There’s been some buzz about the new Sony eReader announced at the Consumer Electronics Show yesterday. Word is that the display is crisp, the battery lasts a long time, it’s as light as a paperback, and it holds a large number of books. Can you see the teens you work with and know walking around with this instead of a paperback book?

eReaders like this haven’t taken off yet. Would the teens you know carry this, an iPod, and a cell phone around? Would they prefer an all in one device for all of their entertainment and communications needs? When today’s 13 year old gets to college how will he or she access text? Maybe it will be entirely presented in audio format? Or one file might include all possible versions (audio, print, video, etc.) so that all learning styles are met.

Monday, January 23 is the date for the press conference where the Michael L. Printz Award, among others, will be announced. Do you have ideas what it will be?

Also at the Midwinter Conference the selection committees will be completing their work in order to publish their annual lists. This includes Quick Picks for Young Adult Readers, Popular Paperbacks, Best Books, and Selected Audio Books.

Stay tuned on this blog for more information on the midwinter conference, awards, and lists.

It’s going to be quite a night. Video games supplied by Game Crazy. Trading card games supplied by Upper Deck. Over 70 librarians ready to play and mingle. Any one who attends the gaming night will get a chance to play games, ask questions of people (including teens) who know about gaming, and find out what their peers are doing with games and gaming in the library.