June 27, 2011

Star picks: libraries are awesome edition

In a week when Read Write Web asked whether the results of the latest ALA survey point to a tipping point for ebook and libraries, many of the starred posts in my Google reader were also library related:*
  • first and foremost is Patrick Ness's passionate and eloquent Carnegie Medal acceptance speech, via The Guardian. I particularly loved his points about the incredible role librarians play in developing and nurturing readers, and as knowledge filters (methinks the latter will only become more valuable as digital publishing proliferates and we need more expert guidance to find the gems among the rhinestones)
  • the Centred Librarian made me realise what's missing from my trips to the beach (or perhaps that what's missing form trips to my local library is the beach!)
  • the Atlantic highlighted the New York Public Library's innovative online projects (and if you need further proof, I challenge you to spend less than half an hour on What's on the menu - best use of crowdsourcing I've seen in yonks!)
  • Cerebral Boinkfest featured mobile libraries from around the world. My favorite is Alpha and Beta, the donkey library team from Colombia:

* not sure whether this is because there's a lot of talk about libraries going on at the moment, what with all the proposed closures in the UK and US, or if it's just because I've had libraries on the brain a bit since meeting so may awesome librarians at Reading Matters...

June 23, 2011

Tales from the Fantapants archive - 23 June 1983

This picture from the Fantapants archive reminds me how incredibly condescending some teachers were when they commented on your work. I mean, given that the size of that fish is about the same as Mr F's 9-year-old head, I'd say that's already pretty BIG. Harumph.

June 22, 2011

Star picks: Maru edition

Aack, the week's already half over and I'm running behind on EVERYTHING and a bit stressed and overwhelmed and I know it would all be fine if I just sat down and did what needs to be done but I'm frozen rabbit-like in the headlights of my ever-lengthening to-do list.

When I feel like this, there's only one sure way of bringing my blood pressure down: Maru the cat. Luckily for me, he and his blogging owner are prolific, so there was almost-daily comfort to be had.

Last week, Maru...

...got a new box


...loved both his old and new scratching boards
...played hard to get

...wedged himself into a tiny drawer


 ...got the rain-crazies


...and had a catchy song written about him.


At least someone had a productive week!

June 14, 2011

Star picks

Is it a coincidence that in a week where my blog feed continued to be dominated #YAsaves, the starred items in my google reader feed tended towards the less-taxing end of the spectrum? If you are also in need of some light relief, might I suggest:

June 7, 2011

Star picks: #YAsaves and items of interest

Like a lot of the YA community, I've been fairly immersed in the #YAsaves campaign that followed an article in the Wall Street Journal proclaiming 'contemporary fiction for teens is rife with explicit abuse, violence and depravity'.

As someone who is all too aware of her inclination to spew forth virulent opinions on things that make me angry, I (very sensibly, ifIdosaysomyself) decided to think it over before making any comment on it. Well, a few days later, my thoughts on how Wrong the article is have not changed, but in the meantime many, many people have written thoughtful and considered articles that pretty much sum up my feelings on the matter. Handily, Read Alert has linked to most of them.

One other #YAsaves perspective that I found very interesting (particularly in light of last week's Rip'n'Roll ridiculousness) was Gayle Forman's. Gayle's post on 'crappy journalism, and the dangers of bullying loudmouths setting the agenda' was a timely reminder that a) just because it's in the news doesn't mean it is news, and b) media beat-ups like this don't reflect the beliefs of the majority of people.

Non-#YAsaves posts starred in my google reader last week included:
Also, as reported in last week's star picks, I gave Kate Constable's 250 word trick a whirl and the end result was 10,000 words by the end of the week. To celebrate, here is a bookish tune...