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Collection Development Grant Supports Library Express in Scranton, PA

This is a post from Anna Kilcullen, a Young Adult & Reader’s Service Librarian at Albright Memorial Library in Scranton, Pennsylvania, who was awarded a Baker & Taylor and YALSA Collection Development Grant. YALSA members who work directly with young adults can apply for next year’s grant until December 1st

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This year I was awarded one of the Baker & Taylor/ YALSA Collection Development grants to create a new and improved YA collection at the Scranton Public Library’s bookstore/library hybrid branch, Library Express. Library Express is unique not only because it is a hybrid but because it is located in the Marketplace at Steamtown, Scranton’s downtown mall.   Library Express is also the location of most of the teen programming that I conduct as the library’s Young Adult Librarian. The YA collection at Library Express was desperately in need of an upgrade so this grant came in very handy. With the grant funding, I was able to add about eighty-five new titles to the existing YA collection. In total, these new items circulated 107 times between June 2016 and August 2016. This much activity was in great contrast to the meager circulation statistics which were collected before we added the new titles. Continue reading Collection Development Grant Supports Library Express in Scranton, PA

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Monthly Monday Polls: October – Your TBR

Monday Poll @ YALSA's The HubHappy Monday, Hub readers! It’s time for the Monthly Monday Poll, and this month we want to hear about your reading habits, specifically whether you’re reading a ton of ARCs or not.

Last month’s poll asked if you are a fan of these seemingly endless screen adaptations, or if you prefer that Hollywood leave the complex plot lines, interior monologues, and nuanced relationship-building to the page. Folks were largely in favor of the extra reach provided by screen adaptions, with 72% of respondents glad to see something given live-action treatment, but 28% were concerned that the perils of a poorly-received or executed adaptation can overshadow the original book(s). I thought of this when I heard that Netflix is rebooting Lemony Snicket’s beloved Series of Unfortunate Events books as a miniseries starring Neil Patrick Harris, even though the first 3 books were previously adapted into a feature film with Jim Carrey in the lead in 2004 (sidenote: I cannot believe it’s been 12 years since that movie came out). Clearly Netflix believes the books’ (legion) fans want something from an adaptation that the film didn’t deliver… Continue reading Monthly Monday Polls: October – Your TBR

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Month in Review: September 2016

Now that the school year’s back in swing, we’re bringing back the Month in Review roundup of resources for collection development, content curation, and teen library services.

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Hub Highlights

An exploration of hi/lo books.

Books for fans of The Get Down.

An Interview with Francisco X. Stork.

Books and Reading

13 Mind-bending YA Books at the NYPL blog.

Amanda at Teen Librarian Toolbox has a preview of forthcoming YA titles.

Harry Potter and the transformation of fandom at Slate.

YA lit for makers at Teen Librarian’s Toolbox.

YA author Mindy McGinnis on poverty in YA lit and her new book, Female of the Species.

Reading While White did a September-long feature on #OwnVoices books: check out the reviews of Eighth Grade Superzero, It Ain’t Awful, Falafel, Outrun the Moon, and more.

At Epic Reads, the 23 most-anticipated YA books out in October.

Up your readers’ advisory game with this webinar from NoveList on unlocking the power of pop culture.

Banned Books Week

I.W. Gregorio says “Save a Life — Support a Banned Book” in Publisher’s Weekly.

At Teen Services Underground: Dealing with a Book Challenge.

School Library Journal shares data from a survey about book challenges and looks at the content of challenged books (spoiler: it’s mostly diverse books).

OK, this is funny. From The Onion: Teens disappointed in Banned Books. Continue reading Month in Review: September 2016

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