Monthly Archives: October 2012

YA Fiction and the Next Big Thing

I’m pumped to attend the 2012 YALSA Literature Symposium, titled: The Future of Young Adult Literature: Hit Me with the Next Big Thing.  The conference is being held in St. Louis, Mo., the proverbial “hop, step and jump” away from … Continue reading

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Why is Teen Urban Lit considered dangerous

While at a librarian conference yesterday, I attended a session entitled Pushing the Envelope With Urban Literature.  I’m not sure what I expected, but what I got left me sad. The first assumption was that if it was “urban” YA … Continue reading

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Multi Cultural Books

So what’s your definition of multicultural? I talked to a number of librarians, teachers, authors and readers, and we didn’t totally agree.  That’s why my first step in the multicultural workshop at OELMA on Friday is to poll attendees. My … Continue reading

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Attracting Reluctant Readers

On Thursday, 10-18-12, I will be presenting the first of two workshops at the Ohio Educational Library Media Association. I will be talking on a subject close to my heart, reaching out to reluctant readers. Advertisers and Marketeers know it’s … Continue reading

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Joliet Regional Author Fair

Today I participated int he Joliet Regional Author Fair.  No, I’m not really part of the Joliet region, I live an hour north of the area, but I enjoyed the drive (in spite of the downpour), the day, and the people. … Continue reading

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Woman’s Work

I had my flu shot today and my right arm is already killing me, but I still have to keep typing.  A woman’s work is never done, especially for me because I never learned how to say no to people. … Continue reading

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Intergenerational book club meeting

Our book club used the holiday to invite members of our local library’s Teen Advisary Board to attend a meeting and discuss The Hunger Games.  Besides the pizza, which was awesome, we all discussed what we did, and didn’t like about … Continue reading

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