New Job

I am pleased to announce that I have been selected to be the next director of the Menasha Public Library in Menasha, WI. I start in Menasha in late June.
I’m saddened that I will finally be leaving the world of children’s librarianship behind. It has been 15 years of wonderful times with kids of all ages. But, I will continue this blog, hopefully with some new faces on Menasha’s staff joining in as well. What would I read if I didn’t read children’s books? Adult books? Oh dear! So expect new voices joining in here and my voice continuing on. I will still be working on behalf of the children of the community I serve, just a little bit more distantly.
Here is the article in the Appleton Post Crescent announcing my hiring. I am flattered by all of the wonderful things people in Menasha are saying and hopeful that I can live up to it all.

Science in Kids' Books

Science in Kids’ Books is an interesting site that looks at children’s books about space as well as children’s science fiction for scientific accuracy. I find the subject of the nonfiction books very interesting. We should be concerned as librarians that the science nonfiction we are offering children is very accurate. As for science fiction, that is less of a concern for me, but it is interesting to see which books get it right and which miss the mark.

Booklist Online

Booklist Online
is a premium service that now offers a free trial subscription.  It has a very nice section on children’s books where much of the content is free.  You will find a book of the day, noteworthy articles, read-alikes, and genre top-ten lists.