Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


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A host of links I've been sitting on for over a month now, most of them courtesy of the nice folks at NPR. Here we go:

First, a fascinating look at what role libraries play in the lives of people now, and what role(s) they may play in the future, on Soundprint. [Via a savvy NEXGENLIB-L member -- thanks!]

Next, a nice piece on kids' books that can help young readers sort out problems big & small, from friend issues to puberty to death, from All Things Considered.

Finally, there's been considerable flap among children's & YA specialists over Barbara Feinberg's memoir, Welcome To The Lizard Motel. I linked to an editorial of Feinberg's back when I was musing on summer reading programs, All Things Considered gave the book some coverage back in October, and Salon.com published a thoughtful, spirited rejoinder to Feinberg's arguments that YA problem novels are, themselves, part of the problem, available here. (The ad you'll have to sit through is well worth it, I promise, and not just because Whitney Joiner quotes my friend & colleague Carlisle Webber.)


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