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books as finalists for the 2011 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author.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.