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Julie Schumacher: Reading and Signing

Julie Schumacher September 13th   Where: Elmer L. Andersen, Room 120 When: September 13, 2018 Event time: 6:30 pm, doors open; 7:00 pm, reading Signing to follow    Parking note: Please be aware that the C-86 parking lot near the library is...

 Nnedi Okorafor @ Book Week, UMN

Nnedi Okorafor WHEN?  OCTOBER 25, 2018  5:30-6:15 p.m. Reception and Opening  6:15-7:00 p.m. Nnedi Okorafor, “The Many Faces of Fiction”  7:00-7:30 p.m. Discussion and Q&A  7:30-8:30 p.m. Book signing  WHERE? McNamara Alumni Center | 200 SE Oak St | Minneapolis, MN 55455  Free...

Mentor #3: What I wished I had known

Setting Up for Classes Get your schedule as early as possible. Teacher planners didn't work for me. I created a binder with my schedule in the front. Divided by each class with class list, lesson plans, pockets...

#27 Women Artists: Dahlov Ipcar

Dahlov Ipcar was born in 1917 and raised in New York City's Greenwich Village. She was the daughter of well-known artists, William and Marguerite Zorach. Her mother, Marguerite Thompson Zorach was an innovator of the American modernist movement....

Mentor Part 2: Professional Resources To Prepare for Your First Year in Position.

Reference Dump When I was a new librarian, I was told not to "reference dump." A "reference dump" is overwhelming the asker with resources. When a reference question is asked like, "How do penguin's take...

Mentors: Letter to a New Librarian Part 1.

Dear New School Librarian, Congratulations on your new position. I am so honored to be your professional mentor and to be a part of this exciting journey. I hope that you continue to look to...

Best Summer Ever @ Children’s Theatre Company with Kevin Kling

  https://www.facebook.com/events/1023538204480963/ I guess this is called a soft opening I didn't know anything about The Best Summer Ever except that it was written by Kevin Kling and I am a huge fan.   Here he is On Being...

# 28 Women Artists: Emily Gravett

Emily Gravett  Short Biography of Emily Gravett from her website Emily Gravett was born in Brighton, England, the second daughter of a printmaker and an art teacher. She left school at 16 and travelled the UK...

Around the World: My First Book of Vietnamese Words

  Phuoc Thi Minh Tran is the first Vietnamese librarian in Minnesota. A boat people, a respected storyteller, a 2016 Minnesota State Fair Blue Ribbon author, and a published and award winning author, she has...

Not a Women Artist but: Edward Steichen

The First Picture Book   I forgot to mention when I was writing about Tana Hoban, the forerunner of her work was Edward Steichen, the photographer whose fame is in relationship to his collection of...

#26 Women Artists: Sandra Boynton

Sandra Boynton is the Unsung Hero of Emergent Literacy. She is an author, illustrator, songwriter, music producer and entrepreneur has written more than 50 children’s books and created more than 4,000 greeting cards. (New York Times. 2013). Boynton was early pioneer, transitioning her illustrations and playful text from their origins in greeting cards to board books embraced by generations. Surely you remember "Hippo, Birdie, Two Ewe"?
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#25 Women Artists: Ariane Dewey

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something Jose Aruego, best known for illustrating Robert Kraus’s Leo the Late Bloomer (Windmill, 1971), died August 9 in New York City on his 80th birthday. Born in the Philippines...

#24 Women Artists: Lauren Stringer

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something From Lauren Stringer's Website LAUREN STRINGER is an artist, author of picture books, script writer, and theatrical designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her BA in Art and Art...

#23 Women Artists: Virginia Lee Burton

100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something     2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Society of Illustrators : Virginia Lee Burton Virginia Lee Burton (1909–1968) was known for her attention to detail and for determining the design, typeface, and layout...

#22 Women Artists: Evaline Ness

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something 2017 The Original Art Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators: Evaline Ness   Evaline Ness (1911–1986) used woodcuts, mixed media, and experimental materials and methods to push the boundaries...

#21 Women Artists: Clare Turlay Newberry

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something Clare Turlay Newberry was born in Enterprise, Ohio. She studied at the University of Oregon, School of the Portland Art Museum, California School of Fine Arts, and La Grand...

#20 Women Artists: Tana Hoban

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something From Something About The Author ("Tana Hoban." Something About the Author, edited by Alan Hedblad, vol. 104, Gale, 1999, pp. 81-86. Something About the Author, login.ezproxy.lib.umn.edu/login?url=http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?p=SATA&sw=w&u=mn_wilson&v=2.1&id=GALE%7CHEZGSW889287407&it=r. Accessed 9 Mar. 2017. Gale Document...

#19: Women Artists: April Pulley Sayre

#100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something   April Pulley Sayre  (is an award-winning children’s book author of over 65 natural history books for children and adults. Her read-aloud nonfiction books, known for their lyricism and scientific precision, have...

#18 Women Artists: Laurie Keller

What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something From Laurie Keller (1961-)Something About the Author. Vol.196 (2009) Laurie Keller 's debut picture book The Scrambled States of America, Henry Holt (1998.) brought U.S. children's books to a whole new level of style and humor. ....

#17 Women Artists: Ann Jonas

100 Women Children's Book Artists #100 Women Artists  https://www.continuum.umn.edu/2018/06/excuse-me-sir-yes-this-is-a-rant/ What Started Project http://www.jacquelinedavies.net/blog/2018/6/2/excuse-me-sir-did-you-forget-something Her Daughter Nina Crews reflects on her life and the Brooklyn Public Library Retrospective Exhibit. https://ninacrews.wordpress.com/tag/ann-jonas/ From Publisher's Weekly Oct 15, 2013 Obituary "Ann Jonas, author and illustrator of...

#16 Women Artists: Adriana M Garcia

As I continue to write about 100 Women Picture Book Artists Many are well-known and and come to mind quickly, others have one or two books out and we want to celebrate and encourage newcomers...

#15 Women Artists: Yuyi Morales

Yuyi Morales (pronounced “ZHOO-zhee") was born in Xalapa, Mexico. Being a competitive swimmer, she studied Physical Education at the University De Xalapa, hoping to become a gym teacher. In 1994, she married Tim O’Meara and...

#14 Women Artists: Debra Frasier

  Collage artist, Debra Frazier's most well-known and best-selling book is On The Day You Were Born This is a visual and lyrical celebration of all babies being born. In Minnesota, Debra Frazier is the star of the...

Shout out: A Mighty Girl

 In my explorations for #100 Women Artists, I came across this site: A mighty Girl  The founders claim that the site is "The world's largest collection of books, toys and movies for smart, confident, and courageous...

13 Women Artists: Roxie Munroe

Roxie Munro is the acclaimed author/illustrator of more than 30 books for children (including "Mazescapes"; "Amazement Park"; "The Inside-Outside Books of New York City" , "Washington DC," "Texas," "London," "Paris," and "Libraries"; "Feathers, Flaps...