>Put It Where You Want It

>Debra Lau Whelan’s SLJ article on where librarians are shelving The Graveyard Book is classic shit-stirring. The article’s lead asks a question (“Where does the book belong—in the children’s area or in the teen section?”) and then goes on to give selective anecdotal evidence to conclude that any decision to put the book in YA […]

>Into the West

>Not with the hobbits but with the intrepid lady librarians who left the library school founded in Illinois by Katharine Sharp in 1897 to pioneer library services in the wild wild west. No slouch in the lady-librarian pantheon herself, my former boss and perpetual role model Betsy Hearne narrates a brief film about their adventures.

>Which would YOU rather have?

>Forthcoming from the Spring 09 Horn Book Guide, we’ve posted our review of NBA winner What I Saw and How I Lied. I’ve noticed that the recent panels of judges for the award have been composed exclusively of writers. When I judged it back in 1999 (When Zachary Beaver Came to Town was the winner), […]

>State Birds and Foods of Many Lands

>In the most recent Booklist, Michael Cart wonders why “curriculum-related nonfiction” hasn’t “migrated more or less completely to the Internet by now.” Me, too: hardcover series books about countries of the world, mammals of Asia, rocks and minerals of the fifty states, etc. still proliferate like crazy, even though the information they contain is available […]

>There’s a thousand library trustees just like her.

>I wouldn’t elect Sarah Palin to anything, but this old censorship charge is really reaching. As far as we know, as mayor of Wasilla she asked the public library director three times about the possibility of removing “objectionable” books from the collection. Three times the director said no. (Positively biblical!) Then Palin tried to fire […]

>Listen to the Children When They Are Holding Sharp Sticks!

>The listservs are ablaze this morning with talk about a children’s knitting club being banned from the library. I’m guessing the ban will be lifted by the end of the day; meanwhile, I sure wish I could knit–it would be great to make myself useful while watching the synchronized diving, and, since we’re currently reviewing […]

>"Moore being Moore"

>I wish I had thought of this earlier, but we published a far more perceptive account of ACM and her little ways than did that upstart New Yorker. Read Barbara Bader’s take here.

>Yikes

>Liz B. pointed me toward this PW essay on the thin line between reader’s advisory work and putting limitations on library access for kids. It gives me the willies. Is it right for me to discourage a kid’s reading choice? No. But is it right for me to give a kid a book that I […]

>Listen to Grandma

>In reading Jill Lepore’s New Yorker account of the battle between E. B. White and Anne Carroll Moore, I couldn’t help finding my sympathies more with the old lady. Lepore seems to favor E. B. and Katharine White because they’re more sophisticated, the cool kids. Moore’s the earnest, humorless battle-axe, given to such pronouncements as […]

>In lieu of a gift

>I’m guessing they’re too busy to read this but maybe you’re not.