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In Praise of Judy Blume

I love this article singing the praises of one of my favorite childhood authors, Judy Blume. It was written by Diablo Cody, screenwriter of the much-adored movie Juno. Check it out here!

My top three Judy Blume books (with the covers as they were when I read them!):

Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret

Of course this is my favorite! I read this one like 10 times during my tumultuous adolescence. And yes, I tried the exercise (to no avail.)

Tiger Eyes

I first read this in fifth grade, and couldn’t stop crying!

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

I actually loved all five of the Fudge books, but just picked the first to represent the rest. This one served as my introduction to the great Ms. Blume!

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Kick Butt Letter: “Uncle Bobby’s Wedding”

My friend Dave, spawn of a librarian (hehe!), sent me a link to this awesome letter by librarian Jamie Larue. He has basically posted a letter he wrote in response to a patron challenging the children’s book Uncle Bobby’s Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen. After reading Mr. Larue’s eloquent, considerate, and compelling response, I felt so freaking proud to be a librarian!

Read the letter and visit Mr. Larue’s blog by clicking here.

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Summer Reading Program: Over & Done With!

I know I shouldn’t be this jubilant, but I am! After 6 weeks of programming-on-crack for babies through teens, I need the break. I’m getting weak in my old age, people!

We have survived a summer of record attendance. By week two, we handed out more reading logs than we had passed out during all 9 weeks of last summer’s reading program. We’re still handing our logs, and last I checked, we’ve given out 5700+ to kids 11 and under. For the 12 and up crowd, we’re closing in on 1000!

I gave these and other impressive numbers to a reporter from the Dallas Morning News who was working on a story about people using their libraries more this summer than usual due to “economic” reasons. Now, I’m pretty sure the situation at Frisco has more to do with the huge influx of new residents, half of which are under 18, and of course the simple fact that we kick mucho butt. Here’s the article as published, where we are mentioned briefly:

In economic slump, more flocking to North Texas libraries

I also took a cool picture on my new phone today of our library’s fourth floor, as viewed from the fifth floor “lookout”:

A bird's-eye view of the fourth floor

A bird's-eye view of the fourth floor

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Check Out Kindle!

Thanks to my kick butt librarian friend Teresa for pointing this out…

Oh my! The time has finally come, my librarian friends. The book as we know it will soon be dead.

Naaah, I still don’t think books will ever disappear, but for those technophiles out there, this electronic book reader from Amazon looks like a pretty nifty catch! Watch the video here.

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Americans, Gen Y, and Library Use

According to a joint study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, young adults ages 18-30 (I’m still considered a young adult—phew!) are the heaviest library users. The study also found that library usage drops as people age. 62% among Americans aged 18-30 use libraries compared to 32% among those 72 and up, with a sharp decline just as Americans turn 50. Check out these articles for more interesting figures and commentary to chew on:

Study: Young Adults Heavy Library Users

Generation Y Biggest User of Libraries: Survey

Thanks to kick butt librarian Christine for sending me this info!

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Told You Librarians Were Cool…

A group of hipster librarians was just featured in the NY Times—and in the Fashion & Style section, at that! Check out the article A Hipper Crowd of Shushers right here. (Thanks to my friend Dave, son of a hard-core librariman, for sending me the link.)

Just one question—does watching reruns of Sabrina the Teenage Witch all Sunday morning negate any coolness I may have attained? At least it’s the college years…

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Enough Already

This is so sad. A public library in Pickens County (SC), has canceled its Summer Reading Program for teens due to accusations from the public that the programs condoned witchcraft. Read about it here.

I was already riled up after reading about Laura Mallory’s crusade against Harry Potter in Gwinnett County (GA). This is her fourth loss in court, but Mallory is on a mission, planning to bring her case before federal court. American Libraries reports

I must say, I’m dying to get my hands on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when it comes out on July 21 (we’re even throwing a Harry Potter Party at the library) and I can’t wait to see the new movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!

Strange, though—I haven’t yet learned how to cast a magic spell, even after devouring all those Harry Potter books and movies. Oh well. I guess I’ll just have to enjoy them for the stories they are!

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