wrapped up in books

Hello!   I'm a baby librarian! English Lit. graduate, currently working in a school library.
I like knitting, art, history, and wearing jumpers that don't fit.

twitter.com/codenamejane:

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    The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.

    I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.

    Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.

    Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.

    If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:

    Become a feminist.

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    — 1 week ago with 53232 notes
    #ya lit  #feminism  #sexism 

    I’ve been mentally referring to this display as ‘embracing the plague’.

    — 1 week ago with 10 notes
    #the fault in our stars  #john green  #school libraries  #library displays  #ya lit  #my work 

    elizabethbaddeley:

    Spent another day in the stacks. This time at Watson Library at The University of Kansas. 

    (via lawrencepubliclibrary)

    — 2 months ago with 2648 notes
    #art  #libraries 
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    When we assume that boys won’t read books with girls on the cover, and then institutionalize that assumption by leaving the “girlie” books out of award nominations (as well as school wide reads, story times, etc.), we insult them. By suggesting that on the whole our boys have a limited capacity for empathy, an inability to imagine a world beyond their own most obvious understanding, and an unwillingness to stretch.

    In the same stroke, we neglect our girls. Not because they can’t read “boy books” (they do and will). But because when they see those awards, they also learn something —to accept a world in which they are rarely the central players. They learn, at a formative age, that the “best” books are the ones about boys.

    It’s a problem. And when we play into it, when we accept it as THE TRUTH, we’re reaching for the simplest solution, not the best one. Because the best solution would require us to push against the gender bias in the world, and in ourselves. It’s easier to say, “Boys naturally gravitate to these things, and we want them to read, don’t we?” - Laurel Snyder

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    Boys Will Be Boys, and Girls Will Be Accomodating — Open Ticket — Medium / The amazing Laurel Snyder NAILING IT with nuance and empathy and smarts. Read the whole thing. Share it. Yes. (via gwendabond)

    (via seananmcguire)

    — 2 months ago with 2422 notes
    #sexism  #ya lit  #book awards 
    Our loca school library service awards its own book prize for YA, and nominations are open!

    Our loca school library service awards its own book prize for YA, and nominations are open!

    — 2 months ago
    #my work  #library displays  #school libraries  #ya lit  #tumblarians  #book awards 

    jovaline:

    Haha okay, the teacher I have for YA Lit is amazing. I had her for Sci-Fi Fiction before. But the thing is she was given this class five days before it started since she’s taking over for another teacher.

    So her syllabus starts out normal, right? Like…

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    But then…

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    And then…

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    By the time it hits mid March…

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    So.

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    So.

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    Done.

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    Really excited about this class, man.

    (via falulatonks)

    — 2 months ago with 38200 notes
    #super ace 
    paperpie:

A sort of pro e-reader editorial piece.

    paperpie:

    A sort of pro e-reader editorial piece.

    (via waltzingdead)

    — 2 months ago with 7597 notes
    #art  #beautiful!