During the months of January and February 2014, the National Parliamentary Library of Ukraine found itself at the center of the anti-government clashes in Kiev. The former Ukrainian government under President Yanukovych used violence to stop a non-violent protest and civil resistance collectively known as EuroMaidan (Ukrainian: Євромайдан). Nearly one hundred people were killed and almost one thousand wounded in the downtown area of Kiev.
What’s been happening at the Library…
Cute use of this Pinterest platform I keep hearing about…
We are celebrating National Reading Month here at Pantheon. I am currently reading SILENCE ONCE BEGUN, by Jesse Ball. It’s completely unlike anything I’ve read before, and fantastic! Click here to see some of Pantheon’s other new releases…
What are YOU reading?
I’m reading Eudora Welty’s beautiful and heartfelt The Optimist’s Daughter, all the more poignant for me as a fellow Southerner. My fellow editors this week are reading a wide range of books from J.M. Barrie’s The Annotated Peter Pan: The Centennial Edition to Matthew Thomas’s much-buzzed forthcoming debut novel We Are Not Ourselves.
This year’s Cairo International Book Fair brought a new player to the field of Arabic publishing and bookselling: the website Kotobi.com, created by entrepreneur and self-described “techie” Ashraf Maklad, with the support of Vodafone Egypt.
Kotobi is an online bookstore for Arabic e-books, and though it’s early days yet, it seems poised to make significant changes in the Arabic book market, which has faced logistical problems for many years, especially in distribution.
This might become a useful resource for public libraries serving Arabic-speaking populations and academic libraries building their Arabic studies collections.
And it’s not only in the Arab world that these transformations are afoot, of course. It’s truly exciting to see e-books and e-bookstores begin to erase historic supply-and-demand issues here in the US. In January, Ken Bensinger reported for the Los Angeles Times on the tremendous rise in Spanish e-book sales in the US over the past two years — a welcome change from the problems Spanish readers have long faced in finding any kind of broad selection of affordable Spanish-language titles.
Love the shout out to the amazing Margaret Herrick library, where I did lots of research for Laura Lamont. Big ups.— Emma Straub (@emmastraub)March 3, 2014
Forget that Oscar selfie. This was the best Oscar-related tweet of the night. What is the Margaret Herrick library? Only a film lover’s version of paradise.
As spring approaches, librarians across the country begin thinking seriously about summer reading and planning outreach visits to local schools. These visits often involve a quick summary of the various services available at the local library and a preview of the prizes and events that will launch with summer reading. One of the most effective ways to encourage reading—be it over the summer months or throughout the school year—is through booktalking. A librarian, armed with a book in hand, a few well-chosen words, and a killer “hook,” is often all it takes to turn a group of staid students into a ravenous rush of readers.
We’ve asked SLJ‘s reviewers to share some of their favorite recent books, along with a short “book hook”; these are mini-booktalks intended to grab the attention of kids and teens—in as few words as possible. Their responses are curated on a fun and shareable Pinterest board.
Please add your own favorite titles and book hooks in the comments section below or post on social media using the hashtag #sljbookhook.
Another brilliant idea from our colleagues at School Library Journal. This can easily be applied for adult summer reading as well.
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While the FCC works to prepare a new set of rules for ISPs, a deal between Netflix and Comcast announced this month could mark a hit to the principle of net neutrality. T
The PLA Author Party with Chris Bohjalian, Bich Minh Nguyen, & More | Save the Date
All work and no play is as bad for Public Library Association attendees as it is for anyone else, which is why Library Journal is offering a PLA Author Party on Wednesday, March 12, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Alexander Hotel, 333 S Delaware Street, Indianapolis. Yes, there will be plenty of food, drink, and talk, but there will also be six authors, both well established and just emerging, whom I’m pleased to have the opportunity to interview.
You can RSVP here.
Our colleagues at smithsonianlibraries rock our socks off with their animated GIF skills. Now they are sharing their tips with the world
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In honor of his 112th birthday, all the John Steinbeck black spines, in chronological order (more or less). Steinbeck is such a part of our daily existence here at Penguin Classics, and it’s one of our greatest points of pride to continuing publishing his entire catalog of work — keeping him widely read and discussed at a time when his words are so needed.
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Every year the University of California, San Diego Library, the world’s repository for the original works of Dr. Seuss, holds a campus birthday party to celebrate the March 2 birthday of Dr. Seuss. The party will be held at noon on Monday, March 3, but it’s the UC San Diego Library that is getting the gift—a gift of more than 1500 additional items donated by Audrey Geisel from the personal archive of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known to the reading public as Dr. Seuss.
The recently donated materials, which are being added to the Dr. Seuss Collection in the Library’s Mandeville Special Collections, include hundreds of rough sketches and drawings for a variety of unpublished projects such as “Cat Ballooning,” “The Pet Shop,” “Bee Watches,” “How Welk Can You Spelk,” “The Clock Book,” and “Arabian Adventures.” Geisel’s ink drawings for a version of “Daisy Head Mayzie” are among the materials donated, as is “Tex McTarbox and the Fountain of Youth,” the latter, in Geisel’s words “the treatment for half of a screen play which I thought had great possibilities for mirth.”
In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday celebration, a selection of the new materials are now on display at Geisel Library and will continue to be exhibited until the end of March.
The annual birthday party will be held on Monday, March 3 at 12 noon, in front of Geisel Library, which was named for Theodor and Audrey Geisel in 1995, in recognition of their generous support to the University and the Library.
The party, which marks Dr. Seuss’s 110th birthday anniversary, will feature a giant inflatable Cat in the Hat, as well as some 2,000 cupcakes that will be served to mark the occasion. Chancellor Khosla and Brian E.C. Schottlaender will be on hand to pass out the cupcakes and greet attendees.
Mandeville Special Collections houses more than 10,000 items in its Dr. Seuss Collection, which includes original drawings, sketches, manuscript drafts, books, notebooks, photographs and memorabilia, documenting the full range of Theodor Seuss Geisel’s creative achievements, from his high school activities in 1919 through his death in 1991.
With the spread of farming and homesteading from rural and suburban areas to urban lots and rooftops, these 35 titles will help patrons sow the cream of their own crops.
I’m crowing about Kristi Chadwick’s most excellent collection development feature.