In the tradition of August’s book-review roundup, I’ve pulled together a collection of my favorite young adult reviews from the past decade. Hope you — and the young adults in your life — enjoy these as much as I did!
“Because Syria is no longer Syria. It is a nuthouse. There is the Italian guy who was unemployed and joined al-Qaeda, and whose mom is hunting for him around Aleppo to give him a good beating; there is the Japanese tourist who is on the frontlines, because he says he needs two weeks of “thrills”; the Swedish law-school graduate who came to collect evidence of war crimes; the American musicians with bin Laden-style beards who insist this helps them blend in, even though they are blonde and six-feet, five-inches tall. (They brought malaria drugs, even if there’s no malaria here, and want to deliver them while playing violin.)”—Francesca Borri’s jarring account on the hells of freelancing in Syria — and our journalism crisis. (via azmatzahra)
“We spent those evenings talking, our gestures making up for a paucity of shared words. But I knew, in some unnameable way, that they were good people. And from that, I could tell how two people with no shared language could fall easily and deeply in love; how the way a man expresses longing, or a woman expresses possibility, could be like discovery; how an entire person could be, to another, a long, dark country.”—http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/06/pardon-my-french/309316/
( This showed up in my email and, since it doesn’t appear to be on the web yet, I thought I would share it here. -Ahniwa )
The economic downturn continues to impact state budgets in general, and public library budgets in particular. The Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study team is well aware of the urgent need for useful, current data to support your outreach during the current legislative sessions. In response to your feedback, we have accelerated the turnaround of the survey responses received in November 2010, and created an advocacy package that you can use immediately.
Following are the new resources, with hyperlinks:
Topic Handouts (color graphics comparing your state vs. national, using new 2010-2011 study data)
*Coming Soon*State Profiles (PDF) : Selected 2010-2011 study data comparing national and state levels (e.g., speed of connectivity, average # of workstations) as well as other state-level resources. *ETA, March 1*
The new topic handouts available at http://plinternetsurvey.org/?q=node/31. There you will also find state profiles using the 2009-2010 survey data that will be updated in March 2011. These are based on preliminary analysis and there may be some changes to the figures reported when the final report is issued in June 2011.
The press release and op-ed templates can be easily customized for media targets at the state, regional, and local levels. Consider submitting your press release or op-ed early in the week leading into Presidents Day weekend (Feb. 19-21). Baring any large-scale breaking news, the timing increases the chance of placement, particularly with State Capital media.
“Libraries are constantly under attack from people who fear knowledge, politicians who think guns are more important than books, and people who want to ensure that multi-millionaires pocket even more money. As an author, father, and a reader, I beg you: please support your local libraries in any way you can, and if you enjoy reading, take a moment to thank a librarian.”—Wil Wheaton FTW — librarians are awesome - WWdN: In Exile