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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Chickens in New Hampshire

For the past few days, I've been up in New Hampshire, working on a new CD for the Spanish language version of Mother Goose on the Loose. With Rahel (guitarist for all of the Mother Goose on the Loose CDs), Jim McClure (owner of Betsy's Folly Studio), and Iris Cotto (an inspiring librarian who recorded a great deal of the Spanish script), a few chickens, one protective rooster, much laughter, and sandwiches from the corner store, all of the necessary recording was finished.

Now it's time for the busy work... listening to every single bit of the recordings, deciding what to keep and what to discard, making note of the times and position of each relevant piece, and deciding what needs to be edited.

This morning I read a new review of Booktalking Bonanza from School Library Journal. It's a nice review, but my last name is spelled incorrectly!

DIAMONT-COHEN, Betsy & Selma K. Levi. Booktalking Bonanza: Ten Ready-to-Use Multimedia Sessions for the Busy Librarian. 240p. illus. photos. reprods. appendix. bibliog. further reading. index. Web sites. CIP. ALA. 2008. pap. $40. ISBN 978-0-8389-0965-2. LC 2008015371.

Librarians looking for ways to engage media-obsessed children need search no further. Originally a presentation called "Booktalking with Pizzazz," presented at the 2004 American Library Association's Annual Conference, this volume is a collection of scripts for multimedia-enriched booktalks. After an introductory chapter that explains the reasoning for this approach, 10 scripts are outlined. Books, music, video, and Web sites are included for each one. The programs are geared toward elementary-aged children, although suggestions for adapting them for a middle or high school audience are included. The script for the ALA program is included, as is a concluding chapter with further advice and tips. Librarians can follow the scripts included in the book, adapt them for their own resources and needs, or use them as a place to start their own programs. Of particular interest to teachers and school library media specialists, especially those who are experienced booktalkers, this guide will help lead the way to a new kind of presentation.—Melissa Rabey, Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick, MD

1 comment:

  1. Hi, Betsy. I came across this blog post and I wanted to apologize for misspelling your name in my review. I notified SLJ and they have corrected the spelling in the online version of the review (http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/article/CA6641314.html?industryid=47075).


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Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen created the Mother Goose on the Loose ® program while working in Jerusalem in the late 1980s at the Israel Museum Youth Wing Library. She holds a doctorate in Communications Design and a Masters in Library Science. Betsy was named a 'Mover and Shaker' by Library Journal in 2004; her book, Mother Goose on the Loose : a handbook and CD-ROM kit with scripts, rhymes, songs, flannel-board patterns, and activities for promoting early childhood development was published by Neal-Schuman in 2006. Check out her Website at www.mgol.net!