What I Loved #6 – Belzhar, Zita the Spacegirl, Meditation, Uptown Waterloo, and Graduation

What I Read The thing about working in 2 library systems is…that there’s just so much more to read! I’ve read so many books this month – I’ll just have to give you bite-sized reviews of each of them. 1000 Feelings For Which There Are No Names by Mario Giodano: New to our non-fiction collection,… Read More What I Loved #6 – Belzhar, Zita the Spacegirl, Meditation, Uptown Waterloo, and Graduation

What I Loved This Month #4: Sandman, Orphan Black, New Brunswick, and July Talk

It’s been a crazy month, filled with travel, adventures, and of course new music, shows, and books. One of my favourite things about librarianship is the spirit of curiosity. All the librarians (and future librarians) I know are always on the look out for new media to consume and new adventures to experience; and we’re… Read More What I Loved This Month #4: Sandman, Orphan Black, New Brunswick, and July Talk

My Latest Readers’ Advisory Tool: Harry Potter Secondary Characters Reading Map

harrypottercharacterreadalikes.wordpress.com I created a coping mechanism for muggles in denial: a Harry Potter Reading Map. I wanted to create a reading map that was as universally appealing as possible, so I decided to choose the most widely read contemporary series I could think of: Harry Potter. This story/character driven series appeals to readers of  all… Read More My Latest Readers’ Advisory Tool: Harry Potter Secondary Characters Reading Map

What YA Novel Should You Read Next? A Readers Advisory Personality Quiz for Teens

Play What YA Novel Should You Read Next on PlayBuzz.com Download the full quiz and results in PDF form here: What YA Novel Should You Read Next – Personality Quiz While static passive readers advisory tools are great for a lot of circumstances (ie reading list pamphlets to display by the YA Fiction section), I think libraries… Read More What YA Novel Should You Read Next? A Readers Advisory Personality Quiz for Teens

How Should Libraries Respond to “The Danger of a Single Story?”

“How impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children,” says author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her powerful Ted Talk “The Danger of a Single Story.” Adichie grew up in Nigeria, reading mainly stories about white children who ate apples and played in the snow, and believing that literature, by… Read More How Should Libraries Respond to “The Danger of a Single Story?”

Eleanor & Park, or, How To Fall In Love Without Facebook

In a time when teens can barely imagine a world without texting and Facebook, and where people are more likely to send a smile on Snapchat than on the bus, Eleanor & Park provides interesting commentary on what has now become “old-fashioned” romance, and the temporary nature of first love. There are a lot of… Read More Eleanor & Park, or, How To Fall In Love Without Facebook