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Summer Reading and Connected Learning

Summer Reading and Connected Learning

One of the joys of connecting children with books is fostering their innate curiosity. Employing a transmedia approach—using books and technology together—provides a wonderful way to sharpen children’s critical-thinking and information-literacy skills while offering them a rich variety of opportunities for inspiration and learning. At the Chicago Public Library, we chose a STEAM theme for […]

August 2014 LibraryReads

August 2014 LibraryReads

The votes are in, ladies and gents! LibraryReads has posted the latest list of books librarians loved reading and couldn’t wait to share. One Kick, by Chelsea Cain, has been voted the favorite among books published in the month of August. The full top ten follows, linked to Booklist reviews when available. (Our take on some […]

Simon & Schuster Expands Library E-book Lending

Simon & Schuster Expands Library E-book Lending

As ALA’s Annual Conference gets under way in Las Vegas, ALA President Barbara Stripling welcomed the news that Simon & Schuster will convert its pilot library ebook lending program to serve all U.S. libraries: “Today represents an important milestone for improving the ability of libraries to serve the public in the digital age. America’s libraries […]

See You in Las Vegas?

See You in Las Vegas?

Booklisters are packing their bags for ALA’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Are you going, too? We hope you’ll make time for some of the following events! Michael L. Printz Program and Reception This year’s program honors Marcus Sedgwick, 2014 Michael L. Printz winner for Midwinterblood, and Printz Honor Book authors Rainbow Rowell, Susann Cokal, […]

The Power of Libraries Booth at Book Expo

The Power of Libraries Booth at Book Expo

Lucky enough to be attending Book Expo America conference in NYC this week? Be sure to stop by the Power of Libraries, in booth #1242 (naturally, come say hello to us at the Booklist booth, as well, booth #1043!). There are five library consortia from across the country that are collaborating on this theme. The […]

PLA Top 5 program – Slides and Handout

PLA Top 5 program – Slides and Handout

For three Public Library Association conferences in a row, I’ve been joined by a panel of rock star reader’s advisors for a program we like to call “The Top 5″. This is where we take five fiction genres (or this year, nonfiction categories!) and give a quick-and-dirty list of books and authors you should know […]

The 90-Second Newbery — NOT the 92nd Newbery
By January 23, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

The 90-Second Newbery — NOT the 92nd Newbery

At 3 p.m. on February 1, at the Vittum Theater in Chicago, while the world continues to bask in the glow of ALA’s Youth Media Award announcements—including, of course, the ninety-second annual Newbery medal and honor books—I will be co-hosting the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Yes, I misheard that the first time as well, and, […]

Web Crush of the Week:  The Reader’s Advisor Online
By October 11, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Web Crush of the Week: The Reader’s Advisor Online

This week’s Web Crush is The Reader’s Advisor Online Blog: The free blog portion of Libraries Unlimited/ABC-Clio’s database The Readers Advisor (which is based on Libraries Unlimited’s Genreflecting print series – full disclosure: Rebecca is one of LU’s authors, and has contributed a chapter to the 7th edition of Genreflecting. But we’d still crush on […]

Rethinking your collections
By September 17, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Rethinking your collections

In the current issue (Sept 15, 2013) of Booklist, you’ll find the article “Reference Collections in an Ever-Shrinking Print Environment,” which discusses the fact that although today’s reference librarians rely less on print resources,  print collections still occupy prime space in most libraries.  I thought it would be fitting to make note of it here […]

Graphic Novel suggestions

Graphic Novel suggestions

We try to keep our posts here on Shelf Renewal original content, but we’re also big believers in the mantra, “Don’t reinvent the wheel.”  So when our friend Brad Brooks posted a fantastic list of graphic novel suggestions for the Oak Park Public Library over on their GenreX site, I couldn’t help but make sure […]