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This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

September 19, 2014 Leave a comment

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

Apple Books for Kids


2014 Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction Judges | Cybils Awards - Thrilled to be part of the Cybils again!Enchanted Lion: A Visit with the Brooklyn-Based Indie Publisher #kidlit

Final Skulduggery book in best-selling series is a blast #kidlit

James Dawson says ‘there are too many white faces’ in kids’ books | Books #kidlit

Jon Scieszka interview: On my latest tour a woman asked me to sign her baby | Children’s books #kidlit

#we need diverse (picture) books – The Horn Book #kidlit #diversity

Men and women looking through the card catalogues at the Library of Congress, 1941.


Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons electronic privacy – Boing Boing #privacy #libraries

Great round-up of new LGBTQ YA fiction for Fall/Winter 2014-15!


7 Excellent YA Sci-Fi Romance Series – BOOK RIOT #yalit

Meghan Cox Gurdon: Heather Has Two Genders – WSJ #transgender #kidlit #yalit

Q & A with Rick Yancey #yalit

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

September 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:

Child who reads, adult who thinks...


16 Facts About ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’ | Mental Floss #kidlit

Comic Con: Shannon Hale is tipping the superhero scales for women | The Salt Lake Tribune #kidlit

Emma Carroll’s top 10 circus books | Guardian #kidlit

Go Forth and Re-Read Your Favorite Books From Childhood: A Dare – BOOK RIOT #kidlit

Horton Meets A … Who? Introducing The Kwuggerbug, From Seuss’ ‘Lost Stories’ : NPR #kidlit

Middle-grade BFFs – The Horn Book #kidlit

Minecraft now a publishing sensation | The Kansas City Star #kidlit

Misty Copeland On Broadening ‘Beauty’ And Being Black In Ballet : Code Switch : NPR #kidlit

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis ill @gilbertford is outstanding nonfiction. @HMHKids

Q & A with Molly Idle #kidlit

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast » Flora’s Back!A Visit with Author-Illustrator Molly Idle #kidlit

Here's Why We Need to Protect Public Libraries


Here’s Why We Need to Protect Public Libraries – #libraries


Girls on the edge – The Horn Book #yalit

These Six Maze Runner Clips Kind Of Got Us Excited About This Movie #yalit

Why we love writing the epic Magisterium series together – Holly Black & Cassandra Clare | Guardian – #yalit #kidlit

European Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Permission

September 11, 2014 Leave a comment


According to IT World, an EU court has ruled that European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without obtaining permission first from the copyright holder. 

The EU Copyright Directive has an option specifically for publically accessible libraries that allows them this right to digitize books. 

"The right of libraries to communicate, by dedicated terminals, the works they hold in their collections would risk being rendered largely meaningless, or indeed ineffective, if they did not have an ancillary right to digitize the works in question," the court said.

However, this right does not extend to allowing users to print out the books or save them to a device.  This sort of copying is not allowed for in the exception. 

Fascinating stuff!

Young Americans and Public Libraries – A PewResearch Study

September 10, 2014 Leave a comment


PewResearch released the results of their latest study today that looked at how people aged 16-30 use libraries and books compared to those over 30.  Many people believe that Millennials are not using libraries in the same way, that young children are turning away from them, and that reading too is falling off.

Here are some of the major findings.  You can head to their website to read more.

  • Millennials use lots of technology but also say at a higher rate than those over 30 that not all of the important information is available online.
  • 43% of Millennials have read a book on a daily basis, a rate similar to older adults.
  • Millennials are just as likely as their elders to have used a library in the last year and even more likely to have used a library website.

Benefits of Books for Kids

September 8, 2014 Leave a comment


A lot of librarians can talk positively about the importance of the Summer Reading Program at our libraries.  We talk about the “summer slide” and how public libraries fill a gap particularly for children at risk. 

I’m not sure all libraries though have a way to talk about why reading is important for children beyond just knowing that it is.  An article in PsychCentral written by a Children’s Therapist gives some great and more broad reasons that children need books:

1. Improves kids’ ability to manage potentially stressful life events

2. Increases feelings of recognition and management

3. Enhances relationships

4. Calms and strengthens the mind

5. Improves self-confidence

And honestly, these are the same benefits that adults will find if they start reading more.  I love having deeper reasons like this to talk about with people who think that reading is dead, that we just need connectivity to the Internet and all human knowledge is there.  Books are different, and these reasons are part of our story about why that is.

This Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

September 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:

10 children's books for Hispanic Heritage Month. Picture books every child will enjoy.


Berlie Doherty’s top 10 watery tales | The Guardian – - perfect for a rainy Friday

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: how much do you know? – quiz | Books | The Observer #kidlit

Reading Rainbow to Publish LeVar Burton’s First Picture Book – GalleyCat #kidlit

Centennial Library, Midland TX


Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford : NPR #libraries

Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers | Design | WIRED #libraries


Gene Luen Yang’s rousing diversity speech at the 2014 National Book Festival gala – The Washington Post #diversity

This and Last Week’s Tweets, Pins & Tumbls

August 8, 2014 Leave a comment

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

Keep calm... seriously, you're in a library


Angry parents criticise Julia Donaldson for ‘inappropriate’ smoking scarecrow – Telegraph #kidlit

Author and illustrator Ashley Bryan comes of age – The Portland Press Herald – #kidlit

‘Creepy’? New ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ book cover confuses readers – Books #kidlit

George R.R. Martin’s children’s book gets re-release #kidlit

It’s time to rethink what children’s non-fiction could be – Telegraph #kidlit

J.K. Rowling reaches out to shooting survivor who quoted Dumbledore – CNET #kidlit

Picture a Novel from Lane Smith #kidlit

Starred reviews, September/October Horn Book Magazine – The Horn Book #kidlit

Top Ten Novels in Verse by Katie Strawser | Nerdy Book Club #kidlit

What are the best books for children who feel ‘weird’ or different? | Children’s books #kidlit


Macmillan’s Full Catalog of Ebooks Now Available to Public Libraries | American Libraries Magazine #ebooks #libraries

The Way Upward | Design4Impact #libraries


Google partners with Barnes & Noble for same-day book delivery | The Verge

James Patterson: If I were Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (Opinion)


How Rainbow Rowell Turned A Bomb Into A Best-Selling Novel #yalit


"Attention is a scarce resource in this century" #wils14

Don’t just do things right, do the right things. #wils14

Don’t sacrifice good for the perfect. #wils14

If you aren’t risking failure, you aren’t moving the library forward enough. #wils14

Innovation can happen in a time of reduced funding. You don’t need additional resources. #wils14

Measure success via serendipity rather than productivity – look at things in other ways than industrial measures. #wils14

People overwhelmed by choice and full library shelves. #wils14

Relationship with publishers – do libraries pay more or walk away? #wils14

Start very small and very quickly to hear immediately from potential customers and react and reprioritize – #wils14

Your library catalog is very expensive real estate so use it to promote library events. #wils14

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