Books to Watch Out For: Hero-Type by Barry Lyga

I admit it, I’m old school. I became a librarian because I like to read, and I became a teen librarian because YA is my favorite genre (and, y’know, I don’t think teens are half bad, either). So as my new project for the YALSA blog, I’ll be writing a regular mini-feature called “Books to watch out for,” which is…exactly what it sounds like. With Fall ’08 releases just around the corner, I’m really excited to be starting these entries now. Continue reading

Virtual Literary Festival

Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usLast weekend, the first literary festival was held in Teen Second Life. Authors Barry Lyga and Marc Aronson communicated with the teens through text chat via their avatars. Teens set up the entire event from the chairs the audience would sit on to watch the video inworld Barry had about Fanboy and Goth Girl to the hat that people could enter their names by clicking so that they could be eligible to win a book by Marc or Barry. The oldest Mock Printz book club was there as well from the Eva Perry Library in North Carolina. They communicated via voice and text chat about the Printz club with teens from all over the world-which was great because many teens had not heard of the Printz award before. The festival was made possible through a partnership with TeachingBooks.net, (they put together podcasts and information from authors for a display), Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services, and the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County as well as volunteer librarians, educators, and a publisher on the island. There is some video from the event that will be posted soon.

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Virtual Literacy Festival

Next Saturday, from 10am-2pm PST, young adult authors Marc Aronson, Barry Lyga, and Carol Baldwin will be interacting as avatars with teens from all over the world on Teen Second Life. Exhibits put together with TeachingBooks.net will also be part of the festival. For more information on how to involve your teens, visit the Chicago Public Schools Dept. of Library and Information Services blog post.

Posted by Kelly Czarnecki