Banned Books Week is September 21- 27!
The Banned Books Week coalition hosted a Google+ Hangout on Air featuring Cory Doctorow, author of the novel Little Brother, to discuss the importance of fighting censorship and the value of Banned Books Week.
In addition to discussing the current controversy surrounding Doctorow’s novel, the sponsors of Banned Books Week offered tips on how you can celebrate this year’s theme, which focuses on graphic novels.
The live hangout was moderated by Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Nanette Perez, Program Officer of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom. Also present will be Dave Gladney, Director of Communications Technology from the Association of American Publishers and Michael O’Neill from the National Coalition Against Censorship, to provide an overview of additional ways in which publishers and literacy non-profits fight book banning.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in our training sessions this September with Nancy Pearl. We’re offering six half-hour sessions, spread over two days — join us for one, or all six!
The first 15 minutes of each session will be recorded, so our libraries can use them to support further staff development, as mini-trainings, in staff meetings, and so forth. In these live sessions, the last 15 minutes will be saved for participants to ask Nancy questions and have an open discussion about the topic at hand.
Please see our August newsletter for more information, and for a link to register.
We all remember the beautifully and delicately illustrated Beatrix Potter stories from our youth. On Tuesday, August 26 at 1pm Eastern, our online programming series continues with Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life (Timber Press), which looks at Potter’s gardens and her inspirations.
We will be using GoToMeeting for this program — to attend, all you need to do is visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/758257770 on the day of the program, and you’ll be able to see Marta’s beautiful photos, as well as participate in a Q & A at the end of the program.
Due to copyright with some of the images, only a portion of the program will be recorded — so be sure to schedule some time in your day to attend!
This program is part of our ongoing series of online programming, intended to help staff at our libraries experiment with different kinds of programming tools and see the possibilities for serving online reading communities. In addition, these types of online programs make for excellent user generated content in your BiblioCommons catalog.
Don’t forget to join us tomorrow afternoon!
We’ll hold a Google Hangout with Ann, well-known for her earlier book The Knitting Circle and for her other knitting works. An Italian Wife is her newest novel.
Before August 22, earn your Ann Hood author fan badge, and then earn a badge for taking part in the online discussion.
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This online program is part of our series designed to celebrate author fan badges. We’ve arranged with several publishers to have their authors take part in online programming opportunities, which we hope our libraries, and their patrons, will take advantage of. Feel free to add them to your summer programming lists — this one is perfect for staff and patrons who would like to experiment with online book clubs.
Between the user generated content in BiblioCommons catalogs, author fan badges, and online programs, libraries can really celebrate their online reading communities this summer. In addition to digital badges for interacting with the catalog, attending programs, completing challenges, visiting libraries, taking part in summer learning opportunities, and more, libraries will have the ability to highlight their online reading communities through digital fan badges. Imagine if, when in your library catalog, you as a reader are prompted to become a fan of a favorite author — say, Rainbow Rowell — and then, by declaring yourself a fan, you have the ability to see who else in your community is a fan and interact more deeply with Rainbow’s books and your fellow fans? Pretty cool, right?
Today! What a nice way to spend your coffee or lunch break.
Spike the Lawrence Public Library Board Cat relaxes with a book. You can follow Spike on Twitter for updates about all things related to books, cats, and what’s happening at Lawrence Public Library, keep up with cute cat pictures on his Instagram, and see what he’s reading, watching, and listening to in the new catalog, Bibliocommons!
We have a soft spot for Spike (and LPL).