It’s here! It’s here! Prepare for Banned Books Week (Sept. 27-Oct. 3) with our 2015 Handbook featuring a cover by Raina Telgemeier.

The CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook gives you the scoop about what comics are banned, how to report and fight censorship, and how to make a celebration of Banned Books Week in your community! You can view or download the entire publication here, or order bundles to hand out in your library, school, or shop.

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after four years of working two (and at one time three) part-time jobs, four libraries, two years of grad school, countless months of job searching, two simultaneous job offers, a week of insanely fluctuating emotions, blood, sweat, tears, a lot of profanities, and a six pack of pity beer drunk on the beach while contemplating the meaning of life (i wish i was kidding), i am ECSTATIC to announce that i have accepted the position of technology librarian at mount prospect public library. i’m so excited to continue the career that i love in a place that has been so welcoming and supportive of me in the past four months that i have been there part time. i’m a big kid now!

Librarians storm ramparts of rapacious ebook publishers

The ebook edition of Donna Tartt’s 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch costs $12.99.

But if you’re a library, you will pay $114.

Canada’s librairians are mad as wet hens over what they say is unfair pricing.

They’re gearing up for a literary brannigan aimed at getting pulbishers to dial back these price barriers between people and the books they love.

“It is quite shocking when people realize how much libraries are paying for ebooks,” says Roxanne Toth-Rissanen, chief executive offcer and director of public libraries at the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library.

“So we pay over $100 for an ebook title that you could order for at most $15 or $20 and then the library can only loan that book for our 12 times and then we have to purchase another copy of the ebook and loan it out for another 12 times.


My Library Science Professors’ Takes on 50 Shades

Or “That moment when your Library Science professors unwittingly start an ongoing chain of hilarious side note commentary on 50 Shades through their individual and unrelated classes.”

So far I’ve had gems such as


So, 50 Shades of Grey - *pause* …Is anyone here a fan? ‘Cause I don’t wanna offend anyone.


So it’s important to remember that our job as librarians isn’t to judge a patron - it’s to connect them to what they’re looking for. 

That being said, on a personal level… WOW. 50 Shades of Grey. That is a book that needs some SERIOUS editing. I’m not even talking about the story; just like - Did she even have an editor? Just - Just clean it up. Pick up a thesaurus.  Polish it a little.


…And the patron’s just gushing, singing this book’s praises. And of course I’m gonna help her find more books like it, it’s what she wants and that’s what matters. But in my head I’m just like *tilts head to side, face scrunched up in confusion*  “…Really?”


[introducing self to class] 

My main area of interest is self-published works (fanfiction in particular). Which means I had to take one for the team and read Fifty Shades of Grey. *everyone cringes* All three of ‘em. *entire class groans in sympathy* …Yeah.


I had this one patron call me and go “Oh my God, I just just read 50 Shades of Grey by E.L. James - it’s the best book I’ve ever read! WHY DIDN”T YOU TELL ME THIS EXISTED BEFORE?! I wanna read more books just like these! :D”. And because Reader’s Advisory is about the patron, I helped her find stuff that was similar. 

She left happy as a clam, but by the end I was internally just like, 

*does twitchy arm movement as if to take book away, pulls back and chews nails, still twitching; whimpers*


Because it’s what we’re there for, I suggest it when they’re looking for a good read and it matches their interests. And whenever I do, I’m internally like  *curls up into self whilst silent crying*

She’s MY mom.

My daughter usually thinks my job is pretty cool, especially now that she’s out of school for the summer and can come to story time. 

But when one of the parents came up to me after story time and said, “My kids just love you,” Lily wasn’t thrilled.

“But she’s MY mom,” she said. The lady was already walking away.

I explained that the kids loved story time, not me, and Lily seemed somewhat appeased.

I understand the frustration. As much as she loves getting to help with the foster baby, she has to feel like he’s stepped into her territory. But he’s squishy and little and adorable, so she makes room. 

But some other random kids? No. She’s not having it.


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.


Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface

Bookface involves strategically lining up your face or another body part alongside a book cover that features a matching body part so that there appears a melding of life and art. Librarians and other book lovers post these photos weekly on visual apps like Instagram, using the caption #BookfaceFriday. The minitrend is giving a boost to the digital presence of institutions that are, by definition, purveyors of analog information.


Alicia Tapia is a school librarian and digital literacy instructor by day, and by night she brings the Bibliobicicleta to San Francisco’s Panhandle. More on this mobile library from Hoodline:

On Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm, a roving bicycle-powered community library called Bibliobicicleta visits the Panhandle. We caught up with founder Alicia Tapia, a school librarian and digital literacy instructor at De Marillac Academy in the Tenderloin, to find out more about the project.

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Books Build Children

Created earlier this year by Dentsu Tokyo for the Yokohama City Board of Education, the “Books to build children” ad campaign hopes to recruit librarians to work in elementary school libraries.

Funny how we have to fight tooth and nail to keep our elementary school libraries open while other countries are actually in need of, and desire, real-life school librarians to help spread the joy of reading.

Previously on Book Patrol:
Latest study confirms that school libraries positively impact student test scores
After helping the Ferguson Public Library we need to go to Philadelphia

New Batgirl Hits the Library Via ALA

For many years the American Library Association has materials featuring DC Superheroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman reading books. And one superhero who was actually a librarian.

The ALA has once again turned to Batgirl for swag with a new poster.

Barbara Gordon is in the current continuity no longer a librarian but she does wear some kick ass yellow Doc Martens.

There’s other new posters including Wonder Woman and Lil Gotham

And look there’s Barbara Gordon as Oracle, still a librarian, on the lower right! 

(h/t) @amyziegfeld

With a world of information at our fingertips — virtually anytime, anywhere — do we still need physical book-and-mortar libraries? Here’s one librarian’s answer:

“Public libraries are arguably more important today than ever before. Their mission is still the same — to provide free access to information to all people. The way people access information has changed, but they still need the information to succeed, and libraries are providing that.”

- Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library

Do We Really Need Libraries?

Image: Researchers at the constructed-by-Carnegie 135th Street branch of the New York Public Library, 1938. (New York Public Library)