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Friday, July 9, 2010

Colfax Teens Book Discussion

Jenny at Colfax had some great news:

"Thought I’d let you know what the Colfax Teens are up to. We decided to do our first teen book club this summer and our first book discussion went well. We read The House of The Scorpion by Nancy Farmer for our first title. We had a lively discussion about interesting characters in the book, the imaginative plot and the subject of human cloning. I found some helpful discussion questions on the site bookbrowse.com, just click on the book clubs tab and you can search by title, theme or author.

For our next book we’ll be reading and discussing Freak the Mighty, after our discussion time we’ll have pizza and watch the movie.

I am very happy with our first attempt at a teen book club and would encourage any library to give it a try if you never have."

Printz Speeches Videos!

If you (or your patrons) are like me, you are:
  • A fan of literature for young people
  • Sort of a groupie when it comes to hearing real, live amazing authors
  • Too short on money to attend the ALA conference
You will be very excited to see that Booklist has made a video recording of the authors speaking at the Young Adult Library Services Association's Printz Award Ceremony. If you check it out, you'll hear about the inspiration and appreciation of several fine authors:

Libba Bray, who won the award for Going Bovine
Adam Rapp, honored for Punkzilla
Deb Heiligman, honored for Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith
Rick Yancy, honored for The Monstrumologist
John Barnes, honored for Tales of the Madman Underground

It is so thrilling to hear the dedication and care these authors have for their craft and for their audience. It made me decide that I will think about trying to write a book, after all. And that is good news, I hope.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Upcoming Idea Swaps

Mark your calendars now for the always inspiring and interesting, frequently hilarious, and usually tasty
Youth Services Idea Swap Breakfasts

Fri., 8/20/10, 8:30-10:00 Prescott Public Library Topic: Highs and Lows of the Past Year

Wed., 9/15/10, 8:30-10:00 Hawkins Public Library Topic: Highs and Lows of the Past Year

Fri., 11/12/10, 8:30-10:00 Barron Public Library Topic: Working with Parents and Caregivers

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!! You bring ideas to discuss, a question or concern to address with the group, and something you are doing that you are proud of. The host library and IFLS will provide refreshments.

If you have questions or you would like to host the idea swap in 2011, please contact Leah at

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Popular Series

I'm working on putting together an updated list of series that are super-popular in libraries. I'll post it here, and also on our website, but I can't make the list without your help.
What are the series for elementary-high school age that you can't keep on the shelf??
Comment below, please!

Accu-Cut Dies

A few years ago, based on many requests from libraries, we purchased an Accu-Cut machine*. For a list (with pictures!) of the dies we have, please take a look at our new, improved web page.

Because the machine is insanely heavy, we can't transport it via courier, which has made it tricky for people to use. Remember, you can use the machine when you are here, or you can arrange to borrow it from the IFLS office if you provide transportation (and strong backs to lift it in and out of your car). If you have a machine and would like to borrow our dies, you can do that, too.
Easist of all, we have a few volunteers here who can cut shapes if we have enough lead time. Contact Leah (langby at ifls.lib.wi.us) if you would like to exercise either of these options! If we see enough use, we'll continue to purchase dies, but if not, we will put our limited resources elsewhere.

* A die-cutting machine that allows you to easily cut out shapes for decorations, craft projects, and much more.