Soon to enter its fifth year, (!) the Middle School Book Club that MVPL & MVGATE launched together will meet again April 20 to enjoy... The Martian!
DIESEL Bookstore in Larkspur -- the nice folks who worked with us to bring Gene Yang to Marin -- sends us a cool opportunity that may interest kids ages 13-18:
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Larkspur is looking for ten enthusiastic, dedicated, book-loving teens who can commit to one Saturday evening per month. Do you love to read? Do you like to write? Do you think some authors are cooler than rockstars? Do you want a community role that won't take up all your study time? If you answered "yes", then you might be a DIESEL BookStar.
Here's what the BookStars do:
Congratulations to Gene Yang! The Library of Congress just named him the national ambassador for young people's literature, making him the first graphic novelist to be honored in this way. His latest graphic novel, Secret Coders, was praised by the New York Times for its "sly" way of teaching kids the elements of computer programming.
MVGATE was honored to host Gene last October in Larkspur for his interactive presentation of Secret Coders. His enthusiasm for coding was shared by the eager MVGATE kids of Marin:
Our favorite quotes included:
Gene's a good educator, a good writer, and a good guy. We're thrilled to see him honored for his work, and we look forward to many happy collaborations ahead.
Wow. And exactly right. Kids on the web are going to encounter hate and love, inspiration and sickness, and the entire beautiful and frightening cacophony of the world. What they need is a loving adult they know they can talk to, just being there when they need them. Dinner together won’t solve every problem online by a long shot, but knowing we can always talk, that we’re always there, provides kids the essential access point to your wisdom and support. Not to mention keeping up on the latest from 1D.