At the very end of the 2019 Carnegie Medals celebration in Washington D.C. this past June, I met Dr. Erin Corbett. After an already memorable evening of rousing, emotional speeches from medal winners Kiese Laymon (Heavy) and Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers) and keynote speaker Laura Lippman, Corbett added a whole new layer to my understanding of one of this year’s Carnegie winnersShe and a friend had come to the event just to see Laymon accept his award for Heavy. Corbett, I learned, founded and runs a nonprofit organization that offers educational opportunities to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. As soon as she read Heavy last fall, she knew she had to add it to her curriculum. Even in our brief chat that night, I understood that the book has had a profound effect on Corbett and her students. Corbett graciously agreed to an interview with Booklist about her experience teaching Heavy in Connecticut prisons, which I’m so happy to share below. READ MORE
Library lovers know that showing your library card gets you access to great things all year-round, but during Library Card Sign-up Month it will also get you the chance to win $100.  Help us spread the word about the value of libraries this September by snapping a picture with your library card and posting it to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #GetLibraryCarded.  You'll be automatically entered in a drawing to win a $100 Visa gift card!  Entries can also be submitted by posting as a comment or wall post on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. READ MORE
Books for young adults are more popular than ever, and there are many awards for young adult literature chosen by librarians, authors, and experts in the publishing industry. There is one book award, however, that allows teens to vote for their favorite books: The Teens' Top Ten Award, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.Every year 15 teen book groups from across the country, all of which participate in YALSA’s Teens' Top Ten/YA Galley Project, vote on their nominations and nominations from the public to determine the 25 official Teens' Top Ten finalists. Readers ages twelve to eighteen then vote online for up to three titles from the 25 nominees to determine the winners. DOGObooks is hosting the voting page for the 2019 Teens’ Top Ten, and voting is open through October 15!Here’s a list of the 25 nominees with links to Worldcat database to help you locate them in a library near you. READ MORE
Motor coordination, concentration, color recognition, understanding cause and effect—these are some of the skills Louisville Public Library hopes to amplify in the children and adults with special needs who use its new Sensory Space. It’s not a large room; it can hold only 24 individuals at a time, and it is often at capacity. But it is a unique space for sensory exploration and programming. “It’s the only library in the state of Ohio offering something like this,” Library Director Jason Buydos says. “It is potentially an example of what libraries could or should be offering nationally.”The idea came from two staff members who have children on the autism spectrum. Through an LSTA grant, the library built a space whose visual and auditory environment is controlled and designed for children and adults on the spectrum. READ MORE
Actor, director, and producer Milo Ventimiglia, best known for his roles on television dramas "This is Us" and "Gilmore Girls," is starring in the Fox 2000 feature film “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” an adaptation of the international best-selling novel by Garth Stein. READ MORE
What do you do when your library wants to expand its space for young learners but doesn’t have the money for a new building? You think small. Meridian (Idaho) Library District created the Tiny Library from a converted shipping container—and, with help from its partners, has seen indelible benefits in the community. The library is now developing a toolkit so that others can replicate its success.Meridian Library District’s (MLD) Tiny Library—a brick-red, 320-square-foot repurposed shipping container—stands out. As families cross the parking lot to the YMCA and spot the new building, we’ve heard kids ask “Can we go today?” and adults remark “This is so neat!” READ MORE
Graphic novels are more popular than ever. Overall sales increased by more than 11% in 2018 according to Publishers Weekly, and that increase was driven largely by a big jump in the sale of juvenile graphic novels, which saw a massive 56.2% increase last year. It's no wonder they're so popular with the younger set. READ MORE
Equity, diversity and inclusion may seem incongruous in a community as homogenous as Portland, Oregon, but Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehkle knows the work is necessary, especially when, as she says, public libraries have historically created systems that have privileged some people over others.  READ MORE
By Diana Panuncial, courtesy of American Libraries.What do the following have in common: space-themed escape rooms, coding sessions with robot caterpillars, rocket workshops, and a phone call from astronauts in space?They’re some of the activities that thousands of libraries across the country are putting together to celebrate space exploration in their summer reading programs, with “A Universe of Stories” as the slogan.And the sky’s the limit. READ MORE
Lindsey, the first winner from Illinois, was nominated by teens from two states–Illinois and Nebraska. She is commended for inspiring youth by creating welcoming environments that help them to learn and grow.One teen nominator said, “I remember what Lindsey said to us during the first [Teen Advisory Board] meeting–we could make the library anything we wanted it to be. That’s empowering.”Working with Teen Advisory Boards, Lindsey encouraged teens to develop programs that reflected their interests. Together, they have taken field trips to plays, concerts and comic book conventions to pursue their collective passions. She also helps them establish groups and activities such as the bacon club, a makerspace and teen storytime.   READ MORE