Is the Book You're Reading Award-Worthy?

The 2011 MLA Thumbs Up! Committee is currently accepting nominations for the Thumbs Up! Award.

The Thumbs Up! Award is given annually by Michigan Library Association teen services librarians to an author for outstanding contribution to teen literature having both literary quality and teen appeal. The book must appeal to teens, both in respect to its characters and setting, as well as in terms of subject and theme.

Additional criteria for the award:

  • Books must be original works commercially published in the U.S. during 2010 (January 1st-December 31st)
  • Books originally published outside the U.S. are eligible if their first U.S. printing occurred during this same time period
  • Books may be hardcover or original paperback, fiction or nonfiction
  • Authors may include co-authors or editor(s)

If you have a book you would like to nominate, please send the title to:
Amelia Yunker, 2011 Thumbs Up! Committee Chair
Submissions accepted through January 31st, 2011

Love Video Games?

Have you ever considered a career in video games? Maybe writing game scripts is your calling. 26 year old Jeffrey Yohalem talks about being the head writer for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood in this article. When Yohalem approached Jordan Mechner (writer for The Prince of Persia) about what classes to take to pursue a career in game script writing, he suggested screen writing and architecture. Who would have guessed?!

A Great Group Makes For A Great Book Club

I have the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of young adults at the Starkweather Alternative High School. The Canton Public Library in cooperation with Starkweather was awarded an ALA Great Stories Club Grant last year. The book club was such a success last year we decided to continue meeting. We are currently reading Unwind by Neil Shusterman. It is proving to be a popular selection. If you haven't read this book, both the book club and I suggest you do!

A Dog Named Zelda

I often visit a blog called HardestLevel. It is a great video game blog with lots of reviews and interesting posts about gamer culture. Today I stumbled on a post about naming pets after video game characters. The author has a dog he named "Zelda". Many others posted, that they too had named their pets after video game characters. So, this got me wondering, have any of you named your pets after games or game characters?