Depending on who you speak to, “Maker” culture is either a revolutionary new idea that has revitalized library services or a clever re-branding of programs libraries were already providing. Whatever your viewpoint, Maker culture continues to grow and thrive. We’ve had a Makerspace since 2013 in our library, but the past six months have seen an unprecedented uptick of patrons exploring the options in our TEA Room – Technology, Engineering, and the Arts. As a new generation of children discover the art supplies, circuit boards, and the 3D printer, we are examining anew our “maker” collection and its greater purpose in the library. When we originally opened our Makerspace, we wanted to have a collection of books that lived in the room and was specifically for its use. We purchased about 25 books – duct tape craft ideas, origami books, Raspberry Pi guides, and many more. But we quickly ran into…
At ALA Midwinter I had the honor of finishing my time on the Rainbow Booklist Committee with two days of interesting discussions about wonderful books. I am pleased to share with you our final list of the best LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) books for kids and teens that were published between July 2015 and December 2016. You can find the entire list on the Rainbow Booklist website; I am going to highlight the top books for kids through grades 6 here. The final list includes almost 50 titles and of these we selected a top 10. Top ten titles are indicated with an *.
What upcoming book releases should you be keeping your eyes open for if you are #alscleftbehind ? Today’s bounty from the exhibit hall included: The titles I’m most excited to read are: Toward a Secret Sky by Heather Maclean The Great Treehouse War by Lisa Graff -JoAnna Schofield, Cuyahoga County Public Library (Ohio)
Weeding. Just like in the garden, it has to be done regularly, or the job gets out of hand. The good plants have no room to shine when the weeds are choking them out and taking up the shelves.
The 2017 Notable Children’s Books Selection committee, chaired by Paige Bentley-Flannery, has been hard at work all year reading, re-reading, & evaluating books published in the 2016 calendar year to arrive at a list of nominated titles. At the ALA Midwinter Meetings, the committee will be discussing the nominated titles and they invite you to listen in.
The 2017 (Andrew) Carnegie Notable Children’s Videos Committee, chaired by Joanna Fabicon, will be discussing more than 20 DVDs published in 2016 and invite you to listen in. This committee is tasked with two functions: first, to select the most distinguished American Video (DVD) for children; and second, to select and annotate a list of notable videos of interest to children.
The Notable Children’s Recording Committee has been busy listening to hundreds of recordings for young people. We’re down to the wire on our nominated titles, which will be discussed at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta. Our meetings are open to ALSC members and other ALA Midwinter attendees, and we’d love to see you there.
2016 has been a stellar year for comics and graphic novels for kids! So many great new titles were published and there are, of course, some great new books hitting the shelves next year too. We have plenty to look forward to in 2017 with some highly anticipated sequels being published and some extra cool single issues being released on Free Comic Book Day!