The 2017 Pulitzer Prizes were announced yesterday and the award for excellence in Fiction went to Colson Whitehead for his novel “The Underground Railroad”. Whitehead’s innovative novel also received the national book award making him one of the few authors to have received both prizes in the same year.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently announced that, “All images of public-domain artworks in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection — about 375,000 — are now free for anyone to use however they may please.” They now fall under the “Creative Commons Zero” designation and are available via their website.
The 2017 Printz Award was given to “March: Book Three” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. The graphic novel is the third installment in the March series which tells John Lewis’ story about fighting for civil rights in the United States. Check out all three books in the series at the CA Library!
“Did your mother call you to tell you that liberals hate science? Did your Facebook feed pop up with an article on a new pesticide that’s going to kill us all? Did one of your friends breathlessly tell you that president-elect Donald Trump was going to pardon mass shooter Dylann Roof? You might have heard any or all of these stories, but there’s one thread connecting all of them: they’re not true.The ability to tell accurate news from fake news is an important skill that you’ll use for the rest of your life. This LibGuide will give you valuable insight in telling fact from fiction online, plus a chance to exercise your newfound skills. Please feel free to share this guide with others. If you are a librarian, you are welcome to use this guide and its contents for your own purposes.”
“Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.”
Read more HERE.
According to an NPR article:
“If the children are the future, the future might be very ill-informed.
That’s one implication of a new study from Stanford researchers that evaluated students’ ability to assess information sources and described the results as “dismaying,” “bleak” and “[a] threat to democracy.”
As content creators and social media platforms grapple with the fake news crisis, the study highlights the other side of the equation: What it looks like when readers are duped.
The researchers at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education have spent more than a year evaluating how well students across the country can evaluate online sources of information.
Middle school, high school and college students in 12 states were asked to evaluate the information presented in tweets, comments and articles. More than 7,800 student responses were collected.
In exercise after exercise, the researchers were “shocked” — their word, not ours — by how many students failed to effectively evaluate the credibility of that information.”
Read more HERE.
Frustrated by the lack of diversity in children’s and YA literature, We Need Diverse Books was created by authors, readers, parents, teachers, and librarians who wanted ALL children to be able to see themselves in the books that they read.
Learn more about We Need Diverse Books on their website: http://weneeddiversebooks.org/