Archive for October, 2009

Halloween treats that won't rot your teeth!

Halloween treats that won't rot your teeth!

Cindy: This time of year makes me really miss my public library days. Halloween storytimes were so much fun. Sally Walker’s new Halloween pour-quoi tale, Druscilla’s Halloween (Carolrhoda, 2009) offers an explanation for how witches came to ride brooms. Aging Druscilla can no longer quietly sneak up on children by tiptoe to scare them–her knees […]

But We Digress!, Pt. 2
By October 27, 2009 0 Comments Read More →

But We Digress!, Pt. 2

Last week, I discussed a meeting where odd digressions by readers contributed to success, but going off subject can just as easily derail a meeting. When is a side discussion useful and when is it just an interruption? How can group leaders tell the difference? First, know your group. Groups that use themes often welcome digressions, […]

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Where the Wild Things Are, pt. 2

Where the Wild Things Are, pt. 2

When the opportunity arose to see the film again, this time with a 10-year-old boy present, I jumped at the chance. But not without first warning him that the film was a bit more sedate than other kiddie films, to which he responded, “this is my movie, and I have no intention of falling asleep.” […]

Oprah goes global

Oprah goes global

It’s safe to say that Oprah’s already gone global, but she’s taking on the webiverse with the upcoming discussion of Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan. On Monday, November 9, a live discussion will be simulcast from Oprah.com, CNN.com, and Facebook. Anderson Cooper will also participate in the conversation with Oprah and Uwem […]

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Awards Round-Up

Awards Round-Up

Several awards-related news items were announced within that last week. Here’s the latest: The 2009 Guardian Children’s Prize went to Exposure, Mal Peet’s update of Othello. At the Bouchercon World Mystery Convention, winners were announced in eight categories for the 2009 Anthony Awards: Best Novel The Brass Verdict, by Michael Connelly Best First Novel The […]

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Great Group Reads: Burnt Shadows

Great Group Reads: Burnt Shadows

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie is one of the Great Group Reads selected by the Women’s National Book Association Reading Group Month committee. This is a multigenerational novel with global dimensions–written by a Pakistani author, it traces the intertwined history of two families beginning in Nagasaki in 1945 and ending in Afghanistan post 9/11.  The book was an Orange […]

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The National Parks:  America's Best Idea – Connections for Kids

The National Parks: America's Best Idea – Connections for Kids

Lynn: When PBS aired The National Parks: America’s Best Idea in September I was glued to the television. I had my popcorn and I sat for six glorious nights marveling at what I was seeing and hearing. In true librarian fashion, I had checked out a copy of the accompanying book ahead of time. I […]

Talking about Listening to Reading

Talking about Listening to Reading

My blogging pal, Mary Burkey, over at Audiobooker wants to query the book group masses about methods for keeping up with book group reading. She will trade your witty insights and thoughtful comments for a narrator to be named later. “Audiobooks & Book Clubs: not really reading or perfect partners? Curious minds want to know! I’m collecting […]

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Audiobooks & Book Clubs
By October 24, 2009 4 Comments Read More →

Audiobooks & Book Clubs

Not really reading or perfect partners? Curious minds want to know! I’m collecting information for an upcoming article in Booklist Magazine on the role of audiobooks in book clubs. As an audiobook blogger & columnist, I’ve received lots of requests from librarians and teachers interested in book clubs that welcome audiobook listeners with open arms, […]

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Great Group Reads: Cost

Great Group Reads: Cost

Cost by Roxana Robinson  is one of the titles that has been selected by the Women’s National Book Association as a National Reading Group Month Great Group Read. This novel, set in Maine during one family’s summer sojourn, takes an unflinching look at drug addiction and the toll it takes.  Find conversations starters at Reading Group Choices, and click here […]

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