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September 20, 2014

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Video Sunday: “I’m a Reno Sweeney bunny!”

Video Sunday: “I’m a Reno Sweeney bunny!”

There was a time when I worked in the main branch of NYPL with the big old stone lions out front.  No longer.  These days I work at BookOps, a dual entity that encompasses both NYPL and Brooklyn Public  Library.  And in my workplace there is a great and grand and massively impressive sorting machine.  [...]

Fusenews: The Bear grumbleth “mum mum”

Fusenews: The Bear grumbleth “mum mum”

Honestly, I don’t quite know why I even bother doing Fusenews posts on Saturdays.  As you might suspect, my readership dips considerably when the weekends hit, but an old Fusenews post is like a week old fish.  Time does it no favors.  As such, I shall cut through my seething envy of everyone at BookExpo [...]

Fusenews: “What’s the matter with kids today?” – with apologies to Bye, Bye, Birdie

Fusenews: “What’s the matter with kids today?” – with apologies to Bye, Bye, Birdie

Giving birth!  All the kids are doing it these days.  And you know what giving birth means, right?  It means having a little extra time to blog and get my non-work related projects done.  Though, naturally, I wrote 50% of this post a day ago and then must have failed to save the darn thing.  [...]

Shining the Light on Pura Belpré’s Legacy | Libro por libro

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Tim Wadham shares how Pura Belpré, the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, was a pioneer in the library field and influenced services and literature for Spanish-speaking patrons.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Fusenews: “The Axl Rose Hair Metal hair of picture book cover cupcakes”

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The best of the “best of” lists, The Fault in Our Stars is coming! Will the new Disney film throw P.L. Travers under the bus? Catch up on the week’s news via Fuse 8.

Pictures of the Week: Neil Gaiman Reads ‘A Christmas Carol’ at NYPL

Neil Gaiman dressed in Victorian attire reads from Charles Dickens's classic, A Christmas Carol.

Celebrated author Neil Gaiman, complete in Victorian garb, gave a special reading of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol on December 15 at New York Public Library’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. Following edits and prompts Dickens himself used for readings of the classic tale, Gaiman entertained a packed crowd just in time for the holiday season.

New York Public Library releases the 2013 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing List

New York Public Library releases the 2013 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing List

Happiness is a new list. For 102 years, NYPL has consistently been producing the same list highlighting some of the best books for kids in a given year.  Now we’re pleased to announce our 2013 list and all the myriad titles it holds.  Admit it.  This is one of the most gorgeous covers on a [...]

Who’s to Blame for the Demise of Libraries? | Feedback

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Take a look at the latest round of comments, letters to the editor, and corrections from SLJ’s November issue. Librarians give suggestions for NYPL’s 100 Great Children’s Books list. Could the embrace of technology by librarians be the cause of library budget cuts?

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2013 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

NYC Hosts “Encyclopedia Brown Day” to Celebrate Series’ 50th Anniversary

Louise Lareau; Eric, Rose and John Sobol; and New York City Councilman Robert Jackson.

New York City helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leroy Brown, boy detective, by proclaiming October 26 “Encyclopedia Brown Day” and hosting a reception at the New York Public Library. The character was the creation of the late Donald Sobol, who wrote the first book in 1963. The series went on to become a staple in classrooms and children’s libraries.

Video Sunday: Robot, heck. You should see my krumping.

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All right.  Me stuff off the bat.  I was recently asked to moderate a panel of authors for the Children’s Media Association.  The panel consisted of Ame Dyckman, Joanne Levy, Katherine Longshore, Elisa Ludwig, Lynda Mullaly Hunt, and Sarvenaz Tash.  During the course of the evening it was suggested that we perform a Giant Dance [...]

Fusenews: I had a little list, the prettiest ever seen

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Oh, so very much has gone on this week!  Where to begin?  What to do?  Well, for starters, NYPL released a handy dandy list to accompany their current exhibit The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.  I helped make said list, which is officially called 100 Great Children’s Books, 100 Years.  So, two things.  [...]

NYPL Unveils 100 Top Children’s Books of the Last 100 Years

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The New York Public Library (NYPL) today unveiled its first-ever list of the top 100 kids books of the last 100 years, curated by librarians, called “100 Great Children’s Books.” Marking the occasion, children’s book creators Judy Blume and Eric Carle (who both appear on the list) participated in a panel discussion and read from their works.

Helen Gurley Brown Trust Gives NYPL $15 Million for New At-Risk Youth Program

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The Helen Gurley Brown Trust has given $15 million to the New York Public Library to establish NYPL BridgeUp, a new educational and anti-poverty program that will provide academic and social support to New York City youth. The effort aims to support at-risk youth and prepare them for success in life.

Living with Legends: Up Close with Kid Lit Historian Leonard Marcus

Photo by Elena Seibert.

Leonard Marcus might just be the busiest man in the world of kid lit. In June, the children’s literature historian and scholar launched a critically acclaimed exhibition at the New York Public Library (which he curated) and had a book published that celebrates the life and work of Maurice Sendak (which he edited). Marcus shared with SLJ some of the details of his recent projects, insider knowledge of children’s literature history and icons, and his belief that picture books might be the solution to saving all physical books.

NYC Kids Rally for Libraries; City Council Members Urge Full Funding

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More than a dozen New York City Council members, the presidents of New York’s three library systems, and several hundred librarians, library staff, supporters, advocates, and children from nearby schools rallied on the steps of city hall to protest $106 million in proposed funding cuts. Council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Vincent J. Gentile also pledged to introduce legislation that would create a baseline of stable funding for the city’s public library services.

Hachette to Sell Frontlist Ebook Titles to Libraries

Hachette to Sell Frontlist Ebook Titles to Libraries

Hachette Book Group today announced that it will once again sell its frontlist ebook titles to libraries, beginning on May 8. Hachette’s entire catalog of 5,000 ebooks will now be available through OverDrive, Baker & Taylor’s Axis 360 platform, and the 3M Cloud Library, under a pricing and licensing model similar to the one employed by Random House.

NYPL Panelists Explore Alternatives to Traditional Librarianship

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SLJ blogger and NYPL youth materials specialist Betsy Bird moderated a panel, “The Alternative Children’s Library,” in which several children’s librarians discussed their own nontraditional paths to the profession. Their places of employment include the Bankstreet School for Children, New York Society Library, Children’s Book Council, and Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kid Lit Authors Discuss Diversity at NYPL

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How should librarians, publishers, and authors approach diversity in children’s books? Authors Sofia Quintero and Zetta Elliott and editor Connie Hsu joined a recent panel at the NYPL, moderated by Betsy Bird, to discuss these issues and more.

Writing for the Middle Grades: A Roundtable with Birdsall, Stead, and Wilson

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Earlier this month, authors Jeanne Birdsall, Rebecca Stead, and N.D. Wilson met informally with librarians to discuss middle grade fiction ahead of the NYPL’s children’s literary Salon on the topic. Afterwards, SLJ followed up with the authors for more details. This is what they told us.

Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!

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All things Seuss were in the air Monday at the 42nd branch of the New York Public Library as Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises launched its “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!” campaign, a yearlong celebration of the famed children’s book author.