To watch the lecture, click here. For analysis by Indigo’s Bookshelf, click here. For analysis by Nina Lindsay on Reading While White, click here. Lisa Nowlain is a youth librarian in the Nevada County Community Library. She is also an artist type that never updates her website.
Author: Lisa Nowlain
What made me read?
The new Scholastic Kids and Family Reading Report was released last month, and it has some interesting statistics in it. For instance: “Three critical measures of a school-aged child’s (ages 6–17) relationship with reading have remained fairly steady since 2010. In the seventh edition of the Kids & Family Reading Report: -Fifty-eight percent say they love or like reading books for fun. -Fifty-two percent agree reading books for fun is extremely or very important. -Thirty-one percent read books for fun 5–7 days a week (known as frequent readers); 41% of kids read for fun 1–4 days a week (known as moderately frequent readers); 28% of kids read for fun less than 1 day a week (known as infrequent readers).” “In the past two years, both kids and parents are less likely to say that when picking a children’s book to read for fun, the type of book doesn’t matter, it…
Parental leave woes
I’ve been back from parental leave full-time for 1.5 months. Here’s a comic about my bad attitude! *data from this interesting opinion piece! Lisa Nowlain is a youth librarian and artist-type.
Snake oil salesperson?
Do you guys have a Parenting Section in your library? We moved one to the kids room and now I can barely look at it without feeling anxious, and I hesitate to recommend books. Maybe there’s an opportunity to teach media literacy to new parents? Lisa Nowlain is a youth librarian and artist type in Nevada County. CA. Find her work at lisanowlain.com
Kindness and civility?
I wonder if the call for kindness in our profession in reaction to the Wilder Award change, and in the past, is related to the call for civility happening nationally. Both are often leveled at BIPOC, LGBTQIA, immigrants, or other vulnerable folks, and can feel like a call to… Let’s listen to what Ijeoma Oluo, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, Amelia N. Gibson, Dr. Dawn Quigley, Alia Jones, and countless other BIPOC are saying. For instance: The latest debate on the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award has brought up a lot of conversation online. What people are missing is that the conversation, and the way we have it, are actually connected to people’s physical and emotional safety – not specifically in the moments of conversations we are having, but in a culture that kills and oppresses BIPOC. Lisa Nowlain is the Youth Librarian at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, CA. She is…
Coloring pages for Summer Library Staff
Need some relief from Summer Reading stress? Try these coloring pages! Available as a PDF or as jpegs below. Good luck to us all! The badges coloring page was inspired by Gemma Correll’s work. Lisa Nowlain is the Youth Librarian at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada City, CA. She is also an artist type.
If humans were oviparous
I have been looking around at all the pregnant people at our library and thinking hard about what life would be like if we laid eggs. Would we need incubators at the library? Would we have storytimes for eggs? Babies might come out a lot more developed, so we’d have to change baby storytime. Hopefully there would be more gender equality. Honestly, this month’s post is a little wackadoo because your humble Youth Library is losing it over Summer Reading (and all the programs that happen before it). Lisa Nowlain is the Youth Librarian at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada County, CA. She is also an artist type.
Where does creativity go?
Lisa Nowlain is the Youth Librarian at Madelyn Helling Library in Nevada County, CA. She is also an artist type.