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Cheetah Girls go to India May 16, 2008

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Disney Channel’s new original movie, The Cheetah Girls One World, will premiere on the Disney Channel on Friday, August 22 at 8p. In it, the Cheetah Girls (Chanel, Dorinda, and Aqua, and yes we had to look that up) travel to India to star in a Bollywood movie.

To support the premiere of The Cheetah Girls One World, which was filmed on location, Disney will feature a 12-part “making of” series of segments, The Road to The Cheetah Girls One World, starting Friday, May 16 at 8p on Disney Channel and http://www.disneychannel.com . New segments will premiere biweekly in May, June and July, and weekly in August.

This seems to call for a little list of J and teen authors who write about India or Indian-Americans. It is our pleasure to oblige:

Mitali Perkins
Uma Krishnaswami
Vandana Singh
Kashmira Sheth
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Rudyard Kipling
Tanuja Desai Hidier
Narinder Dhami

You might beef up any display with a selection of Bollywood movies. Most are suitable for young people. Best way to find them in CARL is to do a keyword search on “motion picture India”.


Girl, you’re beautiful May 16, 2008

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From Cynopsis Kids:

Tween girls 8-12 are spending some $500 million annually on beauty products according to the NPD Group’s newest report, Insight Into the Youth Beauty Market, which in addition to tweens looks at a broader spectrum of youth consumers 8-24 years old. In the survey tween girls report first using beauty products at 10 years old.

Enough reason for a mini-display of beauty books in Young Adult, wouldn’t you say?

The Chronic May 9, 2008

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It’s that time again… massive summer family fantasy movie time, that is.

Prince Caspian, the second movie of The Chronicles of Narnia, opens May 16. Bust out your C.S. Lewis, your Philip Pullman, your Lloyd Alexander and your Madeleine L’Engle (hey and isn’t it about time for another attempt at adapting A Wrinkle in Time?).

Other authors to put on the display:

  • Holly Black
  • Ursula K. LeGuin
  • Garth Nix
  • Susan Cooper
  • Brian Jacques
  • Cornelia Funke
  • Christopher Paolini
  • Tony DiTerlizzi
  • Gerald Morris
  • Tamora Pierce

Edgar Awards announced May 8, 2008

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NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce its Winners for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2008, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television and film published or produced in 2007.

Down River by John Hart (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

In the Woods by Tana French (Penguin Group – Viking)

Queenpin by Megan Abbott (Simon & Schuster)

Reclaiming History: The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy by Vincent Bugliosi (W.W. Norton and Company)

Arthur Conan Doyle: A Life in Letters by Jon Lellenberg, Daniel Stashower and Charles Foley (The Penguin Press)

“The Golden Gopher” – Los Angeles Noir by Susan Straight (Akashic Books)

The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion Books for Young Readers)

Rat Life by Tedd Arnold (Penguin – Dial Books for Young Readers)

Panic by Joseph Goodrich (International Mystery Writers’ Festival)

“Pilot” – Burn Notice, Teleplay by Matt Nix (USA Network/Fox Television Studios)

Michael Clayton, Screenplay by Tony Gilroy (Warner Bros. Pictures)

“The Catch” – Still Waters by Mark Ammons (Level Best Books)

The EDGAR (and logo) are Registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by the Mystery Writers of America, Inc.

For teens, history is so last week March 9, 2008

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A recent study undertaken by the new educational research and advocacy organization Common Core has found that:

many of America’s high school students do not possess the basic knowledge they need to succeed in the world or to achieve their full potential as democratic citizens. The report, entitled Still at Risk: What Students Don’t Know, Even Now, shows that, twenty-five years after the publication of the landmark study, A Nation at Risk, America’s children continue to demonstrate a stunning ignorance about basic facts of U.S. history and literature. Overall, the 1,200 17-year-olds surveyed earned a “D.”

  • Nearly a quarter cannot identify Adolf Hitler, with ten percent thinking Hitler was a munitions manufacturer.
  • More than a quarter think Christopher Columbus sailed after 1750.
  • Fewer than half can place the Civil War in the correct half-century.
  • A third do not know that the Bill of Rights guarantees the freedom of speech and religion.
  • Half have no idea what the Renaissance was.
  • Nearly half think that The Scarlet Letter was either about a witch trial or a piece of correspondence.

Ouch! Take the test yourself (PDF), and then how about putting together a display of historical fiction, classics, and the most gripping history books you can find? You could even print copies of the quiz and challenge parents and teens to compare their scores.

Spiderwick suggestions February 20, 2008

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The Spiderwick movie opens this Thursday and it looks like a good one. It certainly has a fun web site, if that’s any indication. Plump up your display of books by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black with other books about extra-normal creatures. Click “more” below for a short list. Simon & Schuster offers a variety of printable activities we might offer as pickup items.

Notable Children’s Recordings 2008 February 14, 2008

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CHICAGO – The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has selected its 2008 list of Notable Children’s Recordings. The list includes recordings for children 14 years of age and younger of especially commendable quality that demonstrate respect for young people’s intelligence and imagination; exhibit venturesome creativity; and reflect and encourage the interests of children and young adolescents in exemplary ways. Click “more” for the full list.


YALSA announces top picks January 24, 2008

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YALSA’s yearly lists of popular paperbacks, best books, quick picks, etc. have been announced. Here are the links to the lists:

Best Books for Young Adults 2008 – headed up by Sherman Alexie’s Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the list includes YA and adult books, fiction and non fiction.

2008 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults – list topics include Sex, Family, Sports, and Magic.

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers – lots of drama and one-word titles here!

Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2008 – an interesting list, it includes graphic novels that BCPL has classified as adult, young adult, and even juvenile.

2008 Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults – strong performances of good books.

Selected Videos and DVDs for Young Adults – short documentaries on popular teen subjects (sex, crime, money).

Teen Tech Week, March 2-8 January 24, 2008

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Madison_HighSchool image from Nancy Sullivan. Originally uploaded by yalsa50

Get ready for Teen Tech Week with these display suggestions from YALSA, get inspired by pictures of displays from last year, and consider ordering this year’s signature graphics, which, you must admit, are actually cool this time around! Mmmm, and they’ve put together a really nice book list too!

To read or not to read? Make sure it’s the former December 6, 2007

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In response to the NEA‘s recent grim report on reading, which noted a disastrous decline in teen reading in particular, YALSA has come up with a catchy checklist of 10 ways adults can support teen reading. It’s meant for parents, and gives such advice as “Stock up” and “Lead by example.”

A printout of this list would look great topping a display of can’t-miss YA literature, manga, magazines and audio books.

ilovelibraries.org has a good aggregation of YA booklists on their site.

Into the Wild September 24, 2007

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Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer‘s engrossing nonfiction book about the life and mysterious death of Christopher McCandless in the Alaskan wilderness, has been made into a movie, in theaters now.

Support your copies of Into the Wild with other books by Jon Krakauer, and other tales of wilderness survival (or not), such as the following (click “more” for a list).


Go get ’em, tiger! August 30, 2007

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Bust out your graphic novels, manga and comic booksall your favorite authors and artists will be at Baltimore Comic-Con! The convention runs September 8-9 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Commemorate India’s Independence August 8, 2007

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Celebrate the 60th anniversary of India’s independence next Thursday, August 15. DVDs! Cookbooks! Kids’ books! We’ve got it all: click “more” to see lists of books and authors.

And click here or here for coloring pages!

Road trips in American history May 24, 2007

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We know you’ll be recommending the classic journeys of children’s literature during SRC this summer: Huckleberry Finn, Hitty, Walk Two Moons… but what about those kids who insist on “true books,” the kids who want non-fiction or at the very least historical fiction?

Look to America’s famous trails and roads for fascinating true stories and historical fiction. The Oregon Trail, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the Underground Railroad are just three examples of American journeys that have provided vivid settings for terrific works of children’s literature.

You might use the themes listed below to create informative displays, flesh out your book lists, or to inspire your efforts to find just the right book for your nonfiction and historical fiction readers.

Click “more” for a list of journeys and trails in American history. A few notable recent books are highlighted for each (Easy, Juvenile, and adult titles suitable for teens are listed). Call numbers are provided.


Support Teen Literature Day, April 19 April 12, 2007

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From YALSA‘s MySpace page (yes, YALSA is on MySpace):

Join YALSA in celebrating the first ever Support Teen Literature Day, April 19, 2007!

Librarians and teens all across the country are encouraged to participate in Support Teen Literature Day to help raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens.

For ways to participate in Support Teen Literature Day, check out YALSA’s display ideas, activities, drawing and contests.

In the meantime, be sure to tell everyone your favorite recent books on YALSA’s MySpace!

Though the year is young, don’t forget to nominate your favorites for the YALSA’s 2008 booklists and book awards!

Recent publicity has highlighted the high-quality books that teens have to choose from nowadays, and there’s a new edition of ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults coming soon.

Octavian Nothing, the Montmorency books, Impulse, The Book Thief, Joker, and American Born Chinese are just a few of the titles that leap to mind when we think of recent young adult books that are both appealing and thought-provoking. Bring out your best teen lit for this event!

Teen Read Week nominations April 12, 2007

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Support Teen Literature by encouraging YA readers to read the books nominated for Teens’ Top Ten, to be announced during Teen Read Week, October 14-20.

Have a look at the list of nominated books: there are a few surprises and some seemingly notable omissions. These books were picked by members of teen book groups in school and public libraries across the country.

Controversy over The Chocolate War April 10, 2007

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Harford County School System has removed Robert Cormier‘s The Chocolate War from their ninth grade curriculum. (Baltimore Sun article here)

Books by Robert Cormier have long been praised for their sensitive yet realistic examination of the psychology of teenage life.

A visual discussion of teen literature dealing with difficult subjects might include a printout of the article and show off books by Laurie Halse Anderson, Walter Dean Myers, Gary Soto, Jacqueline Woodson, Marcus Zusak, Olive Ann Burns, Christopher Paul Curtis, Sharon Draper, J. D. Salinger, Robert Lipsyte, Maya Angelou, and Chris Crutcher.

The Alex Awards: Adult books with YA appeal April 10, 2007

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The Alex Awards, administered by YALSA and cosponsored by Booklist and the Margaret A. Edwards Trust, honor the top 10 adult books, published during the previous year, with appeal to readers between the ages of 12 and 18.

Support Teen Literature Day is April 19 (more on that later, watch this space). You might ramp up for it with a display of this year’s Alex Award winners, along with some read-alikes suggested by Gillian Engberg of Booklist online. (Original article here)

“From the Japanese internment camps of World War II depicted in John Hideyo Hamamura’s Color of the Sea to the wildness of the big-top circus tents in Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, the settings in this year’s list of Alex winners will transport teens to diverse, wholly realized worlds, in which young readers may be surprised to find their own urgent questions explored.”

You might use this list as a good starting point for short attention span adult readers too, or for family read-togethers, or audio books for family road trips.

Click “more” for award winners and read-alikes from Booklist.


Sharpen the Hatchet! March 21, 2007

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Debbie Wheeler passed along an article from the Baltimore Sun partially attributing the survival of a lost 12-year-old Boy Scout to the skills and inspiration he gleaned from reading Gary Paulsen’s classic novel Hatchet.

Take advantage of the media publicity and haul out a batch of Gary Paulsen’s Brian books, in addition to his juvenile autobiography, Guts: the true stories behind Hatchet and the Brian books. You might flesh out the display with other wilderness novels, such as My Side of the Mountain and Call of the Wild, or with other Juvenile and Young Adult books by Gary Paulsen.

Click here to read the Sun article.

She shoots… she scores! March 15, 2007

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Greetings to you from NCAA basketball season! Productivity is decreasing as we speak as millions of people log on to websites where we, uh, they can watch the games live via streaming media and keep up with how we’re, uh they’re doing in the March Madness pool. This, this is the reason we invented the Internet!

You can keep tabs at the NCAA’s official site (men’s here and women’s here) and, when you’re not busy doing that, there’s a whole gang of basketball-related books – for kids and for grownups – to put on display this season.

Click “more” to see the list…


Teen Tech Week, March 4-10 February 15, 2007

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New for 2007, YALSA announces Teen Tech Week, an event aimed at “getting teens to use their libraries for the different technologies that are offered there, such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, electronic games and more.”

More teen tech resources, including information about blogging, creating a wiki, and a link to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, have been aggregated by YALSA.

The 2007 ALA Award winners – Young Adult January 22, 2007

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ALA’s Young Adult book awards were announced earlier today. These awards include the Alex Awards, for adult books that appeal to teens, the Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award, for lifetime contribution to young adult readers.


Emphasis on anime November 18, 2006

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EPFL anime shelving

It’s hard to tell from this blurry picture, but this is EPFL’s Anime collection.

Not many people realize that BCPL owns copies of Fullmetal Alchemist, Nausicaa, flcl, Princess Mononoke, and other popular anime DVDs. Why not highlight these titles by shelving them together – close to the manga if space and supervision permits.

Getting adults engaged in Children’s Book Week October 26, 2006

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One way to encourage family reading is to welcome parents and caregivers into the rich world of children’s fiction. As we know, children’s fiction can be just as gripping as the best adult fiction – in fact, it’s usually faster-paced and threaded with more humor.

Plenty of adults read Harry Potter – you might suggest A Series of Unfortunate Events for those readers. Also, adult authors such as Gregory MacGuire, Neil Gaiman, Meg Cabot, and Carl Hiaasen write books for kids and young adults too.

Other read-with-your-kid author and book suggestions might include:

  • Tamora Pearce for an adult who enjoys Anne McCaffrey
  • Philip Pullman for Gregory MacGuire readers
  • Gary Paulsen for Clive Cussler fans

Skeleton Key by Anthony Horowitz

  • Anthony Horowitz for an adult who enjoys spy novels
  • Roald Dahl for the adult who reads unconventional humorous fiction like Christopher Moore or Neil Gaiman
  • Tony DiTerlizzi for fans of magic realism
  • Eoin Colfer for SF fans
  • Libba Bray for adults who enjoyed The DaVinci Code
  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park

  • Linda Sue Park for Amy Tan readers
  • L.M. Montgomery for readers of Jennifer Chiaverini
  • Karen Hesse for personal historical fiction a la E.L. Doctorow or John Steinbeck
  • Dana Davidson for urban fiction readers
  • Pam Munoz Ryan for Sandra Cisneros readers

Other J authors whose books appeal to adults include: Christopher Paul Curtis, E.L. Konigsberg, Suzanne Collins, Susan Cooper, Jane Yolen, Kathe Koja, Patricia Reilly Giff

Local hero named Teen Chair of Teen Read Week September 28, 2006

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KimmieUnited States Olympic Figure Skater Kimmie Meissner has been named Teen Chair of Teen Read Week™, the only national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians and educators.

Teen Read Week™ is administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association. 

The theme for Teen Read WeekTM 2006 is Get Active @ your library®, which encourages teens to use the resources at their library to lead an active life.  Teen Read Week will be held October 15-21, 2006.

Wire shelving and manga September 13, 2006

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Use your wire shelving to store and display manga. The uniform sizes and long runs of similar spines mitigate the visual confusion created by the open structure of the shelves.