Blogger Lisa Nowlain

All kinds of brains

As a youth librarian I feel like I switch gears a million times a day from customer service mind to grant program management to professional to dancing silly time. This comic does not represent every day in any sense and I left out my bad habit so (Netflix etc). Lisa Nowlain is a Youth Librarian in the Nevada County Community Library system in California. She’s also an artist type and you can see her work at lisanowlain.com.

Blogger Lisa Nowlain

The Tougaloo Nine

The past few weeks have been violent and frightening. I’ve been trying to think about what I can do as a youth worker in the political and social context of our country, and ALSC has been providing some great resources as has SLJ. It can be helpful to look back in our history as a profession and think about how our profession is not neutral and we need to be active about where we are now. This American Libraries article, Desegregating Libraries in the American South, deserves a second look. Below is an image of the Tougaloo Nine, who sat-in at the all-white Jackson (Miss.) Public Library. When they were marched to the courthouse, a crowd of 100 black supporters were pistol-whipped and bitten by dogs, helping to galvanize desegregation in Mississippi. While purchasing diverse books and finding ways to put them into children’s hands is an important aspect of…

Blogger Lisa Nowlain

Asking for help

I planned a jampacked Summer Reading program on my own in my new library system. I really went for it, since we had gotten the ALSC Baker and Taylor grant , I’m an overachiever, and we were hiring another youth librarian. However…we never found anyone who was qualified! It’s tough to hire in a rural area (we will be opening up the list soon, though, and I love this area so keep an eye out!). So here I am, the only Youth Librarian this side of a big mountain pass in my county, doing Summer Reading alone. But am I really alone? Who have you asked for help? What non-Youth Services people are your heroes this summer?   Lisa Nowlain is a Youth Librarian in the Nevada County Community Library system in California. She’s also an artist type and you can see her work at lisanowlain.com.

Blogger Lisa Nowlain

Graphic Design Tips 101

I have a new job now in Nevada County, CA, but I am doing the summer reading graphic design for my former employers at Darien Library in CT. Summer Reading in that town is SERIOUS and they are creative every year with the way that they involve kids, so it’s always really fun to design their materials. I’m also working on the summer reading materials for my current job and so am up to my ears in design right now. At my current job, I’m making everything in Microsoft Publisher, which is not a professional design program and most computers have it, while my designs for Darien are being done at home in the Adobe Suite. I know lots of librarians are out there fighting the good fight and designing their own materials, so I wanted to give a few tips on how to make your designs readable and accessible. I always…