What is your blog about and how did it get started?As my blog subtitle says, it contains “book reviews and a celebration of all things book- and library-related.” I read and review books for children, young adults, and adults in a variety of genres and formats. I also post news about authors and anything library-related. I also write about my experiences with library school and work. Occasionally I’ll host book giveaways, too.I had been reading book blogs for awhile, and wanted to join the community. I love being able to interact with other readers and share our love of books. I also thought that blogging would challenge me to read books outside of my comfort zone and learn more about new and upcoming titles. This has definitely come in handy while working the reference desk! READ MORE
Sixty librarians from around Illinois met at Chicago’s Field Museum October 22, 2010 to discuss how they could better help their communities go green. The workshop kicked off the Illinois Library Association’s year-long Go Green @ your Illinois Library program (, which aims to develop a group of librarians committed to environmental awareness.“It’s about libraries holding the conversation in their communities about sustainability,” said Denise Raleigh, director of marketing, development, and communications at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. “Libraries already connect people to resources; this is about connecting people to each other.” READ MORE
Taking a look across the country at what happened during Teen Tech Week March 6-12, 2011, our first stop takes us to a suburb outside of Chicago in Elgin, Illinois.Teen Tech week was extra special this year at the Gail Borden Public Library, with the opening of their new Teen Space just two months prior. Named Studio 270 for the library's address, the new Teen Space was developed and designed with feedback from the young adult patrons themselves. READ MORE
Each year the American Library Association (ALA) honors books and media for children and teens. Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the ALA Youth Media Awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by committees composed of librarians and other literature and media experts, the awards encourage original and creative work in the field of children’s and young adult literature and media. The award announcements were made as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, held in 2011 at the San Diego Convention Center.The winners were announced via a Live Webcast ( and in real time on Twitter (#alayma). The last selection of the winners: READ MORE
National Library Week is an annual celebration of the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians. All types of libraries - school, public, academic and special - participate.Follow the conversation on Twitter. The official hastag for Nation Library Week is #nlw11. READ MORE
To honor the 50th anniversary of To Kill a Mockingbird,  the ABA Journal and The University of Alabama School of Law  have created THE HARPER LEE PRIZE, to honor former Alabama  law student Harper Lee for the role model she created.Atticus Finch has inspired generations of readers—to become  lawyers, to take on unpopular causes, to behave honorably. As Atticus reminds us, “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”The Prize will be given annually to a book-length work of fiction that best exemplifies the role of lawyers in society, and their power to effect change. Only works first published in 2010 qualify. Completed entry forms must be submitted by the publisher prior to April 8, 2011. There is no entry fee. READ MORE
How do kids today define privacy?  What do they already know and what do they need to know in order to make informed choices about their own privacy when it comes to using the internet and social media? What about respecting the privacy of others?  What are the privacy concerns in their lives offline?  And how can we as adults encourage them to think critically about privacy issues?Those were some of the questions in the room during the two-day Conference on Youth and Privacy sponsored by the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (ALA/OIF) in late March.  And they are still on my mind as I reflect on the brainstorming and information sharing we did at the conference, which brought together librarians with individuals who intersect with or work directly on privacy issues. READ MORE
In celebration of 85 years of sharing the joy of reading, Direct Brands' Book-of-the-Month Club is announcing the first-ever Donate a Book Day, beginning on Thursday, April 14 during National Library Week.This "Day of Donation" is facilitated by a partnership with the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).On April 14, readers across the U.S. will be encouraged to donate new or gently used books to their local libraries. Books not added to the library's collection will be given to the Friends of the Library, who use donated books to stock their book sale fundraisers for the library. READ MORE
Library Snapshot Day provides a way for libraries of all types across a state, region, system or community to show what happens in a single day in their libraries. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes? Doing their homework? This initiative provides an easy means to collect statistics, photos and stories that will enable library advocates to prove the value of their libraries to decision-makers and increase public awareness.The concept originated in New Jersey as a joint effort between the New Jersey Library Assn. and the New Jersey State Library. Soon after, many states began emulating the effort. At the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group, in conjunction with the Chapter Relations Committee and COSLA, agreed to take this initiative to a national level, asking that states across the country find a date this April to conduct a Library Snapshot Day.The ALA Office for Library Advocacy and Chapter Relations Office worked with the New Jersey State Library to create a “how-to” manual, we call the  Library Snapshot Day Primer, on how to facilitate a Library Snapshot Day. Talk to others about Library Snapshot Day. Visit our ALA Connect page for information sharing, tips, questions and ideas! READ MORE
School libraries are not deserving of children without a qualified librarian who cares for the development of children as learners and readers.Statistics on the Chicago Public Schools website notes that there are 675 schools in the system. Subtract 164 schools without libraries (including Whittier Elementary, which made the news recently when parents staged a sit-in for a new library) and do the math: Over 500 libraries constitute that pesky “other side of the story” that never seems to be told READ MORE