Rewind: I’ve Been Writing, Just Not Here

The time I have to write for this blog (a labor of love, one that I really enjoy) waxes and wanes as other projects come and go. Still, I’m dedicated to keeping it up, mostly because it’s nice to have all of my writing gathered in one place and it’s great to look back and see how my interests and opinions have evolved. This is a long overdue roundup of links to all the other things I’ve been working on lately.

The Hub

In addition to managing contributions of other bloggers and all of the back end planning and maintenance, I’m still occasionally writing posts of my own for YALSA’s The Hub. I’m particularly proud of this series in collaboration with The YALSAblog.

School Library Journal

Marketing the library to teens can be SO HARD. The best advice is to meet teens where they are, and in my community, they’re on Instagram. I wrote about some basic tips and ideas for ways to promote collections and programs to teens on Instagram for School Library Journal.

At the Library

I’ve been making some readers’ advisory lists to complement programs at the library.


February has been a busy month! I’m participating in the Book Riot #ReadHarder Challenge (everyone at work is doing it, too) which encourages everyone to read outside their comfort zone and also YALSA’s The Hub Reading Challenge, which encourages everyone to read the 2016 awards and selected lists, so I’ve been reading some great books lately and also trying lots of new things. I also started reviewing audiobooks for Booklist, and it’s challenging me to evaluate books from a performance standpoint rather than a writing standpoint, which is interesting and enlightening. It’s also pushing me to listen to things that I wouldn’t normally seek out — and I’ve been kind of surprised!

We’ve had a bunch of successful programs this month for Read Across Lawrence. I gave my first Nerd Nite talk on the Exploration of Mars in Fiction (which I will try and write about) and we’ve had great interest in our adult programs that tie into The Martian and also lots of success with our programs for teens for These Broken Stars. We had a fantastic Harry Potter Night (I’ll share pictures and program plans eventually) and we’re having an after hours concert with Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys this weekend (#wizardrockforever).

What have you been up to lately? I feel like I’ve been on twitter erratically lately and definitely have blogs to catch up on reading – Let me know what you’ve been reading or doing in the library lately!

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2 thoughts on “Rewind: I’ve Been Writing, Just Not Here

  1. I’m wondering why you would label Isabel Allende a woman of color, in regards to reading your response to Time magazine’s 100 YA lit list? She has a Spanish name and she looks just as white as my mother from Berlin. As librarians and Americans we need to start referring to people by their cultural identity. Race plays a role to a great extent in how many people see themselves but there is still a cultural identity that people maintain, when not honored by each one of us, short changes the complexity that exists within each one of us. I would be considered “white”, but that does not define who I am. I am a German American.

    1. Isabel Allende is a Chilean author, and was born in Peru. Her works were originally written in Spanish. Since POC is a term mostly associated with social justice movements in the United States, perhaps it is an imperfect description for a Latin American author. But I don’t think that’s relevant to the substance of my essay. (Which isn’t on this blog – it’s here – just in case anyone reads it and is curious why this comment is on this post).

      My point was just that TIME’s list is almost completely white, and doesn’t represent the variety of fantastic young adult literature that is currently being published or has been published and that general audience news media is ill-informed about what YA literature is and should perhaps interview a librarian or consult or mention the YALSA awards.

      You’re right – race and culture are related but not interchangeable. I don’t disagree. That is the subject of another discussion. I would, however, caution against downplaying issues of race in discussion of marginalized peoples and how we can promote equity in library services.

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