Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Hiring for Culture at #PLA2018

On the last morning of #PLA2018, I attended two excellent panels, both loosely related to staff development. While the idea of creating a leadership training program within my organization was intriguing, the program that has stuck with me in the days since #PLA2018 was the last one I attended – Hire for Fit: Best Practices for Hiring to Your Culture. Presented by panelists from Anythink Libraries, Jefferson County Public Libraries, and the City of Boulder Library & Arts, this program exemplified the power of PLA for me. It was hands-on, practical, fun, and best of all, incredibly useful. I’ve been proselytizing prioritizing culture when hiring to everyone who has had the pleasure of asking me how the conference was since I walked out of the room at the conclusion of the panel. The librarian representing Anythink, Susan Dobbs, began the presentation by telling the attendees that the values of her library…

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Eliminating Fines and Fees on Children’s Materials at #pla2018

Why do libraries charge fines? Fines are a source of revenue, a chance to teach responsibility to our youngest patrons, and a way to encourage people to bring materials back on time. Or are they? What if it turned out that none of those assumptions were true? A new white paper (Https://goo.gl/rbwStj) looks at the available data and concludes that fines do not do any of those things, although librarians and patrons have deeply held beliefs that they do. At Eliminating Fines and Fees on Children’s Materials to Create a Win-Win for Your Community, my mind was blown by a study which showed that nominal library fees do not have ANY impact on overdue rates. Only steep fines result in more prompt return of material. Unless your library is willing to charge $5 a day on overdue picture books, the fines are not resulting in the timely return of your…

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Talking is Teaching at #PLA2018

Librarians know that talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with their children from birth can have dramatic impacts on the child’s development. Today at #PLA2018, San Francisco Public Library presented “Talking is Teaching: Opportunities for Increasing Early Brain and Language Development” with their early literacy partner, Too Small to Fail, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation.

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Great Baby Reads

As I anticipate the birth of my second child, my thoughts once again turn to books for babies. As librarians are well aware, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents read to their children beginning in early infancy. A recently published study, Early Reading Matters: Long-term Impacts of Shared Bookreading with Infants and Toddlers on Language and Literacy Outcomes was presented in 2017 at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, and reaffirmed the benefits of this practice. The abstract stated “reading to young children, beginning even in early infancy, has a lasting effect on language, literacy and early reading skills.” ALSC’s fantastic campaign Babies Need Words Every Day helps to bring this message to libraries around the country. At my library, we have all the posters hanging in our public restrooms, and routinely use the talking points in our Baby Laptime programs. Yet despite all the great messaging around reading to…

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Highly Anticipated Book to Film: A Wrinkle in Time

First published in 1962,  Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time remains a beloved classic to this day. It won the Newbery Award in 1963, and also has the honor of placing at #23 on ALA’s list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000. Wrinkle tells the story of Meg Murry, a young girl trying to find her father and later, rescue her brother while on an adventure that crosses galaxies. The book is many readers’ first introduction the ideas of science fiction, and it is a clear influence on many of the most popular science fiction books for kids and teens today. Meg’s journey has been adapted many times, including as a graphic novel in 2012, a stage show, an opera, and a made-for-tv film in 2003. But it is Ava DuVernay’s film adaptation, premiering March 9, 2018 that is generating attention and acclaim. DuVernay, the celebrated director behind such movies as…

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Book to Film: Wonder

Wonder was an instant hit when it was published in 2012. The book received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, School Library Journal, and Publisher’s Weekly. On his blog 100 Scope Notes, Travis Jonker recently shared that his original review of the book is one of his top ten most read posts of all time. Only 18 months after it was published, Wonder hit one million books sold, an astronomical milestone for any book not named Harry Potter. We brought the book to area elementary schools on our annual booktalking visits in 2012 and since then have never had more than 1 copy checked in at any given time. It seems that each year, a new generation of kids discover the story of Auggie. With its enduring popularity (and having now reached over five million copies sold), it was inevitable that Hollywood would come knocking. In adapting the beloved novel, it seems Hollywood got it…

Blogger Elisabeth Gattullo Marrocolla

Discovering #Kidlit Film Adaptations

Where can you go to find out which of your beloved #kidlit books are being turned into movies? The answer is important to children’s Collectors everywhere, as we know that an upcoming movie adaptation can spark interest in a long-dormant book, resulting in an unexpected holds list! Here are a few of my favorite resources for finding book-to-film adaptations. Early Word Despite founder Nora Rawlinson’s announcement that her vitally useful blog Early Word was ceasing publication of new posts on July 3, 2017, I am pleased to report that thus far, the site seems to be updated with regularity, especially its Adaptations updates, which have been an essential tool in my purchasing for seven years. I have yet to find a better, more well-resourced source of all the upcoming literary adaptations, adult and children alike, than the offerings of Early Word. On the right-hand column on the site, readers will…

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Book to Film: The Great Gilly Hopkins

A recent kidlit adaptation completely skipped past me until I discovered it streaming on Netflix a few weeks ago. The 2016 adaptation of Katherine Paterson’s book The Great Gilly Hopkins was released in theaters on October 7, 2016, where it had a limited run, and then released to streaming and DVD that same December. The Great Gilly Hopkins tells the story of Galadriel “Gilly” Hopkins, an 11-year-old foster child with a mean streak. When we first meet Gilly, she’s headed to a new foster home with a woman called Trotter, whom Gilly immediately detests because of her weight. In fact, she calls her a “fat hippo.” Gilly seems like the unlikeliest and most unlovable of protagonists for a children’s book. Katherine Paterson’s tremendous writing allows readers find commonality with Gilly’s hurt despite her prickly outsides. The book is considered a classic – it ranked 63 in a 2012 SLJ poll of the 100…