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A fond farewell!I will be leaving NYSCI after 6.5 years at the end of June for a position as school librarian in Manhattan.   Getting to know our library visitors has been the best part of my life here in Corona.  So many different types of families and schools… many coming from around the globe.Thank you for enriching my life with your eagerness and friendship!Best wishes,Rebecca ReitzRRRLibrarian@gmail.com

Bye Rebecca! Good luck on your journey and thank you for making NYSCI’s library so wonderful.

library-nysci:

A fond farewell!
I will be leaving NYSCI after 6.5 years at the end of June for a position as school librarian in Manhattan. 
Getting to know our library visitors has been the best part of my life here in Corona.  So many different types of families and schools… many coming from around the globe.
Thank you for enriching my life with your eagerness and friendship!

Best wishes,
Rebecca Reitz
RRRLibrarian@gmail.com

Bye Rebecca! Good luck on your journey and thank you for making NYSCI’s library so wonderful.

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Presidents Day Author Visit!

Elliott Kaufman, photographer, in the NYSCI Library, February 17, 2014.
Our library visitors learned to look at the world in a new way; recognizing letters and numbers every where they go!

Elliott engaged our audience with numbers and letters from his books, NUMBERS EVERYWHERE and ALPHABET EVERYWHERE.
Who is seven? he asked. He handed them photos of the number 7 that he has found in architecture and other places.
Who’s name starts with a B (or C or D)? 

This was a different sort of visit than our usual straight forward author visit.  He did not read a story or talk about writing children’s books.  He engaged the audience in visual fun.  They eagerly responded.  Thank you Elliot!  And thanks to Abbeville Press for making this happen and supporting our promotions.

library-nysci:

Monday January 20, 2014, Martin Luther King’s Birthday.  FIRST VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISIT. Jean Marzollo read from her book, The Little Plant Doctor: The Story of George Washington Carver.  
It worked. The children were engaged during the reading. When Jean mentioned that she was happy to read about George Washington Carver on Martin Luther King Day, there was a current that ran through the children - a silent gasp. They got the connection and nodded and smiled and understood. 
In preparing for this event, I strived to keep my cynicism in check.  What about a live author signing her books for the audience? What about being THERE to encourage question?  
The audience participation and question asking period was dismal.  I interjected some of my tried and true, like “What was your favorite book when you were a child?”  (Mary Poppins).  It took a while for anyone to come up with a question.  This might have been due to the make-up of the group, being mostly children of immigrants and not raised to feel entitled.
Well, it worked for what it was… an alternative manner of presenting an author.  But why were we not packed in the library?  We had a nice bunch of listeners, but the dowel activity downstairs had people waiting in line.  Why weren’t they clamoring to get in here?  This mystifies me!
Yes, we will attempt more of these events in the future.  The challenge is choosing the right date.  Any Saturday might work, but not if the Museum is sparsely attended.  The only date that we ever really have a crowd in the library is on President’s Day in February.  We already have a live author booked for that day: Elliott Kaufman reading from his book, NUMBERS EVERYWHERE.

library-nysci:

Monday January 20, 2014, Martin Luther King’s Birthday.  FIRST VIRTUAL AUTHOR VISIT. Jean Marzollo read from her book, The Little Plant Doctor: The Story of George Washington Carver. 

It worked. The children were engaged during the reading. When Jean mentioned that she was happy to read about George Washington Carver on Martin Luther King Day, there was a current that ran through the children - a silent gasp. They got the connection and nodded and smiled and understood.

In preparing for this event, I strived to keep my cynicism in check.  What about a live author signing her books for the audience? What about being THERE to encourage question? 

The audience participation and question asking period was dismal.  I interjected some of my tried and true, like “What was your favorite book when you were a child?”  (Mary Poppins).  It took a while for anyone to come up with a question.  This might have been due to the make-up of the group, being mostly children of immigrants and not raised to feel entitled.

Well, it worked for what it was… an alternative manner of presenting an author.  But why were we not packed in the library?  We had a nice bunch of listeners, but the dowel activity downstairs had people waiting in line.  Why weren’t they clamoring to get in here?  This mystifies me!

Yes, we will attempt more of these events in the future.  The challenge is choosing the right date.  Any Saturday might work, but not if the Museum is sparsely attended.  The only date that we ever really have a crowd in the library is on President’s Day in February.  We already have a live author booked for that day: Elliott Kaufman reading from his book, NUMBERS EVERYWHERE.

library-nysci:

We received a sweet holiday card from our friends at the UNI PROJECT. The Uni is a one-of-a-kind, portable reading room for NYC.  We contributed books to them in October 2012.  Here is what they wrote in the card:
"Dear Rebecca,We love having your carefully chosen books with us as we take the Uni around the neighborhoods. Thanks to all at the NY Hall of Science for your support of the Uni!  Best wishes for 2014."
Best wishes to you too, and thank you for the important work you do in our great city!

library-nysci:

We received a sweet holiday card from our friends at the UNI PROJECT. The Uni is a one-of-a-kind, portable reading room for NYC.  We contributed books to them in October 2012.  Here is what they wrote in the card:

"Dear Rebecca,We love having your carefully chosen books with us as we take the Uni around the neighborhoods. Thanks to all at the NY Hall of Science for your support of the Uni!  Best wishes for 2014."

Best wishes to you too, and thank you for the important work you do in our great city!

library-nysci:

AUTHOR VISIT IN THE LIBRARY.

Author Christy Hale read DREAMING UP to an enthusiastic audience on Saturday, October 12, 2013.  We all learned about styles of architecture. The concepts were made concrete with a building activity that followed.
One visiting educator commented on the diversity of the children pictured in the book. Christy told us that her publisher Lee & Low Books is known for creating books especially for children of color.

library-nysci:

On Monday (Presidents Day) the library hosted author and Channel 7 Weather Man, Bill Evans. He wrote a book about weather, It’s Raining Fish & Spiders.  His book sold out in 5 minutes. 

For the 2:30 show, over 250 people enjoyed Mr. Evan’s discussion and slides about weather and his book. We learned a lot about meteorology.

Bill generously took time to pose with his fans (including your librarian!).

Now that’s a packed science library!

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POSTPONED.
Author Visit!  Meet KATE HOSFORD, author of INFINITY AND ME
Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Monday, January 21st
2:00 and 3 pm in the Science Technology LIbrary
 
How many stars were in the sky? A million? A billion? Maybe the number is as big as infinity.

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POSTPONED.

Author Visit!  Meet KATE HOSFORD, author of INFINITY AND ME

Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Monday, January 21st

2:00 and 3 pm in the Science Technology LIbrary

 

How many stars were in the sky?
A million? A billion?
Maybe the number is as big as infinity.

library-nysci:

Thank you Bruce Goldstone!

Author Bruce Goldstone visited the Science Technology Library and read from his book GREAT ESTIMATIONS on Saturday December 29th.  The crowd enjoyed learning about strategies for estimating huge numbers of cherries, paper clips, rubber duckies and more.  Bruce had them thinking about numbers and having fun. 

Fans were able to purchase signed copies of the book.  Thanks to our gift shop for setting up operations in our library.  Of course it SOLD OUT.

His next book is on PROBABILITY and he is currently working on one about VISUAL PATTERNS.  We hope that Bruce comes back to teach and read to us about those fascinating subjects.

More info about Bruce at his website.

Many thanks to our Library volunteers, Betty, Ava and Kristin for making both sessions run smoothly.

library-nysci:

Marlene Kliman of TERC shares ways to incorporate math skills in every day life.  The NYSCI Library has worked with this great organization in past projects. TERC’s mission is to improve mathematics and science education.  We can certainly appreciate that!
Check out the Mixing in Math video at momshomeroom.msn.com

library-nysci:

Marlene Kliman of TERC shares ways to incorporate math skills in every day life.  The NYSCI Library has worked with this great organization in past projects. TERC’s mission is to improve mathematics and science education.  We can certainly appreciate that!

Check out the Mixing in Math video at momshomeroom.msn.com

library-nysci:

When you need a good spot to film a little movie about veggies, and you are a teacher enrolled in a Professional Development workshop at NYSCI, where do you go?  The library of course! 
(District 32 STEM Program Professional Development taught by Demetrius Lutz).

library-nysci:

When you need a good spot to film a little movie about veggies, and you are a teacher enrolled in a Professional Development workshop at NYSCI, where do you go?  The library of course! 

(District 32 STEM Program Professional Development taught by Demetrius Lutz).