So, I had at least two posts that I thought I had added from my phone, but they are not here. So, sorry, guys!
There are so many amazing things to talk about:
I loved meeting everyone at ALA. There are so many librarians out there doing so many cool things. I have lists and lists of things that I want to implement in the library. Then I have boxes and boxes of books that I am giving away to friends and patrons, as well as my own boxes of books. Also, in case publishers and other ALA exhibitors wonder if their materials are making a difference, I have recommended an author visit, a new database, QR codes, and a publisher to my employer. And they didn’t even pay me to go!
I met a bajillion authors at ALA. Like, seriously, a bajillion. I want to post and post and post all of my pictures, but maybe that would be weird.
I have a lot of books to recommend like Maureen Johnson’s The Name of the Star and Jessica Day George’s Tuesdays at the Castle. More to come on this!
And some non-ALA hilarity….
NOT SAFE FOR WORK! Samuel L. Jackson reads Go the F**k to Sleep, a picture book that illustrates the frustration of parents who can’t get their children to sleep.
So, the major awards for children and teen books from the ALA were announced today. Being a library student, I was pretty psyched to see who won. (My advisor and I actually had a countdown going during my advising appointment.) I had not read the Caldecott or Newbery winners (A Sick Day for Amos McGee and Moon over Manifest respectively), but I had just read Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (winner of the Printz Award) over Christmas. I definitely liked it. It had a great storyline, and I felt like I believed in the world where the story takes place. It felt like there was a history to the people and the places.
When books win awards, especially such high profile awards, I like to read reviews of them. I looked on Amazon earlier to see what people were saying. What I find interesting is that one of the negative reviews on Amazon seem primarily interested in the amount of swearing in the books. Not the content or the writing or the plot- just that there was a lot of swearing.
The funny thing is that I don’t specifically remember an excessive amount of swearing in the book. When I think about it, I could probably say that there was swearing. However, I was so engrossed in the story that I didn’t even notice any extra swearing. Of course, there are some people that think no one under the age of 18 should be exposed to any swearing which seems excessive in the other direction.
I definitely thought the book was appropriate for young adults as I read it, swearing or not. It’s one I would recommend to the YA readers in my life. Congratulations to all of the winners!
Well, September is a great month for book and library lovers! The entire month is Library Card Sign Up Month, and today is International Literacy Day! At the end of the month, we’ve got Banned Book Week coming up (with an extra special surprise!), so all around, September is all about the books.
Library Card Sign Up Month is every September to remind parents, teachers, and students that libraries are an important part of every child’s education. Plus, I bet that is when the most people sign up for library cards at universities or other academic institutions.
However, the two events going on today coincide in a way that should make all of us feel extremely lucky. The ALA press release states, “According to UNESCO more than 780 million of the world’s adults (nearly two-thirds of whom are women) do not know how to read or write, and between 94 and 115 million children lack access to education.”
Yet, here we not only have public education, we have these wonderful places where anyone can check out all the material they want- books, movies, audio books and CDs, musical scores, and reference materials. People can go and use the internet for free, check databases that would normally have a huge subscription fee (paid for by your library), and read all magazines and newspapers they want without paying a dime. All you have to do is sign up for a library card.
I don’t want to get preachy, but think about all the people who take these great resources for granted while millions of people around the world could really use them. It’s kind of like what your mom used to tel you, “Eat your vegetables! There are people starving around the world.” Except reading Mockingjay is way, way better.
I wanted to show the best YA books of 2010, but I wanted to add a little twist. So, here we have a visualization from Many Eyes that lists the ALA’s Top Ten YA Books for 2010. However, I used Worldcat to tell me how many copies libraries around the world had of each book as an indicator of popularity (at least for the library crowd!) to dictate the size of the title. Put ‘em together and what have you got? A cool visual image of what libraries and librarians think the very best books for Young Adults are, at least for this year.
In case you can’t read all of the titles, here they are (in order from most copies in libraries to least):
When you reach me
Written in bone: Buried lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland
Marcelo in the real world
Lips touch: Three times
The Orange Houses
Stitches: A memoir
The Reformed Vampire Support Group
The Great Wide Sea