Happy long weekend to librarians in the U.S.! Happy weekend to those who aren’t! Let’s dive into this month’s collection of links.
#MeToo is not going away (and it’s definitely not a “fad” or “trend,” thankyouverymuch), and author Richard Paul Evans is the latest to reinforce toxic masculinity while asserting his “right” to hug people without consent. This article in the Salt Lake Tribune was the flashpoint for recent discussions on book Twitter.
Subsequently, author Shannon Hale (The Goose Girl, Princess Academy, Austenland) called out Fan X’s lack of consequences for Evans and was unceremoniously doxxed. Shannon details the behavior of the male con co-founders here.
In other author news, discussion about marginalized authors in Nora Raleigh Baskin’s TedX talk about writing as art provides a lot to think about. Check out what Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles) and Arbuthnot lecturer Dr. Debbie Reese say here and here.
Do you still hear patrons asserting that comics and graphic novels aren’t “real books”? Brad Ricca asserts that there’s nothing fake about them in “Comic Books Are Real Books.”
Do you hear it? Aye, ’tis the roar of Summer Reading Season, again upon us. Teen Librarian Toolbox discusses the issues of burnout and ever-increasing expectations put on youth librarians during the summer.
We talk a lot about managing noise in our teen spaces, but remember the controversial ID policy floated by Flossmoor Public Library in Illinois? Here’s an update.
Book Lists and Quizzes
It’s almost summer, so of course you need road trip books! (Bustle)
May is Mental Health Month, so add some of these books that handle anxiety correctly to your reading list and your displays! (BN Teen Blog)