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Contact CPS Commission

You can do something to help libraries of all types. I received the letter below and called Nancy Nord, acting commissioner. Her office assured me that they are hearing our message and that they are on our (the libraries and the publishers) side regarding books and lead safety levels. The office suggested that we contact [...]

Have you forgotten the Printz Award?

Tomorrow at 5:30 I leave the house for ALA’s Midwinter meeting. I‘m looking forward to the Youth awards, but this year I have spent more time contemplating who might be nominated for the Michael L. Printz award. I found that so many of my favorite titles seem to fall in the higher age bracket than [...]

6 word stories

It’s all Tracy Barrett’s fault. :-)  She posted this seemingly innocent request on the MidSouth SCBWI group: We all know that less is more, that brevity is the soul of wit, that we should murder our darlings–in short, shorter is better, right? I’d like to issue a challenge to <readers of this blog>* to come up [...]

Krug earns Brennan Award

Brennan award? I hear you asking. The William J. Brennan Jr. Award is given to a person or group who demonstrates a commitment to the principles of free expression. As director of the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom, Judith Krup has fought for our students’ freedom to read and done so much to benefit us without [...]

Big Box Bookstore or Librarian Friendly Store

Would I possibly post something to stir up conversation? You Betcha! I wrote about Covers and Corporate Control Jan. 2nd and received an invitation to meet with a Community Relations Manager Jan. 8th. Since I took COPIOUS notes, I’m going to share a large amount of information.  Robbie Bryan called me the first week of [...]

What about the fiction books at B & N?

Readers, don’t think we worked the entire time. One of the best parts of visiting a bookstore is chatting with someone else who loves books. Robbie Bryan the CRM (Community Relations Manager) and I spent a great deal of time discussing all our favorite titles from 2008. Something about the Bestselling Teen Fiction sign kept drawing [...]

So why should I spend my library funds at Barnes & Noble anyway?

Since time was flying by, I had to get back to business and ask the questions I’d come with. Is it true Barnes & Noble asks publishers to change their covers? Answer: yes, sometimes.  Reason? B&N truly believes they’ll sell more books if some covers are changed. For example, they know how to judge whether [...]

Guest Blogger: Dana Stem and Double Trouble Groundhog Day

ROBERTS, Bethany, Double Trouble Groundhog Day . illus. by Cauley, Lorinda Bryan. Unpaged. Henry Holt and Company . 2008. ISBN 978-0-8050-8280-7 . LC number unavailable. PreS-Gr 3 Fiction Reviewed by Dana Stem Gregory and Greta are the twin grandchildren of Grampie who is the official Groundhog Day Weather Forecaster. Grampie is retiring and offers the position to one [...]

Good bosses

Doug Johnson wrote a post on "What Makes a Good Boss?" (December 20, 2008) As many of you know Nashville schools have a new director of schools coming. I’m excited. Why? Is it that I expect him to magically recognize we have great school libraries and to increase our percentage of the funding portion? Is [...]

Inauguration Resources Searching

There are many official government agency-related sites on the Inauguration. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies in consultation with the Senate Historian’s Office chose the official theme: A New Birth of Freedom (words from Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address).  The JCCIC site is actually dangerous because there is so much buried inside, you’ll not be able to [...]