Thursday, October 30, 2008

Who can be the most silent in the library?

I think this has to be one of the funniest things I've seen in a while. I'm thinking that it could be a fun program, with a few modification (ditch the slap machine, and maybe the old man...)

Friday, October 24, 2008

Nancy Werlin in Bellevue this Sunday

This Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 5:30pm at the Bellevue
Regional Library
award winning author Nancy Werlin will deliver the
2008 Kim Lafferty Lecture. Nancy has been a National Book Award Finalist and an Edgar Award Winner. Her newest book Impossible has received four starred reviews.

Kim was a young adult librarian whose dedication to teens and to books, both professionally and personally, was profound and unwavering. She had a special connection with children and teenagers and put that talent to good use as a teen services librarian for King County Library System. Kim was also a strong advocate for intellectual freedom and fought strenuously for the right of individuals to choose their own reading material. Kim died of ovarian cancer in 2001.

Monday, October 20, 2008

teen library makeovers

Kathleen sent me this cool article about some Montgomery County libraries that got great and fairly simple makeovers for their teen areas. It also talks about how the designers worked with the teens to do this. Perhaps an area of community partnerships we might consider exploring?

The Library Teen Scene (Shh . . . )

Now, wouldn't it be nice if reporters would stop putting Shh into everything library related?

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

a cool non-profit to share with teachers is a cool website that helps teachers connect with donors who want to make a difference by sponsoring small classroom projects, such as book and equipment donations.

They also allow people to set up memorial funds and gift registries!

This could be a great support for doing collaborative projects with your schools.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Video games, simply bait for readers?

Nothing terribly new here, but a good summary of the latest arguments for (and against) video games and literacy skills:

The Future of Reading: Using Video Games as Bait to Hook Readers
Publishers, authors and even libraries are embracing video games to promote books to young readers.