Tuesday, April 13, 2010

NCSCL Donates Books for SDSU Kids

One of the activities of SDSU's National Center for the Study of Children's Literature (NCSCL) is the "Book Review Service"--an online source for evaluations of children's books and the oldest site of its kind on the internet. Parents, teachers, librarians, and the public at large can go to this website for objective reviews of hundreds and hundreds of books. Have a look: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~childlit/reviews/reviews.htm

What happens to all those books after they are reviewed?

For more than a decade, Alida Allison (the Director of the Book Review Service) has donated books to San Diego schools and to non-profit agencies that work with kids. But more than 3000 of those books have gone to a special children's archive on the 4th floor of SDSU's Love Library. This children's collection is open to teachers as well as SDSU parents and students.

On April 13, 2010, NCSCL and Love Library sponsored a special event for SDSU's Children's Center. Dozens of the Center's kids and parents (SDSU students, faculty, and staff) visited the Library and the Children's Collections.
  • Longtime NCSCL friend and former schoolteacher A.K. Jones read "The Runaway Bunny" to the gathered pre-schoolers.
  • Alida Allison invited parents to consult the book reviews that appear on the website of the Book Review Service.
  • And librarian Linda Salem acknowledged the thousands of books the Lbrary has received from NCSCL over the years and invited parents to make use of the collection.

Good work. Lots of fun. Milk and cookies.

See more pictures at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdsulibrary/sets/72157623848986926/show/

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