May I introduce, the magic that is the Internet. A while ago I posted about how I wished there was a Twitter chat for public librarians and… [cricket sounds]. Several months later, a public librarian from Massachusets ran across my post and said she had been considering the same thing. A couple of weeks later, we have a website, a Twitter account, and a survey out to gather feedback for putting a monthly chat together.
So, ya. There it is. I am so incredibly excited about this and so grateful that Elizabeth contacted me to get it going.
So if you are a public librarian on Twitter and are interested in connecting with and learning from others, please keep this on your radar. Please fill out our survey to give us some feedback about how you would like to see this go down. And make sure to join in the discussion when we have our first chat!
I wrote the following for the CTLS Newsletter. The entire newsletter can be accessed here.
YouthShare: News You Can Use
by Katelyn Patterson
Libraries Helping a Healing Nation
Tragedy struck again right here in Dallas
since last month when I talked about the occurrence in an Orlando night club
. The Dallas Public Library was committed to supporting their community
in the days that followed and even helped to preserve the tributes left as a memorial to the fallen officers
during a rain storm.
Libraries and supporting organizations all over are playing their part to help communities trying to understand our current national climate. Recently Storytime Underground, a collective of Youth Services Librarians, made public comments about the importance that the library reflect these events and movements to help our communities cope and understand. The Oakland Public Library has a wonderful page of resources called Listen, Learn, Participate: A #BlackLivesMatter Resources Series. Earlier this year, WebJunction provided a 2 part post on Racial Equity in the Library: Part 1: Where to Start and Part 2: Diverse Collections, Programming, and Resources.
And of course, book displays and booklists are being created for the same reasons. I particularly want to point to the We Need Diverse Books Summer Reading Series. In addition to the wonderful graphic design, each post simply and briefly states the title’s similar themes (friendship, relationship with grandparents, searching for family, etc.).
Similarly, as we get closer to November, patrons may want to know where to get the best information on the candidates and the election. Library Journal recently reviewed several Free Resources for an Informed Electorate that you may find useful.
August is Read a Romance Month
Did you know that August is Read a Romance
month? At the recent Romance Writers of America
conference in San Diego, a presentation was made showing
just what a huge impact the Romance genre has on the publishing industry. Do you see romance flying off the shelves at your library? Here is an excuse to introduce the genre to others who haven’t dipped their toe into it.
My new favorite Chrome Extension is called Library Extension
. By installing this to the Chrome browser, anytime you browse for books online at websites like GoodReads, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, Library Extension will let you know if the book or ebook is available at your local library. Borrow and Place a Hold buttons will even take patrons directly to that title in your catalog. They support many libraries (I looked up a few CTLS members) and if you don’t see your library, contact them to let them know! Right now it only works with Chrome but will soon be available for Firefox, too. This is a great way to drive traffic to your site and catalog and could be a great extension of service.
School Library Journal TeenLive Conference
On August 10th, School Library Journal is offering their 5th annual TeenLive Conference
, formerly called SummerTeen, which is a free, completely virtual conference discussing teen materials and programming. Keynote speakers are Meg Medina, author of Burn Baby Burn, and Maggie Stiefvater, author of The Raven Cycle. Register to “attend” the event here
or follow #SLJTeenLive on Twitter.
The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A school uninvited Kate Messner from an author visit because her latest book, The Seventh Wish, deals with substance abuse. My father is an addict. I felt all of the fear, anger, and disappointment that Charlie feels when her sister’s heroin addiction starts to tear their family apart. Rebecca Stead meets Wonderfalls, this book uses magic to deal with a very real and common problem. Kids need access to this book.
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Gigantosaurus by Jonny Duddle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Dinosaur version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Dino moms warn little dinos of Gigantosaurus before they go off and play. Little Ankylosaurus keeps tricking the others by screaming and telling them to run and hide from Gigantosaurus. On the edge of the page, there are clues as to what dino is really coming toward them which is fun for little ones to point out. This happens several times and finally the friends are fed up. They don’t believe it when little Ankylosaurus is REALLY warning them of Gigantosaurus. After Gigantosaurus wanders off, the friends think their little buddy Ankylosaurus had been turned into lunch. Luckily, their friend is ok and apologizes for tricking them.
The last two pages of the book gives some information about each of the dinosaurs encountered throughout the story. And I was most happy to see in the back endpapers the disclaimer that Gigantosaurs had been made up for the story BUT that it is very similar to what once was a real dinosaur, the Giganotosaurus.
A pet peeve is when all we are given is Generic Dinosaur. I appreciate it when picture books try to accurately depict a specific genus of dinosaur. There are little curious minds who want to know!🙂
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Dino-Basketball by Lisa Wheeler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have to say that I am a little surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I guess I was thinking it was going to be playing heavily to “boys who love sports and dinosaurs because duh they are boys”. Instead, I was pretty impressed with how this book handled gender. There are dino cheerleaders but several of them are wearing pants. Several if not most of the dinosaurs playing basketball are referred to as “she”. We enjoyed pointing out the Allosaurus and other favorites on each page. The text is simple rhyme and basically gives play-by-play of the game. Fun… and apparently somewhat progressive!
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