Best of ish
Gratuitous picture of my library! Because thepinakes had this wonderful idea and I just so happen to be an intern at this beautiful library full of amazing librarians and patrons otherwise known as Darien Library. I would argue that this room looks better when it’s full of people doing their library thing but the morning light streaming in is pretty great, too.
All of the emerging “best of” lists got me thinking about my own for the year though I had to split the lists by age since it felt strange to group Cardboard with Kari even though both are graphic novels. Bookish just put up their Best YA of 2013 which are awesome. I still haven’t read Winger or The Goldfinch or The Good Lord Bird or Boxers and Saints or Counting by 7s…oh my gosh, I’ve clearly got some work to do.
Top Fiction (apparently all books by women, about women with dark humor)
- Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
- Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
- Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple
- Woke Up Lonely by Fiona Maazel
- Kari by Amruta Patil
Top YA (highly literate and sensitive narrators, plus one vampire)
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Top Middle Grade (featuring hilarious kids who break the rules)
- Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle
- Drama by Raina Telgemeier
- Savvy by Ingrid Law
- Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
- The Vengekeep Prophesies by Brian Farrey
(some of these didn’t come out in 2013, but in my head, I read them in 2013 so they appear here)
"I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence”- The Fault in Our Stars
Not only am I loving the Dr. Who Google madness today, but Penguin Teen's Gallifreyan translations are pretty stunning. I started reading/weeping my way through The Fault In Our Stars yesterday so this quote jumped out at me. I’m also a little surprised that combining Dr. Who and John Green didn’t break the internet.
(Source: itssocomical, via penguinteen)
Batgirl resurfaced last week for the fourth annual Village Lions Rugby Club's Lube Wrestling Fundraiser. I wrestled my co-captain (featured in the before picture with Batgirl in her unassuming librarian garb) who went as a Silverfish. Because they eat books! And are super icky. Hilarious, in that fantastically nerdy way. The after photo features my #1 fan, my thoughtful, photo-bombing teammates and an excessive yet appropriate amount of glitter.
NoViolet Bulawayo at the National Book Award’s 5 Under 35 Party
I tore through We Need New Names and sort of had to guard my heart the entire time because Bulawayo is such a sharp observer of beautiful but painful truths.
Mom asked if I could update my Halloween cards for Christmas because she thought that would be “amusing” so here is what I came up with. Need’s a little work but I think I may even keep this theme for my Valentine’s Day cards too - so much potential here.
"Let’s not pretend that there’s something inherently anti-girl about being a boy, and that there’s something inherently emasculating about empathizing with girl characters, or with empathy itself. Our boys are complex creatures, just like our girls, and they can (and should!) read stories about all people and all things, and we must stop pretending that they mustn’t."
Sometimes I look up from my manic librarian homework daze and see this little creeper in the other room. Never fails to make me smile.
Your Next Great Read
Hi tumblarians and other readers: this afternoon I am leading a session called “Tumblr for Adult Readers’ Advisory.” Have you been waiting for an opportunity to have a lot of smart librarians give you book suggestions all at once? Sort of like playing book football, where you are the guy running down the field with your arms empty because you don’t know what to read, and then all the librarians tackle you with book suggestions, and nobody gets a concussion, and then all the librarians gently help you get up and score a touchdown anyway, and then everyone goes off to read silently?
Today is the day! The session includes time to do some actual RA on tumblr, and we’ll be accessing the #bookadvice tag to find RA opportunities. Ask your book questions by 1pm to get in on it.
(Fellow librarians, if you would like to host a similar session in your library, I have uploaded my handout (screencapped above) to Scribd here, and made the Prezi I’m using public here. In my opinion, tumblr could use more RA, and RA could use more tumblr, so go to.)
More fantastic things emerging from Darien Library in the world of both tumblr and readers’ advisory. The idea of librarians tackling me with book suggestions (or, I suppose, me kindly tackling an unsuspecting patron out of sheer book-love) is far too easy and wonderful to imagine.
An article about Tulsa City-County Library and their online RA form, called Your Next Great Read and launched in 2011.
TOTALLY BIASED CANCELED
I’m sad to report that “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell” has been CANCELED. If you’ve never seen our show, here’s most of it: http://www.youtube.com/user/TotallyBiasedFX/videos
Frick. Not only did I love this show, there just isn’t much else like it on TV. The YouTube archive gives me hope - and may millions of presentations be enhanced by the inclusion of these sharp, hilarious commentaries going forward.