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December 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Characters in children’s books are almost always white, and it’s a big problem – The Washington Post http://buff.ly/1AbfjpD #yalit

‘Harriet the Spy’ Park Hangout Honored as a Literary Landmark http://buff.ly/1646g0W #kidlit

How our children’s book about a gay superhero avoided the straightwash | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1smpHH0 #lgbt #kidlit

Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers : Code Switch : NPR http://buff.ly/1sgtX0l #kidlit

What are the best children’s books on the true spirit of Christmas? | Children’s books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1D3RI04 #kidlit

Why Amelia Bedelia Is Literally The Most Terrifying Character Ever – Dorkly Post http://buff.ly/1IGf10f #kidlit #humor

TEEN READS

Rainbow Rowell’s Next Is CARRY ON – EarlyWord – http://buff.ly/1z7YCwi #yalit

ReedPOP & We Need Diverse Books Team Up For BookCon – GalleyCat http://buff.ly/1IFvrWy #yalit

Stacked: "Best of 2014" in YA Fiction List Break Down http://buff.ly/1Abfp0C #yalit

YA Trilogies That Ended in 2014 (That You Should Read in 2015)| EricSmith | http://buff.ly/1zYDLL6 #yalit

Solving Problems – Together

December 9, 2014 Leave a comment

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Jeffrey Walter, who is the Vice Chairman of the United Nation’s Secretary General’s Envoy for Health, Finance and Malaria, has posted a fascinating look at how the world’s largest issues like malaria can be solved if we work as an ensemble.

For me as a librarian, this is not just about solving the world’s major issues, but also how in libraries we can work together to come up with the best solutions for serving our communities.  I think the best management teams do this naturally.  There is room for everyone’s voice to be heard and leaders listen.

Here are some tips from Walter:

  • No single individual, organization, corporation, foundation, or nation can solve the significant problems of the world. So let’s stop looking for heroes to address the important issues of our day.
  • …we need to assemble all these puzzle pieces and empower teams to pull the pieces together. Only a great team of partners is capable of applying problem-solving strategies, combined with the resources, talent, knowledge, and the will required to grow them to scale. ….it is all about the cause and how all of those resources can come together to support it.
  • Ask, early in our planning efforts for any new project, “Who can we collaborate with to improve our odds of success?” Don’t assume that the partnership path is too hard to follow—there are models for collaboration that will smooth the way.

There is much more in his article and it’s definitely worth reading!

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This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

December 5, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

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CHILDREN’S BOOKS

4 new children’s books to stir the holiday spirit – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram http://buff.ly/1tDSGoZ #kidlit

Best Picture Books of 2014| Minh Le | http://buff.ly/1FTAbFX #kidlit

David Almond: each story comes with its own kind of fizz, gurgle and energy | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1tDQBcL #kidlit #authors

Jen Robinson’s Book Page: This Holiday Season, 70% of Kids Wants Books That Make Them Laugh, Says Scholastic http://buff.ly/1CGryjP #kidlit

Terrible Trivium – I See a Book and Get Angry and Write a Thing http://buff.ly/1zVAdZK #kidlit

The Ultimate Children’s Literature Illustrator Gift Guide — @100scopenotes http://buff.ly/1yJnomW #kidlit

What can children learn from crime classics like Peter Rabbit? | Children’s books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1yaXycZ #kidlit

EBOOKS

Nature makes all articles free to view : Nature News & Comment http://buff.ly/1CCKmR4 #free #econtent

LIBRARIES

I am Ferguson Public Library Director in Ferguson, MO. AMA! : IAmA http://buff.ly/1yaF9wS #libraries

New York Public Library Expands Free Wi-Fi Hotspot Loan Program | LJ INFOdocket http://buff.ly/1yd74Mw #libraries

Night Light at the Bubbler @ Madison Public Library | Library as Incubator Project http://buff.ly/1vGk4IC #libraries

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READING

Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Still Read Fiction – Mic http://buff.ly/1yuRd9W #reading

TEEN READS

Best Adult Books 4 Teens 2014 | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/1yV4aeg #yalit

Exploring conflict through teen and YA books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/12zS6mZ #yalit

John Corey Whaley’s top 10 coming of age stories | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1pXJIHS #yalit

Stacked: Mental Illness in YA As a Minefield—Explore at Will: Guest Post by Rachel M. Wilson – http://buff.ly/1tJdvzr #yalit

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

November 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It's a way of looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope, which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life's realities." Dr Seuss

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Being a White Guy in Children’s Books – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1Fjot7e #kidlit – Be sure to read the comments, lots of wisdom there.

Best Books 2014 | School Library Journal http://buff.ly/11qP82T #kidlit #yalit

The Best Horror Stories For Children| Evangeline Lilly | http://buff.ly/1HEqOM7 #kidlit

Dav Pilkey: I never hypnotised my principal! That part I made up | The Guardian http://buff.ly/15dXxZJ #kidlit

Handler apologizes again, calls his remark racist | Celebrities | The State http://buff.ly/1xMg0at #kidlit

Jacqueline Woodson: ‘I don’t want anyone to feel invisible’ | Books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/11ZHtbM #kidlit

Meanwhile In America, Brown Girls Are Still Dreaming http://buff.ly/1yNxoKc #kidlit

New James Patterson Children’s Book Inspires Animated Web Series – GalleyCat http://buff.ly/1vxrmQv #kidlit

Nonfiction conversations: Talking nonfiction picture book biographies with kids | There’s a Book for That http://buff.ly/11Qlchq #kidlit

Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels can Help Your Kids Love to Read http://cbldf.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/CBLDF-Raising-a-Reader-REV-070313-WEB.pdf … #ncte14

Year in Architecture 2014: Open to the Elements - The Fort Myers Regional Library and Talking Books Library, Lee County Library System, FL, comprises two buildings and an outdoor plaza. The computer/multimedia area in the northeast corner is wrapped in glass “to announce its presence to those entering downtown.”

LIBRARIES

"Allow me to explain why your library should not provide holiday programs this winter, or ever" http://ow.ly/EHA3n

BBC News – Scottish Book Trust calls for library card for every child http://buff.ly/1Fk2M6S #libraries

CALGARY (AB CA) NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY VIDEO: A Visual Beauty – Read The Fun Calgary New Central Library Facts: http://bestcalgaryhomes.com/video-new-central-library-east-village-calgary …

Dear Library, Forgive Me – BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1vNL9LG #libraries

The Ferguson library gives a lesson in community http://buff.ly/1yXkv09 #libraries

Ferguson Library Provides Calm Refuge for a Torn Community http://buff.ly/15r42so #libraries #ferguson

A Field Trip to America’s Public Libraries – The Atlantic http://buff.ly/1Fjp5K7 #libraries

How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities | MindShift http://buff.ly/1p6QUkL #libraries

How To Support the Ferguson Library – BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1vJEhyU #libraries

Year in Architecture 2014: Open to the Elements - The Savage Branch & STEM Education Center, Howard County Library System, Laurel, MD, focuses on science and technology, as tubular skylights harvest natural light and exterior windows flood the building with light.

TEEN READS

The Best Dystopian Novels Everyone Should Read| Lauren Sarner | http://buff.ly/1y8L3fl #yalit

Ursula K. Le Guin — "We will need writers who can remember freedom" | LISNews: http://buff.ly/1p6P0QV #yalit

What to read if you don’t like dystopia? | The Guardian http://buff.ly/15dXFbR #yalit

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

November 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Barbie F*cks It Up Again http://buff.ly/1qAHXkP #sexism #kidlit #barbie

How this year’s National Book Awards could change the face of children’s literature http://buff.ly/1qz2yWA #kidlit

Jackie Woodson Wins National Book Award: Cue Jokes About Watermelon http://buff.ly/1AoCFvA #kidlit

‘Polar Express’ author and U-M grad Chris Van Allsburg talks about his newest book and more http://buff.ly/1F7Rlz9 #kidlit

R.A. Montgomery, Author And Publisher Of Choose Your Own Adventure Books, Dead At 78 http://buff.ly/1vjnjHu #kidlit

Remarkable Latino Children’s Literature of 2014 – Latinas for Latino Lit (L4LL) http://buff.ly/1x6rjK8 #kidlit

Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize winner announced | @GrrlScientist | Science | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1xQGtDi #kidlit

What are the best books series for younger children? | Children’s books | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1zwZ7iV #kidlit

“When you read my books, I’ll be there with you. We’ll share the story together.” @SANDRA_MARKLE http://picturebookmonth.com/2014/11/why-picture-books-are-important-by-sandra-markle/ … #PictureBookMonth

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LIBRARIES

6 Ways To Become a Power User of the Public Library – BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1EOgKxv #libraries

Make It Take It Kits at Meridian District Library | Library as Incubator Project http://buff.ly/1qz242F #libraries

Neil Gaiman -"For me, closing libraries is the equivalent of eating your seed corn to save a little money" http://buff.ly/1EZUEZ0 #libraries

Parasites @ Your Library — Annoyed Librarian http://buff.ly/1Haibsl #libraries

Simon & Schuster Strips "Buy It Now" Requirement from Library Ebook Program | Digital Book World http://buff.ly/1qB0uxh #ebooks #libraries

Twin Cities’ oldest library is being reborn as a job skills center | Star Tribune http://buff.ly/1x5WNQE #library

Why going to the library is one of the best things I do for my kids and the planet : TreeHugger http://buff.ly/1qslDtv #libraries

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READING

It’s Universal Children’s Day: What are the Benefits of Reading to Children? | Books LIVE http://buff.ly/1uXUPB3 #reading #kidlit

The Official SCBWI Blog: Product Placement in books? http://buff.ly/1uDONpf #ebooks #reading

TEEN READS

The Ageless Appeal of Young Adult Literature| Grammarly | http://buff.ly/1vi3yAc #yalit

Author Sherman Alexie, On Writing For Young Adults | StateImpact Florida http://buff.ly/1x5Wrti #yalit

Frank Portman: from punk rocker to rising YA novelist http://buff.ly/1F76TD6 #yalit

Gay Without the Gay Angst: 10 Books About Lesbian/Bi/Queer Girls | Diversity in YA http://buff.ly/1F4Sdob #yalit

Resourceful Teens Will Always Find Books To Read| Eliot Schrefer | http://buff.ly/1ubxo20 #yalit

Stacked: Here There Be Dragons http://buff.ly/1qsslj7 #yalit

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

November 14, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

Gorgeous books that celebrate the fun and beauty of fall! #kidslit #fall #reading

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

12 Picture Books 4 to 8 Year Olds Should Read | Still Advocating http://buff.ly/1EpOL5e #kidlit

BBC News – Quentin Blake: We need more disabled children in picture books http://buff.ly/1GM3ifE #kidlit

Brian Selznick Inks Deal For ‘The Marvels’ – GalleyCat http://buff.ly/1wXZ8wT #kidlit

Five questions for Sharon G. Flake http://buff.ly/1xfVO1I #kidlit

Middle-grade mirth – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1GPkMHV #kidlit

Native American Heritage Month: 10 Children’s Books By Native Writers « the open book http://buff.ly/1zk0PEe #kidlit

Who are the best quirky heroines in children’s books? | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1szsw7p #kidlit

Why Picture Books Are Important by Chris Barton http://buff.ly/10z7Gxc #kidlit

LIBRARIES

Libraries and Buy It Now: A Difficult Decision? | American Libraries Magazine http://buff.ly/1wQpPDJ #ebooks #libraries

One Man’s Diary of a Month-Long Library Closure – BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1B39M9A #libraries

READING

New study reveals why it’s impossible to put down a Harry Potter book – ScienceAlert http://buff.ly/1tU0xCa #reading

Reading children’s books has changed my life http://buff.ly/1ExzIbP #kidlit #reading

TECHNOLOGY

Comcast agrees with Obama on net neutrality, except for the legal bit – GigaOM http://buff.ly/1Eujw96 #internet #netneutrality

Dear Senator Ted Cruz, I’m going to explain to you how Net Neutrality ACTUALLY works – The Oatmeal http://buff.ly/1EC7D2V #internet

Present Shock | Dark Rye http://buff.ly/10GI7KN - Using technology to set ourselves free rather than it using us #socialmedia #technology

TEEN READS

Authors of young adult fiction say pitching the content right is a balancing act http://buff.ly/1yjraRG #yalit

Meg Wolitzer: Why are teenage girls drawn to books about mental instability? | The Guardian http://buff.ly/10E6BEs #yalit

YALLFest: Q&A with Rita Williams-Garcia | Charleston City Paper http://buff.ly/1osBfvz #kidlit

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

November 7, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I think are cool:

Favorite books for kids age 3-4.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Amid loss, author Nancy Carlson continues making children’s books | Star Tribune http://buff.ly/1oaxzyC #kidlit

The best children’s books are also the saddest – Telegraph http://buff.ly/1x4OdCX #kidlit

Children’s book shares tale of culture, unlikely friendship – The Philadelphia Tribune http://buff.ly/1A5JPFK #kidlit

Finding New Voices in Children’s Books in Spanish: Spanish-Language Publishing 2014 http://buff.ly/1A5MVtr #kidlit

The NYT BEST ILLUSTRATED: A Judge’s Experience – EarlyWord: The Publisher | Librarian Connection http://buff.ly/1opqpqk #kidlit

On the Books: Prominent children’s author turns to Kickstarter | Shelf Life http://buff.ly/1uCHiQB #authors #kickstarter

Reasons Why Reading With Your Child Is a Habit Worth Keeping – http://buff.ly/1E96Bt3 #reading

Top 10 monkey books for children | The Guardian http://buff.ly/1EmufnV #kidlit

LIBRARIES

Seattle Sorts Library Books Faster than New York? Fuhgeddaboudit – http://buff.ly/1nXBQoZ #libraries

TEEN READS

5 YA Books That Will Keep You On The Edge Of Your Seat| Ryan Graudin | http://buff.ly/1xfu4Xz #yalit

9 Books That Got Me Through My Awkward Teen Years…& That I’ll Still Revisit As an Awkward Adult | Bustle http://buff.ly/1x4NCRz #yalit

Best Books of 2014 | Publishers Weekly – includes picture books, middle grade & teen – http://buff.ly/1xTj0ze #yalit #kidlit

Does YA Mean Anything Anymore?: Genre in a Digitized World – The Zena Sutherland Lecture – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1sSAS8W #yalit

R.L. Stine: “I love killing teenagers” http://buff.ly/1s8H5yv #yalit

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