“Come to us for stuff.” I’m not sure any library has actually used that as a marketing pitch or description of its mission—pithy as it is. For many of us, though, it neatly encapsulates the libraries with which we grew up.
Longtime children's librarian shares magic of reading Daily Press Martha "Marty" Staton is the longtime children/young adult coordinator at the Poquoson Public Library, affectionately referred to as the children's librarian.
Follett today announced a partnership with U.S. trade publisher Hachette Book Group (HBG) to provide preK-12 school libraries and students expanded access to popular children's titles in an ebook lending format for the ...
NJ schools ask students to bring their own tech USA TODAY So-called Bring Your Own Technology, or BYOT, programs are on the rise, experts say, particularly as 23 percent of American teens have a tablet computer, 47 percent have smartphones, and 78...
“A library implies an act of faith which generations, still in darkness hid, sign in their night in witness of the dawn." ~ Victor Hugo
“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries." ~ Anne Herbert
It was Terry Deary, a known children's writer, who made a controversial statement about libraries: “books aren’t public property.” Deary added, “Authors, booksellers and publishers need to eat. We don’t expect to go to a food library to be fed.” The cranky comments feel like a swift kick in the teeth since libraries around the world are struggling against significant budget cuts each year, and authors have been tirelessly advocating for their importance. We gathered a few passionate statements from 20 writers that emphasize why libraries aren’t "sentimental” institutions. See what Mark Twain, Neil Gaiman, Judy Blume, Ray Bradbury, and other writers have to contribute to the issue on the importance of libraries.
Philly.com Jeff Gelles: Interactive children's books for the iPad generation Philly.com Wharton professor Kartik Hosanagar and his wife, Prasanna Krishnan, both technologists and entrepreneurs, watch their 2 1/2-year-old son, and primary...
"The local public library isn’t the only place to find free books for kids. There are many different sites online that offer free children's books to read or listen to. Here are 20 places to read, create, and share free children's books online"
By far the largest number of children's books—especially those for circulation (lending) to children and their families—is to be found at The New York Public Library. The largest collections of children's books in that you can ...
When Homework is a Waste of Time TIME Maybe the heated debates about the amount of homework children are assigned would cool if it became clear that the homework was effectively advancing their learning.
I've just got back from a wonderful three days event hopping at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Now in its 30th year, the festival is almost (but not quite!) as old as me. But despite its agedness, it still knows how to ...
A few days ago, a guest post in the ALSC Blog about how “The Screen Free Storytime is the Best Storytime” really got me ‘all riled up’. The post is from Kathy Kleckner, a children’s librarian for Dakota County Libraries at their Rosemount branch. She has worked as a librarian on a bookmobile, in elementary schools and in urban systems. She is a member of the Minnesota Library Association and ALSC.
I posted a very long response in the comments to this post, which is reproduced here.
It represents two diverging opinions that exist within the library community … but also represents a wider discourse happening in the world of professionals who work with children. Should we be promoting book apps, ebooks and other digital content as legitimate reading for children, or are print books ‘superior’ in some way?
In truth, there is a handful of beautifully illustrated books that let kids discover the joy of storytelling. A great picture book comes as much from the written words as the illustrations that bring life to those words.
As my library prepares for our second Stuffed Animal Sleepover, I was prompted to think about library events on a grand scale. Two months ago my library participated in the Star Wars Reads Day festivities on October 6. The nationwide celebration was a huge success and we welcomed over 1500 patrons to the Children’s Library that Saturday.
Many libraries and museums around the country use their spaces to hold special events from weddings to scavenger hunts. I’m aware that these examples are usually hosted by outside companies, but what if once a year the children’s department went all out for one major event? Taking inspiration from a few of my library’s heavy hitters, here are two possible big-ticket programs for your children’s department to consider ...
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