by Richard Chin, courtesy of St. Paul Pioneer Press/Twin

Patrick Coleman recently got an email from a rare book dealer who said he had something spectacular for sale that absolutely needed to be in the collection of the Minnesota Historical Society.  The dealer wondered if Coleman could raise the purchase price of a quarter-million dollars.

"I told him I had a better chance of seducing Scarlett Johansson," said Coleman, the society's...



Thanks over $900,000 in donations and years of planning, City Librarian Martha Brogan cut the ribbon on the newest renovations to Ives Memorial Library.  (New Haven, CT)  The ribbon-cutting at the downtown Elm Street main branch, evening saw the opening of a new teen center on the lower level.  The center is enclosed in a 25-foot by 35-foot glass space, soundproofed to allow a more open space for teens to gather.  In addition to providing a selection of young adult books, magazines, manga...


by Sarah Fenske, courtesy of Riverfront Times

As far as awards go, "The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity" sounds like something out of, well, a children's book -- it's named with just the right combination of dramatic flair and whimsy.  But this is no children's book. And it's certainly not fiction. Instead, Ferguson Public Library Director Scott Bonner received a prize titled exactly that, along with $10,000, at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in San Francisco.  The award was presented by Mr. Lemony Snicket himself, aka Daniel Handler, as well as noted...


The Indiana University East Campus Library is as inviting as a friendly neighbor’s house – and a major reason for that is librarian Frances Yates. It is telling that she is associated with her ever present “huge basket of candy.”

Yates has built three decades of experience as a librarian. Yet her approach remains fresh and creative, said Patty Crawford, her nominator for the 2014 I Love My Librarian Award. Yates, she said, "is the consummate librarian." Her energy is boundless and infectious – and it shows in her work, whether she is reeling in grants that enable the library to host traveling exhibits, creating a Facebook presence or implementing a comprehensive plan to strengthen student achievement. 

During her more than...

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Gantos, Jack (author).
Sept. 2015. 224p. Farrar, hardcover, $17.99 (9780374379957). Grades 7-10.
REVIEW. First published August, 2015 (Booklist). Know thyself, Alexander Pope advises us, and Gantos does that in spades in this insightful prequel to his award-winning memoir