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Happy Free Comic Book Day 2010!

Can’t get to a comic book store or your local library? Come to ALA Island in Second Life and celebrate the spirit by watching the 1941 Fleischer Superman animated short at the Galen Noltenius Sky Platform and/or by listening to an episode of the Archie Andrews radio show in Story Hour Garden. Both presentations are courtesy of the Internet Archive.

Superman (1941), Fleischer Studios – Video at Galen Noltenius Sky Platform on ALA Island (206, 100, 46). HAPPY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! In celebration, see the animated ten-minute short, Superman (1941), which was produced by Max Fleischer and directed by Dave Fleischer — and voiced by the actors doing the syndicated radio show at the time. Find out more via IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034247. Also see the Superman Wikipedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superman#In_other_media. Runtime: 10:20. Courtesy of the Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/superman_1941

Archie Andrews radio show – New TV Set episode – at Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21). HAPPY FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! In celebration, hear the “New TV Set” episode of the Archie Andrews radio show, adapted from the long-running Archie Andrews comic books series and characters. See the Archie Andrews Wikiepedia entry at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archie_Andrews_%28comics%29#Archie_on_radio. Runtime: 29:13. Courtesy of the Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/ArchieAndrewsOTR

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Current Halloween ALA Island Programs, other Second Life Event Info

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Recent programming notes —

Member Lounge on ALA Island (79, 89, 29): Oct 2009 Games in Libraries Podcast by Scott Nicholson: National Gaming Day 2009 http://ow.ly/xc6r

Now playing at Galen Noltenius Sky Platform on ALA Island (206, 100, 46): Frankenstein, 1910 film version. More info at http://ow.ly/wEHu

This week at Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21): Graveyard Mansion episode of Witch’s Tale radio. More info at http://ow.ly/wEEE

FYI —

SJSU SLIS Second Life 3rd Annual Halloween Party on 10/30 at 5:30 pm PT/SLT on SJSU SLIS Island http://bit.ly/15FIL3

Second Life Blogs: Commerce Forums: Halloween Spotlight Offers Virtual Tricks and Treats http://bit.ly/3h9GTf

RT http://twitpic.com/mwid5 – Second Life College Fair exhibit booths will be open til Nov 15! #SLCF09 International Schools 2 (109, 72, 24)

See the Library, Museum, Lectures, Discussions, Music, and Art Gallery Events in the Second Life(R) Online Virtual World Google Calendar

Second Life Librarians on Ning – http://sllibrarians.ning.com

Customized RSS Feeds – Librarian Events in Second Life, Second Life Fashion, Second Life Places to Go, Music and Parties in Second Life

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Banned Books Week 2009 on ALA Island in Second Life!

2009 Banned Books Week began Saturday, September 26, and ends Saturday, October 3!

Tuesday, September 29th

Banned Books Week and the Children’s Librarian at 5:00 pm Pacific Time/Second Life Time at Main Stage, ALA Island (130, 103, 31) — A group discussion about issues related to selection policies, intellectual freedom, and handling challenges as they pertain to children’s services. From AASL-SIGMS (American Association for School Librarians, a division of ALA-Special Interest Group Media Specialists of the International Society for Technology in Education).

 

Thursday, October 1st

Let FREADOM Ring: Celebrate BBW in SL 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time/Second Life Time at Banned Books Week Town Square, ALA Island  (203, 55, 61) — Produced by the AVL LIS Student Union in SL by MLIS students from the University of Hawaii and San Jose State University, hosted by the American Library Association.

SPECIAL GUEST  “Silencing Books: The Suppression of Ideas and FREADOM”
Dr. Rebecca Knuth, Professor of Library and Information Science at University of Hawaii at Manoa, recipient of the Sarah Vann Intellectual Freedom Award, and author of Libricide: The Regime-Sponsored Destruction of Books and Libraries in the Twentieth Century and Burning Books and Leveling Libraries: Extremist Violence and Cultural Destruction. In addition, there will be a hunt, music, dancing, a photo contest and other activities. Attend in costume representing a banned/challenged book or author if you like; but this is not required. Free costumes available on site. Have your photo taken and win prizes for best costume 1000L for 1st, 500L for 2nd, and 250L for 3rd.

 

Friday, October 2nd

San Jose State University Read-A-Thon and Costume Party: A Walk Where the Wild Books Are at 6:30 pm PT/SLT at SJSU SLIS Island (124, 110, 33) FYI: SJSU (San Jose State University) SLIS (School of Library & Information Science)

SCHEDULE
6:30-6:35 — Welcomes and introduction
6:35-6:45 — Susie Schridde BBW PowerPoint (Brief background on BB and read the constitution)
6:45 to 7:15 — Read-a-thon  “A walk where the “wild” books are”
6:45-6:50 — Silhshoot Seelowe – Wild Things
6:50-7:00 — Ananta Tomorrow – Fellowship of the Ring
7:00-7:05 — Banned Book or not! Game
6:55-7:00 — Clicquot Oh –  Catcher and the Rye
7:00-7:05 — Susie Schridde – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
7:05-7:15 — Hangman game or Guess the BB title
7:15-7:30 —  Discussion of banned books
8:00 — Dance  Contest, best in banned book character
9:00 — Contest vote and random drawing for $25 Amazon gift card
9:30 — Conclusion (Fireworks)

* Schedule subject to change.

-ONGOING EXHIBITS-

See the San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit on the Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29).  Display created by Silhshoot Seelowe.
See the San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit on the Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29). Display created by Silhshoot Seelowe.

San Jose State University Banned Books Week Exhibit (pictured at left) – Main Stage, ALA Island (137, 102, 29).

Banned Books Week Exhibit of AASL-SIGMS (American Association for School Librarians, a division of ALA-Special Interest Group Media Specialists of the International Society for Technology in Education) at the AASL Area, ALA Island (30, 137, 59).

Videos at Galen Noltenius Sky Platform on ALA Island (206, 100, 46) from the Office for Intellectual Freedom of the American Library Association in celebration of Banned Books Week! Six videos: 2009 Banned Books Week PSA starring the Crash Pad puppets Chad, Rustle, and Mooch; 2008 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report; Stephen Chbosky’s Why Not to Ban Books from the 2008 Read-Out; 2008 Banned Books Week PSA video, I’d Like to Find *BLEEP*; 2007 Read-Out Promo with authors; 2007 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report.

Video at Salon Huron, ALA Island (186, 202, 28) of complete walkthrough of Fahrenheit 451 Commodore 64 videogame from 1984 via the Internet Archive.

AND 2009 Banned Books Week Read-Out wrap-up report at AL Focus Video Village, ALA Island (79, 44, 44).

Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) Presents: First Acts and Chapters of Banned Books, courtesy of LibriVox via Internet Archive:

Saturday, Sept 26
Fanny Hill: Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure – John Cleland (Part 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – page 38, No. 271
Banned in Massachusetts in 1821 in the first known U.S. obscenity case.

Sunday, Sept 27
A Doll’s House – Henrik Ibsen (Act 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 84, No. 764

Monday, Sept 28
Moby Dick, or the Whale – Herman Melville (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 114, No. 1102

Tuesday, Sept 29
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 166-168, No. 1609

Wednesday, Sept 30
Twelfth Night – William Shakespeare (Act 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 149, No. 1435

Thursday, Oct 1
Dracula – Bram Stoker (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 161, No. 1551

Friday, Oct 2
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll – Lewis Carroll (Chapter 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 35, No. 234

Saturday, Oct 3
Ulysses – James Joyce (Part 1)
Banned Books: 2007 Resource Guide – p. 87, No. 805
Burned in the USA in 1918.

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Hear excerpt from The Time Traveler’s Wife: Unabridged Edition Audiobook on ALA Island in Second Life®

CHICAGO — ALA Island, the Second Life® (SL) virtual world presence of the American Library Association (ALA), has been granted permission by the HighBridge Company to make a six-minute excerpt from The Time Traveler’s Wife: Unabridged Edition audiobook available to its avatar visitors.

ALALibraryVal Miles at Story Hour Garden, beside The Time Traveler's Wife: Unabridged Edition audiobook sign

ALALibraryVal Miles at Story Hour Garden, beside The Time Traveler's Wife Sign

SL residents can teleport to Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) at <http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/25/101/21> to hear the excerpt from this audio version of Audrey Niffenegger’s 2003 bestselling novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, a 2004 Alex Award winner, whose eponymous film version starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams opens in the USA, the UK and Canada, on Aug. 14, 2009.

Actress Rachel McAdams holds The Time Traveler’s Wife novel in one of ALA’s newest celebrity READ posters, now available from the ALA Online Store.

Winner of a 2006 AudioFile Earphones Award, The Time Traveler’s Wife: Unabridged Edition is read by William Hope, whose previous audiobook work includes Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, and by Laurel Lefkow, whose previous audiobook work includes Lauren Weisberger’s The Devil Wears Prada.

To make sure the excerpt can be heard properly, Second Life® avatars should click their Viewer’s Edit menu and select Preferences, and then click the Audio & Video tab to see that the box next to Play Streaming Media When Available is checked in. On the bottom right of the Viewer is the in-world media player; click the arrow beside the illuminated audio icon to begin playing the audio stream.

ALA Island was recently featured in the Library Showcase of ALA’s I Love Libraries, at ALA Island: A Community Information Center for Second Life from the American Library Association. And Story Hour Garden on ALA Island is an extensive fantasy garden area created by Second Life® avatar Jedda Zenovka and named by Second Life® avatar contest winner Bookie Balogh.

HighBridge Company is an audio publisher of unabridged audiobooks (CD and digital download), including public radio favorites Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk and Fresh Air with Terry Gross.

ALA Store purchases fund advocacy, awareness, and accreditation programs for library professionals worldwide.

See the official ALA press release dated August 4, 2009 —

Hear The Time Traveler’s Wife: Unabridged Edition audiobook on ALA Island in Second Life®
http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/august2009/timetraveler_ala.cfm

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*LAST* StoryLines Midwest: The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter

From Michigan (public) Radio – StoryLines Midwest radio episode featuring discussion of The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter.

Episode available “on demand” at the Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21).

In this engrossing novel–alternately hilarious and sad–the author presents varying versions of events, each from the point of view of a different character.

Writer Lorrie Moore says of Baxter, “One of Mr. Baxter’s great strengths as a writer has always been his ability to capture the stranded inner lives of the Middle West’s repressed eccentrics.”

Read the four-page Feast of Love Discussion Guide (PDF).

RSVP at its Facebook Event page.

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Current programs on ALA Island: Member Lounge, Story Hour Garden, AL Focus Video Village

Currently, we have the following programs running on ALA Island.

Now playing at the Member Lounge on ALA Island (79, 89, 29) —

Listen to the newest podcast from ALA’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA):

David Free, editor-in-chief of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries News, and ACRL 2009 Green Committee member, Kate Zoellner, speak with Robin Chase, cofounder of ZipCar and current CEO of GoLoco, following her invited presentation at the ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle (March 2009).

Time: 20:26

Podcast is available “on demand” 24 hours a day.

The music in this ACRL Podcast is “Don’t you,” mixed by stefsax and available on ccMixter. The music is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license.

Now playing at at Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) —

From Michigan (public) Radio – StoryLines Midwest one-hour radio episode featuring discussion of The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

Episode available “on demand” 24 hours a day.

Louise Erdrich returns in The Antelope Wife to the Ojibway people, whose lives, loves, and passions she has so masterfully chronicled in previous novels. In her fictional world, where myth is woven deeply into the fabric of everyday life, “there is light as well as darkness … and encountering it offers pain and exhilaration in equal measure.”–The New York Times Book Review

Now available at AL Focus Video Village on ALA Island (79, 44, 44)–

AL Focus is the video home of American Libraries (AL) magazine — the monthly magazine for ALA members. AL Focus Video Village is where you can watch AL Focus videos on ALA Island in the Second Life virtual world.

Newest videos available:

Kate DiCamillo interview: Kate DiCamillo, author of The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie, sat down with ALA “Booklist” magazine’s Ilene Cooper to talk about seeing her creations become major motion pictures, the surreal moments that came along with the Despereaux phenomenon, and her latest projects. Also, there’s tons of laughing.

2009 ACRL National Conference: In this overview of the 2009 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL, a division of ALA) National Conference, keynoter Sherman Alexie discusses a terminology conundrum, Mary K. Van Ullen explains the effect of cultural differences on teaching about plagiarism, Diane Dallis describes Indiana University’s planned research commons, and keynoter Ira Glass demonstrates how This American Life uses music to make stories come to life.

ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses Series

Four questions x two Presidential Candidates = 8 videos

For details, see December 2, 2008 ALA press release, Members invited to submit questions to ALA presidential candidates via YouTube

ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Stevens on GLBT Employment Rights: ALA Presidential Candidate Roberta Stevens responds to Karen Schneider’s question on enforcing ALA policy on GLBT rights.
ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Oliver on GLBT Employment Rights: ALA Presidential Candidate Kenton Oliver responds to Karen Schneider’s question on enforcing ALA policy on GLBT rights.

ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Oliver on Why Librarians Should Join ALA: ALA Presidential Candidate Kenton Oliver responds to Genevieve Grove’s question on why librarians should join ALA.
ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Stevens on Why Librarians Should Join ALA: ALA Presidential Candidate Roberta Stevens responds to Genevieve Grove’s question on why librarians should join ALA.

ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Stevens on Social Media and Advocacy: ALA Presidential Candidate Roberta Stevens responds to Carolyn Wood’s question on how ALA can harness the power of social media for library advocacy.
ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Oliver on Social Media and Advocacy: ALA Presidential Candidate Kenton Oliver responds to Carolyn Wood’s question on how ALA can harness the power of social media for library advocacy.

ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Oliver on E-participation: ALA Presidential Candidate Kenton Oliver responds to Tom Peters’s question on how ALA can enable participation without travel (Peters is Maxito Ricardo in Second Life).
ALA Presidential Candidate Question Responses-Stevens on E-participation: ALA Presidential Candidate Roberta Stevens responds to Tom Peters’s question on how ALA can enable participation without travel (Peters is Maxito Ricardo in Second Life).

and

Ann Brashares Interview: ALA’s “Booklist” magazine sat down with author Ann Brashares to talk about her new book “3 Willows” and how it compares to her bestselling “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series. Brashares opens up about the chances of the new book expanding into a series, how hard it is to let go of beloved characters, and how she likes to imagine her characters’ lives at age 4, 14, 40, and beyond.

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Dracula on ALA Island! (And so much more)

In honor of Halloween on Friday, October 31, the Mercury Theater on the Air radio production of “Dracula” plays at the Sky Book Platform, which stars drama legend Orson Welles. Set your World/Environment Settings to Midnight for extra creepiness! (1 hr)
ALA Island (129, 156, 69) – Sky Book Platform

We have that classic (!) 1947 Vocational Guidance Films title, “The Librarian,” playing on the large screen at the Galen Noltenius Sky Platform. (10 min)
ALA Island (206, 100, 46) – Galen Noltenius Sky Platform

The StoryLines Midwest episode featuring “A Sand County Almanac” by Aldo Leopold continues at Story Hour Garden.
ALA Island (25, 101, 21) – Story Hour Garden

ALA’s member magazine, “American Libraries (AL),” has been producing video segments for over a year now under the banner “ALFocus.” All of them, with the newest first available, can be viewed in-world at the ALFocus Video Village up in the mountains of ALA Island. Just click the screen to get the menu of choices.

ALA Island (79, 44, 44) – ALFocus Video Village

Two Newest  —
* Gaming at Oak Park (IL) Public Library
* LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) National Forum 2008: Technology and Community

Did you get to see everything that our Banned Books Week 2008 Town Square had to offer? Literary references abound on the many buildings and cars! Snap a picture in front of Gulliver’s Travel Agency. Pose as Romeo & Juliet on the ladder outside Dr. Frankenstein’s Apothecary. Stand on a soapbox in front of the Court House. And see if the Banned Books Trivia Cage right in front of the Public Library traps you…!
ALA Island (121, 98, 29) – Banned Books Week 2008 Town Square

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Congratulations to Bookie Balogh! Visit Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21)

The Name-the-Garden Contest that took place during Banned Books Week was won by Second Life avatar, Bookie Balogh, who contributed the name Story Hour Garden!

ALALibraryVal Miles at the newly-named Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) in Second Life.

ALALibraryVal Miles at the newly-named Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21) in Second Life.

We thank Bookie for the name, all the more so appropriate as it is the place of our book and other literary audio features, including StoryLines America (which are usually an hour long!).

Bookie had the choice of an ALA READ poster, and chose our poster featuring actor Sendhil Ramamurthy, who currently portrays Dr. Mohinder Suresh on the NBC television program “Heroes” —

Heroic Reader—Sendhil Ramamurthy

Heroic Reader—Sendhil Ramamurthy

Currently, the Story Hour Garden features the StoryLines Midwest radio show episode discussing A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold. According to Wikipedia:

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_County_Almanac

A Sand County Almanac is a 1949 non-fiction book written by American ecologist and environmentalist Aldo Leopold. Describing the land around Leopold’s home in Sauk County, Wisconsin and his thoughts on developing a “land ethic,” it was edited and published by his son, Luna, a year after Leopold’s death from a heart attack. The collection of essays is considered to be a landmark book in the American conservation movement.

The book has had over two million copies printed and has been translated into nine languages.[1]

For details about the book and its author, read the A Sand County Almanac Discussion Guide (PDF) by David Long, StoryLines Midwest Literature Consultant, who explains:

In 1935, Aldo Leopold and his wife Estella bought a played-out, 120-acre farm near Baraboo, Wisconsin, 40 miles north of Madison, where Leopold was the one-man department of wildlife management at the University of Wisconsin. The Leopolds made the chicken coop into living quarters (thereafter known as “the shack”) and, along with their five children, used the farm as a weekend getaway. It lay “in the backwash of the River Progress,” Leopold happily declared.

He planted thousands of pines in the sandy glacial soil, hunted grouse, canoed, and meticulously recorded the details of the changing seasons. These observations and his thoughts on conservation would grow into the book for which he is remembered and revered, A Sand County Almanac, published in 1949, shortly after his death. . . .

Although it was critically well received, sales for A Sand County Almanac remained modest until it was rediscovered by the burgeoning environmental movement of the 1960s, which took to it zealously. Soon it was being taught on campuses across the country, using an expanded edition edited by Leopold’s son Luna. By the late 1980s the book had gone through over 40 printings, and was considered, along with Walden and Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, one of the main intellectual underpinnings of environmentalism in America.

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