Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians

This may be the most brilliant thing I have ever seen. Love the librarian stereotypes. Which one are you?

Mr. Library Dude

I love seeing how the public and the media portray librarians. Whether it’s the shushing/conservative stereotype, “naughty librarian” stereotype, under-appreciated & over-worked public servant (this one is NSFW-but one of my faves!), dealing with inept patrons, or even ones that combine the brainy stereotype with sexiness – I eat it up. I wonder if accountants or architects feel the same way when they see their field portrayed?

Entering Pop Culture

So, how do we know when librarians have hit the big time? Lego has introduced a Lego Librarian – part of its minifigures series line. This line of minifigures is an eclectic group. Series #10, which the librarian belongs to, also includes a warrior woman, sad clown, and a paintball player among others. In fact, the librarian is the only viable career option in the set! How cool is that?

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ALA Announces the 2013 Award Winners

On January 28, 2013, the American Library Association presented the winners and honor books in a number of categories.  Here is a link to their press release:

The awards and winners are listed below.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature


Product DetailsThe One and Only Ivan written by Katherine Applegate

Honor Books:

Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz

Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children


This Is Not My HatThis Is Not My Hat illustrated and written by Jon Klassen

Honor Books:

Creepy Carrots! illustrated by Peter Brown, written by Aaron Reynolds

Extra Yarn illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett

Green illustrated and written by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

One Cool Friend illustrated by David Small, written by Toni Buzzeo

Sleep Like a Tiger illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski, written by Mary Logue

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults


Product DetailsHand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Honor Books:

Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by E. B. Lewis

No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award

Product DetailsI, Too, Am America illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Langston Hughes

Honor Books:

H. O. R. S. E. illustrated and written by Christopher Myers,

Ellen’s Broom illustrated by Daniel Minter, written by Kelly Starling Lyons

I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr. illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:


Product DetailsIn Darkness written by Nick Lake

Honor Books:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Dodger by Terry Pratchett

The White Bicycle by Beverley Brenna

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience

The children (ages 0 to 10) award:

Product DetailsBack to Front and Upside Down! written and illustrated by Claire Alexander

The middle-school (ages 11-13) award:

Product DetailsA Dog Called Homeless written by Sarah Lean

The teen (ages 13-18) award:

Product DetailsSomebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

Product DetailsCaring is Creepy by David Zimmerman

Product DetailsGirlchild by Tupelo Hassman

Product DetailsJuvenile in Justice by Richard Ross

Product DetailsMr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Product DetailsMy Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

Product DetailsOne Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard

Product DetailsPure by Julianna Baggott

Product DetailsThe Round House by Louise Erdrich

Product DetailsTell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

Product DetailsWhere’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Andrew Carnegie Medal for excellence in children’s video


Katja Torneman, producer of “Anna, Emma and the Condors.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.


Katherine Paterson

Bridge to Terabithia (Movie Tie-in)Jacob Have I LovedLyddie (Puffin Modern Classics)Flip-Flop GirlThe Same Stuff as StarsThe Sign of the Chrysanthemum (Harper Trophy Book)The Great Gilly Hopkins

From “Katherine Paterson has twice won both the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award. She received the 1998 Hans Christian Andersen Medal as well as the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for the body of her work. An active promoter of reading and literacy, she lives with her husband, John, in Barre, Vermont. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Visit Katherine Paterson on her web
site at”

Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults:


Tamora Pierce

Alanna: The First Adventure (The Song of the Lioness, Book 1)Wild Magic (The Immortals, Book 1)Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness, Book 1)Sandry's Book (Circle of Magic, Book 1)Terrier (The Legend of Beka Cooper, Book 1)Tortall and Other Lands: A Collection of TalesMagic Steps (The Circle Opens, Book 1)

From “Tamora Pierce is a bestselling author of fantasy books for teenagers. Her books, known for their teenaged girl warriors and wizards, have received critical acclaim and a strong fanbase.”

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States


The Fault in Our StarsThe Fault in Our Stars written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd.

Honor Audiobooks:

Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian produced by Listening Library, written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker;

Ghost Knight produced by Listening Library, written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill;

Monstrous Beauty produced by Macmillian Audio, written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience

Award winner:

Product DetailsMartín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert illustrated by David Diaz, written by Gary D. Schmidt

No Belpré Illustrator Honor Books were selected this year.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award:

Product DetailsAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Honor Book:

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by Sonia Manzano

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children:


Product DetailsBomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon written by Steve Sheinkin

Honor Books:

Electric Ben: The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin written and illustrated by Robert Byrd

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 written by Phillip M. Hoose

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster written by Deborah Hopkinson

Stonewall Book Award Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience


Product DetailsAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Honor Books:

Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier

Gone, Gone, Gone written by Hannah Moskowitz

October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard written by Lesléa Newman

Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie written by S. J. Adams

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book


Product DetailsUp, Tall and High! written and illustrated by Ethan Long

Honor Books:

Let’s Go for a Drive! written and illustrated by Mo Willems

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, created and illustrated by James Dean

Rabbit & Robot: The Sleepover written and illustrated by Cece Bell

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens


Product DetailsSeraphina written by Rachel Hartman


Wonder Show written by Hannah Barnaby

Love and Other Perishable Items written by Laura Buzo

After the Snow written by S. D. Crockett

The Miseducation of Cameron Post written by emily m. danforth

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults


Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon written by Steve Sheinkin


Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different written by Karen Blumenthal

Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 written by Phillip Hoose

Titanic: Voices from the Disaster written by Deborah Hopkinson

We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March written by Cynthia Levinson

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for Young Adults


Learn moreWhat’s the next great read?  According to, the breakthrough novel in young adult literature this year is….


Spookygirl by Jill Baguchinsky

Dutton Juvenile (August 16, 2012)

What’s so great about it?  Well, it blends supernatural powers with a thrilling story, presents interesting and complicated characters, and is an all around fun read!

Summary:  From ” Violet Addison can chat with the dead, but what really frightens her is starting her sophomore year at a new school. Still reeling from the loss of her mother,  Violet is about find herself in the company of ghosts . . . both playful and  deadly evil. Standing at the threshold to an unseen world with newfound friends at her side, only Violet can uncover the truth behind her mother’s death and  save the family business–paranormal investigation.”

Not sure if it’s for you?  See what others are saying about it!  Here are a number of reviews! Try this free e-book excerpt!  (If you do not have a kindle, remember that you can download the software for free on your PC or Mac on the Amazon website).

Is August 2012 too long to wait?  In the meantime, enjoy these great supernatural reads!

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It Begins (The Unseen, Part 1)

by Richie Tankersley Cusick

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Dreadful Sorry (Time Travel Mysteries)

by Kathryn Reiss

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The Oldest House Mystery

 by Linda Cargill

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Beautiful Dead Book 1: Jonas

by Eden Maguire

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Dead Is the New Black

by Marlene Perez

Library and Librarian Myths and Legends (via Best of Publib – Public Library Discussion and Publib Listserve Analysis)

everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask…😉

Library and Librarian Myths and Legends Library and Librarian Myths and Legends : the Truth behind the Stacks Librarians have often been surrounded by mysteries, myths and legends.  What is the truth about Librarians?  Are they all-knowing godlike beings?  Do books magically appear on shelves?  Is the MLS a real degree?  What about buns?  These gems of corrective, collective wisdom are courtesy of the PubLib Lists … Read More

via Best of Publib – Public Library Discussion and Publib Listserve Analysis

And the Nominees Are….

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Have you read any of these?  Do you have a favorite?  Shipbreaker won the Printz; will it win this award too?  I personally love teh Tiffany Aching series by Prachett so I’m excited about I Shall Wear Midnight being nominated!

National Book Award Finalists in Young Adult Lit

And the nominees are…………


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Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
(Henry Holt)

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Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

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David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.)

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Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)

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Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)

YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE JUDGES: Kathi Appelt, Coe Booth, Carolyn Coman, Nancy Werlin, Gene Luen Yang

See the nominees for other categories on the official website!


Do you have a favorite?  Was anyone grossly overlooked?

Books on the Nightstand Distopic YA Reading Challenge

Hmmm….. one of my favorite “genres” and one of my favorite podcasts/blogs all together????  I’m in!  And you can be too!  Just click on the button below to find out how.  Or click here.  Happy distopic reading!