Wednesday, December 22, 2010

YALSA names 2011 William C. Morris Award Shortlist

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has named five books as finalists for the 2011 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.

The 2011 finalists are:

Hush by Eishes Chayhil
Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride
Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber
The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston

YALSA will name the 2011 award winner at the Youth Media Awards on January 2010.

Guardian of the Dead
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer
Crossing the Tracks
The Freak Observer

Learning4Life School Library Contest

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), in collaboration with SchoolTube and Cisco has announced the Learning4Life In My School Library Student Video Contest.  Beginning January 4, video submissions will be accepted detailing how school libraries and the technology used within the school library program empower students to be Learners4Life. 

Submissions for the video contest will be accepted until March 18, after which online voters will help choose the best student video. One student winner will be chosen from an elementary, middle and high school.  Winners will be announced as the kick-off to School Library Month on April 1 and will receive a Flip™ video camera, donated by Cisco, and a prize for their school library. In addition, winning entries will be featured on the AASL, SchoolTube and Cisco websites and social networking platforms and will be featured at the AASL 15th National Conference & Exhibition. 
This would be an excellent PR opportunity for the UHS Library and for a student to win a great prize and be nationally recognized!  Please see Mrs. Fournier if you are interested in entering this contest.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

2010 National Book Awards Announced

The 2010 National Book Awards have been announced.  This year's winners are:

Fiction: Lord of Misrule by Jaimy Gordon
Nonfiction: Just Kids by Patti Smith
Poetry: Lighthead by Terrance Hayes
Young people’s literature: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Lifetime achievement award: Tom Wolfe

Lord of Misrule
Just Kids

Disney songwriter makes New York Public Library his office

Glenn Slater, lyricist behind Disney's new animated film "Tangled," writes his songs while camped out at the New York Public Library's branch for the Performing Arts on NYC's Upper West Side.  With his MacBook, thesaurus, rhyming dictionary and notes in hand, Slater writes those verses that eventually become part of hit soundtracks from films and Broadway musicals such as "The Little Mermaid," "Sister Act" and "Leap of Faith."

The best part?  Slater saves himself thousands of dollars in rent each month by doing his work at the public library rather than renting out office space.  What great things can you achieve at your library?

Great libraries of the world

American Libraries Direct, the e-newsletter of the American Library Association, runs a feature column each week showcasing various libraries of the world and indicating what makes them so special.  In a recent issue, the American Antiquarian Society of Worcestor, MA made the list.  The society operates an independent research library founded in 1812 that is devoted to American history from the colonial era to the end of Reconstruction in 1876. It is the third oldest historical society in the United States and the first to be national in scope.  With Worcester being such a short drive away, add this to your list of local places to visit.

Are you a comic book or graphic novel fan?

If you're a comic book fan be sure to check out the Marvel Comics app which "transforms reading comics into a kinesthetic experience."  Its navigation includes pans and zooms and the range of titles on the app dates back to the 1950s.  Readers can browse by series title, creator, genre, rating, storylines, and release date.  Visit the Young Adult Library Services Association blog for more information. 

What a fun app!

Not your average library

In Almere, The Netherlands, the debut of a new library is attracting a lot of attention.  Concrete Architectural Associates designed a new library for the city using various retail concepts as the foundation of their design.  Instead of arranging materials alpahbetically or according to call numbers, books are arranged by genre or targeted audiences (youth, culture, health, travel, etc.), similar to that of a retail bookstore.  Throughout the library are various community spaces, including a news cafe with hundreds of newspapers and magazines available for browsing, as well as television monitors presenting the latest news.  Forget Starbucks - if we lived in The Netherlands, this is where you'd find me hanging out. 

Like to cook?

The end of each year usually brings several "Best Of" lists and this year is no different.  NPR has published their list of 2010's Best Cookbooks.  I'm suddenly feeling inspired to do some holiday baking. 

Feast your eyes for the moment and enjoy...YUM.

Top Ten Sci-Tech Books of 2010

Booklist Online has published their list of the Top Ten Sci-Tech Books of 2010.  Take a look and see if anything appeals to looks like there are some good ones.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sign up for a Boston Public Library eCard

As a Massachusetts resident, you are eligible to obtain a Boston Public Library eCard.  This eCard is a virtual library card that will give you access to all of Boston Public Library's remotely-accessible electronic resources, including magazine databases, downloadable audio, video, e-books, and music.

Traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday?  Think about downloading an audiobook for that long car ride.  Got a research paper due?  Check out the list of online research databases an eCard will give you access to. 

Take the time to apply for an eCard today - you will be glad you did! 

Friday, November 19, 2010

Not sure what to read next?

If you're looking for your next read, check out Reading Rants, a young adult literature book review blog written and maintained by teen services librarian Jennifer Hubert.  Hubert's got some great suggestions - take a look at some of her more recent reviews.  I guarantee you'll find something that intrigues you!  I've already added a few titles to my to-be-read list :)

Some of the titles I found interesting are American Vampire, Forge, The Carrie Diaries, and The Replacement.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

An author interview

For those of you who are fans of the Lauren Kate series "Fallen" check out a recent interview with the author.  Learn more about the fictional "Swords and Cross" world and why Kate sets her story at a reform school in Savannah, Georgia.  We have a copy of the first book in the series at the UHS Library and will be getting the second installment, "Torment" in the near future.  A great series!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Don't let this be you!

According to the latest Project Literacy Information Progress Report, the average college student lacks basic research skills.  An online survey polling 8,353 students from 25 college campuses discovered that 84 percent of students found that when it came to course-based research, getting started was their biggest challenge.  The three sources cited most often by students were course readings, search engines like Google, and scholarly research databases.  Only 30 percent asked a librarian for research help.  Read more about the study here.

Don't let this be you!  As you advance through high school and begin preparing for college you want to be polishing your research skills.  Take the time now to become comfortable with all of the resources the UHS library has to offer you.  You will be that much better prepared when you enter college.

Feel free to stop by the library anytime to schedule a library/research tutorial with Mrs. Fournier.  The time you take to become a savvy researcher now will save you loads of time, effort, and confusion in the future!

50 Books About Books

Are you someone who loves books?  Fine Books and Collections Magazine just published its Reading Guide for Bibliophiles - a list of 50 nonfiction books about books from the past year.  From memoirs and essays about how particular books influenced the personal lives of many, to photographs of books, libraries, archives, etc., there are some great holiday gift ideas on this list for the readers in your life. 

Library Journal announces its Inaugural Top Ten

Library Journal announced it's first Top Ten list of both fiction and nonfiction books that stood out as the best of 2010.  The list was compiled by librarians and book reviewers and are titles appropriate for a broad reading audience.  We have a couple of these titles in the UHS library and a few more on the way.  Stop by and see for yourself - these books are just waiting to be checked out by you :)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is one I find intriguing...Henrietta Lacks was a poor Southern tobacco farmer whose cells were taken without her knowledge and used for medical research.  In fact, sixty years after her death, Henrietta's cells are still alive today as they were the first "immoratal" human cells grown in culture.  Her cells were vital for developing the polio vaccine, cancer and virus research, and led to important advances in cloning, in virtro fertilization, and gene mapping - all unbeknownst to Henrietta's family, which violates all sorts of ethical and informed consent practices.  

Definitely one on Mrs. Fournier's to-be-read list!

Love libraries? You will when you see these

A recent article posted a list of some of the "Most Beautiful College Libraries" in the U.S. complete with photos of each.  The first library on the list is practically in our backyard - Boston College's Bapst Library.  For all of you college-bound seniors, take a look at some of the types of libraries you could be studying in next fall...

Monday, November 15, 2010

Pulse It

Are you a person that likes to always be reading the "latest and greatest" in teen fiction?  If so, become a member of Pulse It, a teen community created by Simon and Schuster where you can have your voice heard as a reviewer, trend-setter, and all-around expert.  Being a member of this community will provide you with early access to some great books before they appear on bookstore shelves.  Take a look and see for yourself...

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Need some reading suggestions?  Visit for some fantastic book lists.  Each month, IndieBound publishes their Indie Next List which is a list of "Inspired Recommendations from Indie Booksellers."  There is also an Indie Next List for Poetry, an Indie Next List for Reading Groups, and a Kids' Indie Next List which reviews some great young adult titles.  A great resource for avid readers!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Another student review has been posted!

See what your books your peers are talking about by checking out their reviews here.  After reading what your classmates have written, you'll find yourself wanting to stop by the UHS library to check these books out for yourself.  Some great reading for this snowy day!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Amazon Kindles are HERE!

Thanks to a grant from the Edward C. Thayer Trust Fund, the UHS library now has four Amazon Kindles! Not only do the Kindles offer e-reading capabilities, but they also offer an audio component. If you are a person that prefers to listen to their books rather than read them, you will love this feature. Stop by and see for yourself!

Friday, October 29, 2010

New titles are in

More new titles are in at the UHS library!

City of Glass
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour
Picture the Dead
Shadow of the Moon
The Last Great Getaway of the Water Balloon Boys
The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: An Eclipse Novella
City of Bones
City of Ashes
Infinite Days