YALSA is coming to Boston for ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, and we’re giving away seven tickets to SLIS students for our Friday night social event, Games, Gadgets & Gurus, on Jan. 15 from 8-10 p.m. Network with your YALSA friends and colleagues over refreshments, play with board games and video games; see demos of social networking, cloud computing, and more, try out library-friendly technology like e-readers, digital audio recorders, Flip Video cameras; get one-on-one advice from tech experts, and more. Other participants include Galaxy Press, PBS’s Digital Nation, and Tutor.com.
It should be a great time. So how do you win tickets? Easy. If you’re a library school student who can attend the event in Boston and you have a Twitter account (if you don’t, you can sign up for one — it’s free), post something by 5 p.m. Central Standard Time on Friday, Dec. 4 with the hashtag #gamesgadgetsgurus. That’s it! We’ll choose seven people who used the hashtag at random and will send you a direct message letting you know you’ve won on Dec. 7 (so make sure you’re following us at www.twitter.com/yalsa so we can get in touch with you!). (more…)
With New Moon topping the box office, most of us are experiencing a resurgence of Twilight madness. Here, at a private K-9 school, we have about six copies of each book in the series and they are rarely in on our YA shelves. But, as with any trend, there are always dissenters.
Some have hated the whole thing from the start, or some, like me, have just had enough. I read them, I saw the first movie, and I’m sure I’ll see New Moon eventually. I get it, it’s fun, it’s escapist, (though I agree with L. Lee Butler’s post from last week, it does normalize some pretty creepy behavior, but I digress). At this point, I’m over it and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. I overheard some students the other day asking each other if they were going to see the movie, and one girl replied: “I never got into those,” as if it were a point of pride.
There are plenty of reasons to be tired of Twilight, but that doesn’t mean we should give up on vampires, or even on supernatural romances, forever.
So, for your perusal, I present cures for various Twilight related ills:
If you are coming to Washington D.C. for ALA Annual this summer, you might be interested in touring the White House. Requests for tours must be made through a member of Congress, and you can submit your request up to six months in advance, but no less than 30 days before. If you are not sure who your member of Congress is, you can locate your Senators here and your Representative here. (You will need the four digit extension of your zip code, which can be found here.) Citizens of foreign countries should submit requests through their embassy. All members of your group will need to be cleared by Secret Service first, so it is recommended that you include the name, date of birth, and Social Security number of each person in your request. You should also provide several different day options for your tour. Tours are self-guided and available Tuesday through Saturday. You will not be able to bring most items into the House, and there are no storage facilities available. More information can be found at the White House site, the National Park Service, your Congress member’s website, and Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out.
If you are unable to visit the White House, you might want to consider the White House Visitor Center (also recommended if you are touring the House). It is free and open to the public every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The Center provides information on the furnishings and architecture, families and events that have been in the White House throughout its history; a 30 minute video is also featured. More information can be found at the above mentioned web sites.
Suggested books to educate or enhance a visit include the children’s book Our White House: Looking in, Looking Out, A White House Cookbook from 1867, available through Google Books, and The White House: an Illustrated History. Further suggestions can be found at the White House Historical Association or your local libraries and bookstores.
I never thought I was going to have such a serious problem with a popular book that I almost didn’t put it on the shelves. I’m a cool, gay, sex-positive, pro-teen agency guy, I thought to myself when I was getting my MLIS, the parents may have problems with my selections, but too bad! I’m here to advocate for the students. And then I read Twilight.
I almost didn’t buy the Twilight books for my 7-8 school library. I don’t hate them because I’m a guy, or because of the excruciatingly bad prose, or the corruption of vampire mythology without acknowledging or commenting on the original, or even because Bella is such a waste of space. I hate them because of the sexual messaging they impart to teens, especially teen girls, robbing them of agency and normalizing stalking and abusive behavior.