April 30, 2017

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Literate on Literacy | Public Library Think Tank

Literacy—and how libraries are reimagining services to address it for patrons of all ages—took center stage at the Northeast Dade–Aventura Branch, Miami Dade (FL) Public Library System, March 9–10, at LJ and School Library Journal’s 2017 Public Library Think Tank.

Sisters, Lies, & Dreams |YA Audio Coming in May

Being honest with yourself, taking a chance on change, making a run for it—these themes and more are explored in the crop of audiobooks for young adults coming out this May

Kings of the Court & Loving Lizards | Middle Grade Audio Coming in May

Titles from Rita Williams-Garcia, Matt Christopher, Gail Carson Levine, and more coming to audio this spring.

Amos McGee & More|Early Reader Audio Coming in May

Listening, learning and loving this May with friends old and new

Love, Loss, and Saving Yourself | Audio In Advance April 2017 | Young Adult

Loyalties tested, new worlds explored.

Pandas, Spies, and Planes| Audio in Advance April 2017 | Middle Grade

Some stories must be heard to be loved. A roundup of middle grade titles coming to audio in April.

Stories, a Princess, and a Lighting Fixture | Audio in Advance April 2017 | Early Grades

Disney movie tie-in titles and a classic family of bears always entertain.

Checking in with the mothership – SLJ’s Best of 2016

With only six weeks left in 2016—an almost universally recognized dumpster fire of a year—the best of lists will release in a steady stream. We take the lists seriously because they can help us identify books that are beginning to have a strong consensus opinion, as well as books that may become a dark horse. […]

Book Review: Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity by Kristin Elizabeth Clark

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the September 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip […]

Book Review: As I Descended by Robin Talley

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the July 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   TALLEY, Robin. As I Descended. 384p. […]

Pure Escapism | Programs That Pop

What do you do with an old storage room? With the help of a grant, around 40 kids, four months, and a lot of hard work and creativity, the Morton-James Public Library was able to transform a nondescript storage area into a real-life immersive puzzle game—­Nebraska City’s first escape room (and the first escape room in the world built by kids, as far as we can tell).

Pure Escapism | Programs That Pop

What do you do with an old storage room? With the help of a grant, around 40 kids, four months, and a lot of hard work and creativity, the Morton-James Public Library was able to transform a nondescript storage area into a real-life immersive puzzle game—­Nebraska City’s first escape room (and the first escape room in the world built by kids, as far as we can tell).

Book Review: The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the April 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   Gr 9 Up–-Only David Piper’s […]

Follett Acquires Baker & Taylor

In a move that creates the world’s largest single distributor of curated content for librarians and educators with $3.6 billion in combined annual sales, Follett Corporation on April 18 announced the acquisition of Baker & Taylor from private equity firm Castle Harlan Partners.

Book Review: Sea Change by Frank Viva

When I’m reviewing books for professional publications, I stay quiet about them on social media. I’m always really excited once a review comes out to be able to talk about the book, finally! Here’s one of my most recent reviews, which originally appeared in the March 2016 issue of School Library Journal.   VIVA, Frank. Sea Change. 120p. TOON […]

Public, School Libraries Crucial to Flint’s Recovery

Since the revelation that water in Flint, MI, is contaminated with toxic levels of lead, public and private institutions, individuals, and civic organizations have been stepping up to help across the country. In addition to the infrastructure changes that now need to be made to the city’s water system, much of the immediate relief effort centers around information: on health hazards, residents’ legal rights, and what the city needs to do going forward. The Flint Public Library (FPL) has positioned itself as a source of reliable information, and the remaining libraries in Flint’s public high schools have been instrumental in helping local teenagers better understand what their city is going through.

Proposed Federal Budget Could Cut State Library Funding by Nearly $1 Million

President Barack Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) budget request to the U.S. Congress, released on February 9 by the U.S. Government Publishing Office and the Office of Management and Budget, included $230,000,000 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Of the total FY17 appropriations request for IMLS, $228,593,000 is allocated for programs and administrative costs authorized by the Museum and Library Services Act (MLSA), which comprises the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and the Museum Services Act (MSA). Some $182,429,000 would go toward programs authorized by LSTA: grants to state library agencies, Native American and Native Hawaiian library services, the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program, and National Leadership Grants for libraries.

President Obama Announces Intent To Nominate Carla D. Hayden as Librarian of Congress

President Barack Obama announced on February 24 his intent to nominate Carla D. Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (EPFL) in Baltimore and 1995 LJ Librarian of the Year, as Librarian of Congress. In addition to leading EPFL since 1993, Hayden served as president of the American Library Association (ALA) from 2003–04 and has been on the National Library and Museum Services Board, which advises the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), since 2010. Hayden was also a member of the 2010 steering committee that guided the formation of the Digital Public Library of American (DPLA).

Open eBooks Initiative Launches Service to Benefit Students in Need

Note: For background on the Open eBooks initiative see our post from April 30, 2015 when the project was announced by President Obama. From Today’s Announcement (via DPLA): Open eBooks, a new initiative and e-reader app that will make thousands of popular, top-selling eBooks available to children in need for free, is launching today. First […]

Harper Lee, Author of Library Mainstay To Kill a Mockingbird, Dies at 89

Harper Lee, author of the bestselling novel To Kill a Mockingbird and its recently published controversial predecessor, Go Set a Watchman, died on February 19 at the age of 89. To Kill a Mockingbird is widely taught in U.S. classrooms despite its most recent ranking as 21 of the American Library Association’s 100 most challenged books in the last decade. In 1999, an LJ poll voted it “Best Novel of the Century.”