Hunger Games Trailer

I’m so thrilled with all the positive feedback I’ve been hearing from family and friends who have read and LOVED Hunger Games. I’m especially excited for the movie!

So, for those who are not yet swayed (ie James) check out this awesome Hunger Games Book Trailer!

Awesome Book Trailer

Check out the awesome trailer for Linger, the sequal to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.

Best Video Ever

Combines my love of crazy librarians, zombies and Thriller! Watch until the end, the librarian fights the zombies!

Book trailer

I love this trailer, seldom are they so good that they make me want to read a book more than I already do.

Book: Fallen

Author: Lauren Kate

Released: TODAY!!

From Amazon:

There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

Dangerously exciting and darkly romantic, Fallen is a page turning thriller and the ultimate love story.

Twilight Abuse

At first I thought I was the only one in the world who thought that Twilight promoted some questionable relationship behaviors. However, with New Moon coming out, I’m finding increasingly more blogs and articles written by professionals in the library field and teens themselves who agree with me.

This is from the YALSA blog and a school librarian.

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.

Even if I hadn’t purchased the series (or is it a saga now?) for the library, it seems like every third girl in the school has her own copies, right down to the developmentally delayed girls who came in today toting matching copies of The Host. So I have to engage with it, and I’ve been trying to casually counteract the normalization when girls talk to me about their favorite book and movie of all time. (I am saying girls for a reason: Twilight seems to be universally reviled by the boys in my school, most of whom have not read it.) I don’t talk about hating the book, I just say I’m not a fan, and usually cite Edward’s stalking behavior as creepy. Sort of along the lines of this anti-text message harassment PSA. What Edward does is just not cool.

But a good (non-librarian) friend sent me this LiveJournal commentary on the movie adaptation of New Moon. The post has some NSFW language, but goes over the abusive red flags in Bella and Edward’s relationship, as laid out by the National Domestic Violence Hotline. It’s the first time I’ve seen it put so baldly, and it is shocking.

I no longer feel my casual, conversational undoing is enough. I’ve brainstormed with a Twilight-loving teacher about how to approach doing this anti-domestic violence education in a more formal way. I’ve got a call in to the dean of my school to see if I can link this in with the sexual assault education they get from the District Attorney later in the year. I couldn’t keep the books out of their hands even if I thought it was ethical to, but I also can’t sit by while a book with near-universal market penetration negatively shapes the social and sexual agency of the girls in my school.

Also Check out The Neverending Shelf’s post and comments.

You might not agree, but it is at least something to think about.

Booktalk for Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Here is my first attempt at booktalking.

Some computers seem to be having difficulty with the sound in the middle (the actual booktalk) so if you turn it up to hear, note that the music might come back out really loud towards the end.

My review for Speak is found here.

School Library goes Digital.

I have this really good friend who is my technological buddy. He informs me on all the new technologies that are out there, taking special joy in telling me about ones that affect libraries. Here is an article about a school library going completely digital.

“So the venerable boarding school west of Boston — the first in the United States to admit both boys and girls — last summer undertook another first: It began getting rid of most of the library’s books. In their place: a fully digital collection. Library watchers say it could be the first school library, public or private, to forsake ink-and-paper in favor of e-books. It also represents the first time that a school has placed its students’ intellectual lives so fully into the hands of a few online publishers and electronic-device makers.”

This round goes to you Daryl!

I wonder what it would look like if the Teen Annex went Digital, would the students be more interested?