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Video Sunday: So hang, boys, hang

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The exciting news this week was that I got to host a couple panels regarding Banned Books (it being the week of ‘em and all).  The first was at the Brooklyn Book Festival with David Levithan, Francesca Lia Block, and Lauren Myracle.  I then cannibalized my own questions and used them in this, a Google+ [...]

Video Sunday: “Guys, smell 11 Birthdays”

BookSmell

I think it fitting that I follow up the last Video Sunday bit of teacher enthusiasm with this subsequent sneaky teacher taping.  “We’re just smelling books, Mr. Lewis.”  That would be Mike Lewis and though they acknowledge him at the start, it’s pretty clear they don’t know he’s taping until much later on.  This should [...]

Fusenews: At the sign of the big yellow fuse

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Ain’t he just the sweetest thing?  Author/illustrator Aaron Zenz recently wrote just the loveliest ode to his four top favorite children’s literary blogs, and then went and created original art for each.  In my case he created this little Fuse guy (or possibly Fuse gal) based on the bright yellow Fuse you see at the [...]

Fusenews: Goodbye Goodbye, Columbus

bookshelfcoffeetable

Oh, you think the award season is done, old bean?  Why we have only but BEGUN to hand out the 2011 awards!  The Newberys, Caldecotts, and other ALA Media Awards are just the tip of the old iceberg.  There are so many others to explore.  For example, did you get a chance to really examine [...]

Video Sunday: Giant monsters and tiny ladies

Arietty

Thanks to @doseofsnark for the link. Ah, Banned Books Week.  It only comes but once a year (as opposed to banning books which appears to be a year long occupation).  For the one stop shopping round-up everyone needs, bookshelves of doom has compiled just a top notch collection of links for the occasion.  One of [...]

Fusenews: Now with more earthquaky goodness

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The fabulous Colleen Mondor and Jackie Parker-Robinson have come up with a clever notion.  Kidlitcon, the yearly conference for bloggers of child and teen literature, fast approacheth and this year, things are getting a bit switched.  As Colleen says on her blog, “What we decided was to shift things just a bit, both by moving [...]

Fusenews: Sifting the Nifty

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From sopping wet New York City here is your philosophical question of the day: If April showers bring May flowers, what the heck do May showers bring?  Ponder that while I hand you a piping hot plate o’ Fusenews. My library branch is turning 100 next week (you may have noticed the pretty New Yorker [...]

Fusenews: Putting the haha in the brou

MotherGoose

Well, far be it from me to begin with a Facebook link when I know full well that some of you don’t have Facebook accounts and still others can’t view Facebook links while you’re at work (schools in particular come to mind).  But this is just so kinda cool that I can hardly resist.  If [...]

Fusenews: I speak for the trees . . . and oatmeal

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Lest we forget that book banning and free speech issues are conversational topics appropriate beyond the brackets of Banned Books Week, a recent news item has me lost for words.  A federal appeals court has ruled, and this is true, that an Ohio high school teacher “has no First Amendment right to make assignments about [...]

Fusenews: The broken motel sign adds a nice touch too

anansi

Oh man.  Sometimes I just don’t manage to keep up with all the news.  Lightning fast round today, folks!  Keep up if you can. A show of hands.  How many of you knew that the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at NYU was hosting, in conjunction with the Institute of African American Affairs, a [...]

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2010

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Well, kiddos, it’s that time of year again.  And what better way to kick it all off than by beginning with the Yahoo! News opinion piece Opinion: There is a time to ban books from school libraries?  Once again, Lauren Myracle is the author on trial.  Honestly, if you had told me three years ago [...]