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One of these things is not like the others

ALA’s latest elucidating Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights‘ Article VI (“Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use”) has it in hot water. In this revision of […]

ALA 2018: So many choices, so little time, wear comfy shoes

ALA is like a Choose Your Own Adventure, with myriad paths to follow. I missed out on a lot (Michelle Obama and Carla Hayden, Trombone Shorty, the sold-out CSK Breakfast — see Martha’s post), but everything I did see left me invigorated and in awe. Saturday morning began with the “Native YA Today: Contemporary Indigenous […]

ALA 2018: The CSK Breakfast

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast is always a memorable, moving, and transformative experience, the best event at ALA Annual — and this year more than ever (or do I say that every year?). The sold-out event (more on that later) began with a slight glitch — there were no microphones on the podia — […]

A trip to the Library

I’m going to D.C. tomorrow to interview good sport Carla Hayden for our upcoming May/June special issue, themed “Making a Difference.” We are going to talk about how children’s librarians change the world. I won’t be at Midwinter, but Martha, Elissa, and Al will be there, so please say hello if you see them in […]

Roger’s ALA 2017

My ALA began on a sad note when, while Richard and I were on the way to the airport, Martha texted to tell me that Robin Smith had died. This is such a loss – I knew no one as good as Robin at connecting children and books. I saw it in her many years […]

ALA Attire

The worst thing about the days leading up to ALA is the wardrobe issue. You’re saving all the good (well, better) stuff for Conference and you wear rags to work. Those V-neck t-shirts you bought by mistake. The socks that used to be purple but are now decidedly pink. Don’t look at me. But I […]

The Snowy Storytime

The snow swirls outside, but T wants to go to PJ storytime, so we scarf down stir-fry, don turtle jammies, and crunch our way up the ramp to the public library. Inside, snow-covered boots are discarded, jackets are shed, and squirmy listeners settle onto a multicolored afghan in the middle of the children’s room. Ms. […]

The YMA Phone Calls

So, I had to stay home again. I wasn’t in any of the little rooms where it happened, nor was I in the giant room where it was announced. Blech. I was, however, in a queen-sized bed with all manner of wireless devices surrounding me. I was prepared. And a good thing, too, because the […]

The Newbery App review

The Newbery App (Sugar Coded Apps, 2011; iOS only) is a handy resource if you’re interested in Newbery history, keeping track of which Medalists and Honor Books you’ve read, or choosing the next one to read. It’s also a fun place to test your skills. The landing page contains the enticing phrase, “Suggest a Book […]

Five questions for Jerry Pinkney

At the 2016 Youth Media Awards announcement at ALA Midwinter, the audience cheered loudly when prolific author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney was named the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement winner. A few minutes later, history was made — and the crowd again went wild! — when he also won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for his […]