishing. August 2015. PB. $11.99.  ISBN 9781516830695.
3.     Carter, Alton. Aging Out: A True Story. 203p. Roadrunner Press. November 29, 2017. Tr. $15.00. ISBN 9781937054298.
4.     Glasgow, Kathleen.  Girl in Pieces.  416p. Delacorte Press. August 2016. Tr. 18.99.  ISBN 9781780749457.
5.     Westhoff, Ben. Original Gangstas: The Untold Story of Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Tupac Shakur, and the Birth of West Coast Rap. Hachette Books. September 2016. Tr. $28.00. ISBN 9780316383899. 
6.     Sterling, S.C. Teenage Degenerate. 252p. S.C. Sterling. January 2016. PB $14.99. ISBN 9780997017540. 
7.     Simone, Ni-Ni. Dear Yvette.  288p. Dafina. November 2016. PB $9.95. ISBN 9780758287762.
8.     Desire, C.  Other Broken Things. 256p. Simon Pulse. January 2016. Tr. $17.99.  ISBN 9781481437394.
9.     Johnston, Jeffry W. Truth. 256 p. Sourcebooks Fire. February 2016. PB $9.99. ISBN 9781492623205.
10.   Free Minds Book Club. The Untold Story of the Real Me: Young Voices from Prison. 106p. Shout Mouse Press. October 2015. PB $14.99 ISBN 9780996927444.
In addition, for the third year, we have chosen a title for our Social Justice/Advocacy Award.  The winning title is:  Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? by Maya Shenwar
The Decision Making
This year’s choice for Top Fiction spot was highly debated amongst the committee members. Popular with our readers, Little Miss Somebody chronicles what so many of our young teens face in their daily lives. Wanting to belong, be part of a loving family and yet facing uncertainty in so many ways is a constant struggle for far too many of our youth. At the same time, American Flowers depicts the tragedy and downward spiral of drug abuse. This is a book which hauntingly highlights the consequences of a few bad decisions easily made by young people. The relevance of this book, in the face of the opioid crisis facing so many communities is undeniable.
ITM Top Fiction - Little Miss Somebody
Alton Carter’s book, Aging Out was chosen by the majority of our In the Margins committee. We debated whether it best fit the Non-Fiction category or the Social Justice/Advocacy spot. However, throughout the discussions and as the year progressed, we realized that many of our youth were selecting this book to read and were recognizing so many areas of commonality with their own lives and experiences.
ITM Top Non- Fiction - Aging Out

Across the continent, young adults face the desperation of racial inequality, social upheaval and economic disparity. Through reading, our young people can find solace in knowing that their struggles are the struggles of others. Most of us who work with marginalized youth are regularly amazed and inspired by the conversations and comments our kids make about the books that they read. (There is nothing more heartwarming than seeing a group of teenage boys debating the qualities of books in a juvenile detention center library.) It is incumbent upon us, as librarians, to provide them with the books that will continue to ignite their enthusiasm for reading.
The full list of 25 titles with annotations and more information on the committee, selections, and process can be found at:
In the Margins identifies quality and meaningful resources for librarians and library workers who work with teens in lockdown, foster care, homeless shelters, and other non-traditional venues living in the margins.
2017 Committee Members
  • Sabrina Carnesi, School Librarian: Crittenden Middle School; Newport News, VA
  • Dale Clark, Teacher-Librarian: Fraser Park Secondary; Burnaby Youth Custody Services; Burnaby, BC, Canada
  • Marvin DeBose Sr., Library Supervisor: Free Library of Philadelphia, PA
  • Susan McNair, Librarian: Birchwood School; South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice; Columbia, SC
  • Maggie Novario, Teen Librarian: Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, WA
  • Jean Smith, HS Library Media Specialist: Atlanta Public Schools, GA

Thursday, January 26, 2017

This is What Haverford Books Clubs Are Reading!

Haverford's Senior Book Club Reading Book for Jan. 2017

Poitier credits his parents and his childhood on tiny Cat Island in the Bahamas for equipping him with the unflinching sense of right and wrong and of self-worth that he has never surrendered and that have dramatically shaped his world. "In the kind of place where I grew up," recalls Poitier, "what's coming at you is the sound of the sea and the smell of the wind and momma's voice and the voice of your dad and the craziness of your brothers and sisters...and that's it." Without television, radio, and material distractions to obscure what matters most, he could enjoy the simple things, endure the long commitments, and find true meaning in his life.

Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents. Just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and the automobile, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to launch a pioneering acting career. Committed to the notion that what one does for a living articulates to who one is, Poitier played only forceful and affecting characters who said something positive, useful, and lasting about the human condition.Poitier was uncompromising as he pursued a personal and public life that would honor his upbringing and the invaluable legacy of his parents. Just a few years after his introduction to indoor plumbing and the automobile, Poitier broke racial barrier after racial barrier to launch a pioneering acting career. Committed to the notion that what one does for a living articulates to who one is, Poitier played only forceful and affecting characters who said something positive, useful, and lasting about the human condition. Here is Poitier's own introspective look at what has informed his performances and his life. Poitier explores the nature of sacrifice and commitment, price and humility, rage and forgiveness, and paying the price for artistic integrity. What emerges is a picture of a man in the face of limits—his own and the world's. A triumph of the spirit, The Measure of a Man captures the essential Poitier.

Haverford's Teen Reading Lounge Book for Jan. 2017

Real Estate Billionaire. Reality TV star. President?
Donald Trump inherited a fortune from his father. But he wanted more. Shrewd and indefatigable, he never missed an opportunity to expand his holdings. He transformed himself into an international brand. He marketed his personality into a product. He built an empire. But that wasn’t enough. He wanted to be President, and he was willing to do and say whatever it took. Donald Trump, who never held political office, pulled off his ultimate acquisition: the hostile takeover of the Republican Party. Everyone was shocked except those who knew him.  Who would every thought he would be the 45th President of United State of America.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

August Wilson's "Fences" Staring Denzel Washington & Viola Davis

 The new film "Fences" is set in the 1950s; it may be the Best movie of star-director & actor Denzel Washington's career. Denzel did excellent job of bring the work of August Wilson to a non- theater audience. Check it out it opens up on Christmas day!

 “Fences is a 1983 play by American playwright August Wilson. Set in the 1950s, Fences explores the evolving African-American experience and examines race relations, in Pittsburgh, Pa. The play won the 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 1987 Tony Award for Best PlayWilson was an award winning playwright known for chronicling African American life through his cycle of 10-plays known as the Pittsburgh cycle. The nine other Wilson's plays are Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Two Trains Running, Jitney, King Hedley II, and Radio Golf. Mr.PhillyLibrarian