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release date: Jul 01, 2010
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The Spooky Wheels on the Bus
A haunted Halloween bus ride that will have children singing with excitement.

THE SPOOKY WHEELS ON THE BUS is a humorous Halloween-themed version of the classic song THE WHEELS ON THE BUS...with a few ghoulish tricks and treats up its sleeves!

Count from One Spooky Bus up to Ten Goofy Ghosts as this Halloween ride races through town picking up a few unsuspecting passengers along the way.
release date: Jan 17, 2009
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The Everything Kids' Geography Book: From the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef - explore the world!
From North America's mountains to Africa's deserts, this book will help kids learn the locations of states, countries, and continents around the world. They will also learn about the features that make up each region, including:
  • What's growing in the Amazon Rainforest;
  • The longest river in the world - the Nile in Africa;
  • The "frozen Ts" of Asia - the tundra and the taiga;
  • Shelves of ice in Antarctica;
  • The uniqueness of the Australian Outback;
  • And more!
With exciting puzzles and activities, this book is a great tool for teachers and parents who want to make learning fun for kids. Before long, young readers will be reading maps and navigating tough terrain like bona fide geographers!
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release date: Nov 25, 2016
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Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Common Good (Critical Anthologies in Art and Culture)

Essays, dialogues, and art projects that illuminate the changing role of art as it responds to radical economic, political, and global shifts.

How should we understand the purpose of publicly engaged art in the twenty-first century, when the very term “public art” is largely insufficient to describe such practices? 
 
Concepts such as “new genre public art,” “social practice,” or “socially engaged art” may imply a synergy between the role of art and the role of government in providing social services. Yet the arts and social services differ crucially in terms of their methods and metrics. Socially engaged artists need not be aligned (and may often be opposed) to the public sector and to institutionalized systems. In many countries, structures of democratic governance and public responsibility are shifting, eroding, and being remade in profound ways―driven by radical economic, political, and global forces. According to what terms and through what means can art engage with these changes?
 
This volume gathers essays, dialogues, and art projects―some previously published and some newly commissioned―to illuminate the ways the arts shape and reshape a rapidly changing social and governmental landscape. An artist portfolio section presents original statements and projects by some of the key figures grappling with these ideas.

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release date: May 01, 2009
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Dash (Breyer Stablemates)
This new book in the bestselling Stablemates series has an American Quarter Horse!

When Jenny discovers barrel racing, she cannot wait to give it a try. Luckily, Jenny's dad has the perfect horse, Dash. Dash is very fast, but Jenny must learn to control him around all the tight turns in the barrel racing course. Even with help from her new friend, Hope, and her trainer, Sam, will Jenny and Dash be ready in time for the upcoming rodeo?

With fun facts about American Quarter Horses, this easy-to-read chapter book is perfect for any girl who loves horses!



release date: May 10, 2016
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Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide
Based on the groundbreaking research of VIEWS2 the first systematic study of storytimes done to date this book recommends simple interactive ways to emphasize early literacy techniques and encourage children to use and practice their pre-reading skills while preserving the delight inherent in storytime. And unlike many other storytime resources, the authors use the findings of VIEWS2 to offer guidance in performing assessment, as well as giving tips for planning and conducting storytimes. Put simply this book assists storytime presenters, children's librarians, and others involved with early literacy by
  • presenting ready-to-use planning tools based on early learning benchmarks with a clear focus on developmental stages;
  • demonstrating how to foster early literacy development by inserting the VIEWS2 early literacy domains into the five practices from the second edition of Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library®;
  • interweaving testimonials from storytime practitioners throughout the text to provide real-world insight;
  • showing how storytime presenters can connect with parents and caregivers to promote family engagement;
  • providing guidelines, worksheets, and recommendations for storytime assessment, with particular attention to self-reflection and peer-to-peer community learning;
  • highlighting professional development resources that encourage sharing and problem-solving within the larger community of children s and youth librarians; and
  • providing administrators with research-based evidence that supports current and future advocacy for early literacy in public library programming for children.
Using this book's systematic approach, readers will be able to plan their storytimes with a clear idea of what to look for in the children they serve, and then continually improve how they meet the needs of their communities.
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release date: Oct 01, 2007
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Stablemates: Belle
The sixth reader in the Stablemates series features an American Quarter horse and a Christmas theme!

Belle is a Quarter horse who lives in a big city park. Emmy is a shy young girl who has just moved to the big city from the country. Emmy is afraid of things in the city and needs a friend.

As Christmastime approaches, Emmy travels off path in the park, but Belle helps her find their way back to the stables safe and sound. Emmy begins to feel better about the city when her parents announce that her new present is Belle! Now they can be friends forever.
release date: Oct 24, 2014
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The Cognitive Neurosciences (The MIT Press)

The fifth edition of a work that defines the field of cognitive neuroscience, with entirely new material that reflects recent advances in the field.

Each edition of this classic reference has proved to be a benchmark in the developing field of cognitive neuroscience. The fifth edition of The Cognitive Neurosciences continues to chart new directions in the study of the biological underpinnings of complex cognitio―the relationship between the structural and physiological mechanisms of the nervous system and the psychological reality of the mind. It offers entirely new material, reflecting recent advances in the field.

Many of the developments in cognitive neuroscience have been shaped by the introduction of novel tools and methodologies, and a new section is devoted to methods that promise to guide the field into the future―from sophisticated models of causality in brain function to the application of network theory to massive data sets. Another new section treats neuroscience and society, considering some of the moral and political quandaries posed by current neuroscientific methods.

Other sections describe, among other things, new research that draws on developmental imaging to study the changing structure and function of the brain over the lifespan; progress in establishing increasingly precise models of memory; research that confirms the study of emotion and social cognition as a core area in cognitive neuroscience; and new findings that cast doubt on the so-called neural correlates of consciousness.

release date: Nov 30, 2018
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Create, Innovate, and Serve: A Radical Approach to Children's and Youth Programming
Library services are transforming to emphasize interactive, innovative, participatory, and often production-centered programming. It’s a truly radical approach, and tomorrow’s LIS graduates in children’s and youth services need a resource that helps them understand this programming as it pertains to these age ranges. This text meets that need, bringing together a wide range of perspectives from both practice and research to survey this new landscape of programming for children and youth. Providing in-depth information crucial to those who will soon encounter these programs in library settings, this contributed volume delves into a wide variety of different programs, discussing their crucial elements and how to develop, plan, and deliver them; uses case studies of innovative practices to address such key issues as diversity, equity, media mentorship, community partnerships, dedicated library spaces, discussion-based programming, and assessment; presents annotated bibliographies of research, organized by young children (birth to 5), middle childhood (ages 6 to 12), and teens (ages 13 and up); and examines children and youth programming trends, teaching how to recognize and incorporate these trends into all types of programs.Emphasizing an inclusive approach to programming that incorporates research-based theories and frameworks, this text will be a valuable orientation tool for LIS students as well as a holistic guide for current children and youth services professionals.
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release date: Oct 15, 2018
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Television Finales: From Howdy Doody to Girls (Television and Popular Culture)
Today more than ever, series finales have become cultural touchstones that feed watercooler fodder and Twitter storms among a committed community of viewers. While the final episodes of The Fugitive and M*A*S*H continue to rank among the highest rated broadcasts, more recent shows draw legions of binge-watching fans. Given the importance of finales to viewers and critics alike, Howard and Bianculli along with the other contributors explore these endings and what they mean to the audience, both in terms of their sense of narrative and as episodes that epitomize an entire show. Bringing together a veritable “who’s who” of television scholars, journalists, and media experts, including Robert Thompson, Martha Nochimson, Gary Edgerton, David Hinckley, Kim Akass, and Joanne Morreale, the book offers commentary on some of the most compelling and often controversial final episodes in television history. Each chapter is devoted to a separate finale, providing readers with a comprehensive survey of these watershed moments. Gathering a unique international lineup of journalists and media scholars, the book also offers readers an intriguing variety of critical voices and perspectives.
release date: Oct 25, 2013
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The New Visual Neurosciences (The MIT Press)

A comprehensive review of contemporary research in the vision sciences, reflecting the rapid advances of recent years.

Visual science is the model system for neuroscience, its findings relevant to all other areas. This essential reference to contemporary visual neuroscience covers the extraordinary range of the field today, from molecules and cell assemblies to systems and therapies. It provides a state-of-the art companion to the earlier book The Visual Neurosciences (MIT Press, 2003). This volume covers the dramatic advances made in the last decade, offering new topics, new authors, and new chapters.

The New Visual Neurosciences assembles groundbreaking research, written by international authorities. Many of the 112 chapters treat seminal topics not included in the earlier book. These new topics include retinal feature detection; cortical connectomics; new approaches to mid-level vision and spatiotemporal perception; the latest understanding of how multimodal integration contributes to visual perception; new theoretical work on the role of neural oscillations in information processing; and new molecular and genetic techniques for understanding visual system development. An entirely new section covers invertebrate vision, reflecting the importance of this research in understanding fundamental principles of visual processing. Another new section treats translational visual neuroscience, covering recent progress in novel treatment modalities for optic nerve disorders, macular degeneration, and retinal cell replacement. The New Visual Neurosciences is an indispensable reference for students, teachers, researchers, clinicians, and anyone interested in contemporary neuroscience.

Associate Editors
Marie Burns, Joy Geng, Mark Goldman, James Handa, Andrew Ishida, George R. Mangun, Kimberley McAllister, Bruno Olshausen, Gregg Recanzone, Mandyam Srinivasan, W.Martin Usrey, Michael Webster, David Whitney

Sections
Retinal Mechanisms and Processes
Organization of Visual Pathways
Subcortical Processing
Processing in Primary Visual Cortex
Brightness and Color
Pattern, Surface, and Shape
Objects and Scenes
Time, Motion, and Depth
Eye Movements
Cortical Mechanisms of Attention, Cognition, and Multimodal Integration
Invertebrate Vision
Theoretical Perspectives
Molecular and Developmental Processes
Translational Visual Neuroscience

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