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A great year for #SWVBC (with Libba and Lauren!)

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It’s been a great year for our Somewhat Virtual Book Club.  Actually, it seems easy to forget that it’s also been the first year for the SomeWhat Virtual Book Club. In the fall I shared that we experimented by joining several schools around the country for monthly book discussions.  Our kids were happy to make [...]

Join the June 7th #summerreading tweetfest!

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New York Times Learning Network editor/blogger, Katherine Schulten, wrote asking me to share news of what promises to be a big day in the bibliotwittersphere. Mark your calendars. Spread the word. Tell your colleagues.  Tell the kiddos. Let’s make this a huge international conversation. Let’s create the kind of  feed that even the most Twitter-resistant [...]

About The Watermelon: Can a YA novel change the world?

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My old college buddy (SUNY Binghamton ’75), author Michael Laser recently shared his latest young adult novel with me. We chatted a bit about the world of YA literature and about what inspires him to write. He shared with me that his latest book was differently motivated. The Watermelon is a loss of innocence story [...]

Unglue.it: crowdfunding ebooks

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unglue (v. t.) 2. To make a digital book free to read and use, worldwide. unglue (v. t.) 4. For an author or publisher, to accept a fixed amount of money from the public for its unlimited use of an ebook. The crowdfunding of books is a new type of cause and it may allow [...]

The visit: from the author’s lens

A couple of weeks back, we were fortunate to host a visit from author James Kennedy.  James was adorable and so very generous with our students.  He charmed even the most charm-resistant of our kids. He mesmerized my Book Club fan-girls for two whole hours after a full day of formal presentations at both our [...]

New from Pew: The Rise of e-Reading

Earlier this week, the Pew Internet & American Life Project released its new study, The Rise of e-Reading. Here are some of the key findings from the Summary of the report by researchers by Lee Rainie, Kathryn Zickuhr, Kristen Purcell, Mary Madden and Joanna Brenner, who surveyed of 2,986 Americans ages 16 and older between [...]

On Rheingold’s essential book and a couple others not to miss

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The game has changed.  We need to play the new one wisely.  We need to teach others how to do the same. Though we may rely heavily on our favorite feeds and brief network updates, it’s good to have a thoughtful and more comprehensive examination of what’s going on. And we need to be able [...]

Celebrating reading under the radar

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Something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.  (Stephen Stills For What it’s Worth) I have no idea how to measure it.   But in my many years of being a youth librarian, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it before. I know that somewhere beyond the space where we introduce and teach Lord of [...]

What a week for reading!

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This is going to be a lovely week (or two) for the readers of the world! 1. March 1st is the 15th annual World Book Day, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. The site (with a bit of UK flavor) [...]

Yesterday

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Sometimes you’ve got to sit on a day for a bit before you realize how interesting it was. Yesterday was one of those days. Ordinary. But lying in bed, desperately trying to come up with one special thing to blog about, I realized that maybe it was the day as a whole–a slice of school [...]