1. "High Tech Heretic" 
 (via Awful Library Books)

    "High Tech Heretic"
    (via Awful Library Books)

  2. In a world where the commonly held wisdom is that technology isolates us, it’s worth considering another side of the story.

    — How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.’s With Apple’s Siri - NYTimes.com

  3. schoollibraryjournal:

“I like getting up and going to school every day,” she says. “It’s a joy.”
Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd
School Library Journal October 2014 cover story 

    schoollibraryjournal:

    “I like getting up and going to school every day,” she says. “It’s a joy.”

    Chicago Hope: High School Librarian K.C. Boyd

    School Library Journal October 2014 cover story 

  4. While fed. funds provide 21 million kids with free or reduced price lunch in school, only one in six access available summer meals.
    Kids and teens, particularly the poor, also need safe places to gather, with caring adult support, and free opportunities to learn and experience new, healthy activities that support their overall development. Libraries are engaged in these programs—including the Oakland Public Library, which serves free lunch in tandem with the summer reading program “Reading Is So Delicious,” and Colorado libraries that bring summer reading to meal sites in state parks—but we need to know more in order to robustly surface, link, and share the scope of offerings for school-age kids across the U.S.

    — News Challenge - How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities? - Libraries Taking a Lead on Child Hunger

  5. schoollibraryjournal:

Walter Dean Myers. Audiobooks that “showcase the exceptional stories made possible by the groundbreaking work of a man whose life was changed by reading and writing.” (via Paying Homage to Walter Dean Myers | Listen In | School Library Journal)

I snapped this photo of Walter when he came to the SLJ offices to record our very first podcast, a series for poetry month. We were about to record - we were all anxious, I think - and he hesitated for a bit. I asked if he needed anything, some water. “I have a speech impediment,” he replied. “And every time I’m about to speak, I become very self-conscious.” It’s a beautiful recording, which I enjoyed so much I’ve kept on my phone ever since. That turned out to be a good thing; mine was the one copy we had, as our audio archives were lost when the magazine was migrated to another platform

    schoollibraryjournal:

    Walter Dean Myers. Audiobooks that “showcase the exceptional stories made possible by the groundbreaking work of a man whose life was changed by reading and writing.”

    (via Paying Homage to Walter Dean Myers | Listen In | School Library Journal)

    I snapped this photo of Walter when he came to the SLJ offices to record our very first podcast, a series for poetry month. We were about to record - we were all anxious, I think - and he hesitated for a bit. I asked if he needed anything, some water. “I have a speech impediment,” he replied. “And every time I’m about to speak, I become very self-conscious.” It’s a beautiful recording, which I enjoyed so much I’ve kept on my phone ever since. That turned out to be a good thing; mine was the one copy we had, as our audio archives were lost when the magazine was migrated to another platform

  6. Dashed off a letter to the president.

    Dashed off a letter to the president.

  7. as-howarth said: Hey John, what is your reaction to the news that the Riverside district has chosen to ban TFIOS from middle school libraries on the grounds that it deals with mortality and sex? I remember your reactions to similar situations concerning your books have been pretty animated and wondered what you thought?

    fishingboatproceeds:

    I guess I am both happy and sad.

    I am happy because apparently young people in Riverside, California will never witness or experience mortality since they won’t be reading my book, which is great for them.

    But I am also sad because I was really hoping I would be able to introduce the idea that human beings die to the children of Riverside, California and thereby crush their dreams of immortality.

  8. 4gifs:

Dog is better at yoga. [video]

    4gifs:

    Dog is better at yoga. [video]

    (Source: ForGIFs.com)

  9. Here is what I want to try, as an experiment. I invite self-publishing authors to send me ONE book that he or she thinks is comparable in quality to the books recommended in The Horn Book Magazine. I strongly advise that you read a few issues to see what kind of books we like and what aspects of a book we consider in arriving at our judgments. Be forewarned that I may publicly mock any entry that provides egregious evidence of someone not having a clue; I will also tell you on this blog about the books I like.

    — A challenge to self-publishers - The Horn Book 

  10. Thrilled to be a part of this project, a proposal in the Knight #NewsChallenge on leveraging libraries to create more knowledgeable communities:
Libraries Taking a Lead on Child Hunger
 What other health and wellness related services do you see libraries providing? What else do we need to do to make this a compelling project on the local and national levels? Who should we be talking to and learning from?

    Thrilled to be a part of this project, a proposal in the Knight #NewsChallenge on leveraging libraries to create more knowledgeable communities:

    Libraries Taking a Lead on Child Hunger

    What other health and wellness related services do you see libraries providing? What else do we need to do to make this a compelling project on the local and national levels? Who should we be talking to and learning from?