Kudos to the Kennedy Library at California Polytechnic Unversity for their sweet Vine, showing off the rare book The Tunnel Calamity, by Edward Gorey.
What a rad way to show off the benefit and joy of a paper book while existing on the internet! High fives all around.

Guys, I am totally digging giving out personalized book recommendations to all of you who are asking. I had no idea this would be so popular, so quickly. It’s so much fun and pretty much the best ever. 

I’ll answer them all, but I’ve got to you know, work. So I’m off to buy books, but I promise I’ll get to your asks in the order received — it just might be a day or two at the rate that they are coming. 

Also, consider this a PSA that there is probably a librarian near you who would also give you this personalized service! It’s really a thing! There are more of us! 

- molly

PlayScience Unveils New Study That Shows Parents’ Digital Preferences for Their Children Are Heavily Influenced by Gender

For Parents, Not All Mobile is Created Equal, Tablets Reign Supreme, and Gender Matters

PlayScience, an innovation and development company focused on play and learning, today unveiled a new study that shows parents perceptions about their child’s technology and media use is heavily influenced by their child’s gender – along with device type and perceived educational value.

“This study puts parents on notice to be more attentive to their attitudes and behaviors about their children’s media use. Whether conscious or unconscious, parents are more likely to take into consideration their son’s preferences, while seeming to be more protective when it comes to choosing for their daughter.”

The PlayScience Parents and Platform Perceptions study was conducted with a national survey of 501 parents of children between the ages of 2 and 9 years old and uncovered the following results, revealed at the 2015 Sandbox Summit at MIT. 



So a couple days ago I made a comment on a post of the above picture where others were commending a sign from a high school library where a librarian was seemingly happy Fifty Shades was banned there, and subsequently shared my frustrations with other librarians on Facebook, and one of them made an alternative sign! (shared here with permission)

Again, there are plenty of reasons for a high school library to not have a book in their collection. Maybe they have a tiny budget and can’t afford it or it doesn’t fit their mission criteria.

However, not having a book in a library only because of unappealing moral or aesthetic aspects of the book is censorship

If you don’t like a book or a film, you don’t have to watch or read it. If someone else has a question about about a book or a film you don’t like, have a discussion with them about the work rather than simply not allowing them to engage with it. The former is a sign of a progressive culture, the latter of a regressive one.

First, and frankly, I find the position “because we don’t have X readers in my library, we don’t need X books” to be racist. This position implies that we as selectors view diverse books as inherently less-than. If we argue that only black youth will want to read about black youth, we are really saying that the experiences of black youth have no relevance or meaning to youth of any other race. We are saying that the experiences of the youth in the books we do buy have broader relevance and resonance. That is the very definition of otherizing and making a particular perspective, experience, or group less-than.

The position that “because we don’t have X readers in my library, we don’t need X books” also denotes a fundamental lack of respect for the children we are supposed to be serving. It suggests that we think our young readers cannot handle, relate to, or be expected to understand an experience that does not mirror their own. Not collecting—and collecting but not promoting—titles with diverse protagonists projects the selector’s own bias onto the reader instead of letting readers freely encounter stories and information.


so yeah my fav show ever aint gettin the rep it deserves pLS

edit: i forgot that slide there. the first one in the text. it’s supposed to be fourth. im a lil silly rn.

600s, The

When I worked at a public library some forty years ago, I helped a young teenager who was asking for information on “ejaculation.”  I took him to the 612s and showed him books about the body, things a young man needs to know, etc. He seemed interested but I told him to come find me if the books didn’t contain exactly what he was looking for.

About twenty minutes later he came back and said they weren’t what he wanted. I queried what else he needed to know about ejaculation. He replied “You know, like when the pilot is flying the jet fighter and it is going to crash and so he ejaculates.”