Archive for January, 2010
I’m sure all of you have heard of Myspace and Facebook, but have you heard of inkpop.com? Well, if not, now you have! Inkpop.com is a social networking site for readers and writers that HarperCollins created way back when in 2009. An article in the Washington Post stated that since November, inkpop.com has had over 10,000 members join, and these members (who are teens just like you) have written nearly “11,000 novels, poems, essays and short stories.” If you are an aspiring writer or an avid reader, check it out! It seems like a great site to develop your skills or read never before published material!
It is officially award season, and I am not just talking about all of the awards handed out for movies and television shows! I am talking about award season for books! Seriously, can you tell how excited I am by all of the exclamation points!?!
Here is the official list of who won which award according to YALSA:
The Michael L. Printz went to Libba Bray for Going Bovine. The Printz Honor Books included Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman, The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, Punkzilla by Adam Rapp and Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance 1973 by John Barnes.
YALSA also announced the Alex Award, Best Books for Young Adults, YALSA award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults, Odyssey Award, and the William C. Morris Debut.
Now that you know how YALSA ranked your favorite teen books of 2010, what do you think? Should Libba have won the Printz? Was there another debut YA author who should have received a Morris nod?
I came into work on Tuesday and found a note from Tabi that went like so:
Yes, Tabi – this is blog news! Congratulations to Neil and Amanda!! We are excited for you! This could possibly be a match made in GPL heaven since Neil Gaiman rocks my library world (The opening line and corresponding image to The Graveyard Book is probably one of the most brilliant introductions ever, and, if you think otherwise, let’s have a chat…). While, Amanda Palmer rocks Tabi’s musical world (I’ve heard her talk more about Amanda Palmer than Lady Gaga, and, if you know Tabi, that is a lot of talking going on about Amanda). Again, CONGRATULATIONS!
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to be more organized (please note that as I am typing this I am staring down the piles of books and papers that have accumulated on my desk for the past several months and hoping that they will all miraculously organize themselves). To go along with my decision to become the next Martha Stewart of GPL, I decided to upload photos of the Holiday Craftacular to the blog. While searching for the Craftacular pictures on my little Kodak digital camera, I also discovered a series of ridiculous pictures from our October Read That when we made creepcakes.
Last Wednesday, a group of teens came to GPL for our first annual Holiday Craftacular. The goal of the afternoon was to make rocking paper snowflakes and sew t-shirt scarves. I could handle the paper snowflakes due to my run as an Arts and Craft Director at a summer camp. The t-shirt scarves were a completely different story!
Let’s just say that I have managed to go through entire life without once touching a sewing machine. When it came time to face my nemesis (which happened to be a purple craft/sewing machined called a Pixie), I managed to produce one epic fail after another. Several times, I thought that I was sewing like a professional only to look up and see that the thread had come completely loose from whatever contraption held it in the machine. Luckily, one of our teens knew how to use Pixie and saved the day!