Archive for June 23, 2011


Diversify Your Reading this Summer!

Teen readers! Go to the Diversity in YA website to learn how you can enter to win a ton of new books!
From the website:
Readers and Book Bloggers: We invite readers and book bloggers to read diverse MG and YA books throughout the summer (you choose the books!) and write an essay (at least 500 words) about your experience. You can post it on your website, Blogger, LiveJournal, Tumblr, or on Facebook; we only ask that your post be publicly readable.

What to read: You can read whichever diverse books you like! By diverse we mean: (1) main characters or major secondary characters (e.g., a love interest or best friend kind of character) who are of color or are LGBT; or (2) written by a person of color or LGBT author. If you need some suggestions, check out our monthly lists of new books, and these book lists at Black Teens Read.

Judging: Cindy Pon and Malinda Lo will select one grand prize winner in each category, and that winner will receive a giant collection of fabulous MG and YA books. In addition, our favorite blog posts may be posted on http://www.diversityinya.com later this year.

Prizes: Many major publishers have generously donated books to serve as prizes for our challenge. You can check out the preliminary list of prizes here, and we will update the page as more donations come in.

Fine Print: This challenge is open to US libraries only, and prizes can only be sent to a US mailing address

Deadline to enter is 9/1/11.
Happy Reading!

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Summer is officially here!

What are you going to do with your summer? Don’t know yet?
Why not find out what this guy will be doing over the summer at different public libraries!

Zero lived in China in a very tiny hut in a very tiny village. When he turned 17 years old, he decided it was time to travel. He had heard of this place called Atlantic City, in the land of New Jersey.  Zero packed his purple suitcases with his most cherished belongings. First was his collection of horror movies, his pop cds. He even had room to bring the manga series Bleach with him! He traveled by planes, trains and automobiles to the land of New Jersey. He boarded one final train to take him to Atlantic City and immediately fell asleep. It felt like moments that he was sleeping, but actually, it was hours when he finally woke up. He peered out the windows expecting to see seagulls and taffy shops, but instead, all he saw was a city sign stating that he was in Rochester. And to make things worse, his suitcases were gone! He wandered around Rochester alone for days without any of his belongings.  As soon as the homesickness reached its peak he stumbled into the Sully Branch Library. He had nothing left to fear, he found everything he lost within the walls of the library… And even though there was no saltwater taffy, he did find  a beach and many friends to hang out there with.