The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy is joining other library organizations, libraries, museums and archives to build a growing presence at Austin’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) EDU and Interactive festivals. Together, we hope to connect, inform, persuade and change perceptions of libraries among established and emerging leaders in the technology and education spheres. We need your help to bring our programs to the SXSW stage!
"I press my lips together and work the shampoo into my hair. It fills the shower with a happy floral scent, and for some reason that pushes me over the edge. I buckle over, sobbing, my head against the hard shower tiles. I remember crying like this when Sukey died, the tears harsh, devouring, total. I hadn’t known I was capable of being so sad, and the discovery shocked and terrified me. It was like finding an extra door in the house I’d always lived in, and opening it to discover the grief had carved out new rooms, new hallways, an entire bleak annex of its own. There were dark places in my mind I’d never known existed, and now that I’d seen them I knew they’d always be there, lying in wait, even when the original door had been sealed up."
Unsurprisingly, we’re a fan of disabled representation—and it’s important to us that this representation is not limited to only straight and white characters. We’d like to highlight some books that break this mold.
Six MG/YA novels featuring disabled Black protagonists:
We have not yet reviewed any of these books at Disability in Kidlit—though we’d like to!—so we’d love to find out more about how well the characters are portrayed. Have you read any of these? What did you think? Share your thoughts!
Mother and photographer Katie Driscoll noticed that people with disabilities were still widely underrepresented in advertising. To combat this, she began honing her own photography skills to show the world how beautiful people are, regardless of disabilities.
How to create new sections in the bookstore, in honor of Jersey City’s new genre cases:
Jumble up all the books! (Just kidding, but you do have to pull them all off the shelves and recategorize all the ones going in the new sections.)
Chuck them all on the floor. (Set them nicely aside, grouped by section.)
Reorganize by spine color, year of publication, and personal taste. (Add them to your nice empty shelves according to their new categories, and label appropriately.)
Do a victory dance! (Definitely do a victory dance, preferably including several rebel yells.)
Now that everything looks so nice and tidy, start arguing heatedly with coworkers about the recategorization. Debate the meaning of “speculative fiction.” Choose sides. Draw lines down the middle of the bookstore defining territories, dividing staff who say words like “skiffy” from those who think that all fiction is just kind of made up anyway, right? (Well, maybe not the part about the lines down the middle of the store.)
5 fail-safe steps for amazing bookshelves and a generally great time. Definitely applies to libraries and personal shelves.
It’s pretty much been settled that everyone should read more books by women. But when looking for recommendations, it’s often all Woolf, Morrison, Lessing, Austen, Brontë. Of course, these are esse…
Do you ever see those “10 books you absolutely must read” lists and think “Am I going to hate these? Will I spend the entire list hoping for an author of color? Will it be the same 10 books as the last 10 lists?” Maybe that’s just me. Whatever your reaction, this great list provoked none of those questions and makes me excited to seek out some new authors and return to some favorites.
We are so proud of our Advisory Board Member Jacqueline Woodson and the soon to be released Brown Girl Dreaming.
You should read the wonderful Brown Girl Dreaming immediately. Or listen to the audiobook which is read (beautifully) by Woodson herself. And while you’re at it just read all of her books as a general favor to yourself.
The story of immigration to America is a rich tapestry whose opposing threads, oddly for how much they reject each other’s reality, hang together as one. It outrages us and gives us hope in frighteningly equal measure. Nowhere is this truer than New York City, a city of extremes in every sense.
You probably knew that the NYPL has some amazing resources for teachers that relate to the common core, but my mom recently showed me just how expansive those resources are. This one relates to Immigration in Washington Heights but there are many more subjects to be explored on the blogs!
Hey there, socially conscious bloggers! Starting this week, Nikki and myself are going to be posting weekly book recs in keeping with a theme of our choice! Of course, if you have any ideas for themes that you’d like represented, send us a message and let us know! This week’s theme is Last Minute Summer Reads. My pick is Give it to Me by Ana Castillo, and Nikki’s is the lovely Now, Voyager by Olive Higgins Prouty.
Check out what we have to say about them here. If you think they sound cool, make sure to buy them at feministpress.org.
Including my favorite description of J.M. Coetzee’s Disgrace, “One afternoon while talking with a friend about books, I wondered how to best describe my experience of reading Disgrace, and this is what I came up with: it’s like a finely crafted, very sharp knife resting gently against your skin.”