What You Need to Know the Week of May 7
This week: HPPL joins CCS! Our librarians meet Neil Gaiman! Sharon Draper! Links! Links! Links!
Reminders and New Information
The library will be closed on Tuesday, May 8, as we upgrade our catalog to join CCS.
Due to the upgrade, please do not register for any programs in our calendar on Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8.
Our librarians went to see Neil Gaiman speak at the Harold Washington Library on May 4 – they got a photo with him AND best of all, he tweeted us gerbils this morning! "Peculiarly verbal gerbils" is our new favorite moniker.
The 2012-13 Book Match lists are out! We are in the process of adding all the new titles to the Nooks.
Sharon Draper, author of Out of My Mind, will speak the following Saturday, May 12! Register online. Sharon Draper has won multiple awards for her books including the Coretta Scott King Award (twice) for Forged by Fire (1998) and Copper Sun (2007). She's best known for her novel, "Darkness Before Dawn," as well as "The Battle Of Jericho." Books will be for sale and the afternoon will conclude with a book signing.
All our Summer events are now up on our calendar and you can begin registering. We have a ton of great programs for our Summer Reading theme “Reading is Delicious!”
Junior Page volunteers - registration began May 1. Call or visit the Youth Desk to register.
This week’s flannel board book is Whoever You Are by Mem Fox.
Look behind the YS desk this week for a new analog Pinterest board!
Around the Web
Books and Book Stuff
* From Mental Floss, 19 Fun Facts about Children’s Books.
* The Atlantic Wire has started a very interesting discussion in the library blogosphere about race in YA fiction. Author Sarah Ockler’s response.
* The first page of Howl’s Moving Castle as Diana Wynne Jones originally hand-wrote it.
* GoodReads – has it changed the way you read books? YALSA wants to know.
* A review of China Mieville’s newest, Railsea, a Moby Dick re-imagining as only Mieville could, from GuysRead.
* Preview Vampire Kisses #9: Immortal Hearts on HarperTeen’s site.
* Fans of Printz winner Ship Breaker will be interested in this review of its companion novel, The Drowned Cities. Book trailer here.
* A sneak peak of A Hero for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi.
* Why YA? Discussing Chris Crutcher & Sarah Byrnes.
* Why you should read M.T. Anderson books.
* Some stunning book art.
* Getting ready for prom? Why not check out a few prom novels to get ready?
* If babies ran the Horn Book.
* Cats, baking, and jazz – a hilarious, hilarious website.
* A teen in Maine has begun a petition for Seventeen magazine to include one un-PhotoShopped spread in each magazine, advocating “real beauty.” Seventeen turned down her petition. YA author Maureen Johnson responds in true MJ style.
* Picnic pants, a brilliant concept design for picnicking on the go!
* Want to buy a dinosaur?
* How small is small? How big is big? Check out this scale map of the universe.
* Speaking of how big is big… check out this ENORMOUS Tasmanian king crab.
Movies & Movies of Books
* Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book will be a movie– Disney purchased the rights to it this week.
* An article from YALSA’s The Hub blog about Charlie Kaufman’s adaptationof The Knife of Never Letting Go.
* Preschoolers & book apps – an investigation by Sesame Workshop.
* Steve Jobs wanted to pull a Willy Wonka with Apple.
* YALSA’s App of the Week is Frankenstein for iPad– a choose your own adventure look at the novel. Very cool.
Highland Park and Local News
* Congratulations to long-time library patron, Miguel, on his Athlete of the Year award!
* Can we just mention again that NEIL GAIMAN TWEETED US?