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Promoting a Lifelong Love of Reading: PL Talks With Jenny Adams Perinovic

Jenny Adams Perinovic is taking public library outreach services to another level at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

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Boys Read Pink: Challenging Gender Norms

For over seventy years, the color pink has symbolized all things feminine. It was understood that girls wear pink and boys wear blue.[1] This idea extended into all areas of life, including themes of children’s reading materials. Boys’ books were filled with trucks, daring deeds, and the color blue. One middle school librarian never held […]

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Tough Topics for Teens

Working with teens in a public library is one big great adventure! There are the fun moments when teens from different schools become friends, the I-am-a-super-librarian moments of finding a teen the perfect book at just the right time, and the tough times when we know that a teen is not thriving because of a lack of resources, an identity crisis, or relationship issues. When these tough topics arise, public library staff are often not equipped to deal with them. Although teens may not want to talk to adults, they do want to learn.

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I Was Lucky Because I Could Walk to Our Local Library: A Conversation with Cece Bell

Award winning author Cece Bell has been writing and illustrating children’s picture books for several years. This year, her book for older children, El Deafo, earned her a Newberry Honor. A graphic novel memoir, El Deafo tells her story of becoming almost completely deaf at a young age due to illness. Depicting the resulting challenges—and delights—are a cast of bunny characters that tell a very human story.

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Get Ready for Valentine’s Day: Romance for Teens

Looking to get in the romantic spirit this Valentine’s Day? Here are some great YA fiction titles that will make you feel the love:

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Ally Condie Visits Pikes Peak Library District

Ally Condie is the author of the best-selling Matched series and the recently released stand-alone novel Atlantia. She visited Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) (Colorado Springs, Colo.) on Friday, November 14, 2014 to give three presentations at our new library. The day was packed! Two presentations were for students and one was for the public. In total, 1,108 people attended! It was a truly amazing day.


Fan Fiction: No Longer Underground

Fan fiction’s popularity is soaring. Does it belong in the library?

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The Hub Reading Challenge – Part 2

The teen book publishing is booming and that makes for quite a few teen books to read (I know, huge understatement). Making the decision about which title to read next can be difficult, especially when I want to be able to recommend teen books to sixth graders through adults. I like to be able to talk about the popular books that are flying off the shelves. I also want to be able to suggest read-alikes that are not as well known. To be able to do this I have to read regularly (my Goodreads goal is to read 85 books this year), and, luckily, I found The Hub Reading Challenge to help me achieve that. So, welcome to the second installment on my experience with YALSA’s The Hub 2013 Reading Challenge! In this post, I will continue to explain the awards that are a part of this Reading Challenge: Schneider Family Book Award, Stonewall Book Award and YALSA’s 2013 Top Ten Amazing Audiobooks, Best Fiction,Great Graphic Novels, Popular Paperbacks, and Quick Picks.