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Sunday Afternoon Visits: February 4

I'll be brief, because despite the Patriot's disappointing lack of an appearance, Mheir and I will still be watching the Superbowl this afternoon. Complete with buffalo wings and other snacks. Fortunately, I've saved up a number of interesting links that caught my eye during the week.

  • The Waterboro Public Library blog links to an excellent 33-point article by Will Sherman about why libraries are still relevant in the digital age. His optimistic conclusion: "Society is not ready to abandon the library, and it probably won’t ever be. Libraries can adapt to social and technological changes, but they can’t be replaced." That's good news!
  • Over at Chasing Ray, Colleen Mondor has been covering the debate over diversity (or lack thereof) in the Newbery awards lists, and the credentials arguments regarding the Cybils. All of the debate, discussion, and criticism over the awards processes has inspired Colleen to start her own set of very different awards. She seeks readers' help in coming up with a top-notch list of coming of age novels. They don't have to be from 2006, and there will be no winner announced. Instead, the idea is to "develop a list of books that can be taken away and used by readers or parents of readers for years and years to come." Head on over and make your suggestions.
  • And if you have criticisms or comments about the Cybils process, head on over to the Cybils site to make your thoughts known. There is a post about the Cybils panelists qualifications, and another about general items. This is our Cybils co-chairs putting themselves out there to solicit feedback about the process, and about this first attempt at putting together this new award. Be polite, but be honest, too. The Cybils committee would like to know what you think. 
  • MotherReader's Bloggers Against Celebrity Authors movement (BACA) is continuing to strike a chord with people. The funniest was Fuse #8's observation: "I'm hoping it might run along the lines of being given full authority to someday see an offender at a cocktail party and get to whack them into blissful unconsciousness with the travesty of a book they've created." Gail Gauthier offers a different view, concluding: "You can't move the river, folks. Getting upset about celebrity authors is like getting upset because it's hot in the summer or cold in the winter." Liz B. adds some detailed recommendations for what celebrity authors ought to do if they want to be taken seriously, over at Tea Cozy. My personal favorite: "Books aren't about teaching lessons. They are about good stories. In that way books are just like the movies and TV shows you make and the songs that you sing." So true, and so many people don't understand that. 
  • On a less controversial note, Tricia over at The Miss Rumphius Effect compiles a list of favorite children's books about snow. Elaine Magliaro adds a whole other list of books in the comments. Tricia also has a heart-felt post about the need for Reading Aloud in the Classroom.
  • For another well-thought-out post, check out Becky's article at Farm School about fact vs. folklore in history books.
  • A Year of Reading has compiled a lovely list of Books about Books and Reading. I'll tell you, Mary Lee and Franki and I are definitely kindred spirits. And once again, Elaine M. has some additional suggestions in the comments.
  • If you're a fan of The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, you can enter an essay contest to win an iPod. You have to write about what you think is the "third thing" that Fanboy wants, and why. I learned about this in the Publisher's Weekly Children's Bookshelf.
  • This isn't a blog post, but I would like to bring to your attention this week's Children's Book Bestseller Lists. You can sure see the effect of the Newbery awards (the winner and all three honor books are high up on the list). I've certainly read more books on this list than on the adult bestseller list, that's for sure. Thanks to Cynthia Lord for pointing out this week's list!
  • And in a piece of cheerful news, MotherReader reports that three of Mo Willem's picture book characters will be made into stuffed animals. I would have been very disappointed if the Mo-fanatic MR hadn't broken this news.
  • And last, but definitely not least, be sure to check out Liz Burns' new article about the Kidlitosphere in School Library Journal. You'll find many of our kidlitosphere friends featured in the article. The print version has some pictures.   

That's all for today! Happy football watching!