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Friday, October 19, 2018

OverDrive Blogs : Your Brain on Audiobooks: Why Listening Matters 

Posted on: Thursday 18 October 2018 — 11:53
By: Annie Suhy, Outreach Specialist.
Before we are able to read, our parents read to us. We follow the story with our ears and the colorful illustrations spark our imaginations. Many have memories of parents, grandparents, siblings, or teachers reading to them as young children. Although I’ve never actually read The BFG by Roald Dahl with my own eyes, I can see the bone-crunching giant carrying little Sophie on his narrow shoulders, feel the warmth and worn comfort of my twin bed, and hear the funny voices of each character as my dad reads aloud. We consume books in this way until we are able to read on our own. But why stop listening? The exposure to language, vocabulary, and storytelling is vital to our learning at a young age, but those brain benefits associated with listening don’t end when we learn to read.
Studies show that these two different experiences, reading and listening, are strikingly similar cognitive processes. Some believe they obtain information more effectively from reading rather than listening, but as it turns out, it may just boil down to preference. According to University of Virginia Psychology Professor Dan Willingham, those who prefer reading may simply prefer the feel of a physical book over the spoken kind. The act of reading can carry pleasant associations, like curling up under the covers, but there is no innate talent for processing one format over the other.
Audiobooks for struggling readers
sora audiobookFor struggling readers, this is good news. One of the most cited studies published in the Journal of Educational Psychology reported that there was virtually no difference in overall comprehension when a story was either listened to or read. Keeping up with classmates in terms of grade-level content knowledge is vital for students when it comes to self-esteem and maintaining class participation.
But we do tend to consume audiobooks in much different settings than we do books, which can impact comprehension. While reading, we’re often in a quiet environment with our total focus on the book in our hands. While listening, we are more likely to be in the car, doing chores, exercising, or working. Multitasking is one of the main reasons why many seek audiobooks, but listeners may attribute their lack of concentration to the audiobook format itself instead of their busy environment. Classrooms can encourage full engagement by hosting listening centers in addition to reading areas so that students can immerse themselves in an audiobook, just as they might a traditional book.
The science of listening
Another study published in the Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior suggests that our brains may actually be able to create more imagery surrounding a story when we listen. The visual processing centers in our brain are at work taking in the written word as we read, which leaves less room for images. But when listening, the images come practically unbidden. Beginning readers naturally concentrate on processing the words as they learn to read, and therefore may not be able to give their full attention to the actual story they’re reading. Offering a chance to sometimes listen can help keep kids’ imaginations active, expose them to a broader vocabulary before they encounter the words on the page, and continue to foster a love of books and a motivation to read.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Judy Blume Grants ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ Screen Rights To James L. Brooks & Kelly Fremon Craig

The 2018 Teens' Top Ten

The 2018 Teens' Top Ten list has finally been announced! Check out the list below!
Turtles All the Way Down
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green          
One of Us Is Lying
One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus    
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series)
Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Long Way Down
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Paper Hearts (The Heartbreak Chronicles)
Paper Hearts by Ali Novak
Strange the Dreamer
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Warcross by Marie Lu
Once and for All
Once and For All by Sarah Dessenn           

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

A tough but worth while read.

Richie’s Picks: BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, 
“Many analysts believe that Boko Haram emerged as a consequence of deep religious and ethnic cleavages that have long troubled Nigeria. The British, during their nearly half century of rule, merged various territories and peoples that had little in common other than geographic proximity. Nigeria comprises nearly 350 ethnic groups, including the Hausa and Fulani (29 percent), the Yoruba (21 percent), the Igbo (18 percent), the Ijaw (10 percent), and the Kanuri (4 percent).
At the same time, the country is roughly split between the Muslim-dominated north and Christian-dominated south. The two largest religious groups have, for decades, generally abided by an informal power-rotation agreement for the presidency, but political friction remains a significant factor in ongoing unrest.
Nigeria’s record of political corruption and inequality have also contributed to the group’s rise, analysts say. Despite being Africa’s biggest economy and home to a wealth of natural resources, Nigeria has one of the continent’s poorest populations. Roughly half of its two hundred million people live on less than $1.90 per day; poverty is higher in the Muslim-majority northern regions. Oil has played a major role in driving economic inequality across the country: A small number of elites has long maintained a tight hold on oil revenues, and corrupt government ministers have been charged with embezzling tens of billions of dollars from the sector.
‘The emergence of Boko Haram signifies the maturation of long-festering extremist impulses that run deep in the social reality of northern Nigeria,’ writes analyst Chris Ngwodo. ‘The group itself is an effect and not a cause; it is a symptom of decades of failed government and elite delinquency finally ripening into social chaos.’
Since gaining independence in 1960, Nigeria has suffered waves of political instability, including at least half a dozen coups, decades of military rule, and a civil war (1967–1970) that claimed up to two million lives, many perishing from a blockade-induced famine.”
-- from “Nigeria’s Battle With Boko Haram” a Council on Foreign Relations backgrounder by Claire Felter, last updated 8/8/18
“And, even though Abraham is running a temperature and can’t join Papa at the farm today, my immediate older brother, Isaac, is the one who forfeits attending school, not me. To ensure that all clearing and plowing is completed on schedule, Isaac exchanges his notebooks for a hoe and cutlass, while I am free to go and learn.
I thank God for Papa.
Unlike many other girls in our village whose parents do not think that sending a girl to school is important since she will end up getting married and taking all her father’s years of investment to another man’s house, Papa wants me educated.
He wants me to grow up and be like the women wearing white coats in the Maiduguri General Hospital, or like those he hears on his radio discussing important topics, or like those who come to our church from time to time to talk to the congregation about the importance of sending girls to school.”
In 2014, 276 Nigerian schoolgirls were kidnapped by the terrorist group known as Boko Haram. In doing some online research, I learned that Boko Haram is not the group’s actual self-proclaimed name. “Boko Haram” loosely translated, means “Western education is a sin.”
Based upon the information retrieved from some of the teenage girls who were fortunate enough to eventually escape alive, BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE is the account of a fictional teenage Nigerian girl who is captured by that terrorist group. In short, striking chapters, Nigerian writer and journalist Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani immerses us in the horrors of that kidnapping and the girls’ captivity.
BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE begins with our immersion into the narrator’s daily life. It is fascinating to see the extent to which low-tech traditional village culture is interwoven with modern information technology and western ideas.
In the attack surrounding her capture and that of her close friends and other females in her village, the narrator witnesses the slaughter of her older brothers and her beloved Papa. (Her mother is away from the village, visiting relatives, when the attack occurs.) Enslaved and indoctrinated before being given over to one of the young terrorists, she is then serially raped by her so-called husband.
Days before the kidnapping, the narrator had learned that she had been selected for a government scholarship program that would provide her a free education up through a master’s program. The next semester she was to attend a special boarding school for exceptional girls instead of the village school. While that educational dream quickly recedes into the past, we recognize that the narrator is an exceptionally intelligent and perceptive young woman. This makes for a very reliable narrator.
Having grown up in a rural village that is home to both Christians and Muslims, the narrator readily recognizes the difference between the beliefs of her Muslim friends and neighbors and those of the radical Islam that is force-fed to her during her captivity. We hear her frustrated conversations with her close girlfriend who is successfully brainwashed, partnered, converted, and eventually sent off somewhere with a suicide vest and a promise of paradise.
I knew of the 2014 kidnapping, but I really didn’t know much about it. While it was often an emotionally-tough read, young people who dare to experience BURIED BENEATH THE BAOBAB TREE will learn about this horrific (and ongoing) tragedy and will become significantly enlightened about the vast gulf between the precepts of Islam and the perverted beliefs of radical Islamic terrorists.
Richie Partington, MLIS
FTC NOTICE: Richie receives free books from lots of publishers who hope he will Pick their books. You can figure that any review here was written after reading and dog-earring a free copy received. Richie retains these review copies for his rereading pleasure and for use in his booktalks at schools...

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

New additions to teen collection:

People kill people / Ellen Hopkins             People Kill People
A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse. It is bought by a teenager for needed protection. Several people have the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression? Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?

The lady's guide to petticoats and piracy/ Mackenzi Lee (Montague siblings ;v2)
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and PiracyIn this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it.

Our stories, our voices : 21 YA authors get real about injustice, empowerment, and growing up female in America / edited by Amy Reed       
                           Our Stories, Our Voices: 21 YA Authors Get Real About Injustice, Empowerment, and Growing Up Female in America
My immigrant American dream /Sandhya Menon --Her hair was not of gold /Anna-Marie McLemore --Finding my feminism / Amy Reed --Unexpected pursuits: embracing my indigeneity & creativity / Christine Day --|tChilled monkey brains /|rSona Charaipotra --|tRoar /|rJaye Robin Brown --|tEaster offering /|rBrandy Colbert --Trumps and trunchbulls / Alexandra Duncan --Tiny battles / Maurene Goo --These words are mine / Stephanie Kuehnert -- Fat and loud / Julie Murphy -- Myth making: in the wake of hardship / Somaiya Daud --Changing constellations / Nina LaCour --The one who defines me / Aisha Saeed --In our genes / Hannah Moskowitz -- An accidental activist / Ellen Hopkins -- Dreams deferred and other explosions / Ilene (I.W.) Gregorio --Not like the other girls / Martha Brockenbrough --Is something bothering you? /Jenny Torres Sanchez --What I've learned about silence / Amber Smith --Black girl, becoming / Tracy Deonn Walker.

Catwoman : Soulstealer / Sarah J. Maas            Catwoman: Soulstealer (DC Icons Series)
Selina Kyle's coming-of-age-story as she claws her way to the top of Gotham City's criminal underbelly and becomes Catwoman.

The dark descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein / Kiersten White              The Dark Descent of Elizabeth FrankensteinThe events of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein unfold from the perspective of Elizabeth Lavenza, who is adopted as a child by the Frankensteins as a companion for their volatile son Victor.

Hearts unbroken / Cynthia Leitich Smith              Hearts Unbroken
When Louise Wolfe’s first real boyfriend mocks and disrespects Native people in front of her, she breaks things off and dumps him over e-mail. It’s her senior year, anyway, and she’d rather spend her time with her family and friends and working on the school newspaper. The editors pair her up with Joey Kairouz, the ambitious new photojournalist, and in no time the paper’s staff find themselves with a major story to cover: the school musical director’s inclusive approach to casting The Wizard of Oz has been provoking backlash in their mostly white, middle-class Kansas town.

Hey, kiddo / Jarrett J. Krosoczka - graphic novel  Hey, Kiddo (National Book Award Finalist)
In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.

Sheets / Brenna Thummler (graphic novel)        Sheets
Marjorie Glatt feels like a ghost. A practical thirteen-year-old in charge of the family laundry business, her daily routine features unforgiving customers, unbearable P.E. classes, and the fastidious Mr. Saubertuck who is committed to destroying everything she's worked for.

Supergirl : being super / Mariko Tamaki, writer ; Joëlle Jones,artist ; Sandu Florea, inker (graphic novel)
Supergirl: Being SuperIt's the Girl of Steel as you've never seen her before, when Caldecott Honor-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer) teams with Eisner Award-nominated artist Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer) for a coming-of-age tale in SUPERGIRL: BEING SUPER. Kara Danvers isn't any different than any other teenager in her hometown. Problems with school. Problems with boys. Problems with friends. But while growing pains shake up Kara's world, a series of earth-shaking events hits her hometown, leaving her with with the choice of blending in with the crowd, or being different. Being an outcast. Being super. This reimagining of Supergirl will appeal to fans of all ages and readers new and old, as the Girl of Steel flies face-first into the struggles that every teenager faces.

Ultimatum / Jeph Loeb, writer ; David Finch, artist ; Danny Miki (superheroes) (graphic novel)
Ultimatum (Ultimatum Vol. 1)
1. Three kings -- 2. Death becomes her -- 3. Heaven on earth -- 4. A time to die -- 5. The ugly truth.

The ultimates. vol. 2 : homeland security / writer, Mark Millar (graphic novel)
 The Ultimates Vol. 2: Homeland Security
The Ultimates, who are brought together by the United States government to battle superhuman threats, uncover a clandestine operation in which aliens are infiltrating the Earth.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Look out for these new titles 
in the graphic novels in the Teen Room:

Delilah Dirk and the pillars of Hercules / Tony Cliff            Having survived a close shave in England, where she was falsely accused of spying for the French, Delilah has set out with her companion Selim for more agreeable adventures in central Asia. But when she stumbles on an artifact that may be a clue about the location of the legendary third pillar of Hercules, Delilah and Selim are drawn back to Europe on an Indiana-Jones-style archeological caper that pits her against a ruthless enemy . . . and forces her to team up with the most unlikely partner of all time: her sworn enemy, Jason Merrick, the man who framed her for espionage!

Goldie Vance / created by Hope Larson & Brittney Williams ; written by Hope Larson illustrated by Brittney Williams   (vols. 1-4)                                                                     Goldie Vance Vol. 1Move over Nancy, Harriet, & Veronica. There's a new sleuth on the block! Sixteen-year-old Marigold "Goldie" Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place. Her mom, who divorced her dad years ago, works as a live mermaid at a club downtown. Goldie has an insatiable curiosity, which explains her dream to one day become the hotel's in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can't crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Some new additions to the graphic collection:

The Legend of Korra : turf wars /  by Michael Dante DiMartino ; art by Irene Koh vols. 1-2  The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Library EditionRelishing their newfound feelings for each other, Korra and Asami leave the Spirit World, but find nothing in Republic City but political hijinks and human vs. spirit conflict. A pompous developer plans to turn the new spirit portal into an amusement park, potentially severing an already tumultuous connection with the spirits. What's more, the triads have realigned and are in a brutal all-out brawl at the city's borders--where hundreds of evacuees have relocated! In order to get through it all, Korra and Asami vow to look out for each other--but first, they've got to get better at being a team and a couple!

Stephen McCranie's Space Boy. Volume 1 / written and illustrated by Stephen McCranie         Stephen McCranie's Space Boy Volume 1Amy lives on a colony in deep space, but when her father loses his job the family moves back to Earth, where she has to adapt to heavier gravity, a new school, and a strange boy with no flavor.
Maximum Ride / James Patterson ; [adaptation and illustration]: NaRae Lee vols. 2-9 
                                Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 2
Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of her 'flock'-- Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman, and Angel-- are just like ordinary kids, except they have wings and can fly! It may seem like a dream come true to some, but for the flock it's more like a living nightmare when the mysterious lab known as the 'School' turns up and kidnaps their youngest member. Now it's up to Max to organize a rescue, but will help come in time?
The backstagers. Volume one, Rebels without applauseby James Tynion IV ; illustrated by Rian Sygh                                          The Backstagers Vol. 1
When Jory transfers to an all-boys private high school, he's taken in by the only ones who don't treat him like a new kid, the lowly stage crew known as the Backstagers. Not only does he gain great, lifetime friends, Jory is also introduced to an entire magical world that lives beyond the curtain. With the unpredictable twists and turns of the underground world, the Backstagers venture into the unknown, determined to put together the best play their high school has ever seen.
The backstagers. Volume two, The show must go on created / by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh  
                               The Backstagers Vol. 2The Backstagers want to put on the best show their town's ever seen but, when one of the actors goes missing, the Backstagers must band together to save their comrade.
Paper girls / writer, Brian K. Vaughan ; artist, Cliff Chiang vols. 3-4         Paper Girls Volume 3In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.
The unstoppable Wasp. Vol. 1, Unstoppable! / Jeremy Whitley, writer ; Elsa Charretier, artist   
                                                       The Unstoppable Wasp Vol. 1: Unstoppable!Nadia spent the entire first half of her life a captive of the Red Room, but now this teenage super scientist is spreading her wings! Hank Pym's daughter has a lot of time to make up for, and she's determined to change the world. With Jarvis at her side, she's on a mission to bring together the brightest girl geniuses of the Marvel Universe - starting with Lunella Lafayette, the miraculous Moon Girl! But Nadia didn't count on evil scientists, man-eating giant rats or Devil Dinosaur - or the lethal lady wrestlers known as the Grapplers! And even as Nadia's recruiting drive continues, the Red Room is on her trail - and they'll pull out all the stops to get her back! Can the geniuses of G.I.R.L. find a way to save Nadia from being dragged back to the bunker?