One of the things that I love about Science Fiction and Fantasy is the platform it provides for the author to explore difficult issues. In this book Kessel explores gender dynamics while telling great stories and keeping the reader entertained. I’d recommend it even for non sci-fi fans.
If you have stayed away from YA fantasy written by women because of all that glittery vampire crap—rejoice because Holly Black writes dark, frightening and kick-ass fantasy for teens and adults alike. Start here with her short stories.
The Secret Museum: The treasures too fragile or too precious to go on display -
NYPL is featured in a new book by Molly Oldfield called The Secret Museum, which highlights fascinating some fascinating objects located in “museums” around the world… including Charles Dickens very intriguing letter opener, which is in NYPL’s Berg Collection. Read all about it!Writer Molly Oldfield has delved into the vast collections of objects stored away and rarely exhibited
Secrets from inside the museum vault…
Volunteer of the month for my LGBT family story times!
Today’s short story pick is not EXACTLY a short story but it includes short stories. A must for those of us addicted to the show.
Children’s work has always been centered in transformative experiences. Children’s librarians not only influence children in their formative years, they open doors for curious minds. Our future depends upon the children’s room. Our power lies in creating learning spaces, influencing lives, and creating community. Our children are our gifts to the world, and the way we care for them says everything about our values as a culture.
You may not realize it, but you have the power to transform the lives of children, the library, and the community. You have the power to open doors, to nurture ideas and imagination. You have the power to change the shape of our world. You are the architects of dreams. — Architects of Dreams: Anythink’s Pam Sandlian Smith on the Power of Children’s Librarians” (via schoollibraryjournal)
Why Everyone Should Care About Libraries -
mlarents:“That is why you should care, because for those moments when nobody else cares, we care, and we will get the answer. We serve the public, all of the public. We need you, all of the public, to support us. We cannot serve if the buildings are closed and the staff are laid off.”
Best advocacy write-up I’ve ever read.
“Librarians are out there making things just a little better one person at a time in the city around you. That is our service.”
One of the best things I have read about my profession!
May is Short Story Month!
I will be featuring short stories throughout the month of May starting with The 7th Month by Lisa Gardner, which I’m listening to on audio.
It’s been great for getting my “crime show” fix and I have to admit my first DD Warren story (I know I shouldn’t have started with book 5.5!) but I’ll definitely be reading more of these.
What’s the one thing that nearly all parents agree is valuable for their children? The library. -
Ninety-four percent of parents say libraries are important for their children, according to new report by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project.
This is why I do what I do.
(Source: libraryadvocates, via btmullis)