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Happy Martin Luther King Day, Everybody!


If your library is anything like mine then you have the day off.  And while you lounge about in your pajama bottoms watching endless reruns of Cake Boss on DVR, I’ve at least two links today that I’d care to share. First off, a more than legitimate question: “Where Are the Great Martin Luther King […]

Press Release Fun: Kidlit Drink Night – SCBWI Edition

Though I run them not I often attend them Here’s the latest Hey everyone, Happy new year! In case you hadn’t heard, SCBWI New York is right around the corner. So another Kid Lit Drink Night must be, too! Details for KLDN:SCBWI — When: Friday, January 27th, starting at 8pm. We’ll have the space until […]

Fusenews: Can YOU Identify What Sally is Reading?


Okay. First and foremost, citizens of the world I need your help.  Take a look at these photographs: What you are looking at are two shots of what the character Sally Draper from Mad Men is reading in episode 5, season 4.  It is imperative that we figure out what this book might be.  You […]

Review of the Day: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy


The Apothecary By Maile Meloy Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr G.P. Putnam’s Sons (an imprint of Penguin) $16.99 ISBN: 978-0-399-25627-1 Ages 10 and up On shelves now I can be a very smug librarian sometimes. It can get me into trouble. Take my reaction to the cover of Maile Meloy’s The Apothecary, for instance. Here we […]

Review of the Day: Bandits by Johanna Wright


Bandits By Johanna Wright A Neal Porter Book – Roaring Brook (an imprint of Macmillan) $16.99 ISBN: 978-1-59643-583-4 Ages 4-8 On shelves now There has been inadequate use of raccoons in children’s literature. Seems to me that if you have a furry woodland creature with a homegrown mask as part of its fuzzy face, it’s […]

Press Release Fun: Launch Party and Tiger Beat in Concert

Yeah, I’m doing a lot of these lately, I know.  It’s been a crazy coupla last days.  In any case, I don’t usually push stuff going on in town that’s for a single publisher, but this just looked so cute I couldn’t resist . . . Rock God Launch Party & Jam Session with Young […]

The Digital Catalog: Good, Bad, or Other?


In a file drawer to the left of my desk I keep assorted papers, documents, archaic newspaper articles, assorted limbs, etc. etc.  And at the front, handy and accessible and always easiest to grab, is my collection of catalogs of the upcoming season.  As each publisher prints out and sends off the roster of their […]

Video Sunday: Wouldn’t “The Jazz Lovin’ Cows” Be a Great Picture Book Title?


When I saw the documentary Library of the Early Mind for the first time I couldn’t help but notice that while everyone did a nice job, Daniel Handler kinda stole the show.  His interview portions were very brief and always the funniest darn thing on the screen, the unfortunate side effect being that you kinda […]

Fun with Grants: The NEH Summer Institute

Yo!  Teachers!  There’s a grant in conjunction with my library that may be of interest to you.  Would you like to visit the city for a spell?  Then take a look: We are delighted to be offering Recipe for America, a NEH Summer Institute at the New York Public Library. We are looking forward to welcoming 25 educators […]

Announcing The 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2011


It took a little longer than usual but New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2011 list (now in our 100th year) is up and running!  It hasn’t been put on the website yet and the print copies are at the printers.  Therefore, the best (and, at this point, only) way to […]

Children’s Literary Salon – From Readers to Leaders: Encouraging Ethical Behavior Through Children’s Books

We are pleased to announce our Children’s Literary Salon for this Saturday, January 7, 2012, 2 – 3 p.m in the Berger Forum on the second floor of the main branch of NYPL (42nd Street & 5th Avenue a.k.a. the one with the big stone lions out front). From Readers to Leaders: Encouraging Ethical Behavior […]

Fusenews: When “going green” is a bad thing


The last time I did a Fusenews was more than a week ago.  As such my links all seem a bit out of date.  Ah well.  Let’s have fun with a partially abbreviated Fusenews today then.  However, to begin . . . Sometimes it feels like we always lose some of the best ones at […]

Review of the Day: The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody


The Dead Gentleman By Matthew Cody Alfred A. Knopf $15.99 ISBN: 978-0-375-85596-2 Ages 9-12 On shelves now Steampunk will never supplant some of the better known genres out there in the hearts and minds of children. Kids walk into my library every day asking for fantasy, mysteries, funny books, scary books, and what have you. […]

What Should I Review: Three Way Tie-Breaker Edition

Not long ago I asked you folks to vote on which final chapter book of 2011 I should review.  The winner was undeniably The Dead Gentleman by Matthew Cody, fair and square.  However, Mr. Cody also happened to be the winner of this poll last year for his book Powerless.  I figure that in the […]

If I Were a Rich Girl: The Children’s Literary Conference and Convention Tour

Ever have that moment where you wish you were independently wealthy?  Let’s say you are and that you’re also a children’s librarian (dream with me here) who can take leave anytime you wish.  What would you ideally love to do?  Me, I’ve got a plan in place.  When the universe informs me that I’ve won […]