Friday, July 23, 2010

Around the Interwebs

I just don't even wanna talk about how this week has been or how I feel like I won't ever actually finish reading a book or how much I'm counting down the days 'til August*. So, instead, links!

I will start with what may be the most exciting of all. Adele's started her Top 100 YA Novels Countdown!!!!!** In April, Adele of Pernickety Snark asked folks to send her their top 10 YA books, a la A Fuse #8 Production's Top 100 Children's Novels poll. And she's started posting the results! I am very excited to see what will be on the list and if my top ten made the cut.

Check out a Wordle of 2010 YA titles over at Jacket Whys. I find it very interesting the difference between the Wordles of book titles and book descriptions. Very cool.

From YA titles to YA book covers. I love this cool collage of YA book covers that an Indiana teen librarian put up in her YA section (scroll to the end of the post to see the pics). Very eye-catching.

On NPR's Monkey See blog, Linda Holmes speculates that libraries may be the "next big thing". There's been some discussion of this in my librarian circles, with not all librarians seeing this as a good thing. I, for one, like anything that gets more people coming through our doors and using our services. Our jobs are to serve the public, whether they be johnny-come-latelies or lifelong library users. But, we absolutely should be planning and thinking of ways to turn these new customers into lifelong library users, as Kathy of The "M" Word points out. Thanks to Kelly of Stacked for bringing both links to my attention.

Fat Girl Reading pointed me to this list of 13 Great Books for Gay Teens from the Huffington Post. She's also got a list of 10 Great Books for LGBTQ Teens (published in the last five years).

How well do you know your Beverly Cleary? I got 10 out of 11, but there was at least one that I guessed on. Thanks to bookshelves of doom for the link.

And ZOMG, Weird Al Yankovich wrote a picture book. And it's not even a parody! Thanks to Fuse #8 for the link.

And on that note, I'm out. Have a great weekend!

* Public librarians, take heart! There is light at the end of the tunnel! The school year approaches!

** See how excited I am? Notice all the exclamation points.