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Halloween mega post pt. 1! You guys are super creative and adorbs! Me and my lazy witch-hat-headband salute you!

1. Halloween Costume. Competitive Intelligence Librarian, Law Library, New York. I needle-felted the planets (and Pluto!) for the crown. Everything else, I already owned! First place in the office costume contest!
2. Young Adult Librarian, Public Library, Georgia
3. VPL Special Collections - Halloween. Public library, Canada
4. Library Services Specialist, 6th-12th grade library, California. Steampunk!Captain Marvel.
5. Emily Davenport, Librarian, Carter High School, Strawberry Plains, TN USA
6. I am the YA Library Associate in the Southeast Anchor Library of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the public city library serving the citizens of Baltimore, Maryland. I’m here channeling Billie Joe Armstrong from the band Green Day!
7. Sally, Snow White, a back cat and the Grim Reaper. We are all part of the Publishing and Depository Services team with Public Works, Government of Canada. Sally is our Systems Librarian and the rest of us are Cataloguing and Acquisitions.
8. EVE celebrates Halloween at the Freeport Public Library with tiny WALL-E at my belt, plant in boot, and glowing green plant badge.
9. Dressed as Belle for my archivist job at an academic library in MA aujourd’hui. #bibliophile
10. Library Director, public library, Tennessee, USA. My goth tendencies made a Minnie Mouse costume very easy to throw together.


Ezra Jack Keats’ The Snowy Day , first published in March 1962, follows a little boy exulting in a big snowfall in New York City. In the words of Jhenelle Robinson, a YA librarian at the New York Public Library’s Morrisiana branch, the beautifully illustrated picture book “captures the wonder and excitement of a fresh snowstorm through the eyes of young Peter.”

Peter (as NPR notes) “was among the first non-caricatured African-Americans to be featured in a major children’s book,” and his story captures a universal moment of joy in his everyday life.  Keats went on to win the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1963.

In the tradition of Keats’ classic, we asked our NYPL experts to recommend children’s books that feature kids and families of color. Here are their favorites.

anonymous asked:

hi this may be an unusual ask but, in less than a month i am likely going to be promoted into a different department. i'll be working in a library branch as a book shelver or something similar. i wanted to know if you i guess, have any tips for working in a library? sorry if this is vague im just curious, i saw that youre a reference librarian so i thought youd have some??

I sort of like how vague it is?

20 Random Tips for Library Survival:

  • It really does matter where the books go. If it’s not where it’s supposed to be on shelf, in rough sort, or on display, it doesn’t exist.
  • Be very wary of the “no fines for library employees” rule. 98% of us can’t handle that kind of responsibility.
  • Do whatever the director says. Drop everything for them.
  • Ditto for board members.
  • Patrons will assume that because you work in a library you know everything about it. It is your job to pass these questions off to the correct authority.
  • Understand how to use the catalog. Someone has to.
  • Never promise anything.
  • Children are always right.
  • Befriend your tech support.
  • Befriend whichever librarian is in charge of ordering materials for your favorite collection. They’ll order almost anything you want (so long as it’s new and moderately priced).
  • If you stare blankly and smile at a patron long enough, they’ll stop telling you their racist theory about the economy.
  • It’s really hard to push 50lb book carts in high heels when you only weigh 108lbs.
  • Fill displays whenever you can.
  • Beware the phrase “we’ve always done it this way.”
  • Wear gloves when working with children’s books or cookbooks.
  • Always feed the reference librarian.
  • Reader’s advisory is everyone’s job. Be prepared to talk about books, movies, or music that you love.
  • Never judge anyone on their tastes. Every book has its reader and every reader their book. It’s not up to you to decide what’s good and what’s bad.
  • Speak softly around technical services workers. They spook easily.
  • Keep a parka in your locker. You’ll need it.

anonymous asked:

"Yellow, you're my best friend-----well my best friend that I sometimes do extracurricular activities with. But that's besides the point---I need your help, you see." Pink said magenta eyes wide. "I accidentally--sorta--might--have burned down a branch of the library--White's favorite branch."

On second thoughts, going to Yellow had been a very terrible idea. White’s favourite section of the library happened to be Yellow’s too; it was the history of Homeworld, complete with detailed records of all the planets they had conquered and left in dust, from the very origins of the gem species on Homeworld to the present day, shelf after shelf had been filled and rammed full of the filmy holographic discs that Yellow had been developing. More than half of it had been written by White herself, the rest by Blue. It was a treasure trove of their historic importance.

Yellow had been so furious that Pink had all but ran from her office, tail firmly between her legs. Yellow was not one to tolerate mistakes, especially amongst the highest caste. They were there to set an example. Blue had caught her as she ran, seeing her distraught appearance and instantly catching it, her deep glossy eyes softening. 

“Pink,” she said, when Pink blurted her story, finishing with apologies and self-recriminations, “How did you manage that?”

“You’re not mad?”

“Of course I am, it’s my life’s work, and a good portion of White’s, too.”

Pink shrunk. Blue tipped her chin up.

“I was playing,” Pink muttered, reluctantly. “With the Rubies. I didn’t mean to - I didn’t - Oh, Blue, will White send me away?” She was trembling, badly.

“Don’t be ridiculous, where would she put you? You’re ours, whether either of us like it or not,” Blue said - and made a mental note to talk to Yellow. The Authority’s youngest was too fresh from the ground to be worrying over things like this. Exile? Wherever did she get the idea? “It’s perfectly natural to want to play at your age. But you shouldn’t let it interfere with your work, and you should keep it within bounds. You are a Diamond, Pink, not a Ruby. And one day, the whole of Homeworld will look to you for guidance.”

“Yes, Blue,” whispered Pink, shamefaced.

“Come on,” said Blue. “We’d best tell White sooner, rather than later.” She exhaled, stiffly. “And Cyan will be able to fix this faster than either of us apart.” She grimaced, but Pink livened immediately.

“You’re going to fuse?”

“Perhaps. If we do, you and Yellow will be evacuated. Cyan does not take kindly to - others.”


EMERGENT creates an escape from the normative branch library,  moving beyond it with a  communicative  and continuous architecture.

 Located in the Ironbound District in Newark, New Jersey, the proposed library can be seen as  an  abstract continuation of the landscape of Independence Park.  Cylindrical columns  rise around visitors like a forest,  bringing  into question  the relationship between nature  and architecture, information and knowledge.

The below grade communal space features a  four-story  public space looking up into the canopy of programmatic library spaces,  where planes of wood and crisscrossing steel columns create a warm and comforting  invitation to move up through the library’s collection. Wrapped around the layer of white steel columns, the art gallery  will host art from the diverse local arts community of Newark and beyond..

The staggered facades on the upper levels create  zones  for lounging and study along the perimeter of the library floors. Composed of exterior and interior  channel glass and the crisscrossing structural columns, the interior facade continues the emergent effect for visitors through its translucent glow during the day and subtly textured surface at night while providing a glowing exterior to the community in the evening.

EMERGENT proposes  a luminous continuum of space for learning and growing for the  entire Ironbound community.

How a Library Raised Yuyi Morales

“When I first arrived in the United States, I was a new mother, I didn’t speak almost any English, and one of the places that absolutely changed my life was the public library.

After a year, my family and I, in this case my husband and one-year-old son, moved to San Francisco. And I was left there alone, while my husband went to work. I was in this apartment, being a new mother, in a place where I didn’t speak the language. The library, which is the Western Addition Branch library, was a mere four blocks away from my little apartment, [and it] was my new home. I got there, and Nancy, whom I dedicated this book to, saw me exploring books with my son and with my limited English. With her great skills, she opened up this library for me. She would give me books and say, “I think that you will like this book.”

Nancy might not know it, but she changed my life. All of the people there—I might not remember their names, but I know that they supported me and that they saw me there with my son; asking for a home, for a path, for something that I hadn’t discovered yet, because truly, I didn’t know what I was doing in the United States. It was through the library and the books that I suddenly found not only a place to be but also what I loved, and who I wanted to become. And the [librarians and library staff] were right there, guiding me and opening this path for me.

The truth is that the Western Addition library became more my home than my own apartment. In this place, I didn’t have to talk to anybody; I could just go and look at the books and try to understand the words. I fell in love with the illustrations. I was finding things that I love and people who helped me discover more of what I liked.”

Hear the rest of School Library Journal’s chat with Yuyi Morales, the award-winning illustrator of Sherman Alexie’s Thunder Boy Jr.