What You Need to Know for the Week of May 21
This week: Summer Reading registration!
In the Library This Week:
* Summer Reading registration started this past Saturday! You'll probably see our goofy librarians in schools performing skits about this year's program. Remember, all summer event and program registration is open.
* The flannel board this week is Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown.
This Week Online:
Books & Book Stuff
* A collection of graphs about YA book covers from 2011, breaking them down by color, number of dead people, gender, race, amount of unshown body parts, number of fancy dresses, objects... it's fascinating.
* You are what you read. Also, reading novels can make you a better person!
* Speaking of dystopia, there are a ton, thanks to the huge success of The Hunger Games. Many dystopia novels published rework an already used idea, sometimes well... and sometimes not. SciFi/Fantasy publisher TOR explores a few unused ideas for dystopic novels.
* A new YA novel from Cory Doctorow, called Pirate Cinema, has been confirmed for October - and this one will be a series!
* Graphic novels fans - don't miss out on the Owly series, reviewed here by TOR.
* Everyone always says not to judge a book by its cover... but what about when you get a reprint of a well-known and loved book that has an awful cover?
* How a book is born.
* Guys Lit Wire on The Knife of Never Letting Go, one of our librarians' favorite series.
* Children's Book Week posters through the ages board on Pinterest.
* Popular long-time author Jean Craighead George passed away this week at the age of 92. Find her books in the youth department.
* Want to open your own library?
* What YA book-to-movie are you most excited about?
Science & Technology
* Remember the Frankenstein app we linked a few weeks ago? Now there's a similar app for the works of Edgar Allen Poe!
* You Mean I Can Lose My Job/Admission/Diploma for That? - SLJ cautions against explicit online activity - your "privacy" isn't as private as you might think.
* Are e-readers really green?
* YALSA's app of the week: DoInk - a drawing and animation app.
Just Plain Cool
* Library scented perfume, for book lovers everywhere. We're curious. Does it smell like new books? Old books? Dust? Visiting patrons? Gerbils?
* How common is your birthday? Our birthday is January 1, pretty uncommon.
* A hawk is coming to the library this summer for RAPTORS 101... hopefully he won't drop any puppies.
* From Patch, an article on a Northern Illinois canine officer memorial.