Noted, With Thanks for Friday September 19th

Books

The National Book Award Longlist is up and I’m very excited to see many of my favorites (Brown Girl Dreaming, Noggin) this year included. A little surprised to see the Giles book and not the Lockhart, and I personally prefer Grasshopper Jungle to 100 Sideways Miles, but with those judges I’m sure I’m the one missing something.

The We Read Too app, a database of books by authors of color about characters of color, could be the start of something really great. Give it a try!

Do you have all the books on Teen Vogue’s List of Books to Read This Fall? It’s a good list and a great way to promote books to teens.

This. summers

This list of 7 Excellent YA Sci-Fi Romance Series from Book Riot is a reader’s advisory tool worth bookmarking.

Author Sarah Dessen writes about her next book and the struggle that led up to it on her blog. I have a feeling this one might be a big book for her.

How Long Will It Take to Read  the World’s Most Popular Books? Fun infographic.

Programs

It probably makes sense for every librarian working with children to have a Storytime Emergency kit in their car. Mel talks about this and Storytime Standbys.

Check out this adorable Roll and Play first game for toddlers. The small Saxton will be getting this for Christmas but it would work great for group play as well.

30 Questions for Your Family Scrapbook would be a great start to a multi-generational program. I’m thinking kids 8-12 and their grownups interviewing each other and the kids practicing their writing skills with the answers.

Check out this great joke center/stealth program from Melissa White on Twitter.

Three more awesome looking storytelling games via Imagination Soup.

Need a few add-ons for your Halloween party or program? Minute to Win It challenges are always a hit and U Create has a great list of Halloween themed games. 

Everything Else

Essential Reading: Pew Report on Younger Americans (16-29) and Public Libraries

Improve your cultural literacy by knowing the names on The Root 100. Use this list for collection development by ordering books by and about the people on this list. #WeNeedDiverseBooks

5 Ways to Lose Your Best Students is meant for youth ministry but if you step back a bit the principles more than apply to youth services librarianship.

Knitting Skills Can Transfer to Coding (For all those craft program skeptics out there).

I also like this perspective from Wired on the “everyone should learn to code” mantra.