YA Hotline is a bi-annual newsletter published by the School of Information Management at Dalhousie University. The newsletter contains a large amount of information and resources for both young adults and young adult librarians including book reviews, resource lists, bibliographies, feature articles, interviews and more.
Weeding. The very word often strikes terror in a librarian’s heart. I find no one is ambivalent about weeding—people either love it or loathe it. I fall into the love-it camp. I once imagined my perfect career would be traveling from library to library across the nation, weeding collections. However, most librarians dread the task. It can be hard to part with books that were carefully selected and paid for with tax dollars. Some librarians feel that it is impossible to imagine that a particular book no longer has any worth.
May is Get Caught Reading Month in the U.S. Note that the website has a Libraries Matter section with more than dozen short videos where authors explain why libraries matter to them. Link to it and use the big-name promotion for all it's worth!
Canadians love to read, and now we have the numbers to prove it. For the second year in a row, the literacy advocacy coalition known as the National Reading Council has tallied book sales and library loans for a typical week in January (which, it should be noted, is a notoriously slow month for the book trade). The group found that, across Canada, a total of 3.4 million English- and French-language books were bought and circulated from Jan. 23 to 29, up 26 per cent from a comparable period last year, when the figure was 2.7 million.
Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System is celebrating Freedom to Read Week with a Guess the Banned Book Contest. From Feb. 1 to 29, drop in to your local branch and read the clues given for three books that have been challenged or banned. Fill out an entry form with the title of one of the books, your name and your phone number. Then place your entry form in the drop box. At the end of the month a winner will be drawn at each branch.
A new website uses police technology to sketch out faces of characters described in notable novels. Called The Composites, it shows images of literary characters created by using the author's description of a character with law enforcement composite-sketch software
Valentine's Day has come and gone, but showing your kids how much you care is something you do every day. Just think of all the times you've missed watching Modern Family so you could read your children a bedtime story. Now that's love. So for our February Little Lions post, we decided to focus on books about the unbreakable bond between parents and children.
Principal Sue Dorris told how the iPad benefited the kindergartners in her school, “We are seeing high levels of student motivation, engagement and learning in the iPad classrooms.” Ms. Dorris also told of how they use apps to specifically target a child’s needs, “The apps, which teach and reinforce fundamental literacy concepts and skills, are engaging, interactive and provide children with immediate feedback. What’s more, teachers can customize apps to match the instructional needs of each child, so students are able to learn successfully at their own level and pace.”
"MV Logos Hope – known as the largest among the floating libraries of the German-based organization Good Book for All (GBA) – will drop anchor in Subic Bay [The Philippines] on March 15 to April 8, 2012 to bring knowledge, help and hope to local folks, especially children."
The first thing you need to do if you’re going to be working with readers and suggesting romances is to do a quick check of your feelings about the genre. Many librarians are fans of romance novels, but there are still people working in public libraries who consider it an inferior genre at best or “trash” at the worst. These people feel it’s their professional duty to steer readers to literary fiction because it’s “better for them.” If you’re one of these people, do an attitude check.
A sneak peek of a statue celebrating Northrop Frye's centennial birthday was unveiled Monday at Moncton's Capitol Theatre along with a list of authors and literary critics who will be attending this year's Frye Festival.
4. La bibliothèque, un second chez-soi ? En France, Bibliothèque 21 est un cycle de rencontres départementales autour de la “bibliothèque publique d’aujourd’hui” réunissant des élus et des bibliothécaires. Ici, le premier volet se passe dans le Pas-de-Calais où le modèle nordique de bibliothèque “troisième lieu” est une source d’inspiration.
Face à ces changements, notre environnement et nos espaces, qu’ils soient publics ou privés, sont à redéfinir pour une meilleure harmonie et une meilleure intégration de la technologie. Les espaces en bibliothèque n’échappent pas à ce constat. La bibliothèque intelligente doit s’approprier le principe de l’informatique ubiquitaire pour créer des espaces intelligents et interactifs. Ces espaces seront axés sur l’usager et lui offriront de nouvelles façons de découvrir et d’explorer la bibliothèque. Pour la bibliothèque, il s’agit d’une nouvelle stratégie pour séduire les usagers.
The Merritt Library will burn books during “Freedom to Read Week” if they don’t have the help of the community. Deborha Merrick, branch head, is placing a heap of literature over firewood and she encourages people to take a book and put it into the do-not-burn pile between Feb. 26 and March 3.
La campagne National Reading qui se déroule au Canada vient de mettre à jour quelques chiffres sur les habitudes de lecture du pays. Une perspective entre janvier 2011 et 2012, qui livre des données sur les ventes, mais également sur la circulation des oeuvres dans le pays.
In another in our library's series of "stealth" or "passive" programs, we developed a Cookie Club initiative in December and January to encourage families to use the library often during this often slow library-use season. Kids up to age 10 could join up by simply picking up a little business-card-sized "Cookie Club" card. Then each time they checked out books they got a stamp on their card and a paper cookie to put their name on and could put in a "cookie jar" on the wall.
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