The Mediatrician’s holiday movie-watching tips

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The holidays can be a great time for families and friends to come together and watch a new or classic movie. This year, theaters are offering movie versions of popular children’s and young adult stories such as Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hobbit:The Desolation of Smaug, while many TV stations and streaming… Read more »

Never learning violence.

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Dear Readers, Last week, the New York Times featured an article entitled “Unlearning Gun Violence”, which discussed the work of an epidemiologist who, after a decade of fighting TB, HIV, and cholera in Africa, returned to a life-threatening epidemic in his hometown of Chicago—violence.  He uses the same techniques that worked in Africa, teaching perpetrators and… Read more »

Should apps be part of a library’s story time?

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Q: There is a discussion among children’s librarians about including tablets and apps in story times at the library for children ages 2-5 or even younger. The assumption is that apps can and should be one more type of material that supports early literacy development (vocabulary, narrative skills, letter knowledge, phonological awareness, etc.). Some think that… Read more »