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1. Man Booker International Prize 2015 Finalists Revealed

The Man Booker International Prize judges have revealed the ten finalists for its sixth annual prize, which honors writers for achievements in fiction.

The authors come from all around the globe and stand to win a purse of £60,000 award. Six new nationalities are represented on the list for the first time this year. This includes writers from: Libya, Mozambique, Guadeloupe, Hungary, South Africa and Congo. Eighty percent of the authors have been translated into English, a large proportion compared to year’s past.

We’ve got the complete list after the jump.

Man Booker International Prize 2015 Finalists

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2. South Korean, Estonian Filmmakers Top Holland Animation Festival

South Korea took home the feature film prize at HAFF for the second year in a row.

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3. Something something something. Caldecott Honor (!!!)

So many months (and so many adventures) have passed since my last post that I think I'm just going to have to skip over a ton of things and go straight to this:


It is still hard to believe this actually happened. I've been pinching myself a lot.



On the morning of February 2nd I received a phone call from a room of cheering Caldecott committee members, telling me that my book NANA IN THE CITY had won a Caldecott Honor. Wow. Whoa. Oh my gosh.
Stunned.
Overwhelmed.
Elated.
Just a few of the many emotions I've felt these last several weeks.
I am truly humbled.



To know that the committee saw something special in my little book just blows me away. I cannot wait to thank them in person and accept the award at the annual ALA conference in San Fransisco this June.

For now, here's a little Times Square marquee thank you.  ♡♡♡


Thank you, Caldecott committee! from Lauren Castillo on Vimeo.

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4. Alexander Watson Wins Guggenheim Prize

Alexander Watson has won the Guggenheim-Lehrman Prize in Military History for Ring of Steel: Germany and Austria-Hungary in World War I. The prize, which is awarded annually to the best book in military history in English, includes a $50,000 purse.

The winner was announced at ceremony at the New-York Historical Society last night. The book, from Basic Books, is an analysis of World War I from the perspective of the Central Powers.

The title was one of three works that were shortlisted for the prize. The Opium War: Drugs, Dreams, and the Making of Modern China by Julia Lovell (Overlook Press) and The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds were also nominated for the award.

 

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5. UN announces “Gender Equality: Picture It!” comics competition for Europe

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Diversity is taking over the world! The UN Women, a department aimed at gender quality around the world, the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation, and UNRIC (United Nations Regional Information Centre) is organizing a Comic and Cartoon Competition on Gender Equality. The competition is only open to European cartoonists between the ages of 18-28 (sorry US) but the winners gets a 1000EUR prize! Deadline is 20 April.

Somehow, I think they may just get a lot of entries.

Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women’s rights and empowerment and on the relationship between women and men. Get familiar with the Beijing Conference and its outcome document, the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action. Seek inspiration for your drawings in the 12 Critical Areas of Concern of the Beijing Platform!

The Competition is open to comic and cartoon artists and art students, from 18 to 28 years old, who are residents of an EU member state.

Please note that your comic or cartoon must be without words.

Prizes:

One First Prize: 1000 EUR
One Second Prize: 500 EUR
Three Third Prizes: 200 EUR each
The five finalists will be invited to Brussels to the Competition awards ceremony in summer 2015. The costs for travel and stay will be borne by the Organising Entities. In addition, the finalists’ and semi-finalists’ drawings will be published in a booklet and may be considered for exhibition as well as for further publication.


Finalists will be selected by a jury composed of professional comic artists, gender equality experts and communication experts:

Pierre Kroll, Belgian Comic Artist, Member of Cartooning for Peace
Marlène Pohle, Comic Artist, Vice-President of Federation of Cartoonists Organisations
Salla Saastamoinen, Director for Equality, European Commission
Alexander de Croo, Minister of Development Cooperation of Belgium
Sylvie Braibant, Editor-in-Chief TV5MONDE
Nanette Braun, Chief of Communications and Advocacy, UN Women
The submission deadline is 20 April 2015.
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6. 2015 Teen Tech Week Grant Winner - Lockport Public Library

When the Teen Tech Week grant was written, it was hoped that we could get teens interested in more library programs. Teens will show up to use the computers to chat with friends and watch internet videos, but mention digital literacy or STEM/STEAM and they’ll look at you like you’re an alien. Don’t get me wrong; our schools are hardworking, Title I schools that strive to teach students what they can. But a rural area of Lafourche Parish is not really at the top of the list for the fast paced information technology industry.

Like any library in the country, we know we have to get them young or we lose them until they’re adults. And without many options they’re not going to stay in this area. The public library still has that stereotypical “the library is where the losers hang out” view to contend with among the teens. Our programming has to be unusual to get them in. We all know video games are always a popular draw. I’ve used free programs like Scratch and Kodu with them before. But the funds and resources to host a large scale video game design program were simply beyond our scope before now.

It’s been a week since we started our Teen Tech Week Game Design Camp and it’s going better than we could’ve hoped for. Nine teens started making their RPG video game the first meeting, and more have promised to join over the weekend to catch up. We have a mix of teams, partners, and independent game designers working away. Most have chosen to show up daily to work on their game instead of spending time on Facebook and YouTube. Quite a few of the college bound highschoolers have asked about degree programs in computer animation and the gaming industry. They had no idea the library was capable of offering so much for them to enjoy. Some of them had never visited the library before. They regret that now.

By the end of the month, we hope to have ten games for patrons to beta test that were designed by our teens. The minimum assignment is to create four maps for players to explore, playable characters, and an enemy encounter. If any of them will have a fully created game by the end is questionable, but somehow I don’t think I have to worry about them not reaching the minimum.

Leaving the library before closing is another question.

 

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Kristen Angelette is a branch assistant at the Lockport Public Library in the Lafourche Parish System. She works with teen programming, grant research, and graphic design.

 

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7. Glenn Berger Wins Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature

Dr. Glenn Berger has won the second annual Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature. For winning the award, Schaffner Press will publish Berger’s memoir The Schlepper and the Superstar: My Studio Days with Dylan, Jagger, Sinatra, and More in summer 2016.

The Award was created to honor Nicholas Schaffner, publisher Timothy Schaffner’s brother, who was an esteemed music critic and biographer. The book was chosen for its “energy, voice, and compelling anecdotes.”

“Glenn Berger’s lively, colorful, and insightful memoir of working among the giants of the music industry is the perfect follow-up to Alice Fogel’s Interval in capturing the essence of how music moves us, influences us and changes our lives,\" explained Schaffner in a statement.

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8. Louise O’Neill Wins YA Book Prize

Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill has won the Bookseller.com’s YA Book Prize 2015.

The new prize is given to the best Young Adult fiction from the UK and Ireland. O’Neill’s described her book to the website as “The Handmaid’s Tale meets ‘Mean Girls,'” in an interview in which she was asked to tell why she should win. Her reason? “Because my Granny Murphy will be very proud of me; and that’s pretty much all I care about in life,” said the first time novelist in the interview.

The book was one of 10 titles shortlisted for the prize. Books were chosen by  a judging panel of five teenage book fans and a team of “book trade gurus.”

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9. Don Hertzfeldt’s ‘World of Tomorrow’ Tops SXSW Animation Category

A full list of animation winners from SXSW in Austin, Texas.

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10. 2015 Teen Tech Week Grant Winner - Tricia George

YOUmedia Hartford is a digital learning and maker space for teens ages 13-19.  The space is a research-informed, informal learning environment utilizing principles of connected learning, the HOMAGO learning theory and positive youth development.  Students come to Hang Out, Mess Around and Geek Out in content areas that include video and photo production, music production, game design, computer programming, design and making.  Through partnerships with local artists and professionals, businesses, schools and other informal learning spaces, students discover new opportunities and build knowledge and skills in areas of interest.  For instance, this coming summer students will work with award-winning producer Quadeer Shakur to produce, distribute and market a Best of Hartford Hip Hop album.  Others will work with a local botanist to build a hydroponic window garden from recycled materials.  Still more will enter 3D modeling, design and film contests under the guidance of our mentors.  Hundreds others will seek help with homework and personal projects, meet new friends and attend social events.

For Teen Tech Week the YOUmedia Hartford staff wanted to get out of the library and into classrooms, and so we did!  Through partnerships with several local schools we were able to take e-textiles and stop motion animation workshops on the road.  The projects showcased the variety of activities available at YOUmedia and to expose students to the processes behind some very fun and practical technologies.  These workshops also acted as carrots to attract new youth to the space, so that they might find themselves immersed in a resource-rich environment, staffed with knowledgeable mentors and full-to-the-brim with other young people exploring similar pursuits.  All of the materials used for the workshops are available freely to any youth in the space.

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We also wanted to strengthen our ties to schools and connect with teachers who might champion the YOUmedia cause - to help young people explore, discover and pursue a metier of their choosing.  Youth respond positively to trusted adults who recommend they pay us a visit.  Through this work, we're strengthening our network of schools and teachers, thereby increasing the number of youth who utilize YOUmedia resources to reach personal, academic and career goals.  This network, and the reach they afford us, increases and improves our impact.

We are so grateful to YALSA and Best Buy for making Teen Tech Week an amazing success.  We look forward to welcoming new youth into the space and to nurturing our relationships with teachers and administrators.

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Tricia George is the YOUmedia Manager at Hartford Public Library.

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11. Roz Chast wins National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Autobiography

Roz Chast had an incredible 2014 as her book Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? topped best seller list, garnered award nominations left and right, and in general become one of a handful of graphic novels—Maus, American Born Chinese and This One Summer among them—to gain as much prestige in the larger world of books. Last night it added to its already formidable laurels by winning the National Book Critics Circle Award in the Best Autobiography category, a huge win for a graphic novel. Michael Cavna has all the background, tweets and quotes. To which we can only say congratulations, Roz Chast! For your first graphic novel you not only knocked it out of the park, you invented a new sport.

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12. Wellcome Trust 2015 Book Prize Shortlist Revealed

The Wellcome Book Prize shortlist has been revealed. Bill Bryson, The Chair of Judges, revealed the nominees which were selected but a committee of experts from the worlds of science, literature, academia and media.

Six books, including both fiction and nonfiction, were chosen for their ability to “engage with some aspect of medicine, health or illness.” This year’s shortlist includes two novels and four non-fiction books. We’ve got the list after the jump.

Wellcome Book Prize Shortlist

  • The Iceberg by Marion Coutts (Atlantic)
  • Do No Harm by Henry Marsh (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Bodies of Light by Sarah Moss (Granta)
  • The Incredible Unlikeliness of Being by Alice Roberts (Heron)
  • My Age of Anxiety by Scott Stossel (Windmill Books)
  • All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews (Faber)

The winner of this year’s prize will be announced on April 29, 2015.The award includes £30 000 in prize money.

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13. Nickelodeon Offers $25,000 Scholarship for Young Animators

The hunt is on for the next generation of animated storytellers.

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14. Finalists Revealed for the 27th Annual Publishing Triangle Awards

publishing triangleThe finalists of the 27th annual Publishing Triangle Awards have been revealed.

According to the press release, the winners will be announced on April 23rd. An awards ceremony will take place at New School University in New York City.

Editor Rigoberto González has been named the winner of this year’s Bill Whitehead Award for Lifetime Achievement. For the full list of finalists, follow the jump below.

Finalists for the Randy Shilts Award for Gay Nonfiction

  • Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity by Robert Beachy (Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Hold Tight Gently by Martin Duberman (The New Press)
  • The Prince of Los Cocuyos by Richard Blanco (Ecco/HarperCollins)
  • Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe by Philip Gefter (Liveright/W.W. Norton)

Finalists for the Judy Grahn Award for Lesbian Nonfiction

  • Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around: 40 Years of Movement Building with Barbara Smith, written by Barbara Smith; edited by Alethia Jones and Virginia Eubanks (SUNY Press)
  • A Cup of Water Under My Bed by Daisy Hernandez (Beacon Press)
  • Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger by Kelly Cogswell (University of Minnesota Press)
  • The End of Eve by Ariel Gore (Hawthorne Books)

Finalists for the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry

  • How a Mirage Works by Beverly Burch (Sixteen Rivers Press)
  • Last Psalm at Sea Level by Meg Day (Barrow Street Press)
  • Like a Beggar by Ellen Bass (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Tiger Heron by Robin Becker (University of Pittsburgh Press)

Finalists for the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry

  • I Don’t Know Do You by Roberto Montes (Ampersand Books)
  • The New Testament by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
  • Prelude to Bruise by Saeed Jones (Coffee House Press)
  • The Selected Poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Bilingual Edition edited and translated by Stephen Sartarelli (University of Chicago Press)

Finalists for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction

  • For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Little Reef and Other Stories by Michael Carroll (University of Wisconsin Press)
  • New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 by Shelly Oria (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Unaccompanied Minors by Alden Jones (New American Press)

Finalists for The Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction

  • All I Love and Know by Judith Frank (William Morrow/HarperCollins)
  • I Loved You More by Tom Spanbauer (Hawthorne Books)
  • Mr. Loverman by Bernardine Evaristo (Akashic Books)
  • Sideways Down the Sky by Barry Brennessel (MLR Press)
  • When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid (Arsenal Pulp Press)

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15. Slate’s Cartoonist Studio Prize nominees announced

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Slate and the Center for Cartoon Studies have teams up for the third annual Cartoonist Studio Prize nominees. Awards and a $1,000 prize are given to the best in two categories print and webcomics, with nominees selected by people from boh Slate and CCS. This year the pickers were Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois, CCS Fellow Sophie Yanow and guest judge Paul Karasik. While the GN nominees are a Mount Rushmoer of 2014’s most lauded, the webcomics are an interesting pick, with a strong showing by “applied comics” which teach us about things like SF’s housing bubble, bikram yoga and sex toys. Last year’s winners were Taiyo Matsumoto for Sunny and Emily Carroll for Out of Skin.

Anyway here’s the picks:

The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of the Year: 2014 Shortlist

  • Arsene Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen. Fantagraphics.
  • Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët. Drawn and Quarterly.
  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast. Bloomsbury.
  • Here by Richard McGuire. Pantheon.
  • The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino. Drawn and Quarterly.
  • How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis. Fantagraphics.
  • An Iranian Metamorphosis by Mana Neyestani. Uncivilized Books.
  • The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez. Fantragraphics.
  • This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki. First Second.
  • Truth is Fragmentary by Gabrielle Bell. Uncivilized Books.
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    The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year: 2014 Shortlist

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    16. 2015 Teen Tech Week Grant Winner - Lana Nix

    This is my 2nd year of being a media specialist so this is my first go around with Teen Tech Week.  We have come up with about 17 activities at Chestatee High School for our students to try their hand with at learning.  Some activities are limited for just a few students to be working with at a time like the Spheros, Exofabulatronixx Robot, slow motion animation, Makey Makey, K’nex, Chaos Tower and littleBits.  These items will help our students to learn about coding, building, circuitry, and video making.  This allows our students a new opportunity to learn something or to further their knowledge of a passion they already enjoy.  We received the grant from YALSA and Best Buy and we were able to purchase Spheros and an Exofabulatronixx Robot.  Both of these items will help our students learn the skill of coding.  The Sphero is merely a remote controlled ball in which they can program its movements.  We hope to incorporate the Sphero and coding into a math course next year.  Teen Tech Week will give the students the first glimpse of what they can accomplish with such a simple tool.  The Exofabulatronixx Robot is one in which our students can put together and take apart and put together in a different form again.  Its pieces connect by means of magnets.  When the students have finished creating their robot, they are then able to create a program which will tell their robot what path to take.

    We also have activities that anyone can complete even from home should they not have enough time at school.  Choices include: create an avatar, create READ posters, create with thinglink.com, join Twitter and follow our media center and school Twitter accounts, create infographics at piktochart.com, create music with ujam.com, create book trailers, spend an hour with code.com, or create QR codes with books in the media center.

    There are many activities that every student should be able to find one within their interests.  Those that master a task early will be asked to share their leadership in showing new students how to complete activities or can move on to another activity.

    In trying to make sure that all students have the opportunity to enjoy Teen Tech Week, on the last day, we have asked our self-contained special needs classes to come to the media center at the beginning of the day.  We will pair them up with a student from our Education Pathway course to work on at least one activity together.  The students from the Education Pathway course are those students who are considering becoming an educator themselves.  Students helping students . . . now that is going to be GREAT!

    When students have finished their activities, they have been asked to share what they created.  We have scrolling announcements at Chestatee High School and pictures of the students working will be shared through these announcements as well as sharing the finished project.  READ posters will be voted upon and the top five will be printed in large format to post throughout the school.  Avatars will be posted to see if the students can guess which student it looks like the most.  Book Trailers will be added to the media center website.  Videos of the students playing and learning with the Spheros, Exofabulatronixx robot, slow motion animation, and Makey Makey will be shown on the media center website as well as the school SupeTube website.  The K’nex and Chaos Tower will remain on display in the media center for students to watch physics in motion.  There will be a place for everyone to view our students’ creativity in one way or another.

    Teen Tech Week will introduce new web tools to our students.  By introducing these tools, our students will be able to see ways to incorporate them into the classroom with projects they have been asked to create in their different courses.  These will be new avenues for them to share their innovative minds and it will allow them different outlets to express their own creative thoughts.  Students see cool tools to play with, but for an educator we get to witness the behind the scenes work of what they are actually learning and comprehending.  The true hidden agenda behind the cool toys!

    Lana Nix has 9 years in the education field and is currently in her 2nd year at Chestatee High School as their media specialist.  Chestatee High School is in Hall County, GA.  You can follow her on Twitter @wareaglesmc or visit the media center website at wareaglesmc.weebly.com.

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    17. Los Angeles Times Book Prize graphic novel nominees announced

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    Awards season is barreling along now. And here are the nominees for the LA Times Book Prizes, which added a graphic novel category several years back. It’s a prestigious literary prize, and the winners over the years—Duncan the Wonder Dog, Finder, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life among them—have definitely lived up to the billing. This year’s five books chosen include what I would almost call the usual suspects for 2014:

     

    The Chast and Tamaki books were THE graphic novels of 2014, and The Love Bunglers is a masterpiece. Arsene Schrauwen was much admired and deserves all the attention it gets. The Neyestani book doesn’t quite have the same profile, but it’s gotten a lot of recent ink and it’s also a pretty damn fine book.

    In other words, good picks.

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    18. 2015 Teen Tech Week Grant Winner - Lindsey Tomsu

    In 2012 the Teen Advisory Board received a grant from the Nebraska Library Commission (NLC) of $1,900 to start a Teen

    Media Club to give teens a chance to learn how to create digital content. Many of my teens do not have access to basic

    technologies. The library’s computer lab does not have filters so you must be 17 to enter which means that our

    community’s teens that do not have access to computers outside of school can’t even use the library’s resources. Many of

    my teens do not have Internet at home, have outdated computers that seem to freeze all the time and not connect to the

    library’s wireless, and many do not have smartphones.

     

    The goal of Media Club was to use technology to enable teens to create such things as book trailers and the creation and

    maintenance of a teen library website. The original NLC grant funds were used to purchase an HD Digital Recorder, a

    laptop for the teens, and various props for their videos. While there still is a lot of interest in Media Club we realized that

    just having a camera and a laptop was not enough. As we went about beginning to create, draft, and record various video

    projects we learned that we really need certain other tech equipment to properly be able to run our club. We discovered

    this after a large-scale project (La Vista’s Next Top Project Snazz Maszter—a “reality” show cross between America’s

    Next Top Model and Project Runway) which we filmed during a 17-hour lock-in (filming all 17 hours!) and discovered

    afterward that a lot of the film was unusable. Our library has 20-foot ceilings and the sound on most of our film was barely

    audible because of echoes. We also realized free film editing software can’t do things like green screen effects. The teens

    decided they wanted me to apply for a YALSA/Best Buy Teen Tech Week grant for funds to be used toward the purchase

    of the additional equipment we need to get Media Club properly equipped and off the ground again.

    We are using the funds as a launching point for the new and improved Media Club. One of their large-scale goals they are

    planning to do for TTW is the creation of a sketch show a la Kids in the Hall. During TTW we plan to offer programs that

    range from a workshop for the teens to brainstorm their sketches and work with groups, a time to rehearse, a time to learn

    how to use the filming equipment, a time to do the actual filming, and a time to learn to use editing equipment, and then

    time to edit the film together. The great thing is that this is not just a one-time only program where the funds will be used

    and the equipment expended. As a re-launching point of Media Club, we have been given the ability to revive interest in

    Media Club and actually get it off the ground this time and continue it (whether through more sketch show “episodes” in

    the future or better book trailers and other digital programs) indefinitely.

     

    Many of my teens have gotten their first experiences with film creation equipment at Media Club. Their teachers are now

    requiring mandatory exercises that need access to smartphones, laptops, and film making equipment that the teens do

    not have access to outside of the classroom. With our Media Club they not only get to learn how to build and maintain a

    teen library website, but also how to use the HD camera, how to film digital content, and how to edit it into something

    watchable. We also recently started a Teen Makerspace, and the teens are interested in the possibilities of incorporating

    the digital content creation of 3-D printing with possible filming opportunities.

     

    Media Club is using the YALSA Best Buy Teen Tech Week grant funds for the purchase of a high-quality green screen kit

    (with lighting), a high-quality boom mic kit, professional video editing software, a tripod for our camera, and, if we have

    any funds left over, additional props for their videos.

     

    You can see some of the videos that the teens have created in the past on our YouTube Channel, TheTabblerTeens,

    here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTabblerTeens/videos?view=0

     

    I highly recommend our “Dinosaur Book Trailers” of which we have filmed six so far. Now that we have been awarded a

    TTW grant we know there will be more videos for us in our future!

     

    Lindsey Tomsu has been the Teen Coordinator of the La Vista Public Library since 2009. Lindsey and her dedicated Teen Advisory Board members have brought in more than $10,000 in grant funds over the years to make the La Vista teen program one of the most active in the area.  Their overall goal is world domination—in a nice way of course!

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    19. Eric Carle Museum Shortlists For Museum & Library Award

    The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst is among the 30 finalists for the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

    The award, given by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), is the top honor for museums and libraries for service to the community.

    \"Museums and libraries are the lifeblood of our communities, serving as trusted providers of critical resources, educational training, skills development, and civic and cultural enrichment,\" stated Maura Marx, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. \"We salute The Carle for exemplary leadership in promoting lifelong learning while engaging and inspiring the public.\"

    The Eric Carle Museum has hosted a number of exhibits including the \"Madeline at 75: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans\" exhibit. Ellen Keiter has recently joined the museum as its new chief curator.

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    20. MARCH UPDATE!

    March is looking to be a great fun Month with lots of Theater all over the country, appearances in Amherst, MA and, for the first time, New Zealand! But first a quick look at last month: RECAP! What a fun month February was; starting out with a surprise call from the Geisel Committee informing me that Elephant & Piggie's WAITING IS NOT EASY! had garnered a Geisel Honor!  This was a

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    21. Society of Illustrators announces the complete Comic and Cartoon Art Annual winners

    Last year the Society of Illustrators added a medal competition for comics arts, parallel to those they have long given out for illustration. And here are the 2015 winners. While the judges weren’t revealed, The judges, chaired by Steven Guarnaccis and R. Sikoryak, are a prestigious let, . A complete list of artists selected for each category can be seen here. Gold and Silver medals are presented to work which display “high-quality technique, a strong narrative, and an interesting composition.” Winning works will be shown at two exhibitions, divided by categories. An Opening Reception and Awards Presentation for all medal winners will take place on Friday, June 19th beginning at 6PM at the Society of Illustrators.

    Some of the other selected artists who’ll be at the MoCCA Festical April 11-12 include Alexandra Beguez, Rodger Binyone, Sam Bosma, Mike Dawson, Maelle Doliveux, Pat Dorian, C. M. Duffy, Hayley Gold, Peter and Maria Hoey, Keren Katz, Greg Kletsel, Kim Ku, Patrick Kyle, Nick Offerman, Maritsa Patrinos, David Plunkert, A. T. Pratt, and Jess Worby. MoCCA Fest will be held this year at Center 548 in Manhattan.

    Short Form, Digital Media and Special Format: June 16 – July 18

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    Short Form: A Gold Medal is awarded to Bianca Gagnarelli for Fish (Nobrow).

    Silver Medals go to Matthew Houston for Phone Book and Keren Katz for Mahana’im 134 (Humdrum Collective).

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    Digital Media: A Gold Medal goes to Lauren Weinstein for Carriers
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    Silver Medals go to Gemma Correll for Four Eyes Cartoons and Andrea Tsurumi for Yup/Nope.

    Special Format: A Gold Medal goes to Rodger Binyone for Subterranean Level: 6XZ03188V.

    Silver Medals go to Eitan Eloa for The Grimm Brothers According to Frischmann: Three Illustrated Stories and David Plunkert for Heroical #2.

    Long Form, Single Image and Comic Strip: July 21 – August 15

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    Long Form: A Gold Medal is awarded to Olivier Schrauwen for Arsène Schrauwen (Fantagraphics).

    Silver Medals go to Jaime Hernandez for The Love Bunglers (Fantagraphics) and Patrick Kyle for Distance Mover (Koyama Press).

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    Single Image: A Gold Medal is awarded to Roger De Muth for Squirrels Are Not Just For Breakfast Anymore. Silver Medals go to Carolita Johnson for Must Remember and Liam Walsh for Just Married. 
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    Comic Strip: A Gold Medal goes to Maëlle Doliveux for Little Nemo in Between Slumberland (Locust Moon). Silver Medals go to Fran Krause for Deep Dark Fears and TomTomorrow for Captain Kirk vs. the Internet.

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    22. The Best Translated Book Award Winners Will Be Unveiled at BEA 2015

    BEA_2010_primary_logoThe winners of the 8th annual “Best Translated Book Award” will be revealed at this year’s BookExpo America (BEA) conference. This award honors works in translation that were released for the first time in the year 2014.

    The winning titles will be selected from a diverse pool of more than 580 fiction and poetry books. They were originally published by 194 companies which are based in 73 different countries.

    Here’s more from the press release: “Over the past few years, underwriting from Amazon.com has made it possible for the winning authors and translators to receive $5,000 in cash prizes, making this the largest award for literature in translation in the United States. Inaugurated in 2008, the award is conferred by Three Percent, the online literary magazine of Open Letter Books, which is the book translation press of the University of Rochester.”

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    23. Matt Wayne on What Dwayne McDuffie Meant To Comics

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    Although it’s in Playboy, it’s SFW and a must read: former Milestone managing editor Matt Wayne on his friend, the late great Dwayne McDuffie:

    “I’m 22 and I haven’t done anything with my life!”

    That was my friend Dwayne, speaking to me in his dorm room in February 1984. Nine years after he got his name in the papers by attending the University of Michigan at age 13 (but only for a year — turns out, even genius kids need to be around their peers). Seven years after the Detroit News named him one of its All State high-school basketball players. A year after a crisis of conscience turned him away from his undergraduate research into the properties of thermocouples — he learned his work had been applied to missile guidance systems — which started his writing career in earnest. And three years before he became the first African-American to create a Marvel comic.

     
    There was only one Dwayne, but his memory lives on with the Dwayne McDuffie Award being presented this weekend at the Lonb Beach Comics Expo. I’m extremely proud to have been associated with this first award, and thrilled with the final list of nominees. We have a long way to go to live in the world that Dwayne may have dreamed of, but that doesn’t mean we should give up.

    Today is the next to last day of Black History Month. I don’t always mark it with content here at the Beat because I think there should be 12 months a year of black history and women’s history and queer history and Asian history and every kind of history. Confining any minority to their own month is ultimately counter productive. I don’t always succeed but at the Beat I try to create an atmosphere that invites diversity….and NOT just women writing about women or writers of color writing about those issues. I think that’s confining too.

    That said, there were some good BHM pieces, and here’s one: Reggie Hudlin, Jamar Nicholass Jerry Craft and Brandon Thomas talking about comics with Danica Davidson. More to come.

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    24. 2015 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award Winners Announced

    Poets & WritersPoets & Writers, Inc. has unveiled the recipients of the 2015 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Awards.

    Margaret Atwood, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, and Christopher Castellani have been named the winners. In addition, Barbara Epler has won the Editor’s Award. The awards will be presented during the organization’s annual benefit dinner on March 23rd.

    Here’s more from the press release: “The Writers for Writers Award was established by Poets & Writers in 1996 to recognize authors who have given generously to other writers or to the broader literary community. It is named for Barnes & Noble in appreciation of the company’s sponsorship of Poets & Writers. Winners are selected by a committee comprised of current and former members of the Poets & Writers Board of Directors.”

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    25. Pubslush Foundation Gives $10K Grant to NaNoWriMo

    The Pubslush Foundation revealed a new grant for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo).

    The $10,000 prize will be used to fund future literacy initiatives, including NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program. The financing comes from Pubslush authors that have donated a percentage of their campaign budgets to fund literacy initiatives.

    “We’re thrilled to receive such generous support from Pubslush,” Grant Faulkner stated Executive Director of NaNoWriMo. “We believe that everyone has a story to tell, and that everyone’s story matters. This grant will help fuel NaNoWriMo’s creative revolution so that more people can realize themselves as creators.”

    Pubslush has also official partnered with NaNoWriMo to promote its crowd funding platform to NaNoWriMo participants.

     

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