13 May 2009
Find "Guardians of Ga'Hoole" in the Library collection
Zach Snyder (director of The Watchmen) is directing an animated The Guardians of Ga’Hoole movie. Guardians of Ga’Hoole is a kids fantasy series by Kathryn Lasky. It’s a Watership Down type tale of anthropomorphic animals (in this case owls) engaged in a battle against evil.
The choice of Director makes me a tiny bit worried (the decision to film a Watchmen movie wasn’t one I entirely agreed with) but this series is totally different so hopefully a good film adaption will compliment the series and bring more readers to it (or Tu-Whit).
10 February 2009
We are so lucky to live in NZ! School Library Journal this month has a huge article about self-censorship in American libraries. Apparently some Children’s and Young Adult Librarians feel pressured to not select certain books for their library, not because people have complained about inappropriate content, but because they are worried that someone will.
I’ve worked at the Library for 10 years and can only remember 3 book challenges during this time. From talking to my colleagues in the US, it seems like a common occurance. I wonder why it is such a huge deal in America, but such a tiny blip here?
4 February 2009
Not a book and yet available from a library!
The award for most obvious headline of the week goes to…The Washington Post who tells us “Libraries are not just for books”
Really? I’m going to get myself down to that library and see if they have LPs for my gramophone yet.
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20 January 2009
Recently I hired a couple of DVDs from our library’s fine collection (4164titles and going strong). They were good movies and everyone was verily pleased, until we made the mistake of watching the “Alternate Endings”. Hmm…One was described as “thought-provoking” and the other as “mind-blowing”. The only problem was that they were EXACTLY the same as the original ending, sure, one added a voice over and another had a different location but the changes were cosmetic to say the least.
Seems to me like an example of the back cover hyperbole that we were talking about a few weeks ago. Do people who write the descriptions think we don’t notice? To me, a true alternate ending is like this Simpsons ending for Gone With The Wind (re-edited for seniors) :
Scarlett : “Oh Rhett! Where will I go, what’ll I do?”
Rhett: “Frankly my dea-I love you, lets remarry!”
8 January 2009
I’ve got a nomination for the best first line of 2008. It’s from a short story; Bad Things by Libba Bray in The Restless Dead edited by Deborah Noyes.
It was Brian’s idea to go devil worshipping
Another one I’ve read this year, though it was published in 2006, is from On The Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die. I counted. It happened on the Jellicoe Road.
I listened to this on CD and it was great.
5 January 2009
Search Engine Optimization Bible
Google is the most popular search engine, even being promoted to verb status, but which search engine is number 2? According to Comscore, it’s YouTube with Yahoo! coming in third by .2 million hits. According to a study by Ellacoya Networks, YouTube videos now makeup 10 percent of all Internet traffic!
Interested in getting your content onto the 2nd most popular search engine? The library has an electronic subscription to the Search Engine Optimization Bible by Jerri Ledford, choose “View Online” to start reading. You just need your library card and pin number to access this, you can get a Pin by contacting us, and yes we do IM.
11 December 2008
Finally! Instead of a book inspiring a movie which inspires an awful computer game, a computer game has inspired a book. When I say ‘finally’ I am of course ignoring all Doom, Pokemon and Halo books, the Resident Evil franchise, Warcraft novels and
A Prince of Persia graphic novel has come out and it reminded me how although every book that gets made into a movie gets an uninspiring computer game to accompany it (anyone remember Ghostbusters on the C64?) it hardly ever works the other way around. The novel is getting good reviews, although Publishers Weekly calls it a game “byproduct” which sounds sort of gross.
Kingdom Keepers is another gaming franchise that has made the small leap from the DVD shelf to the book shelf recently. Ridley Pearson has written the first two volumes in the second book series based on the PS2 game “Kingdom Hearts”. I haven’t read either of them so far, but how long can I resist a book in which the little dolls from “It’s a Small World” start eating park visitors?
26 November 2008
Recently I’ve been compiling a few book lists for our website. While doing these, I’ve been looking up a lot of headings on the library catalogue e.g. recycling – childrens fiction; Siblings – childrens fiction; sanitary landfills – childrens fiction…
Yep – that is an actual subject heading : “My kid is so sick of books about cats and fairies – what do you have on landfills, actually, not just landfills – sanitary landfills?” Other childrens fiction subject headings that we don’t get asked about so often -
Helmets – “Excuse me, I’d like to read a book with headgear involved, specifically helmets”
Adjoining Landowners – “I’m in a particularly sticky legal dispute with an adjoining landowner – do you have any picture books to explain this feud to my 8 year old?”
Altitudes – “My child is past the up-and-down stage, what do you have on varying altitudes?”
Other random catalogue entries gratefully accepted…