New CLA “Briefings,” Lloyd Moss Obituary, Free Webinar on Common Core



BeatlesBriefingsThe newest issue of “Briefings,” the newsletter for youth services librarians from the California Library Association is now available: and click on August 2013, Current issue.  Congratulations to editor Celeste Steward on a great issue!  Check out the interview with the authors of The Beatles Were Fab (and they were funny), programming ideas, and news!


ZinLloyd Moss Obituary: Author Lloyd Moss died at age 86 on August 3, 2013. Originally a classical music radio host, Moss transferred his love of music to several acclaimed children’s books including the Caldecott Honoree Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! (S&S, 1995). Moss served as the afternoon host on WQXR radio in New York City, the classical music station of The New York Times for 53 years before retiring in 2006, saying, “I believe that my immortality lies in my books.”

Moss published his first children’s book, Zin! Zin! Zin!, at the age of 69. It uses the instruments in an orchestra to illustrate the concept of counting and the parallel concepts of solos, duets, trios, etc. Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, the book was awarded the 1996 Caldecott Honor.  Moss went on to write two other music-themed books:  Our Marching Band (Putnam, 2001) and Music Is (Putnam, 2003).

Moss was born in Brooklyn on November 17, 1926, and grew up surrounded by music and books. His father owned a beauty parlor where the radio was always tuned to WQXR (the same station where Moss would later make his career in broadcasting). As a child he frequented a second hand bookshop, where he found Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, as well as adventure stories by Jack London, James Oliver Curwood, and Zane Grey.

Announcing a new free, 1 hour webinar from Infopeople:

Common Core State Standards and Public Libraries

Presenter:  Lisa G. Kropp

Date:  Wednesday, September 11, 2013  Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific

Have you been hearing about the Common Core State Standards and wondering what they were? Do you think the “staircase of complexity” is an obstacle course stunt? Are you looking for proven examples to collaborate with your local school district on the CCSS? Are you interested in learning how you can simply and easily incorporate the Standards into your existing programs and services?

During this webinar, participants will learn what the CCSS are, how they will affect students in California, as well as simple and effective ways to incorporate them into existing library programs and services. Find out how to collaborate with local schools to assist students as they begin to navigate the “staircase of complexity” and “integrated models of literacy.”

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will: Have a basic understanding of the California Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and why they were adopted, Know the role public libraries have in assisting schools with the CCSS, Know the 6 shifts in English Language Arts and Literacy trends for students, Be introduced to the specialized vocabulary and jargon used in CCSS, Have three ideas or techniques on collaborating with their school district on CCSS.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, September 11, 2013 webinar, go to .

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