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I forgot to mention that James Patterson will be speaking at the AASL Conference in Charlotte, NC 2009, also.  Several months ago a friend emailed me to say that I had "trumped James Patterson" because my review snippets came above his on an email and web advertisement for the book Nick of Time. When the […]

NPR focus on Reading with comments by Judy Freeman

What a wonderful surprise to listen to NPR’s story "A Holiday Reading Tradition for the Whole Family." The fabulous Judy Freeman provides comments and a holiday list at I encourage you to go listen to the 7 minute clip so you can reflect nostalgically on family favorite titles.  You can find more book suggestions on […]

Encouraging Orgiastic buying

Roy Blount, Authors Guild gives us permission to post his message on orgiastic buying this season. Can you tell I like that phrase? I’ve been talking to booksellers lately who report that times are hard. And local booksellers aren’t known for vast reserves of capital, so a serious dip in sales can be devastating. Booksellers […]

Who loves their librarian?

I have been eagerly awaiting the top ten winners of the I Love My Librarian contest so I could see if any school librarians made the cut. Somehow I missed the announcement, but fortunately the American Libraries blog and Leonard Kniffel gave me the Inside Scoop. If you want to see who, you’ll have to go […]

Snow Day in Nashville

Happy Happy Joy Joy! I am loving a snow day on a Friday in Tennessee. You wake up to a beautiful landscape with 1-2 inches of snow (and very slick roads). By noon it’s all gone and you can go out shopping, dining, meeting with friends. I’m curled up with 20 books to read. The […]

Think about these differences betw public libraries & schools

During the YALSA Literature Symposium held in Nashville, public and school librarians chatted about many things. One of the things we discussed was how we deal with teen conversations. What would you do if you overheard these: Teens talking about having never checked out a book all year Teens talking about creating their own book blogging club […]

Do you "interfere" with student choices?

Just stating the question in the manner I did shows my bias; however, the phrasing came from a recent conversation on LM_NET about "Teacher Interference." (Be sure to visit the archives periodically and scan the topics of which we’ve been chatting.) During the discussion Barbara Braxton, Australia, shared her stand and wrote: teachers do not […]

Book Fair Comment You can’t miss

Last post was so long you would have missed this comment, so I’m posting it separately. One of the students did not want to look for books at the fair. When the teacher and I asked her why, she said, "Because my life isn’t all happy ever after like those books. I want something real."  I asked […]

Book Fairs

Look at this photo and you will see the reason why I hold a Scholastic Book Fair each year. See these three ladies? They are the Scholastic rep’s who visit fairs in middle Tennessee to help set up and ensure you have everything to be a success. I took this photo late one night during […]

Students Can Give Obama Advice

Last year I attended Susan Bosak’s workshop on Dreams in Nashville. This year the legacy project has a new event called "WEB OF DREAMS:  STUDENTS CAN GIVE OBAMA ADVICE." I wanted to be sure everyone saw this announcement and gave their students the opportunity to give advice to President-elect Barack Obama. Adults have cast their […]