The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.
Jillian Tamaki recently took home Canada’s prestigious Governor General Award for Illustration in an English Language Children’s Book (awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts) for This One Summer (published in U.S. by First Second, 2014). The title is the first graphic novel to win in this Governor General category, which has typically gone to picture books.
When the Halifax Central Library opens its doors on Dec. 13, library-goers will have lots to see, including two walls filled with thousands of tiny paintings by Winnipeg-based artist Cliff Eyland. The paintings, 5,000 in total, are the size of 3″ x 5″ file cards, Eyland’s trademark format, and reminiscent of the once-abundant library-card catalogues of the pre-digital era.
As if everyone wasn’t already sickeningly in love with the new Halifax Central Library, they’ve gone and announced that for the rest of December any outstanding fines from overdue items will be cleared.
Take a look at our libraries, and you can read us like a book. Mention public services, and the mind leaps to healthcare or police, or maybe garbage collection, transit or road repairs. Mention a library, and many people will think of a dusty building filled with endless shelves of battered tomes.
But library services need to be at the forefront of modern public services, sweeping away that dusty old image, and here’s why. Libraries are far more important than many people think. They unlock our potential to learn, and modern times have seen them branch out to far more than just books.
In a newsletter to the members of Harry Potter fan-site Pottermore, J.K. Rowling announced that she will release 12 new stories expanding on the wizarding world on the site on the 12 days leading up to Christmas. Starting on Dec. 12, each new installment will be posted at 8:00 am ET, and will include "moments from Half-Blood Prince, shiny gold Galleons and even a new potion or two."
Not only has the program survived the loss of its province-based funding, with the library system itself stepping in to cover costs, but this winter EPL’s outreach will expand to five additional branches on a pilot basis.
SALT LAKE CITY - The downtown branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library may soon be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The focus of the project would be to provide the homeless with a safe place to go at night, while also serving other library patrons who can’t use the library during its regular hours. On average, the city’s main library branch sees between 300-400 homeless people per day, using the facility to stay warm.
"In this bonus episode, authors Eric Gansworth and Joseph Bruchac and their editors, Cheryl Klein and Stacy Whitman, discuss the particular pleasures and challenges of writing, editing, and publishing Native American young adult literature."
Cette année, le salon de la littérature jeunesse de Montreuil fête ses 30 ans, l’occasion de s'interroger sur le livre pour enfants hier… Mais aussi demain : que liront les enfants dans 30 ans ? Attention, la réponse pourrait vous surprendre !
"This project represents a sophisticated and contemporary renovation and addition to an existing heritage property. The notion of a luminous reflective jewel box beside a historic church seems an appropriate response to the existing condition. A quiet, elegant and beautiful project."
Les bibliothèques de Toronto ont signé une entente avec la compagnie québécoise Archambault dans le but de tripler leur collection de livres numériques en français en 2015. Le réseau municipal espère ainsi faire l'acquisition de 1500 titres durant l'année.
Parmi les nouveaux modèles de bibliothèques qui sont dans l’air du temps, on évoque en effet souvent l’idée de bibliothèque comme tiers-lieu, comme lab ou comme learning center. Ce type d’espace est susceptible d’intéresser des publics très variés, depuis les ados qui ont l’habitude d’évoluer en groupe (voir ce qui est fait au Youmedia de Chicago) jusqu’aux créateurs d’entreprises, en passant par les personnes en formation continue.
Christopher Levenson, finalist in Poetry for Night Vision (Quattro Books)
Pick: The Lowland, Jhumpa Lahiri (Vintage); Songs that remind us of factories, Danny Jacobs (Nightwood Editions). Because of my special interest in South Asian and South Asian Diaspora authors writing in English — five years ago I even started a monthly book club called SALinE ( South Asian Literature in English) —± most of the fiction I read is in this area. I highly recommend Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland, set in Calcutta and in the U.S. the novel’s complicated plot involves the most dysfunctional of marriages and brilliantly intertwines over decades themes of personal responsibility and guilt with political activism and the toll it can exact on innocent bystanders. I urge poetry readers to explore Danny Jacobs’ first book for the sheer exhilaration and rhythmic energy of its language harnessed for the most part to important contemporary issues.
It's here! A list of some of our favorite apps, reviewed over the last 12 months in SLJ’s “Touch and Go” column. The 10 that made the list represent the range and variety of material available to both children and their educators. Enjoy!
In 2014, more than 250 titles received an SLJ star; after much passionate discussion, the following titles were selected by the review editors as the very best of the best. These 70 books distinguish themselves with excellence in writing, art, design, storytelling, originality, and appeal. From raucous read-alouds to off-the-wall adventure, there is something for everyone on this list; dig in and happy reading.
The buzz on Unbroken, the Angelina Jolie produced and directed film hitting theaters on December 25, is growing. Based on Laura Hillenbrand’s adult title of the same name, the movie is sure to provoke interest in the YA adaptation and other World War II era works for teens.