Author Archives: Mattlibrarian

What young people have a right to expect from their library

Young people should expect from their library:

  • Participation in shaping the future of library services
  • Volunteering opportunities with younger or older library users
  • A place to develop citizenship skills and community engagement
  • Free, safe and welcoming spaces in the local community
  • Formal and informal learning support for educational attainment
  • Inspiring books and reading materials supported by positive activities
  • Information on education, training and careers opportunities

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Gary Gygax 1938-2008

Those of us that run role-playing games in Libraries (specifically any editions of Dungeons & Dragons) may be interested (and saddened) to hear that one of the creators of the original D&D boardgame passed away yesterday.

For more information follow this link Trolllord Games.

Blog integrated into Teen Librarian UK

I have integrated a blog into the website as I am hoping to be updating the site more regularly than I have been.

Classical Comics


I received copies of the Graphic Novel Macbeth in the post today. Three editions – in the original text, modern english and simplified text. The art, format and feel of the books is fantastic. I will post a fuller impression of the books once I have had a chance to read them but at first glance they visually stunning and a joy to behold.

RSS Video

Found a brilliant short video from Common Sense Media that explains RSS:

The week that was

I received two interesting e-mails this past week (more than two actually – but these were the only two that will be of interest to Librarians and blog readers – hopefully) – the first was about a library activity called ‘Library Trolley Dash’ it will be run with a group of young offenders. It sounds really cool (I can never rember if one is still allowed to use that word as it amy be uncool) and I can’t wait to hear how it went. The how-to follows below:

– Library trolley dash –

Find as many books as you can from this list.

Write the title and Dewey number underneath:

A true story of a sports person’s life written by a biographer

An award-winning story

A book you read at primary school or at home

A guide on a sport of your choice

A 2006 Dance CD

A DVD you would recommend

A guide to speaking a European language

An autobiography of a famous person of your choice


The group will be divided into two teams. The winner will have the most books and Dewey numbers on their sheet and will receive a small prize.

The second e-mail concerned the creation of a new discussion list that has been created for the discussion of Graphic Novels in UK Libraries – it is based upon the GNLIB list in the USA but will have a UK bias.

To join the list go to: GNLIBUK – it will be an invaluable resource as so much of what is available has an American bias, it would be good to get an idea of the state of GN reading in UK Libraries.

Carnegie Shortlist

On the right I have added the list of Carnegie Award books for 2007.

First post….

So I have decided to start a blog for the website just to keep track of what I am doing with the system for worldwide Teen Librarian domination.

Big news is that the newsletter (Teen Librarian Monthly) is a year old this month. I had hoped to redesign the title header but that will have to wait.

How well do you know your edgy teen fiction? – Answers

1 Burke and Hare.
2 Worked in a Private Investigator’s office.
3 Ethiopia.
4 Robert Cormier.
5 Ty.
6 Cockroach.
7 A letter to my captor.
8 Robinson Crusoe.
9 Whoopi Goldberg.
10 The main characters in his novel ‘Doing it’ – Ben, Jonathan and Dino.
11. They have all been banned or challenged in American libraries.
12 Hayling Island.
13 Huntingdon’s Disease
14. Tossing a coin to make decisions.
15. Belfast
16 Patrick
17 Her sister
18. Leicester
19 Mr B
20 A snowflake tattoo