The rise of YA

It’s kind of funny that I’ve ended up being a high school librarian, because when I was a teenager, I didn’t even read YA. I remember reading some Cynthia Voigt in about fifth grade, but that’s it. I was in an accelerated program through middle and high school, so I went from Roald Dahl and Babysitter’s Club to The Perfect Storm and Shakespeare. After all of the required reading in high school, I simply went on to read adult novels and non-fiction in college. So I just never really dipped my toe in the pool of YA. Until now! In the last five years, I’ve been able to find out what I was missing out on. YA has really become such a strong part of best-selling fiction now, and I can see why. The books I read are so well written and full of heart, that I see why they appeal not just to 15-18 year olds, but to adults, too. Check out this article to see my point. Three of the best-selling books this year were YA, and two were written by YA god John Green. I heard somewhere that his book Paper Towns will be turned into a movie, so I’m looking forward to see if lightning can strike twice, not to mention how cool it will be to see Orlando on the big screen (I’m a native Floridian).


Little free libraries could be in danger

Not to sound cynical, but why does it seem like for every nice little thing, there’s someone waiting to ruin it for everyone? I think we commonly refer to these people as “haters.” It seems like now those adorable little free public libraries are being targeted. What the heck?! I can’t even begin to imagine the type of person who decides these are an annoyance, but these people exist. I haven’t been lucky enough to come across one of these, but I think the idea is so sweet and of course to me, any library is a good library. Protect our little free libraries!