Florida’s newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet. Its mission is to educate students in the STEM fields, and Chief Information Officer Tom Hull describes it as part of a future “Silicon Valley East” between Orlando and Tampa. FPU features a lot of innovative, not to say controversial, departures from tradition, including a no-tenure model for its 26 newly hired professors and a library without physical books.
Laura Ingalls Wilder based her beloved “Little House on the Prairie” books on her actual experiences growing up on the American plains. But they were books for children, and, sometime in the 1920s, she wrote a memoir that would have been rated R for violence and adult content.
Coeds and cliffhangers and coming of age—that’s what new adult (NA) fiction is made of. Aimed at the 18- to 25-year-old audience and focusing on firsts—first love, first job, first sex—these titles tackle tough issues such as self-harm, suicide, rape, and addiction with more drama, heat, and sexual explicitness than even the most audacious YA novel. The moniker “new adult” was coined during a 2009 contest by St. Martin’s Press, established a foothold in the self-published market, and has gone on to attract a dedicated, loyal legion of fans every bit as obsessed as the most rapacious romance reader. Not surprising since these reads are addictive, often part of a series, and readily available as ebooks—the literary equivalent of a Netflix binge-watch. So grab the Kindle, curl up on the couch, and get ready for a long, long night with these backlist and recently published titles
This growing genre will be explored in further detail in a September 15 feature article in LJ.
In light of New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s push to open 33,000 PreK spots in NYC, the Queens Library Woodhaven branch will offer, for the first time, a PreK class for 18 kids starting this September.
Should we call this the little red library schoolhouse?
Is your library pushing boundaries, thinking outside the box, and stepping outside the lines? Join the organizations across the United States and Canada that have signed up to host a series of events and campaigns in September to promote the innovation happening in libraries
With the recent explosion of self-publishing and the relative ease with which one can become a published author, our library has been bombarded with requests by writers looking for us to host author talks and book events. The sad truth is, with rare exceptions, author visits can be a hard sell, requiring herculean PR efforts, even for established authors with respectable sales. Given the limited amount of program space at the library and the large number of high-demand programs, I can’t schedule events for every author who pitches me.
The necessity of saying “no” to so many aspiring authors was what initially inspired me to host a local author fair.
Lauren Gilbert, Head of Community Services, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY, offers some practical tips for setting up your own author fair.
MORTON — About 100 “golden tickets” have been hidden on page 90 in books at the Morton Public Library.Each ticket is good for a prize,
Each ticket is good for a prize, either a library tote bag, cup of coffee or hot cocoa or bottle of water.
The scavenger hunt is part of a year-long celebration of the library’s 90th anniversary.
“We’re trying to come up with creative ways to commemorate the anniversary without having a lot of money to spend,” said John Howard, the library’s technology coordinator and head of the 90th anniversary committee made up of six staff members.
A fun and inexpensive way to celebrate your library.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Jack Hayden, 28, came all the way from Portland, Ore. Sophie Yanaw, 27, came all the way from Montreal. For both, the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo that’s being held this weekend was a chance to see friends and show and sell their work.
And the same was true for dozens of others who came to the expo, which opened Saturday and continues Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.
Taking up a large portion of the library’s second floor, the expo features more than 60 artists and cartoonists, most of whom have self-published, and most of whom pursue their work as a labor of love
What a great idea. More libraries should partner with their local independent publishers to sponser these small press book expos.