April 12, 2018

Reading is a political act

NoveList was at the Texas Library Association conference last week and, like everyone sitting in the audience as Rick Steves opened the conference, we were inspired.

April 10, 2018

Reading without a compass

What happens when you find yourself with the freedom to explore and discover new books? 

February 16, 2018

Introducing… Afrofuturism and Afrofantasy

As far as the NoveList office is concerned, February 16, 2018 should be a national holiday. We are all so excited to see what acclaimed director Ryan Coogler and a thrilling cast of luminaries do with Marvel’s Afrofuturist super-genius superhero king of Wakanda, T’Challa. AKA, Black Panther.

November 14, 2017

AASL, new standards, and my personal inquiry

"It’s OK for us to disagree, but not to disengage.” 
Powerful words from author Jason Reynolds, whose dynamic presentation wowed a packed ballroom at AASL. I was there and have been thinking about his words ever since.

November 7, 2017

Books and the relationships they help us build

When I was having a particularly bad day a few years ago, a friend of mine told me that some days you get the bear and some days the bear gets you. On the days when the bear gets you, it’s easy to forget why we do the work we do and what calling we were responding to when we chose librarianship as a career.

July 10, 2017

Libraries and the truths that inspire us

The Carnegie Medals ceremony gives librarians a night to celebrate the caring, compassionate, the courageous, and inspired among us.

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