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“Why is everything so Spanish in here?”

…to celebrate Día, children! El día de los niños / El día de los libros is a nationwide celebration that “emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.” For the second year in a row, I visited the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public Library, in Jamaica Plain, to see one […]

April 2019 Horn Book Herald: Spring News: National Library Week

The theme of this year’s National Library Week (April 7-13, 2019) is: Libraries = Strong Communities. • Upcoming May/June Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: The CSK Book Awards at 50 • Roger Sutton’s 2018 interview with Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden • ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo at Cambridge Public Library • Librarianship and information […]

Stand Up! with Anastasia Higginbotham at CPL

On Saturday, February 23, author Anastasia Higginbotham was the special guest at the Cambridge Public Library’s Stand Up! Storytime for Social Justice event organized by children’s librarian and Friend of the Horn Book Hillary Saxton. Higginbotham is the author of the Ordinary Terrible Things picture book series, including Death Is Stupid, Divorce Is the Worst, […]

ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo at Cambridge Public Library

Yesterday the Cambridge (MA) Public Library hosted a VIP visitor — Loida Garcia-Febo, President of the American Library Association. Garcia-Febo is on a tour throughout the year visiting six libraries across the country to discuss her message “Libraries = Strong Communities.” In the Curious George room of the Children’s Library, Garcia-Febo met with students from […]

El día de los niños / El día de los libros

Monday was El día de los niños / El día de los libros, a nationwide celebration that “emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.” This year we were so proud and happy when we heard that Sujei Lugo Vázquez, children’s librarian at the Connolly Branch of the Boston Public […]

Making a Difference in Our Nation’s Library: An Interview with Dr. Carla Hayden

In 2016 Dr. Carla Hayden was confirmed as the fourteenth Librarian of Congress — the first African American and the first woman to hold that position. Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton and Dr. Hayden go way back, to their days at the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago. In February, Roger […]

March extracurriculars: Library Legislation and Literacy as Liberation

Last week I took two field trips away from the office (three, counting A Wrinkle in Time). Tuesday, March 6th, was Library Legislative Day at the Massachusetts State House in downtown Boston (across from the old, old Horn Book office on Beacon Hill; and look at it this week during the #NationalSchoolWalkout protest!). I went to […]

Five questions for Ednita Kelly

For Los Angeles–area librarian Ednita Kelly — founder of the Los Angeles Public Library Book Bike and a 2016 City of Los Angeles Pioneer Women of the Year honoree — cycling is a year-round endeavor (the weather!). Her mission: to bring books to as many people in her community as possible. #LibrarianswithSuperpowers 1. What exactly […]

Libraries are not surplus

In an art gallery within the Malden (MA) Public Library on Saturday, March 18, a crowd milled about, waiting for the celebrity to appear. There were no chairs; the packed house didn’t seem to mind. Librarians tend to wear comfortable shoes. We were waiting to meet Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. She and Senator […]

On “Squeaky Little Wheels” (December 2016)

In December, Liz Phipps Soeiro followed up her Horn Book Magazine Field Notes article “Loud in the Library: Creating Social Activists at School” with the Family Reading blog post “Squeaky Little Wheels,” about encouraging critical thinking and activism at home. This amazing school librarian, mom, and Family Reading contributor was just named a “Mover & […]