November 21, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox

A Little Library Grows in Brooklyn | Picture of the Week

Author Emily Jenkins and ‘Library Journal’ staffer Barbara Genco install a Little Free Library in their Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood.

Barbershops Give Kids Free Cuts if They Read Aloud

From the Midwest to Texas, hair stylists are handing kids books and offering to give them haircuts free of charge…if they read aloud while getting their trims.

Surprising Jolts of Children’s Books in Unexpected Places

Time for another post that justifies my current job.  As you may or may not know, as Evanston Public Library’s Collection Development Manager I buy all the adult books.  Which is to say, they apparently make them for people over the age of 12 these days.  Who knew?  Happily, there are plenty of connections to […]

Fusenews: Worth it, if only for the clock

Hi, folks. Haven’t done one of these in a while. Let’s see what there is to see.   If I’m feeling nostalgic for NYC this week there’s little wonder.  Whether it’s an article on many library branches’ secret apartments (I visited 8-10 of them in my day and someday a clever photographer should do a […]

Fusenews: Hear the beat, of literary feet.

Hi ho.  Time to round-up what Jules and I have been up to over at our Wild Things blog (book promotion for bloggers means more blogging, you see).  Here’s the long and short of what you may have missed: Wacked out 1970s picture books. Maurice Sendak’s actual first book (and it’s not what you think). […]

In Arizona, After Girl Scouts’ Library Project Set on Fire, Public Support Pours In

Girl Scout Troop 4 of Tuscon, Arizona had set up a Little Free Library—or free bins of books for the public—only to have the books bins vandalized and burned in late March. However, upon hearing the news, the public rallied, and book donations poured in.

Storytelling Star: Up Close with Bilingual K–5 Librarian Lisa Lopez

Zavala Elementary School librarian Lisa M. Lopez, the unofficial Little Free Library ambassador to El Paso, TX, and 2013 Mover & Shaker, talks to School Library Journal about her passion for storytelling, her tireless efforts to advocate for bilingual literacy through Día de los niños/Día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) celebrations, and the ways she inspires her students.