Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HVLA 2015 Scholarship for Professional Development Winner!

The Hudson Valley Library Association takes great pleasure in announcing

that the recipient of our 2015 scholarship for professional development is

Sarah Murphy, Head Librarian at The Browning School. Sarah is currently

pursuing a second master’s degree at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School

of English. In her application Sarah mentioned that she would like to spend

this summer at Bread Loaf’s UK campus at Oxford University in order to work

on curriculum development for her school on Shakespearean comedies. HVLA

is delighted to help our colleague make that plan a reality by awarding her a

$1000 scholarship.

Sarah will be sharing her exciting experiences at Oxford with all of HVLA in a

special blog posting in the fall. In the meantime, we hope that all Hudson

Valley Library Association members will join us for our spring meeting (date

and location to be announced shortly) where we will make a special

presentation to Sarah.

Monday, March 9, 2015

March Book Club

Thursday, March 12th @ 6pm

Elizabeth Irwin High School Library
40 Charlton Street
(Between 6th Ave and Varick)

Nearby Subway Stations: Houston Street (1), Spring Street (C, E), West 4th Street (A, B, C, D, E, F, M)

What Were Reading:

X by Ilyash Shabazz & Kekla Magoon 

Listen Slowly by Thanha Lai
Other editions

Please RSVP Here

Please note that you do not need to have read both books. Feel free to come having read just one (or even just some of one).

Also, follow along on Goodreads

Monday, March 2, 2015

March Literary Events in NYC

Great Middle Grade Reads at Books of Wonder
Saturday, March 7th 1:00pm- 3:00pm
“Join Books of Wonder in welcoming PAM MUNOZ RYAN, KAT YEH, and TRICIA SPRINGSTUBB. These great middle grade authors will be on hand to greet young readers, share their latest literary adventures, provide writing tips, and sign books.”

March Picture Book Bonanza at Books of Wonder
Sunday, March 8th 2:00pm-4:00pm
DANIEL KIRK for The Thing About Spring
PAULETTE BOGAN for Virgil & Owen
MEGHAN McCARTHY for Earmuffs for Everyone!

Launch Party for the Orphan Queen at Books of Wonder
Tuesday, March 10th 6:00pm-8:00pm
“Stop by Books of Wonder for the Launch Party for The Orphan Queen by JODI MEADOWS! JODI MEADOWS will be joined by friends, CJ REDWINE, author of the Defiance Trilogy, CYNTHIA HAND, author of The Last Time We Say Goodbye, BRODI ASHTON, author of the Everneath Trilogy, and JOY HENSLEY, author of Rites of Passage. You won't want to miss these five fantastic YA authors as they celebrate the beginning of JODI MEADOW's latest series!”

Middle Grade Thrills at Books of Wonder
Saturday, March 14th 1:00pm-3:00pm
“Join Books of Wonder, GORDON KORMAN, M.E. CASTLE, and LISA FIEDLER for some middle grade thrills! Your young readers won't want to miss out on the adventure as three of Books of Wonder's favorite authors share their latest exciting tales!”

Meet Dave Piley & Dan Santat
Sunday, March 15th 1:00pm-3:00pm
“Join Books of Wonder in welcoming two of our all time favorites, DAV PILKEY and DAN SANTAT, as they present the 6th book in the Ricky Ricotta series, Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot vs. The Stupid Stinkbugs from Saturn! Your young readers won't want to miss this afternoon full of adventures, laughs, Stupid Stinkbugs, and Jurassic Jackrabbits!”

Celebrate the 2015 ALA Award Winners and Honorees!
Monday, March 16th 6:00pm-8:00pm
“Join us for an award-winning evening, as we welcome the 2015 ALA award winners and honorees. Author and illustrator DAN SANTAT shares the 2015 Caldecott Medal winning The Adventures of Beekle; author KWAME ALEXANDER presents The Crossover the 2015 Newbery Medal winner; and husband and wife team ANNA KANG & CHRISTOPHER WEYANT bring us their Theodor Seuss Geisel Award title You Are (Not) Small!”

Alberto Manguel: First Reads at The 92nd Street Y
Monday, March 16th 8:15pm
"Upon publication of his new book, Curiosity, Alberto Manguel—renowned for his learned yet felicitous investigations of how writers and readers meet and change each other—takes on a special assignment: to read a work he’s never read before, then discuss the experience of this literary encounter."
Kazuo Ishiguro and Caryl Phillips at The 92nd Street Y
Wednesday, March 18th 7:00pm
Kickoff Night: SPINE OUT at Dixon Place, 161 Christie Street
Sunday, March 15th 7:00pm
Novelists Read Personal Essays
Leigh Bardugo, Matt de la Peña, Emmy Laybourne, David Levithan, R.L. Stine

What is YA anyway? at NYPL Mulberry Street Branch (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Monday, March 16th 6:00pm-8:00pm
“What is YA, anyway? Where does it come from? What does it mean to authors, readers, and the media? Where is it going? Are there fears that it’s just a “trend” right now, and that the pendulum will swing away from it again … or is YA here to stay? How, as writers, do we continue to keep it evolving? None of us will have answers, but we’ll certainly have opinions.”
Leigh Bardugo, Daniel Ehrenhaft, Donna Freitas, Lev Grossman, Micol Ostow, Danielle Paige, Scott Westerfeld & Moderator: David Levithan
YA that Sings at Books of Wonder (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Tuesday, March 17th 6:00pm
“The NYC debut of three new books with music and emotion at their cores.”
Elizabeth Eulberg, David Levithan, Jennifer Niven

Writing as a Many-Booked Thing: Looking at Series at 42nd Street NYPL (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Wednesday, March 18th 6:00pm-8:00pm
Authors: Dahlia Adler, Sarah Rees Brennan, Seth Fishman, Michelle Hodkin, Barry Lyga, Marie Rutkoski, Eliot Schrefer & Moderator: David Levithan

The Perils of Perfection at Word Bookstore Brooklyn (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Thursday, March 19th 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Authors Kate Axelrod (The Law of Loving Others), Susane Colasanti (Now and Forever), Corey Haydu (Life by Committee), Melissa Kantor (Better Than Perfect), Terra Elan McVoy (Drive Me Crazy), and Alecia Whitaker (Wildflower) with moderator Amanda Maciel (Tease).

Symposium at 42nd Street NYPL (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Friday, March 20th 2:00pm-6:00pm
2:00pm: Introduction
2:15pm: Crafting Something out of Something
Authors: Selene Castrovilla, Sarah Cross, Amalie Howard, Claire Legrand, Mary McCoy, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Aaron Starmer & Moderator: David Levithan
2:30-3:45pm: YA Explains it All (Q & A)
Authors: Matt Blackstone, Lisa Colozza Cocca, Gina Damico, Timothy Decker, Amy Ewing, Gabriel Guarante, Emmy Laybourne, Kass Morgan, Lindsay Ribar, Jill Santopolo, Len Vlahos, & Maryrose Wood
3:55-4:40pm: The Fame Game
Authors: Alison Cherry, Sarah Darer Littman, Maya Rock, Rebecca Serle, Alecia Whitaker & Moderator: Leila Sales
4:40-5:30pm: The Thrill is All Mine
Authors: Martina Boone, Laurie Crompton, JJ Howard, Lee Kelly, Nicole Maggi, Mary McCoy, Diana Renn, VC Stanley, CL Gaber & Moderator: David Levithan

Barnes & Noble Reader’s Theater at Union Square B&N (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Friday, March 20th 7:00pm-8:30pm
Authors: Cathleen Bell, Holly Black, Heather Demetrios, Kevin Emerson, Kathryn Holmes, Justine Larbalestier, David Levithan, Scott Westerfeld

Symposium at 42nd Street NYPL (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Saturday, March 21st 1:00pm-5:00pm
1:10-1:40pm: Keynote Speaker: Libba Bray discussing books and gender
1:40-2:30pm: Exploring Feminist YA
Authors: Libba Bray, Gayle Forman, Justine Larbalestier, Nova Ren Suma, Scott Westerfeld & Moderator: David Levithan
2:30-3:10pm: Issues of Representation in YA Literature
Authors: Maria E. Andreu, Coe Booth, Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton, IW Gregorio, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith & Moderator: David Levithan
3:20-4:10pm: Who You Are and Who You Love
Authors: Nora Raleigh Baskin, Carolyn Mackler, Chase Night, Cindy Rodriguez, Jennifer E. Smith, Jenn Marie Thorne, Will Walton, & Moderator: Melissa Walker
4:10-5:00pm: Creating Strong Characters
Authors: Sarah Beth Durst, TM Goeglein, Elizabeth Kiem, Kieran Scott, Jessica, Spotswood, Robin Talley, Sandra Waugh, & Moderator: Terra Elan McVoy

The Mutual Admiration Society Reading at McNally Jackson (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Saturday, March 21st 7:00pm
Authors:Coe Booth, Michelle Knudsen, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Andrew Smith, Lindsay Smith, Jessica Spotswood & Moderator: David Levithan

Our No Foolin’ Mega-Signing at Books of Wonder (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Sunday, March 22nd 1:00pm-4:00pm
S Petroff / D Manley, Ash
JJ Howard, Tracers
Nicole Maggi, The Forgetting
Jenn Marie Thorne, The Wrong Side of Right
Jennifer A. Nielsen, Mark of the Thief
Dahlia Adler, Behind the Scenes
Lisa Amowitz, Vision
Maria E. Andreu, Secret Side of Empty
Kate Axelrod, The Law of Loving Others
Nora Raleigh Baskin, Subway Love
Cathleen Bell, I Remember You
Martina Boone, Compulsion
Coe Booth, Kinda Like Brothers
Sarah Rees Brennan, Unmade
Caela Carter, My Best Friend, Maybe
Selene Castrovilla, Melt
Alison Cherry, For Real
Lisa Colozza Cocca, Providence
Susane Colasanti, Now and Forever
Laurie Crompton, Adrenaline Crush
Sarah Cross, Tear You Apart
Gina Damico, Hellhole
Tim Decker, Lies in the Dust
Heather Demetrios, I’ll Meet You There
Sarah Beth Durst, Chasing Power
Daniel Ehrenhaft, 21 Proms
Kevin Emerson, Breakout
Seth Fishman, The Dark Water
TM Goeglein, Embers & Ash
Gabriel Guarante, Satan’s Prep
Corey Haydu, Life by Committee
Michelle Hodkin, Retribution of Mara Dyer
Kathryn Holmes , The Distance Between Lost & Found
Amalie Howard, Oceanborn
Lee Kelly, City of Savages
Elizabeth Kiem, Hider, Seeker, Secret Keeper
Michelle Knudsen, Evil Librarian
Claire Legrand, Winterspell
David Levithan, Hold Me Closer
Sarah Darer Littman, Backlash
Elisa Ludwig, Pretty Wanted
Barry Lyga, Blood of my Blood
Amanda Maciel, Tease
Terra Elan McVoy, In Deep
L Melnick & B Lauer, Please Excuse this Poem
Kass Morgan, Homecoming
Danielle Paige, Dorothy Must Die
Lindsay Ribar, The Fourth Wish
Maya Rock, Scripted
Cindy Rodriguez, When Reason Breaks
Marie Rutkoski, The Winner’s Crime
Jill Santopolo, Love on the Lifts
Kieran Scott, What Waits in the Woods
Rebecca Serle, Famous in Love
Chris Shirley, Playing By the Book
Jennifer E Smith, Geography of You and Me
Lindsay Smith, Sekret
Jessica Spotswood, Sisters’ Fate
VC Stanley & CL Gaber, Jex Malone
Aaron Starmer, The Whisper
Robin Talley, Lies We Tell Ourselves
Mary G. Thompson, Evil Fairies Love Hair
Yvonne Ventresca, Pandemic
Sandra Waugh, Lark Rising
Scott Westerfeld, Afterworlds
Alecia Whitaker, Wildflower

After Party (NYC Teen Author Festival)
Monday, March 23rd 7:00pm
Nova Ren Suma launches The Walls Around Us in conversation with Libba Bray at McNally Jackson

Monday, February 23, 2015

HVLA Winter Meeting

Good Morning Everyone! This is a reminder that this Thursday, February 26th, 2015 is our HVLA Winter Meeting at:

Williamsburg Northside School
299 North 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

This meeting will be from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. 

We will be running roundtable discussions on LGBT Youth in the Library by division.

We are also collecting a list of gender and sexuality titles for each division prior to the meeting.
You can share titles using this Google Form.

There will be a social hour immediately following our meeting at Biblio Brooklyn at 149 North 6th Street.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"The Danger of a Single Story" Young Adult Style

This is perhaps already familiar to some but I recently found a blog called A Year of Reading the World. I cannot recall how I stumbled upon this but I found it very interesting. In turn, I also watched a TED talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie called The Danger of a Single Story from TEDglobal 2009.

I love reading books from various places because I believe this helps us become more well rounded, empathetic individuals who aren’t caught up by stereotypes or media representations. This also got me thinking about YA books. I read a lot of YA both because I enjoy it and because it is a necessary part of being a middle & upper school librarian. I make sure to include books from various and diverse perspectives trying to hit all major identifiers but at the same time how many books do I purchase that are actually from other countries by authors from these countries?

Yes, I have books depicting Asian American characters and books with African American characters. I also have books originally published from the UK, Canada, and Australia. How many books do I have originally published from Kenya or from Laos? How many of these books are written by Kenyan or Laotian authors? How many contemporary books for young adult populations are published from these places? Clearly the United States publishes quite a bit, especially with the recent surge in films based on Young Adult novels but does the rest of the world follow suit? Perhaps they do but because I mostly read reviews from North American magazines and blogs have I developed a Eurocentric or North-Amerocentric (is this a thing?) view of young adult literature? Obviously, teens can read international fiction marketed to adult populations but is that the same thing?

I will note though that since 2006 USBBY has provided an Annual Outstanding International Book list which has great international reads for all ages. It is definitely a good starting point and we are mindful of including these texts in our collection.

Well what are your thoughts? Do you think it is important to include young adult perspectives from around the world? Is it sufficient to include literature about being Asian American, Latin American, etc? Is it sufficient to provide adult titles with YA appeal? Would our students be interested in YA books published and written elsewhere? Would our faculty members?

Monday, February 9, 2015

Upcoming Literary Events in NYC

Catch the 5th Wave! An Evening with Rick Yancey at Books of Wonder
Tuesday, February 10th, 6pm-8pm

Unconventional Teen Romance at Books of Wonder
Thursday, February 12th, 6pm-8pm
Authors include:
Heather Demetrios - I’ll Meet you There
Jasmine Warga - My Heart and Other Black Holes
Corey Ann Haydu - Life by Committee
Christina Moracho - Althea & Oliver
Sarah McCarry - Dirty Wings

Launch Event for the History Between Lost and Found by Kathryn Holmes at Books of Wonder
Tuesday, February 17th, 6pm-8pm

Launch Party for Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and Zach Ohora at Books of Wonder
Saturday, February 21st, 1pm-3pm

February Book Bonanaza 2 at Books of Wonder
Sunday, February 22nd, 1pm-3pm
Stephen Savage
Charise Mericle Harper
Julia Sarcone-Roach
Robyn Ng
Betsy Lewin

Down the Rabbit Hole and Beyond: Four Children’s Classics Revisited with Leonard S. Marcus at the 92nd Street Y
Wednesdays from February 11th - March 25th, 6:30pm-8:30pm ($400 registration)
Includes: Alice in Wonderland, The Wind in the Willows, Peter Pan & The Secret Garden

A Celebration of Walter Dean Myers at Symphony Space
Sunday, March 8th, 5pm- 7pm
RSVP is required and can be found Here

YA Lit at the 92nd Street Y
New Twists on Old Fairytales
Tuesday, March 31, 7:30pm ($22)
Danielle Paige - Dorothy Must Die
Soman Chainani - The School for Good and Evil Series
Sara Benincasa - Agorafabulous!

Christopher Healy - The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw

How Shakespeare Works: A Free Night Course at Cooper Union: Great Hall
6:00pm Every Monday until May 11th
More information can be found here

Monday, February 2, 2015

Youth Media Awards!

It’s that time of year again! It’s time for the Youth Media Awards! This is one of the best days of the year! I was having a particularly unpleasant morning so it was nice to have this to look forward to.  I’m sure many of you who could watch watched or tried to stay updated. I watched until 9:30 when I had a class, alas. I am very excited about all the winners though I have to admit there were some surprises. This One Summer is a beautiful book but also a surprising Caldecott Honor. I found it interesting that there were only two Newbery honor books. Was personally hoping "The Night Gardener" would win an honor. It was Packer's 4th &5th Grade Mock Newbery favorite. I did however love that “I’ll Give You The Sun” won the Printz. It was one of my favorites. Anyway, for those who want an update in one place here they are! Feel free to leave any comments on your thoughts or add the awards I left out. I don’t have everything up but if you want it all you can find it here as well.

Alex Awards

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia
Bingo’s Run by James A. Levine
Confessions by Kanae Minato Translated by Stephen Snyder
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Lock In by John Scalzi
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Terrorist’s Son: A Story of Choice by Zak Ebrahim with Jeff Giles
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle

Schneider Family Book Awards

Best Young Childrens’s Book: A Boy and A Jaguar by Alan Rabinowitz; Illustrated by Catia Chien
Best Middle Grades Book: Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin
Best Teen Book: Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

Stonewall Book Award
Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out Written & Illustrated by Susan Kuklin
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchio, Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant

This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman, PhD Illustrated by Kristyna Litten

Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Deborah D. Taylor

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
How I Discovered Poetry by Marilyn Nelson, Illustrated by Hadley Hooper
How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
Christian Robinson: Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell,
Frank Morrison for: Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown

Christopher Myers: Firebird by Misty Copeland

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

William C. Morris Award
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston
The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Randolph Caldecott Medal
Nana in the City illustrated by Lauren Castillo, written by Lauren Castillo
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art illustrated by Mary GrandPré, written by Barb Rosenstock
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant
This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamaki

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

John Newbery Medal
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Michael L. Printz Award
And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki


I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson