Penn State Libraries, Short Edition partner for world’s first short story dispensers at a university

“Penn State University Libraries has entered into an innovative agreement with French company Short Edition to bring its first short story dispensers to any university worldwide. Soon, the dispensers will deliver original Penn State student, faculty and staff writing into the hands of the public and encourage dialogue between readers and authors. Four dispensers have been installed in Penn State library locations on the University Park campus. The fifth is in Schlow Centre Region Library in downtown State College, the latest initiative of an increasing partnership between the neighboring libraries.” (via Penn State University)

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LIBRARY BRINGS DRAG QUEENS, KIDS TOGETHER FOR STORY HOUR

“It takes a certain something to be a good storyteller: enthusiasm, timing and a flair for the dramatic. Performers at a children’s story hour at a New York City library have all that and then some – they’re drag queens.About once a month since last fall, the Brooklyn Public Library has been presenting Drag Queen Story Hour, where performers with names such as Lil Miss Hot Mess and Ona Louise regale an audience of young children and their parents. There’s even a drag-queen version of “Wheels on the Bus” in which Lil Miss Hot Mess sings of hips that go “swish, swish, swish” and heels that go “higher, higher, higher.” (via The Associated Press)

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A Publisher Tries Podcasts As A Gateway To Audiobooks

“Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, while podcasts are also finding new audiences. One science fiction publisher is experimenting with a new path to the market.” (via NPR)

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New Research From Scholastic Reveals That More Ebooks and Independent Reading Time Are Needed in U.S. Schools

“Scholastic recently released its new report on the state of school reading in the United States. Two of the many findings include the need for more time devoted to independent reading and a desire for more ebooks in school libraries.” (via Digital Book World)

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Portraits Of Librarians Celebrate America’s Bookish Unsung Heroes

“Librarians hold a deceptively humble, yet powerful, role: Whether you’re a young child or an adult, a new student or an erudite academic, they offer guidance to rich worlds of literacy and scholarship. Librarians are on the front lines, putting a friendly face to the idea of book love and helping millions of Americans get the resources, encouragement and support they need to become avid readers. Who our librarians are, then, actually matters a great deal. In Kyle Cassidy’s new book This Is What a Librarian Looks Like, the photographer reveals portraits of hundreds of librarians, sharing both their sunny faces and their thoughts on the value of libraries. The result: a colorful tapestry of men and women of all ages, races and ethnicity, some dressed conservatively and some with tattoos and brightly dyed hair, but all bursting with smiles and enthusiasm for their life missions.” (via HuffPost)

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