lion-blood said: absolutely everyone I know who works in public libraries hates/is terrified of summer reading (I assume the programming done for kids?). is there some specific reason it is so horrible/stressful?
Oh I don’t hate summer reading, I love it! (Though I do sometimes fear…
I just calculated that I am organizing or running 32 programs before July 30. Dying.
One of our book clubs is looking for a nonfiction title that a member heard about several years ago (he thinks on NPR) about a fleet of Japanese sailors who ignored orders and returned home before the WWII surrender. Haven’t been able to find it yet, any ideas?
Okay I am so fucking pumped right now At a library by my house, at the end of May they’re gonna have a TFiOS premiere party okay and we come in pajamas, watch Vlogbrother, sci-show, and crash course videos, have TFiOS and everything nerdfighter related trivia, IN A GIANT BLANKET FORT, AND THEY’RE GIVING AWAY 100 COPIES OF TFiOS I AM SO FUCKING PUMPED (Speaking of which @datfrenchiedoee thought you might wanna go because Ashley will probably be busy and stuff and yeah happy birthday and stuff)
I’m at a library that’s way too small for something on this scale, but I’ve spent the day planning our TFIOS party, and it’s not looking too shabby.
YA Review: The Ring and the Crown, Melissa de la Cruz
Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the vast Franco-British Empire, lives in a world where magic fizzes just below the surfaces. But what’s the good of wealth and privilege if you can’t be with the one you love? During one fateful London season, Marie and a host of other young people gathered in the great city will struggle to follow their hearts or their destinies.
I came for the alternate history and stayed to see the tangled love stories play out. I liked the historical imagining but the language often felt stilted and the characterization weak (especially the Merlin and the Queen). I liked the somewhat old-fashioned morality of the ending but thought some of it felt rushed and unearned.
Verdict: I’ll order a copy for my YA collection, but I don’t think I’d read a sequel myself.
(Full disclosure: I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.)
Today’s excellent question comes to us from funambulizm! Some of us have been posting or lurking in the tumblarian community for a while, but there are lots of newcomers thanks to webinars/conferences/tagging/libraries being awesome.
This raises a good question, because…
I also got started ages ago (I’ve been on tumblr with my personal account since 2007), when I was trying to step it up professionally. It was pre-#tumblarians but then I got selfishly pregnant and all that snoozing and puking cut into my tumblin’ time.
Librarians with a particular interest in readers’ advisory are cordially invited to join a group of like-minded folk at Darien Library on Friday, May 16, 2014, for the Library’s first annual RA Unconference. Or, as we’ve been calling it, RAUNCON. (Pronounced RON-CON.) Darien…
Intrigued. And it’s not a long hike from where I’m sitting.
Blogging about my experience with library donations…
Yesterday I was dropping off some books for donation and happened to notice one of their book sales actually going on so I checked it out. I walked into a room with rows and rows of books and my heart sank. Paperbacks went for $.25, hardbacks…
Just a few different things to consider:
1. Some libraries buy multiple copies of bestsellers so patrons don’t sit on a wait list for months to read that new James Patterson. Eventually, the list dies down and that shelf space could go to new materials. This means the books have to be pulled!
2. Some libraries sell their discarded books at sales. This is great for community members, as well as organizations that need resources at a low price. Some teachers just don’t have the funds to collect books for their classrooms and they can get a bunch for a low price at these sales.
3. Some libraries throw out their discards. This might seem scary, but there are policies being followed. Books that are moldy need to go in the dumpster! They can spread to other books and ruin them. Other books might look brand new, like travel guides, but no one is going to benefit from a 2006 travel guide to Cancun. Most of the information will be inaccurate. Other books might look brand new because no one has ever checked them out! Librarians check stats to see how often the book has gone out. A book that has circulated only once in 10 years could be hogging valuable shelf space for a better used book, or space that might go to an extra computer for community members to use!
4. Some libraries send their books to organizations like Better World Books, where they can resell decent quality books and use some of the profits to donate books to literacy programs. However, sending books out-of-house to companies or charities requires extra staff time and sometimes money.
The bottom line is it varies from library to library, and the librarians are following a plan. I PROMISE. Even if you see books in a dumpster, lots of thought has gone into that decision. They’re doing this to benefit the people who use the library. I’m sure your library would be happy to explain their weeding policy to you!
The above answer about weeding is perfect, so I won’t go on about why weeding is important. What struck me more was the OP’s refusal to buy cheap books because she believed they were worth more. That is silly. A book’s value is not determined by how much the publisher decides to charge for it. Nor are books sacred objects. This is why I destroy them sometimes. By passing those books up, you’re demonstrating the same behavior that got those books in the sale in the first place. Libraries do not have the time/space/money to save books that no one wants.
I’m a big believer in aggressive weeding and discarding after I saw some of the donated titles imported at great cost to rural libraries in Uganda. Obsolete computer manuals. American textbooks (that fail to consider standardized and Anglicized national curriculum in Uganda). Impenetrable classics.
I’m a librarian. I love finding homes for books. But some books are ready for retirement.
So, I’m getting together our program to celebrate the Divergent movie release, and I’ve got a lot of ideas about crafts and snacks and things.
But I’d like to have — at least in my back pocket as a way to take up time if things finish quickly — a sort of fandom presentation or conversation. Has anyone done something like this? Are there copyright concerns? I’d like to introduce the kids, mostly 11-13, to some of the fan-made art out on the interwebs.
I haven’t read it yet, though I keep meaning to. I was going to pitch it as the YA choice for our Anti-Valentine’s Day Party because it’s exciting and all about friendship and adventure, but I’m reading that the torture scenes are pretty intense.
The kids at the party are, I think, in fifth, sixth and seventh grades. The MG choice I was going to pitch was When You Reach Me. I’m looking for books where romance is not a central feature.
So should I go with something else? Or is it OK? What else would you recommend.
“And yet the world we live in — its divisions and conflicts, its widening gap between rich and poor, its seemingly inexplicable outbursts of violence — is shaped far less by what we celebrate and mythologize than by the painful events we try to forget. Leopold’s Congo is but one of those silences of history.”—
Does anyone have ideas how to go about this? Can I request from a publisher, or do I have to score them at conferences, or trawl them from local bookstores, or what? (I’d like to let teens review them and help in the ordering decision making process.)
Fast-food joints provide the elderly with a cosmopolitan alternative to senior centers.
I am so bummed that this opinion piece doesn’t posit libraries as a possible community-building alternative to for-profit businesses. While I’m grateful McDonald’s and other businesses help fill the gap, libraries can be a great place for people of different ages and backgrounds to encounter one another.
My library, in a town so small it doesn’t have a McDonald’s, has formalized this with Friday morning Coffee & Conversation. I’ve only run the thing once (“group” and “program” both seem misleadingly formal) but it attracts a wide range of people who hang out, drink coffee, and argue about local and world events (or their families, or whatever). There’s a donation jar set out, and the people generally do their own washing up, and this one lady always brings a home-baked good. I think we buy the creamer and nothing else, and in return, we get a bit of circulation, a higher door count for our stats, and get to do real good for the community.
Did anyone have a library school class on (put bluntly) talking to insane people? One of my electives was Literacy and Services to Underserved Populations: Issues & Responses, and it began to tackle this stuff, but not nearly enough. I have learned a lot on the job, but I wish I had a background in some of this so I knew I was helping people in the best way.
My boss and I were joking recently that we should co-teach a library school class on the subject that’s required instead of cataloging. And this is at a rural library, so the problem is much less severe than in a walkable, urban community.
“I am looking for them to tell them that I love them.”—
A library belonging to a Greek Orthodox priest was torched in Tripoli, Lebanon, last week, according to Agence France-Presse. Around two-thirds of the 80,000 books reportedly were destroyed. An unnamed “security source” told the news agency that the fire was started the day after “a pamphlet was discovered inside one of the books at the library that was insulting to Islam and the Prophet Mohammad [PBUH].” The priest, Father Ibrahim Sarouj, told a Lebanese newspaper that he forgives the arsonists, saying, “I am looking for them to tell them that I love them.”
“She smoothed the rumpled counterpane. The room was dull now, and meaningless, with the young ladies gone from it. They were both lovely, almost luminous. And Sarah was, she knew, as she slipped along the servants’ corridor, and then up the stairs to the attic to hang her new dress on the rail, just one of the many shadows that ebbed and tugged a the edges of the light.”—
Jo Baker, Longbourn: A Novel
I just don’t know what to make of this book, a retelling of Pride and Prejudice from the servants’ perspective.
Cons: At times it seems to deliberately set out to scandalize Bridget Jones / Austenland -type Pride and Prejudice fans. It’s unrelentingly melancholy and unflinchingly graphic, right up until its uncharacteristically cheerful finale.
Pros: The context is rich and clearly well-researched. It’s good reading for people like me who feel conflicted about some of the original P&P cast — Mr. Bennet is a bad husband! Mrs. Bennet is not just ridiculous! Elizabeth can be almost as thoughtless and naive as Emma Woodhouse! — because it challenges that perhaps “too light, and bright, and sparkling" view we get in the Austen. It raises questions about how much Austen herself could have known of these worlds and chosen not to tell — surely not much of the Napoleonic War conditions, but perhaps some of the conditions in servants’ lives, since she was certainly no Georgiana Darcy, especially in later life.
In short, I don’t think I liked it, but I think maybe it was good.
Have you read it? What do you think? Help me process here!
TORONTO — The 1908 Canadian kids novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery is getting a big-screen musical treatment. Canadian indie film producers The Film Farm and Side Road Media are to turn the long-running Anne of Green Gables — The Musical into a feature written by actor and playwright Kristen Thomson. The musical is based on the Anne of Green Gables character in the novels that have sold 50 million copies worldwide.
Thanksgiving is this week, some of us will be celebrating Hanukkah as well, and holiday fever will officially be in full swing. This shouldn’t come as a shock to most of you, but I love food. A lot. I can’t WAIT to eat the following holiday treats as soon as I get the chance:
1. Pumpkin pie…
Making pumpkin praline trifle right now (praline cooling) and my mom is queued up to make us a chocolate chip pecan pie later today.