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American Library Association • August 2, 2016
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Banned Books Week coming soon

Banned Books Week image

Just 54 days remaining before Banned Books Week (September 25–October 1), and ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom already has several ways of getting involved and getting the word out. Activities include making a read-out video for the Banned Books Week YouTube channel, discussing Banned Books Week with your professional community, and joining the Thunderclap in support of the freedom to read....

Office for Intellectual Freedom, Aug. 1

PLA receives ASAE awards

Power of A award logo

PLA has earned two 2016 American Society of Association Executives Power of A Awards for its cocreation and implementation of Every Child Ready to Read, a research-based program that employs public libraries to teach parents how to help develop literacy skills in their children. PLA worked with ALSC and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to develop toolkit materials and training to impact parent behavior....

PLA, July 29

The most beautiful library in each state

The Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library (Photo: Main Street Studio)

Tech Insider has selected the 50 most beautiful libraries in the US, one for each state, using past and current award winners as judged by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association awards, as well as its own judgment for states that have never won....

Tech Insider, July 29

Join the ALSC Roadshow

ALSC Roadshow swag

Members of ALA's Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) can submit a proposal to represent the association at an event or conference with a booth, presentation, or casual get-together. ALSC offers limited funds to cover the cost of conference registration and a booth, as well as brochures, handouts, and giveaway items. The ALSC Roadshow Request Form should be filled out and submitted at least four weeks before the event....

ALSC Blog, July 31
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New privacy guidelines to protect patron data

The American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee has approved four new library privacy guidelines that outline strategies and best practices for protecting patron privacy in the digital environment. The guidelines address online privacy and data security and are intended to assist librarians, libraries, schools, and vendors in developing policies and procedures that safeguard library users’ data. The guidelines are now available online on the ALA website....

Office for Intellectual Freedom, Aug. 1

Women in comics: Welcome to Riverdale

Cover of Archie Meets the Ramones, by Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg with art by Gisele Lagace

Carli Spina writes: “First appearing in 1941, Archie Andrews is a classic comic figure. This long and storied history includes a huge list of authors and artists who each bring something different to the characters and settings that are iconic for Archie comics, but this month’s post will focus on a few of the talented female authors and artists who have contributed to the world of Riverdale over the years.”...

YALSA: The Hub, Aug. 2
Libraries Transform

Underground Railroad is Oprah's Book Club choice

Cover of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Oprah Winfrey has chosen Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad as the latest read for her book club. The book, originally set to be released in September, has been rushed out early. It centers around Cora, a slave in Georgia longing to escape via the Underground Railroad, envisioned by Whitehead as a literal subterranean train line to freedom....

Washington Post, Aug 2; Booklist Online, June 1

Tattoo-based readers' advisory in Portland

Screenshot from KATU News report on tattoo-based readers' advisory at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon

Steve Roskoski, library assistant at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon, and his fellow librarians recently came up with the idea to recommend books for patrons based on said patrons’ tattoos using the hashtag #Book4Tat. Glowing skull? How about When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris? Bee and poppy? Pollen: The Hidden Sexuality of Flowers. Blank to-do list? 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die....

KATU (Portland, Oreg.) News, July 30
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Rad recommendations for National Coloring Book Day

Cover of You Are Here by Jenny Lawson

August 2 is National Coloring Book Day, and Book Riot's Andi Miller recommends several titles for folks whose interests lie beyond the usual flowers, forest creatures, and geometric shapes. Selections include I Love My Hair: A Coloring Book of Braids, Coils, and Doodle Dos by Andrea Pippins, The Wicked Plants Coloring Book by Amy Stewart and Briony Morrow-Cribbs, and You Are Here: An Owner’s Manual for Dangerous Minds by the Bloggess, Jenny Lawson....

Book Riot, Aug. 2

18 books for generation X

Cover of High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Karen Kleckner Keefe writes: “If you’ve got a cluster of patrons who are incensed that Bob, Luis, and Gordon are leaving Sesame Street and are simultaneously delighted that they’ll be able to watch Beavis and Butthead and Daria on the new MTV Classic channel, you’re serving generation X-ers. Feed their nostalgia with these books that were almost certainly stacked in milk crates near their beds.”...

Booklist Reader, Aug. 1

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