Friday, January 30, 2015

"But the idea that all YA is bad and doesn't challenge you in any way is ludicrous."

Shannon believes adults should not belittle the genre just because it is populated predominantly with teenage characters: "There's this bizarre idea that adults can't empathise with teenagers - even that there's something embarrassing about reading books about young people. 
"That indicates to me that they're saying there's something fundamentally embarrassing about being a teenager." BBC News
Do you agree?

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  • The film adaptation of John Green's Fault in Our Stars topped UK and US box office charts
  • Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is the face of the rebellion in a dystopian society
  • Divergent's protagonist Tris (played by Shailene Woodley) lives in a society divided into five factions based on virtues
  • Fault in Our Stars author John Green's status has been compared to that of a rock star, with 3.5 million followers on Twitter - whom he calls his "Nerdfighters"

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Things People Asked Librarians Before the Internet

In a world pre-Google, librarians weren't just Wikipedia, they were people's Craiglist, Pinterest, Etsy, and Instagram all rolled into one. NYPL Instagram


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