• 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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  • YA? Why Not?! What Does “YA” Mean Anyway?

    YA? Why Not?! What Does “YA” Mean Anyway?2

    • February 9, 2016

    If somehow you’ve emerged from a Cold War-esque bunker or have otherwise been under a rock for the last ten to fifteen, you may be wondering, “What is all of this ‘YA’ hullabaloo anyway and why would I care?” If you are, that’s okay! YA as a category has seen an “explosion of books” in

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  • YA? Y not?! Let Your Kids Read Comics

    YA? Y not?! Let Your Kids Read Comics0

    • November 19, 2015

    Being a teen librarian can mean a strange straddling of two worlds: the world of teens and the world of parents. No disrespect to parents – Hi Mom! Love you! – but I prefer talking to teens. This is especially true when we are having a conversation about what teens are or should be reading.

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