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Early Reading Apps for Kids

mystoryAt the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas last weekend, librarians from around the country showed how apps and digital media can encourage literacy–dispelling fears that digital media will destroy our love of reading.

Chip Donohue, the director of the Technology in Early Childhood Center at the Erikson Institute, reminded readers that technology presents a powerful opportunity to expand children’s reading experiences:

It’s not either/or. It’s books AND iPads. These are the tools of the culture, these are the tools of their world. Show parents how this can be used wisely.  We are not talking about the end of books as we know it.

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Mediabistro Course

Novel Writing: Editing Your Draft

Novel Writing: Editing Your DraftStarting July 16, workshop your novel in-progress with a published author! Erika Mailman's course will function as a workshop, with the emphasis on sharing your work for review and providing critiques for your peers. By the end of this class you'll have up to 75 pages of you novel workshopped and developed patterns to improve your writing. Register now! 

NYPL & William Morris Endeavor to Host a Conversation Event On Amazon vs. Hachette

nypl live 304x200The LIVE from the NYPL team has partnered with William Morris Endeavor (WME) to organize a conversation event to explore the dispute between Amazon and Hachette.

Those who wish to attend may do so free of charge, but advanced reservations are required. It will take place on July 1st at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City.

The event, called “Amazon: Business as Usual?”, will feature appearances from author James Patterson, Grove Atlantic president and publisher Morgan Entrekin, EMusic.com founder Bob Kohn, law professor Tim Wu, and the elected chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board Danielle Allen. WME literary agent Tina Bennett has agreed to serve as the moderator.

NYPL to Close the Rose Main Reading Room For 6 Months

Rose ReadingThe New York Public Library will close off the famous Rose Main Reading Room for the next six months. This decision was made following an incident in May where a plaster rosette fell from the ceiling.

Here’s more from the Wall Street Journal: “The other spaces in the Stephen A. Schwarzman building will remain open. Services previously rendered in the reading room, such as book requests, will take place on the second floor’s central corridor. Rooms previously closed to the public will be opened and outfitted with seats and Wi-Fi, and tables and chairs will be added to rooms already open to the public.”

The Rose Reading Room has become a treasured space for New York City library patrons; it attracts approximately 2.3 million visits annually. A few years ago, Improv Everywhere staged a Ghostbusters themed prank there. Do you have a favorite public spot for reading?

Judge Rules Fair Use in Authors Guild Appeal in HathiTrust Case

hathitrustThe Authors Guild has lost its appeal in a case against digital book scanning service HathiTrust. The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the 2012 verdict that HathiTrust is allowed to provide digital access to books and a full text search database, determining the action fair use.

Publishers Weekly has more: “In its decision Tuesday, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit upheld Baer’s fair use analysis, holding that the scanning of entire works for the purpose of creating a full‐text searchable database is “a quintessentially transformative use.” The court also held that scanning entire works—and, indeed creating multiple copies of those works—was also permissible.” Read more

NYPL Opens Pop-Up Exhibit in Honor of Maya Angelou

Maya AngelouThe New York Public Library (NYPL) is hosting a pop-up exhibit in honor of the late Maya Angelou.

According to the NYPL website, this exhibit has been installed in the lobby of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. It will run from May 30th to June 30th.

Back in 2010, Angelou donated hundreds of boxes filled with her personal papers to the NYPL. Many of the items sourced for this display comes from that donation. Visitors will see letters, handwritten notes, typed drafts of Angelou’s works, a portrait, and more. Will you be making a trip up to Harlem? (via Time Out New York)

OverDrive Expands With Japanese Partner

overdrive304Digital book distributor OverDrive has partnered with Japanese publisher aggregator MediaDo to bring more Japanese content to public libraries and school libraries worldwide. MediaDo has already gotten the right to distribute about 9,000 Japanese eBooks through OverDrive’s global network.

The partnership will bring manga and Japanese adult fiction titles to the OverDrive network. In addition, OverDrive’s 1 million+ eBook ad audiobook catalog and digital distribution platform will now be available in Japanese libraries and schools.

“We are honored to join MediaDo in forming OverDrive Japan,” explained Steve Potash, OverDrive’s CEO, in a statement. “Japanese content has proven popular throughout the world, and we are delighted to lead the world in making it available to libraries and schools around the world, initially in the Japanese language and ultimately in English and other languages via translation.”

Coldplay Fans Hunt for Lyrics Inside Libraries

coldplayColdplay (pictured, via) launched a library-themed scavenger hunt to reveal the lyrics of the nine songs featured on their forthcoming CD, “Ghost Stories.” The seven-time Grammy Award-winning band left sheets containing the lyrics, handwritten by lead vocalist Chris Martin, in libraries all over the world.

Clues have been shared on the official Coldplay twitter account with the hashtag #lyricshunt. Some of the hiding spots include the NYPL’s Stephen A. Schwarzman Building in New York City, the Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City, and the Rikhardinkatu Library in Helsinki. Each one was nestled inside the pages of a book. Thus far, fans have uncovered eight out of nine sheets.

Visit the Coldplay website to view scans of the lyrics sheets. The band unleashed the final clue at 8:08 a.m. EST. They also shared a blurry photo to go with it. We’ve embedded the two tweets below. Where do you think they hid the final sheet? (via The Gothamist)

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Stamford’s First Little Free Library On Kickstarter

Little Free LibrarySteven Wood hopes to raise $400 to install the first Little Free Library in Stamford, CT.

As is the case with other similar street libraries, this structure encourages people to “take a book, leave a book.” By constructing a Little Free Library, Wood hopes to deepen the sense of community with his neighborhood. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“The finished project will look similar to the library that is pictured above. We will need to design and build this library from scratch. The library will hold enough space for approximately 20 or 30 books of various types for children and adults.”

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NYPL Reveals 2014-2015 Cullman Center Fellows

nypl logoThe New York Public Library’s Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers has revealed its fellows for this coming fall.

The list includes fifteen writers including novelists, historians and non fiction writers. The novelists include: Keith Gessen, Ayana Mathis, Jordi Puntí, and Justin Torres. The historians include: Deborah Coen, Kim Phillips-Fein, and Steven Pincus.The non-fiction writers include: Jon Lee Anderson and Megan Marshall. The fellows were chosen from a group of 288 applications from 24 countries around the world.

“I am tremendously proud to welcome the Cullman Center’s new class of Fellows to The New York Public Library,” stated Tony Marx, NYPL’s President. “The Cullman Center offers these talented individuals access to our world-renowned collections within an environment that inspires and supports their exciting work. I congratulate the new Fellows and look forward to seeing the unique and creative ways they engage with our collections.”

NYPL Launches Book Recommendation Engine Online

nypl logoThe New York Public Library (NYPL) has introduced a book recommendation engine to help patrons discover books in its online catalog BiblioCommons based on their reading preferences.

The tool is powered by Zola Books’ Bookish Recommends an online social reading site. The tool uses an algorithm to suggest books based on characteristics. Book recommendations are based on tags, and each book can have dozens of attributes tagged. Readers can browse the online catalog and check out recommended books by clicking on a selected title to see which other titles are recommended.

“Discovering a new book is essential to further a love of reading. Working with Bookish, the Library is able to offer our users with a unique resource that supports their interests and fosters the joy of discovery,” stated Mary Lee Kennedy, NYPL’s Chief Library Officer.

 

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