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.


Pop Culture, Graphically

Thanks to Carlie, I've become a huge fan of the blog GraphJam. Subtitled "Pop Culture for People in Cubicles," it's a great site for looking at pop culture in a different way. Whether it's a pie chart about the demographic makeup of the midnight train to anywhere or a flow chart seeking solutions to a problem, GraphJam is sure to make you chuckle.

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The Brown Bookshelf

The Brown Bookshelf is a new website and blog that highlights African American Children's Literature: "The Brown Bookshelf is a group of 5 authors and illustrators, brought together for the collective goal of showcasing the best and brightest voices in African-American Children’s Literature, with a special emphasis on new authors and books that are “flying under the radar.”"

Almost every librarian I know is on the outlook for African American children's literature to add to their collection and to booktalk. Kelly Starling Lyons, one of the Brown Bookshelf's founders, said "The Brown Bookshelf is embarking on a mission we can tackle right now — letting parents, librarians, teachers and others know about wonderful black authors and books they’ve written." So, readers, add this to your must read book blogs.

I have more information at Tea Cozy; but probably most important? They have a giveaway, ending next Monday, and you can win a signed copy of Jerry Pinkney's Little Red Riding Hood.



5 Blogs Meme

So, Pete Bromberg tagged me with this one a while back, and I think I've been not responding in large part because I'm really not keeping up with blogs right now. I have quite a bit going on in my life at work and at home, and all things blog are sort of taking a backseat, except for the team blog that my department is using at work -- I'm participating in that daily!

So, with the caveat that I'm not blogging it up as much as usual right now, here are three non-LIS blogs I am enjoying so much that I make sure to check my feeds for them daily.

The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin is "writing a memoir about the year I spent test-driving every principle, tip, theory, and scientific study I could find, whether from Aristotle or St. Therese or Martin Seligman or Oprah." Sounds cool to me! I particuarly like Tip Wednesdays.

David Seah on Productivity: So creative, so in tune with his own process of getting motivated, getting done, getting ON with things. Definitely check out the Printable CEO downloads -- lots of useful stuff there.

Soulemama: Amanda Soule lives in rural Maine with her three homeschooled/unschooled kids, and has the kind of creative brain I dream of having. Just looking at her sewing projects is enough to make me price out sewing machines, and reading about the ways in which she really knows each of her kids is inspiring to me. Soulemama is my present drug of choice. I can't wait for her book to be published.

I think I'll pass on tagging anyone, as this meme has most likely run its course. Sorry I got to the party so late!

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Pop Culture On The Spectrum

Television, the internet, video and blogs are big parts of today’s pop culture. However, when Sophie B. created Pop Goes the Library she put on the masthead the subtitle, “Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.” This got me thinking about the ways pop culture can not only make libraries better, but also life better. Today I got an answer. While I was watching television and aimlessly channel surfing I came upon “The View” on ABC featuring popular singer Toni Braxton describing her experiences as the mother of a 3-1/2 year old son with autism. The show also interviewed medical experts on autism and families and individuals living with autism. The statistics are mind-boggling. Today 1 out of every 166 children in the United States is born with autism. After the show, I logged onto a terrific blog called “On the Spectrum” which is a clearinghouse of information on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) run by Chris, a brilliant librarian who is also the mother of a child “on the spectrum.” Chris’s most recent post, "Learning Social Skills by Watching" discusses how research at Indiana University shows that using video may help children and teens with autism. Therefore, I nominate Chris as today’s Pop Princess. Eat your hearts out Jessica Simpson, Hilary Duff and Miley Cyrus!

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Welcome to School Library Journal Readers!

The February 2007 issue of School Library Journal is now available, in print and on-line. I'd like to welcome SLJ readers, who came here via my article in that issue of SLJ, Curl Up with a Cup of Tea and a Good Blog.

If you're not familiar with SLJ, please go check out my article. It has my thoughts on why the kidlitosphere (blogs about children's and teen lit) is such a happening place along with a list of must-read blogs.

For those who have only read it online, what you're missing: a photo of me blogging with my niece and nephew. Getting the photo taken was pretty exciting, and I'll be blogging about that at my book blog, A Chair, Fireplace, And A Tea Cozy, later this week. Also in the print version of SLJ: some of the graphics and photos from the highlighted blogs.

If you're looking for more must-read blogs about children's and teen lit, check out the blogroll at Tea Cozy (it's on the left). And I'm also highlighting a blog a day, under the handy title and label Blog of the Day.

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