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Library Service for Children in Migrant Detention Centers

During the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. a resolution was passed by the American Library Association in regards to library service for children in detention at migrant detention centers. It denounces the existence of family and youth detention centers, the deplorable conditions found there, and the removal of educational and recreational programming including storytimes. It also urges libraries in or near their service areas to reach out and work with the local authorities, schools, and other governmental support agencies to reinstate or start outreach services to those centers.

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#alaac19 Sometimes you just get lucky

Got on the MARC train to head to DC yesterday morning and when the conductor came by he said someone had left a ticket on the train -unused-and he let me ride for free. Talk about lucky. Went to lunch at Le Mirch and sat next to a woman named Patsy who talked about working with the state-owned publisher in China that publishes 50,000 books a year and wants to give Chinese children books that will make them more familiar with how children live in other countries. The conversation ran to how American and Chinese children are isolated in their own countries and their own cultures.Books can change that.  Talk about lucky to be a librarian to be part of that change. Walked past The Willard Hotel yesterday and thought about all the change that has been born there. Talk about lucky. Heard Alicia D. Williams talk about how every…

ALA Annual 2019

Notable Children’s Books Discussion List – #alaac19

The ALSC Notable Children’s Books committee is charged with identifying the best of the best in children’s books. According to the Notables Criteria, “notable”  is defined as: Worthy of note or notice, important, distinguished, outstanding. As applied to children’s books, notable should be thought to include books of especially commendable quality, books that exhibit venturesome creativity, and books of fiction, information, poetry and pictures for all age levels (through age 14) that reflect and encourage children’s interests in exemplary ways. Here is the complete list of 65 titles which will be discussed at the ALA Annual Meetings in Washington DC beginning at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Enjoy!

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Netflix and #KidLit Adaptions

News recently broke that Netflix had gone on what Publisher’s Weekly called a “buying spree” of book rights. In the past year, the company has purchased the rights to over 50 books. With the imminent arrival of Disney+ (and subsequent exit of all Disney/Marvel/Lucas Film products from Netflix) the streaming giant is on the hunt for original content. Among the titles are several children’s books: Lois Lowery’s The Willoughby’s will join existing adaption A Series of Unfortunate Events.The company also just announced a film based on Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello Universe, the winner of the 2018 Newbery Award. The film will be produced by Forest Whitaker and Nina Yang Bongiovi, and adapted by the screenwriter of upcoming adult romcom Always Be My Maybe. They’ve also announced a film based on A Babysitter’s Guide to Monster Hunting by Joe Ballarini. These are just some of the most recent middle grade adaptations. On the YA side, they’ve had a lot of success…

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Summertime is KidLit-Time

I’m counting down the days until it happens, 5 weeks from now, when it all comes to a head: public schools in New York City close for the summer and Summer Reading officially begins. Maybe you’re in a community that sees an early start to summer, or maybe you have a few more weeks to prepare yourself for what will inevitably be a summer of fun, friends, and great books. My library system always has its own summer reading list, but a lot of kids like to read “off script” and pick titles that don’t coincide with the theme. Even so, they’re often looking for recommendations and an opportunity to swap some shop talk about interesting titles.