Thursday, October 6, 2011

Around the Web

I was excited to see that School Library Journal is now hosting a mock Printz blog, Someday My Printz Will Come. If you're reading this blog and have an interest in YA lit, you probably know that the Michael L. Printz Award recognizes excellence in teen literature, and this new blog looks like a fun and insightful place to discuss Printz predictions. It's also a nice complement to Heavy Medal, the very excellent mock Newbery blog also hosted by SLJ. And let's not leave out illustration-- Horn Book hosts Calling Caldecott. Some people get excited about the Oscars... I'm into book awards!

My friend Sandie and her sister, brilliant pop culture mavens, have gotten hooked on YA literature in the past few years, and are now sharing the fun with the rest of us over at Teen Lit Rocks! I love what they've done so far.

This is slightly old news at this point, but-- Kindle users rejoice! Library ebooks are now available for Kindle and Kindle apps. I mention this because I downloaded my first Kindle edition library ebook to my Kindle for iPhone and it was astonishingly easy. I’ve explained the library ebook checkout process to so many patrons who have stopped me in the middle with a frustrated look, saying “Well, that’s too hard,” or “I can’t do that.” The Kindle edition checkout process is so much easier, it’s almost like magic. People are going to love this.

Are you on Pinterest? Warning: Pinterest features entirely too many pictures of delicious cakes. Which is just evil when I don't have a cake in front of me. But! Lots of teen and children’s librarians are utilizing this visual-oriented social bookmarking site to exchange ideas about library programs and crafts. I've really only begun to explore the possibilities on this site, but you can take a look at my Teen Crafts board. Other Pinterest boards and accounts to check out include:

Teen Programming in Libraries (a collaborative board)
Flannel Friday - lots of great flannel board ideas
Kelly Jensen - teen/tween programming ideas, crafts for kids
Mary Kuehner - early literacy ideas

You get the idea... awesome stuff out there!

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