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  • Fullness of Humanity: Native Americans in Youth Literature

    Fullness of Humanity: Native Americans in Youth Literature1

    • November 22, 2016

    November is Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. I am a youth services librarian in an area that is predominately Native American. I began in this position six months ago, and since then, I have had to take a hard look at the representation of Native Americans in children’s books and media.

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  • Reading to the Rhythm: Poetry and Reluctant Readers

    Reading to the Rhythm: Poetry and Reluctant Readers0

    • April 26, 2016

    April is National Poetry Month in both the U.S. and Canada. First organized by the Academy of American Poets, the first National Poetry Month was celebrated in 1996, making 2016 the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month.

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  • Windows and Mirrors: Youth Media Awards and Diversity in Library Collections

    Windows and Mirrors: Youth Media Awards and Diversity in Library Collections0

    • March 10, 2016

    I have a confession to make as a youth services librarian: I generally don’t put a lot of stock in ALA’s Youth Media Awards. The Youth Media Awards cover several areas and niches in children’s and young adult publishing, but the primary ones are the Michael C. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature,

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  • Music Videos that Shaped Me: P!nk’s “Stupid Girls”

    Music Videos that Shaped Me: P!nk’s “Stupid Girls”1

    “Stupid Girls” by P!nk was something of an anthem to my high school self. At the time, I had a hard luck case of special snowflake syndrome. My identity was formed in direct opposition to traditional femininity and the current trends among my peer group. “Stupid Girls” reinforced a lot of my internalized misogyny. Lyrically,

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