Follett has partnered with Simon & Schuster to make more than 450 PreK–12 titles in ebook format available on Titlewave, Follett’s collection development, search, and ordering tool. The partnership brings the total number of Follett’s offerings through Titlewave to more than 250,000 ebooks.
Amazon Adds Educational Features to FreeTime on Kindle Fire, CC-Aligned Content for FreeTime Unlimited
Amazon has updated Kindle Freetime for the Kindle Fire tablet, adding “Educational Goals,” enabling parents to set targets for their kids, for example, a goal to read 30 minutes every day. Thousands of educational books, apps, games, and videos have been added to the optional subscription Kindle FreeTime Unlimited.
MeeGenius digital library for children launches its Reading Club. ALSC invites members to suggest titles for the 2014 Caldecott Medal. Registration is now open for the 18th annual Charlotte S. Huck Children’s Literature Festival. ALA has extended the nomination period for its 2014 Library Instruction Round Table Awards.
Baker & Taylor, Axis 360 Begin Simon & Schuster Ebook Pilot, 450 Titles Available in Schools, Classrooms
Work will begin soon on the initial phase of a makeover of the Boston Public Library’s Copley branch. The project is focused on expanding the branch’s children’s library to 4,400 square feet, adding a section catering to early childhood (with toy and story areas), and creating dedicated space for tweens and teens.
Sherman Alexie’s award-winning young adult novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indiancan no longer be taught in classrooms at West Virginia’s Harpers Ferry Middle School, English teacher Dawn Welsh—who had assigned the book to approximately 120 eighth graders—tells SLJ. The often-challenged title was removed from the curriculum at Jefferson County Schools after parent Misty Frank objected to its profanity and sexual content.
ABFFE’s Holiday Children’s Book Art Auction ends December 3. Young adults prefer print books to ebooks, a new survey finds. World Book Night will add three YA titles to its 2014 event. The Department of Labor will fund $100 million in grants via its new Youth Career Connect program. The New York Times has announced its list of Notable Children’s Books of 2013.
INFOdocket editor Gary Price shares ProQuest’s announcement of the formal release of its Research Companion tool and offers his thoughts on digital/information literacy, what he calls a “major issue” for the library community. Collaboration across all types of libraries and vendors, he notes, could produce great results and give the public a wonderful opportunity to see library professionals in action.
Alec Baldwin has donated $1 million to the East Hampton Library for the new children’s addition on behalf of his family. The gift will be used to underwrite the completion of the Baldwin Family Lecture Room. The space will be used for children’s programs, film screenings, poetry readings, historical lectures, and author and book events.
UPDATE November 15 Large Collection Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda: Health-Related Information Resources (via NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center) UPDATE November 14 Super Typhoon Haiyan Crowdsource Mapping Project Info (via Digital Globe) UPDATE November 13 Collection of Maps from MapAction Field Team in the Philippines UPDATE November 12 FirstLook Satellite Imagery of Damage to Tacloban City, Philippines (via […]
Awards season is finally upon us and, as the SLJ Book Review team puts the finishing touches on its Best Books of 2013 list, we’ve been comparing notes and keeping tabs on other reviewers’ top picks. Fan favorite and SLJ starred book, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park has even made Amazon’s top 10 books of the year.
AASL needs volunteers for its conference next week in Hartford, Connecticut. The New York Public Library has launched new after-school programs. AAAS/Subaru have announced finalists for the SB&F Prize for children’s science books. Kid lit submissions are being accepted for the PEN Literary Awards. Through November 15, ALA seeks nominations for its cutting-edge library practices technology award.
“The social network for book lovers, Goodreads, just unveiled their annual “people’s choice”-type awards. You can always count me in on checking out a best of the year list. As a whole, I’m liking their picture book picks more than middle grade group of nominees.” This and more news bits from 100 Scope Notes blogger Travis Jonker.
A parent in Marietta, Georgia, has lodged a complaint with his local school board about the inclusion of Hena Khan’s picture book Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors at his daughter’s Scholastic Book Fair on October 17. Thomas Prisock claims that the book is “an indoctrination of Muslim culture,” according to the The Marietta Daily Journal.