OLA Conference!

a photo of me and my buddies Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper!

I nearly lost my hand in the excitement of meeting these characters ūüėõ


This Thursday and Friday I attended the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in Toronto. It was great!  

I got autographed copies of   

  • All Aboard!: Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine by Monica Kulling
  • The Adventures of Daniel Boom AKA Loud Boy by D.J. Steinberg
  • A sample of Allison Dare: the Heart of the Maiden by J. Torres and J. Bone
  • Violet¬†signed by both the author Tania Duprey¬†Stehlik¬†and illustrator Vanja¬†Vuleta¬†Jovanovic.
  • Mrs. Kaputnik’s¬†Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium¬†by Rona Arato
  • The King’s Taster¬†by Kenneth Oppel

I also got some samples of audio books from Scholastic.  

I attended some fantastic sessions, learning about how Ottawa Public Library developed¬†their kids website, and¬†how Legoes, poetry slams, themed toy/book bins and reading to dogs can make children’s areas more successful.¬†¬†

At the Youth Services expo I won The Adventure written by Susan Yost-Filgate and illustrated by Leonard Filgate.  

Two librarians from Oshawa hosted an entertaining session called the Tween Scene. They highlighted some fun programs for tweens that I would love to be involved in:  

  • Amazing Race
  • Anti-Valentines Day
  • Iron Chef
  • Mythbusters
  • Manga Mania
  • Harry Potter Potions
  • Evidence Hunter
  • Relic Hunter
  • Chocolate themed events
  • Urban Legends
  • The Price is Right
  • CSI

They kindly share their information to assist other libraries in quickly developing similar programs. http://sites.google.com/site/thetweenscene/  

I plan to review my beautiful new books ASAP. 


Teaching tweens about sex

While exploring search engines for kids today I found a great site for teachers and parents that are trying to teach kids about sex. The webpage is designed for tweens or early teens who are just hitting puberty. It is informative, not intimidating and does not have any nude photos. The site encourages kids to wait but makes sure they know about protection and risks should they choose to have sex.

If this sounds like something you or your patrons need check out The Hormone Factory.

a screenshot from the website

a screen capture from the website

A book for the geekanista tween

a photo of the cover artGeek Chic: The Zoey Zone by Margie Palatini is a great novel for tweens. It tells the story of a nerdy 10 year old girl who is hoping for a fairy godmother to assist her in her transformation into a teen. The book encourages tweens to be studious, original, environmentally friendly. Palatini uses the Bashleys (two popular girls) to represent peer pressure and the desire to fit in, and portrays Zoey and her outcast friends as role-models for girls.

The book appeals to tweens by using their lingo and cute images. Fonts vary too much for my taste but I believe a tween would enjoy the use of bold, italics and cursive that give emphasis and voice to parts of the 1st person narrative.

Check out http://www.geekchicthezoeyzone.com/ for a sample of the book.

As a geek-girl myself would encourage young readers to read about Zoey and be proud to unleash their inner-geek.