Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Mobile Stories is a partnership program between my library (San Diego Public) and MEDIA ARTS Center San Diego (MACSD) where teens learn how to use mobile phone technology to become journalists. Teens are empowered to record stories from their perspective in their communities while simultaneously learning the latest in cell phone technology (iPhone 4s).
Here is the information blurb from the Mobile Stories site:
Mobile Stories is a FREE after school program that will use the popularity of mobile phone technology to connect local youth (ages 9-18 years old) with the extensive resources available at their local library in a format that is both current and easily accessible. The library recognizes the ubiquity of cell phone technology; the need for under-represented youth to express their voices regarding news and events in their neighborhoods; and Mobile Stories potential to connect youth and their interests and needs with the information and resources of the library.
- Use iPhone 4s to record news blogging
- Audio and music recording
- Digital photography
- Learn how to be a reporter
- Live web casting
- FREE snacks and more!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
...is everywhere right now! And thank goodness :)
As a Collection Development Librarian I love purchasing material in this format because I know it circulates. Anytime I point out where the graphic novels are my kids get super pumped, which makes me very happy. There are a few series that I enjoy but as a reader graphic novels aren't my first choice so I am constantly asking fans for good picks. And with my budget getting smaller each year, I have now started asking folks what are my must haves?
Last week in my inbox I got my GraphicNovelReporter.com Newsletter and not only was it full of good stuff, it also included a GNR Core List that you can see here. I find Graphic Novel Reporter to be a great resource and I would highly recommend subscribing to their mailing list. And then today I recieved my American Libraries Direct email and it was the press release for ALSC's Children's Graphic Novel Core Collection list. I'm going to compare lists, check my system, and then get to ordering!
P.S. I just finished Lunch Lady and the Field Trip Fiasco (and of course ordered it for the library)...
Don't you absolutely LOVE this series by Jarrett J. Krosoczka?
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I have clearly been sleeping on British author Jenny Downham. I picked up You Against Me based purely on the stunning cover and then I could not put it down. Check out this cover...does it not pull you in?!
Ellie's brother is accused of rape and suddenly nothing is the same. Her parents are going mad trying to prove his innocence and Ellie's left with a massive amount of emotions to try to sort out on her own.
Mikey and Ellie meet and their story is one of loyalty, fear, loss, betrayal, and love.
This was an amazing novel and even though I had to look up some of the British word choices I loved it. Now I can't wait to read the author's other YA book Before I Die.