• 30th July
    2014
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  • 26th July
    2014
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  • 22nd July
    2014
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I see now that dismissing YA books because you’re not a young adult is a little bit like refusing to watch thrillers on the grounds that you’re not a policeman or a dangerous criminal, and as a consequence, I’ve discovered a previously ignored room at the back of the bookstore that’s filled with masterpieces I’ve never heard of.
Nick Hornby, quoted in this excellent article Young Adult Literature Is Better Than You Think (via hapfairy)

(via lareviewofbooks)

  • 18th July
    2014
  • 18
scholasticreadingclub:

So, Bill Hader was a Book Clubs kid, too! 

"You’d get that little catalog and check off two or three books, and a week later you come into class and there would be a parcel on your desk — it was like Christmas! The first series I was obsessed with was James Howe’s “Bunnicula.” I read all of those. Then I moved on to Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” and its sequels."

from The New York Times

<3 

scholasticreadingclub:

So, Bill Hader was a Book Clubs kid, too! 

"You’d get that little catalog and check off two or three books, and a week later you come into class and there would be a parcel on your desk — it was like Christmas! The first series I was obsessed with was James Howe’s “Bunnicula.” I read all of those. Then I moved on to Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time” and its sequels."

from The New York Times

<3 

  • 15th July
    2014
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The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.

When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.

Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.

  • 14th July
    2014
  • 14
Letter to Baby Author Me revisited

theallycarter:

Hi everyone!

Doing a retro-throwback post today!

Because, you see, in a few weeks I’m going to be giving a speech at the Day of YA Pre-Conference at the Romance Writers of America Convention in San Antonio.

(And, don’t forget, I’ll also be signing in San Antonio on July 23. If you live in the…

  • 5th July
    2014
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  • 4th July
    2014
  • 04
You ask if I would agree to live my 70. or rather 73. years over again? To which I say Yea. I think with you that it is a good world on the whole, that it has been framed on a principle of benevolence … . I steer my bark with Hope in the head, leaving Fear astern.
Thomas Jefferson (to John Adams, in correspondence) 
  • 3rd July
    2014
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  • 2nd July
    2014
  • 02
iworkatapubliclibrary:

Searching, Still
Librarian: “May I see your library card?”Patron [sticking hand down the front of her shirt, searching around in her cleavage, searching….and searching, finally producing the card, proclaiming] “Aha! I knew it was there somewhere!”Librarian: “—”
[Part of our Cast of Characters Contest. Submit today! Thanks, Tari!]

This happens more often than you&#8217;d think. And it&#8217;s always weird and gross. 

iworkatapubliclibrary:

Searching, Still

Librarian: “May I see your library card?”

Patron [sticking hand down the front of her shirt, searching around in her cleavage, searching….and searching, finally producing the card, proclaiming] “Aha! I knew it was there somewhere!”

Librarian: “—”

[Part of our Cast of Characters Contest. Submit today! Thanks, Tari!]

This happens more often than you’d think. And it’s always weird and gross.