We are excited to announce our new display, Folk Tales and Fairy Tales from Around the World, compiled by library staff member, Deborah Fennema. Featuring an explanation of the subtle differences between folk and fairy tales, the display highlights retellings from around the world. We hope you’ll stop by, grab a book and a free bookmark! … Continue reading "Folk Tales and Fairy Tales from Around the World"
Along with no-shave November, many folks on social media also spend of the month of November participating in activities such as 30 Days of Thanks with an intentional focus on gratitude. More and more, teachers find themselves teaching principles of gratitude, giving thanks, mindfulness, and manners in the classroom as a part of the Social … Continue reading "Gratitude and Giving Thanks"
The Ballenger Teachers Center is excited to announce a set of brand new books and curriculum donated by Dr. Annette Christy (EIU Alumna, Class of 1964). Dr. Christy has given generously to the Ballenger Teachers Center over the years. She graduated with a major in Latin and Spanish from Eastern Illinois University. She began her teaching … Continue reading "Donation from Dr. Annette Christy: Social Emotional Learning Children’s Books and Curriculum"
This summer, Dr. Christina Edmonds-Behrend, Professor of Special Education, and Mrs. Michele McDaniel, Coordinator of the Ballenger Teachers Center at Booth Library, received a $1,500 grant from the Illinois State Foundation for Educational Studies, Inc., Delta Kappa Gamma for “Increasing Knowledge of Diverse Individuals with Disabilities through Literature and Related Materials.” With these funds, we … Continue reading "Increasing Knowledge of Diverse Individuals with Disabilities through Literature and Related Materials"
Each year, the Ballenger Teachers Center collects the nominees for the Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Take a look at our Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Award Guide here to see the titles on the 2021 nominees lists. The Rebecca Caudill Award is the flagship Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Award. It was first awarded in 1988. Twenty … Continue reading "Illinois Young Readers’ Choice Awards"
Every year, the American Library Association forms committees to select the best books of the year in a variety of categories. The selected titles represent examples of excellence in children’s and young adult literature and audio books. In addition to the gold medal award winners, each award will typically give honor awards to a few … Continue reading "2018 ALA Youth Media Awards"
It seems fitting that this new BTC blog would launch with a post about our wonderful new books about outer space and the solar system. This past Fall, the BTC received a generous donation from alumna, Dr. Annette Christy (Class of 1964). The donation was designated for non-fiction curriculum materials about the solar system, art, and … Continue reading "Explore the Solar System"