YALSA Online

ALA has announced that the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) will be offering four online courses in February and March of 2007. They are:
Making the Match: Finding the Right Book for the Right Teen at the Right Time
New Technologies & New Literacies for Teens
Reaching Teens Virtually
YALSA Competencies Live
What a great way to provide top-notch programming nationwide. You can get more information on each session on the site as well as finding out how much participating will cost you.

Kids in the Kitchen

The Richmond Times-Dispatch has a nice article about cookbooks for kids: Cookbooks feature kid-friendly recipes. They look at the new Williams-Sonoma series for children, as well as the Dr. Seuss cookbook, Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook. My favorite is the final book on the list: Mom’s Big Book of Cookies, because what kids doesn’t love cookies and doesn’t love to help make them. Even better, the author Lauren Chattman has some very clever tricks up her sleeve like using melted butter rather than softened butter in her recipes. I love this! I don’t know how many times I have tried to soften butter in the microwave to use in baking and end up with a golden puddle of melted butter anyway. Chattman’s recipes will at least save me the angst in between.

How Many Fruits Baskets?

AnimeNewsNetwork as an article about TOKYOPOP’s Fruits Basket series reaching two million books in print!  Amazing!  Fruits Basket was one of the first manga that I ever read and one of the first I purchased for the library. 

I love the quote from the author:

When TIME Magazine asked Ms. Takaya her feelings on having the
top-selling manga in the U.S., she responded, “That definitely flatters
and pleases me. Thank you very much. As for a reason, I can’t clearly
distinguish one, but if people read Fruits Basket and think ‘I like
this,’ then that alone is enough to bring me joy.”

This series certainly brings a lot of people around the world joy too.