This post has had its issues (hah! librarian pun there *snorts*). It was almost complete, and yes, it WAS saved (you hear that WordPress?!), and then it disappeared. Poof. Just like that. Into the ether. And no amount of swearing, stomping of feet and gnashing of teeth would bring it back.
So, I wrote it all again. Calmly. Saving after every addition. And then it half of it FRIGGIN’ DISAPPEARED AGAIN! So please read it, click on the links and think of the amount of effort that went into bringing you these snippets of interwebby goodness. This is one post I’m very happy to see the back of and get it published!
Now, on with the show…
- Some Book! Charlotte’s Web turns 60 An interview with Michael Sims – author of The Story of Charlotte’s Web (via LISNews)
- David Walliams has an awesome website at World of Walliams – lots of cool things about his books and things to do (via My Best Friends Are Books)
- Wouldn’t You Like to Know … John Green – an interview with the author of some of my absolute favourite books ever – Looking for Alaska, and the outstanding The Fault in Our Stars. (via VOYA)
- And if you would like to hear John Green reading the first chapter of The Fault in Our Stars – check it out here (chapter one starts about 2.50 mins) (via @realjohngreen)
Children’s and YA
- YALSA’s 2012 Teens’ Top Ten Winners – a teens choice list of favourite books from the previous year. I have to admit I have only read five of these (the rest are now on reserve!). How about you? (via The Hub)
- What’s New in YA? Mashups “The mashup is the new black” (via Read Alert)
- A white-edged raging defence of comic books An excellent post by Richard Newsome, who was the star author on the Christchurch Kids Blog during October. I especially like his comment that “rather than branding a kid as a reluctant reader, maybe they just need the right thing to read.” Yes! (via Christchurch Kids)
- Teens and Dystopias – Scott Westerfeld’s take on the attraction of dystopian fiction
- The Trouble with the Next Big Thing – The Hub’s post on YA books that don’t fit into popular trends.
- YA Literature – Where Teens Find Themselves – great article about the importance of YA literature and how to get the right book into the right hands (via @voyamagazine)
- The Game of Books – this is very cool (via LISNews)
Schools, technology & research
- School Libraries – Excellence in Practice – wow, check out these vids and what great work these school librarians are doing. (via Libraries and Learing @L2_S2S)
- Infographics Round 2 – a really interesting article about students using infographics to present their findings, with feedback from the kids about which programs they used. (via Never Ending Search)
- The One Million Tweet Map – now this is pretty cool. And I’m sure there is a use for it, I’m just not quite sure what yet. (via Never Ending Search)
- Minecraft in the classroom – (via Read Alert)
- Get out your pipe cleaners, start your hot glue guns and strap on your safety glasses – some great ideas for displays here at the Teen Programming in Libraries board. I especially like the Q-Tip Art and the Paint Swatch bookmarks. Oh and the Shy Bookclub Discussion Tables. (via YALSA blog)
- Top 11 Educational Pinners on Pinterest – wow, lots of boards and ideas here (via@joycevalenza)
And what have the Trolleyed chicks been reading?
I’ve recently finished The Shadow Girl by John Larkin (this was the one Rachael was reading in our last post), and I highly recommend it. It’s one of those ones that sticks in your mind long after you’ve finished it. I’m now reading Antarctica: An Intimate Portrait of the World’s Most Mysterious Continent by Gabrielle Walker – and it is an excellent book. She has a great ability to weave fact and anecdote and personal impressions together to create a very enjoyable read. I’m really looking forward to starting David Levithan’s Every Day, which is next on my list and has come highly recommended by everyone who has read it.
Rachael returned my copy of Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys with a sticky note on it that said: “Oh. My. Gawd. That was awesome!” And yes it is. We both agree it is her best work yet. This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz was pretty awesome too by all accounts.
Other stuff that doesn’t really fit into any category…
- How to introduce unpopular new policies in your library – I really like this idea! (via A Librarian’s Guide To Etiquette)
- Ever wondered what it takes to win a Nobel Prize? Well, wonder no longer. (via Twitter, but I can’t remember who tweeted it – ooops!)
- Wouldn’t it be nice to get a parking ticket like this? (via Lucacept)
- From the Only in America file…. Handgun found in donated book
- And it wouldn’t be a librarianish blog without a cute cat link Busking Cat is heading to Hollywood (via Stuff)
- And last but not least – the Polar Bears! I know that this is neither bookish, nor librarianish, but hey, it’s my blog post and if I want to put in a link to polar bear live webcams then I will! The webcams are live 8am-4pm CST, which, if I’ve worked it out correctly is 2am-10am NZDT. Outside of those hours they play highlights of previous activity. There are a few camera sites from which to choose, so you should have a good chance of seeing some cool polar bears doing cool polar bear stuff. Go on. Click the link. You know you want to. (via @PolarBears)
Sources: Christchurch Kids, Read Alert – State Library of Victoria Read Alert blog, LISNews, The Hub, YALSA blog, My Best Friends Are Books, Never Ending Search, VOYA, Stuff, Lucacept, A Librarian’s Guide To Etiquette