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April 14, 2014 Leave a comment

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HuffPo has a great post on why you should be taking your child to the library.  It begins with the author of the article talking about using the library as a child and learning to write her name just in order to get her own library card. 

She then goes on to list five reasons to use the library as a parent with your child:

  • Reading is brain food, and using the library leads to more reading.
  • You gain access to more books and other materials than you could buy on your own.
  • Your children’s librarian can tell you about books you would otherwise have missed.
  • Libraries are not shushing places anymore, they are active and fun.
  • A library card teaches responsibility.

I would add a couple more:

  • You have access to a variety of free programs for your child to participate in right at their developmental level.
  • You can meet other parents with children your age and have impromptu playdates right in the library.
  • You can grab books and movies for yourself too!

This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

April 11, 2014 Leave a comment

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

List of 1960s children's book.  Have you read these classics? Click through for the entire list.

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

HarperCollins to publish new Paddington Bear book | The Bookseller http://buff.ly/1lIIwCx #kidlit

Illustrator Becomes First Latin American to Win Highest Children’s Lit Honor | Vocativ http://bit.ly/1e8wVgh #kidlit

Should celebrities stop writing children’s books? | Comment is free | The Observer http://bit.ly/1g0ORV4 #kidlit

PUBLISHING

Tom Weldon: ‘Some say publishing is in trouble. They are completely wrong’ | The Observer http://bit.ly/1g0P8r5 #books #publishing

READING

Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming, researchers say – The Washington Post http://buff.ly/1qkngTN #reading

TECHNOLOGY

Science says using social media makes you depressed | Science http://buff.ly/1lKcUfL (Yes, I’m sharing it on social media. Enjoy the irony!)

Search Engine DuckDuckGo Is Taking On Google By Doing The One Thing They Won’t Do – Business Insider http://bit.ly/OkOBbZ

YA LIT

8 Great YA Novels Featuring South Asian Protagonists :: Paste http://bit.ly/1g0Pqyl #yalit

15 years of SPEAK: An Interview with Laurie Halse Anderson | BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/PM31mE #yalit

Ann Brashares talks dystopia and her new YA novel ‘The Here and Now’ http://buff.ly/1koonV3 #yalit

Hunger Games to Divergent: Get ready for the next teen revolution | Mail Online http://bit.ly/1e8td6j #yalit

Idaho school district bans award-winning book for being racy, racist and anti-Jesus http://bit.ly/1g0Pk9W #censorship #yalit

Lurid Library Laughs

April 8, 2014 Leave a comment

I just can’t stop giggling at these fifties-style paperback covers converted to library humor.  There are things here for everyone who has worked in a library:

Circ Girls Are Easy I Had To Use The Public Restroom 

This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

April 4, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my TwitterPinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I hope you find interesting:

CHILDREN’S LIT

The 9 Most Mischievous Literary Pranksters, Ranked| BookBub |   

10 diary books | Children’s books  

Are We Rushing Kids Out of Picture Books? | ShelfTalker  

Classic Childhood Books That Grow With You| Zola Books |  

Does Winnie-the-Pooh hinder a child’s ability to learn science? | Toronto Star   

Hear what ‘wordless author’ David Wiesner has to say about books  

How Jean Craighead George’s ‘Ice Whale’ Got Finished Thanks to Her Surviving Children | SLJ  

Marilyn Nelson: ‘Many performance poets seem to believe that yelling a poem makes it comprehensible’ – GalleyCat 

Top 10 Mothers – and mother figures – in children’s books | Children’s books  

EBOOKS

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Kindle | The Daily Dot  

LIBRARIES

Amazing Reading Nooks: Create Cozy, Inventive Reading Havens in Your Library | School Library Journal  

Libraries are branching out into digital – Fortune Tech  

TEEN READS

11 Things You Learn When Your Book Is Turned Into A TV Show| Kass Morgan |  

Beyond the Bestsellers: So You’ve Read SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson | BOOK RIOT  

‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Should Be Banned: Kamloops Dad  

See the cover of Scott Westerfeld’s new novel ‘Afterworlds’ | Shelf Life  

The well-read teenager: brilliant classics for young adult readers | Children’s books  

Categories: Uncategorized

Google Drive Tips

April 3, 2014 Leave a comment

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Lifehacker is one of my go-to blogs for all sorts of things.  They do amazing posts about technology, but also about a wild blend of topics that both help and surprise. 

Today they posted an article about Google Drive and how to make it act more like Office or other desktop suites.  But beyond that, they go through many features that you may not know about such as add-ons, scripts, and working offline.

This would make a very rich course to offer the public since it is free but also more robust than most users think.  Even if you aren’t looking for another technology course to offer, these tips will make your own use of Google Drive a much better experience.

Categories: Tech

Not So Proud of Wisconsin Right Now

April 2, 2014 Leave a comment

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Representative Paul Ryan of Wisconsin states in his budget proposal that IMLS should be eliminated.  As a Wisconsinite I am mortified.  Thankfully though ALA has responded to his budget proposal with firm statistics:

In Rep. Ryan’s own state of Wisconsin, more than 65 percent of libraries report that they are the only free access point to Internet in their communities. Just blocks from Rep. Ryan’s Wisconsin office, more than 716,000 visitors used the Hedberg Public Library in Janesville, Wisconsin to access library computers and research databases, check out books and receive job training in 2013. The Institute of Museum and Library Services administered more than $2.8 million in the 2014 fiscal year to help Wisconsin libraries prepare young students for school and provide lifelong learning opportunities for all Wisconsin residents. For example, the state reported that more than 215,000 children participated in summer reading programs at Wisconsin public libraries.

As librarians we are asked all the time about whether there is any real need for libraries in the modern day.  I’m old enough to have been a librarian when the Internet came along and we got that same question then.  We need to start making sure that our libraries are far more than book repositories, we must be seen as community centers, community builders and locally-focused organizations.  We must forge connections, serve as the catalyst for local projects, and be the voice for the forgotten in the community. 

Stepping down from the soap box. 

This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

March 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I hope you find interesting:

Read books to your little one that reflect a diverse world.

CHILDREN’S LIT

Aaron Starmer and Laurel Snyder Interview Each Other About Loneliness, Magic, and The Outsiders | Nerdy Book Club http://buff.ly/1dpp2CL

Can books unite children across the world? | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1ixp76n #kidlit

Jean Craighead George’s Children Complete Her Final Novel http://buff.ly/1dpktIw #kidlit

A Picture-Book Like No Other | Brain Pickings http://buff.ly/1hxtJ97 #kidlit

‘Pippi Longstocking’ Author Astrid Lindgren Gets a Spot on Sweden’s 20 Krona Note – GalleyCat http://buff.ly/1jnnStZ #kidlit

Rush Limbaugh selection in children’s book competition causes a stir – CNN http://buff.ly/1giNPbK #kidlit

(via Fascinating Illustrations Blend People, Animals, and Objects Together - My Modern Metropolis)

E-BOOKS

E-book Settlement Refunds Released to Consumers http://buff.ly/1gyrCa0 #ebooks

LIBRARIES

Fisking How “Libraries Are Failing America” | Agnostic, Maybe http://buff.ly/1diKvgf

How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers | Local Leaders Network | Guardian Professional http://buff.ly/1loNSVK #libraries

I hang out at libraries, even when I’m not looking for a book | Halifax, Nova Scotia | THE COAST http://buff.ly/1gxHMQY #libraries

Joint statement from the presidents of AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA, REFORMA and ALA http://buff.ly/1hsmvDb #libraries

New Top 10 Reasons Why Libraries are still Important – Stephen’s Lighthouse New http://buff.ly/1hs8buD #libraries

St. Paul Public Library: Sharing More Than Books – YouTube http://buff.ly/1dvK6Yv #libraries

Central Library San Diego: Art Gallery

PRIVACY

MetaPhone: The Sensitivity of Telephone Metadata « Web Policy http://buff.ly/1gj1XSr #privacy

People Battle to Regain Online Privacy http://buff.ly/1fUAAIA #privacy

TEEN READS

American Libraries Learn To Read Teenagers : The Protojournalist : NPR http://buff.ly/1irSira #libraries

Another Reason The Hunger Games Is Awesome: Katniss Is Taller Than Peeta – http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/11/another-reason-em-the-hunger-games-em-is-awesome-katniss-is-taller-than-peeta/281826/ … AMEN says the tall girl

A Censored History of Ladies in YA Fiction | BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1ixukeb #yalit

Is Divergent Sci-Fi’s First Successful Bisexual Allegory? http://buff.ly/1ilUW1N #yalit #glbtq

A message from Holly Black and Cassandra Clare | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1hfneYi #yalit

Must Every YA Action Heroine Be Petite? – Julianne Ross – The Atlantic http://buff.ly/1hfyyns #yalit

Stacked: Challenging the Expectation of YA Characters as "Role Models" for Girls http://buff.ly/1dppnp5 #yalit

Tanya Byrne’s top 10 black characters in children’s books | Children’s books http://buff.ly/1ilW4m4 #kidlit #yalit

This Spring’s Hottest Teen Books http://buff.ly/1gxRSkS #yalit

YA Outer Space Adventures to Read While Waiting for the Next Tin Star | BOOK RIOT http://buff.ly/1l7B1oo #yalit

Finding Creativity Everywhere and Every Day

March 25, 2014 Leave a comment

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Switch & Shift has a great post about Sourcing Creativity.  It looks at the artist John Bush and his approach to creativity which is so simple and natural.  It makes all of the machinations that we are being told make us creative ring false.

Bush makes several comments in the article:

“The cool ideas are everywhere,” he said. “I just pick something and daydream about what it might be like.  You have to let it work you as much as you making it work.”

“The creative part of humor,” John stated, “is to let the viewer fill in the pattern.  There would be little to ‘get’ if you made it totally obvious.  It needs to pop in the viewer’s mind like the punch line of a joke.”

The author goes on to speak about creativity too and the result is that you will welcome daydreaming into your day and taking chances to find that magic.  Very nicely done.

Categories: Leadership

Feedback Loop

March 24, 2014 Leave a comment


Feedback is one of the most important things you do as a library leader, but it’s also one of those things that many of us avoid if at all possible.  It’s all fine and good to give great feedback, write letters of thanks, and celebrate good work.  But it’s those other conversations that give us a headache, a churning stomach and lots and lots of pause.

Alison Greene from Ask a Manager (a great management advice blog) shares some feedback advice on The Fast Track.  My favorite one is to stop using the compliment sandwich since it fools nobody.  More great advice follows!

Categories: Leadership

This Week’s Tweets, Pins and Tumbls

March 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Here are the links I shared on my Twitter, Pinterest, and Tumblr accounts this week that I hope you find interesting:

CHILDREN’S BOOKS

Board Book Roundup: Spring 2014 Edition – The Horn Book http://buff.ly/1dgL62p #kidlit

Newbery / Caldecott 2015: Spring Prediction Edition — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production http://buff.ly/1guh0mo #kidlit

Stacked: Girls Kicking Ass With Their Brains: Guest Post by Sarah Stevenson http://buff.ly/1gxGf7B #kidlit

Your Kids Love ‘Cosmos.’ Keep Them Interested in Science With These Books. – Tablet Magazine http://buff.ly/1daAOAM #kidlit

EBOOKS

Judge Rules for HarperCollins in Open Road E-Book Dispute http://buff.ly/1gPVsRW #ebooks

People Who Use E-Readers Dive Far Deeper Into Books | Underwire http://buff.ly/1l3Zi1c #ebooks

Makerspaces in Libraries | Education | Learnist - Scroll through for some interesting articles on makerspaces

LIBRARIES

Libraries designed without old-fashioned books, for new-fashioned readers http://buff.ly/1daBpCG #libraries

Who Says Libraries Are Going Extinct? – Pacific Standard: The Science of Society http://buff.ly/1l7JBWG #libraries

TEEN READS

Darren Shan: "I wanted to write about racism in the UK – zombies seemed like a good way to do that." http://buff.ly/1gy5ZAB #yalit

DIVERGENT: Early Reviews Not Promising » EarlyWord – http://buff.ly/1gyahIe #yalit

Is The "Young Adult" Boom Dwindling In Books As Well As Movies? http://buff.ly/1gPWtcZ #yalit

LGBTQ-Friendly YA Novels Get Award Nods, But Are They Getting a Crossover Audience? | Bustle http://buff.ly/1gQ0Y7p #yalit

The Maze Runner unveils first teaser poster – Movies News – Digital Spy http://buff.ly/1gy5C9j #yalit

Nancy Pearl Interviews: Laurie Halse Anderson » EarlyWord http://buff.ly/1d6MGnk #yalit

‘Rango’ Scribe To Pen Paramount’s Miley Cyrus Project ‘Wake’ http://buff.ly/1daB1UC #yalit

Toxic Relationships in Teen TV and YA Novels – Flavorwire http://buff.ly/1l42v0J #yalit

‘Uglies’ Author Westerfeld Shines a Light on the Publishing Industry for Next YA Novel http://buff.ly/1eBygqd #yalit

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