What has struck me in the hundreds of schools I have visited is the influence that a school library and a school librarian have on the children I meet. I can tell as soon as I start interacting with them that the children are more engaged, more articulate, they ask questions, their minds race to make connections. They share something precious: a love of reading, a curiosity, an open mind and a boundless imagination. And the reason is that they have access to a wide collection of books, classics and contemporary, and they have someone who can suggest, lead, persuade and inspire them to expand their minds with books.
Proud families applauded, took pictures, and cried during the graduation ceremony for their children, who completed Queens Library’s pre-K program, the first library-run pre-Kindergarten in the nation.
Children’s librarian and Summer Teen speaker Marissa Lieberman shares how she successfully organized East Orange (NJ) Public Library’s first Tosho-con—a conference dedicated to anime and geek culture for tweens, teens, and their families.
La nouvelle bibliothèque publique d'Halifax, dont l'architecture audacieuse a été saluée par plusieurs, est en lice pour le prix de l'immeuble international de l'année 2015, qui sera décerné lors du Festival international de l'architecture.
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced the winners for its 2015 Audie Awards® competition, honoring spoken word entertainment. The winners were announced at the Audies Gala on May 28, 2015.
Although I’ve frequently written about audiobooks, I’ve never addressed the hard part of working with this collection: How do we identify an audiobook’s appeal and use that information to share titles with readers? Audiobooks are all about the narrator and how the narration affects the reader’s appreciation of the book.
Recently over at Slate, Gabriel Roth made a very good argument for the basic awfulness of Janette Sebring Lowrey's The Poky Little Puppy, postulating that the only reason that book and books like it persist in our cultural consciousness is because of the nostalgia effect — my mom read this to me, so I’d better read it to my kids, etc. But there is another way!
Libraries are often willing to pay upwards of 95% of their annual budgets for staffing and materials, while allocating no funds for marketing. A library with a $4 million budget shouldn’t allocate only $5,000 to making patrons aware of all the events and services that the $4 million provides. Some of that money should be shifted to help the community become more aware of the library’s value.
“Sometimes parents aren’t entirely comfortable getting outdoors,” says Susan Pizzolato, library director of the Mattapoisett Free Public Library, one of the three systems that run the MOBY program. “So if they take a backpack, it shows them things to do and becomes a learning experience for the entire family.”
Libraries in the 21st century have come a long way from simply being a shelter for books; in many of our cities and towns they've become a whole hub of community resources. One of those new resources has just popped up at Fredericton's Public Library and it’s part of a movement taking root elsewhere. (VIDEO)
Les travaux de construction de la nouvelle bibliothèque futuriste de Varennes seront terminés d'ici la fin du mois de juin. Il s'agit du premier bâtiment institutionnel du Canada à produire autant d'électricité qu'il en consomme. Visite guidée d'un espace qui s'adapte à son époque.
The program is built around a series of learning modules. Each module includes an easy-to-use Facilitator’s Guide and features an original story relevant to Canadian culture. The story links to fun learning activities, increasing engagement and reinforcing literacy skills. The modules will be available online and through literacy programs at a variety of community hubs, including community, settlement, and learning and literacy centres. Modules are designed to allow for variety of instructors to deliver the program, including parents, teachers, and centre facilitators.
In 2015, four modules will be offered in English, French and Simplified Chinese. In 2016 and 2017 three new modules will be released, each year, in Canada’s two official languages, as well as a new common first language.
Have you ever seen an American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation of one of your favorite poems? The video embedded above features a YouTuber known as “Crom Saunders” signing Neil Gaiman’s piece, “The Day the Saucers Came.”
Readergal has quite a few invisible boyfriends who talk to her. She has complete control over when they speak and what they talk about. And she has one for almost every mood. These may sound like imaginary men, but they are not. They are Readergal’s favorite male narrators, and each holds a special place in her heart and ears.
Several years ago, I was given as a gift a remote session with a bibliotherapist at the London headquarters of the School of Life, which offers innovative courses to help people deal with the daily emotional challenges of existence. I have to admit that at first I didn’t really like the idea of being given a reading “prescription.” I’ve generally preferred to mimic Virginia Woolf’s passionate commitment to serendipity...
The tweens were busy writing on colored Post-it notes and placing ideas on the mock Pinterest board at the front of the room. At a recent meeting of the Richland Library tween advisory board in Columbia, South Carolina, the children were asked to brainstorm about the new tween space being built. Even the impractical ideas, such as implementing a food court and a Ferris wheel, gave librarians insight into what the kids wanted from their space.
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