This year, Boston Public Library initiated its own theme for summer reading, separate from the national one, which is “Summer in the City,” and I’ve had a great time developing fun and dynamic programming that reflects this. One of the great things about Boston is that everywhere you go, there’s some form of public art. Whether it’s the fence of an empty lot decorated by MassArt’s sparc! team and community members, a free concert on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, or the Tony DeMarco statue in the North End, there’s tons of public art- famous and not! I wanted to show kids that art can be everywhere, and that anyone can create it. At the North End Branch, we have a beautiful courtyard garden that our Friends group maintains. I thought it would be great to have the kids create art to share with the library that wouldn’t just be…
This week, I am tasked with the difficulty of saying goodbye to my patrons.
Recently, I began a six-week early literacy program with our local ABCD/Headstart program. (Read more…) Through a generous gift to the Boston Public Library’s Reading Readiness Fund, students all over the city are provided with the opportunity to build their at-home libraries while working on their literary skills in a fun way!
Recently, I’ve been trying to work new programming into my repertoire here at my branch. Afterschool programming isn’t always an option, so I looked to Saturdays. I work every other Saturday at my branch, and find for some reason, kids seem to be more inclined to participate in a program on Saturdays. Usually during the week, I have to encourage kids away from the computers with snacks – on Saturdays, the same kids are the first through the door. I think it has something to do with the fact that they don’t have the stress of school that day, but I’m not sure.
Somedays, I feel like my kiddos look at books like they do vegetables—ick! And somedays, I feel like their parents might, that I have to try to incorporate books in any way possible!
The last time I wrote a blog post for ALSC, I was in graduate school. In my mind, I had an idealized version of librarianship. In my dream world, every day I would come to work, and singing animals would help me put the books away; children would be perfectly behaved; and storytimes would be well attended. Then there was reality.
For the past two days I haven’t been live blogging. Why? Because, I’ve been in award deliberations. This year, I had the honor of serving on the GLBT-RT’s Stonewall Book Award Committee. Starting last March, I began to receive a whole slew of books- ranging from Children’s/Young Adult, to Non-Fiction, to Literature, and was tasked (along with other committee members) to highlight books that held merit. The award is the first, and most enduring award honoring the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience. This evening, we announced the Literature and Non-Fiction award and honor books- tomorrow morning we announce the winners in the Children’s/Young Adult category. Literature Winner: Prelude to a Bruise by Saeed Jones Literature Honor: The Two Hotels Francfort by David Leavitt Literature Honor: Bitter Eden by Tatamkhulu Afrika Literature Honor: Frog Music by Emma Donoghue Literature Honor: My Real Children by Jo Walton Non-Fiction Winner: Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Muslims by Scott…
Hello again, #alamw15 followers. Françoise Mouly just gave a very brief presentation on the importance of comics historically and now. As she pointed out, comics are accessible to those of all literacy levels; for centuries pictures were the communication tools of the illiterate. Françoise pointed out how the medium can be used in different ways. Artists, such as Shaun Tan, have told entire stories without words (i.e. The Arrival), while those like Brian Selznick integrate the illustrations into their works, making them a vital aspect of the story (i.e. The Invention of Hugo Cabaret). The final point, and real highlight was a quote Françoise shared from her husband, Art Spiegelman- “good comics can be a gateway drug to literacy”. Good food for thought!