The Bad News
Many of the sites use the Polaris Book Carousel tool to display your new content--books, dvds, audios, and picture books. This has now disappeared from your site.
I can add it back in but it will have lost all styles and it will mark your site as insecure. So as of now the Polaris Carousel is broken.
The good news... I think I've found a fix. But I'm still working on it at the moment.
In the News
2.4 Million Children Participated in State Library’s 2018 Summer Reading Program
More than 2.4 million students and children statewide participated in the 2018 summer reading program, an increase of approximately 230,000 participants over last year’s program, the New York State Education Department and State Library announced today.
The 2018 Teens' Top Ten list has finally been announced!
- Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Dutton/Penguin. 9780525555360.
- One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus. Delacorte/Random House. 9781524714680.
- Warcross by Marie Lu. G. P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin. 9780399547966.
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Random House. 9780399549731.
- Caraval by Stephanie Garber. Flatiron. 9781250095251.
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster. 9781481438254.
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez. Knopf/Random House. 9781524700485.
- Paper Hearts by Ali Novak. Sourcebooks Fire. 9781492653363.
- Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor. Little, Brown and Company. 9780316341684.
- Once and For All by Sarah Dessen. Viking/Penguin. 9780425290330.
PBS The Great American Read
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s renowned coming-of-age story about racism and injustice in the American south, was voted the US’s best-loved novel by millions of readers as part of a national poll.
Mama Bear knows best: The enduring problem with children’s picture books
At age 4, my son became entranced with a Berenstain Bears classic: “No Girls Allowed.”
When my son first trooped over to me with this book in hand, I cringed. But I read it to him anyway, ever on the lookout for harmful, sexist messaging I could skip. The book ends with Sister Bear starting a No Boys Allowed club in retaliation against Brother’s No Girls Allowed club, only to be convinced by Mama that exclusion isn’t fun for anyone. The denouement teaches us that girls and boys are equal, and all is well.
Surprisingly, one of the more problematic parts of the book is actually earlier in the story, when Mama watches Sister outperform Brother at baseball, running and tree climbing. She asks Papa, “How would you have liked it when you were a cub if some little girl could outrun, outclimb, and outhit you?” Papa replies immediately: “I wouldn’t have liked it.” What could have been a lesson for Brother in humility becomes a lesson for Sister to essentially hide her accomplishments so they won’t make boys feel inferior.
Small But Mighty Library Management and Innovation
In this webinar, learn how the Millvale Community Library addresses their community’s food desert, uses clean energy, offers a tool-lending library, and more.
Innovating. Meeting community needs. Managing the daily business of running a library. It can feel as though there aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all. But there are powerful models like the Millvale Community Library which is acting as an agent of change in the community without sacrificing their core role as an information resource. This small but mighty library addresses their community’s food desert, uses clean energy, offers a tool-lending library, and more—while operating in a financially sustainable way. Learn how they do it, and how you can, too!
November 5th, 3-4pm
Librarian Evolution: Libraries Thrive When We Change
In this Transformative Leaders webinar, learn about an award-winning library's approach to change management, as an organization that not only responds to change, but one that embraces it.
Charles Darwin said, "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." It has never been a better time to be a librarian—especially when we recognize and act on our power to help people in our communities build better lives through learning and literacy. To do that, our identity, our education, our organizations, and our work is changing. Learn how library staff are becoming change agents to help Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, become an essential asset in its community.
November 29th, 3-4pm
3-d Print your own Banksy Shredder
Or better yet make your own magic money machine