NJ Celebrates Jacqueline Woodson!

A Statewide Author Experience for School & Public Libraries

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On October 16, Jacqueline Woodson, the Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, will visit with middle school students across the state of New Jersey, when she presents her inspiring program, Reading = HOPE X CHANGE at The College of New Jersey.


Ms. Woodson will also be keynoting at NJASL's Fall Conference on December 10th.


Wherever you are, you can participate in the experience in any of the following ways:


On October 16, school and public libraries might celebrate by:

  • hosting an event at the time of Ms. Woodson's live visit 10:00 to 11:30 AM at The College of New Jersey
  • submitting student questions for consideration during the live event, if you are a registered library
  • hosting a viewing event for students at a time of your choosing on October 16
  • contributing student responses to Ms. Woodson's question: #WhatsYourEquationNJ on our Google Slidedeck
  • encouraging students to book talk any of Ms. Woodson's books on this Flipgrid.


And the celebration continues . . .


After October 16, school and public libraries might continue the celebration by:


  • planning future programming around Ms. Woodson's books (book discussions, displays, author studies)
  • contributing student responses to Ms. Woodson's question: #WhatsYourEquationNJ on our Google Slidedeck
  • encouraging students to book talk any of Ms. Woodson's books on this Flipgrid.
  • initiating cross-library/school discussions, as well as school/public library collaborations
  • getting ready for NJASL's One Book, One Conference: Harbor Me (for school librarians and others who might attend the Conference on December 10th)


Ms. Woodson's website includes a bounty of resources to support your celebrations.

Special Woodson audio sampler package from SYNC: Audiobooks for Teens

This AudioFile sampler was prepared by Penguin Random House.

https://www.audiobooksync.com


Students and teacher may listen to the 36 min. file from this page or download the audio file.

Note: If you cannot make the live stream, a video of the event will be made available to registered schools and public libraries for use throughout the day on October 16, 2019.

Please register to participate and to submit questions!

(Note: Registered schools and public libraries may also receive book incentives for their students!)


Register here.

How to get the kids involved in this exciting literary experience:

https://youtu.be/9TpOgcM7rB8

Inspire students' creative responses to Ms. Woodson's and with their own equations!

We will share student work at both events and by using the hashtag #WhatsYourEquationNJ and by sharing work or links to work on this Google Slidedeck.


Encourage students to create by:


  • sharing their own equations in media or print
  • making art, media, and writing inspired by Ms. Woodson's works
  • creatively sharing their own equations
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How to help students access Ms. Woodson books:

Here are several strategies:


  • Consider purchasing or renting a few more print, ebook or audiobook copies of the books for students.
  • See if your school, public library or organization qualifies for the First Book program
  • Use ILL to get additional copies


Depending on availability through your public library system, show students how to borrow ebook or audiobook copies through:


  • Libby/Overdrive (public library)/ Sora (school library)
  • eLibraryNJ
  • RB Digital
  • Hoopla
  • their library catalogs (In schools these include MackinVia, Destiny, Alexandria, etc.)
Note: A video of the livestreamed event will be made available to registered schools and public libraries for use throughout the day on October 16, 2019.

Coming soon: a special Jacqueline Woodson audio sampler offering an overview of her work, as well as a special interview between Jacqueline and her son -- a great discussion starter.

Who is behind this event?

The Literacy Alliance includes:


  • The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • The Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader
  • The New Jersey Center for the Book, a program of the Library of Congress
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Rutgers School of Communication and Information, Library and Information Studies
  • The New Jersey State Library
  • The New Jersey Library Association (NJLA)
  • The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL)
  • Trenton area schools

View the original trailer from Penguin Random House of Ms. Woodson's recent Harbor Me

https://youtu.be/FjKqwqpBgGM

An interview with Ms. Woodson about Harbor Me.

https://youtu.be/5Ey9n0D-60Q