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YLG London AGM at Faber & Faber

On Wednesday the 19th March the AGM for the Youth Libraries Group: London was held at the Faber & Faber Offices in Queen Square. The AGM went smoothly and quickly; then with official business having been taken care of, this left the evening clear for the main draw of the evening – A talk with four of Faber’s Teen/YA authors.

These were:


Steve Voake

Alexander Gordon Smith (and his brother Jamie’s head)

Rachel Wright

and

Alex Milway and his rats.

All attendees were introduced to the F&F youth punlishingteam and then the floor was left open to the authors.

Steve Voake discussed his books The Dreamwalkers Child, The Web of Fire and The Starlight Conspiracy.

Alexander Gordon Smith (so named he said to prevent him having the nickname ‘GAS’ in school) – call him Gordon, spoke about his series The Inventors that he co-writes with his younger brother Jamie.

Rachel Wright spoke about her book You’ve got Blackmail and the heroine Lozzie Cracknell (described as Kelly Osbourne without the drag queen make up).

Alex Milway introduced his book The Mousehunter and showcased some mice (lovingly made by his mum) as well as speaking about workshops he has run on mouse creation and stories.

After the authors had spoken they fielded questions from the audience and then everyone had a chance to get their books signed and chat to the authors (as well as getting photos taken).


A close up of three of the mice from The Mousehunter – The Golden Mouse, The Howling Moon Mouse and (I think) the Moose Mouse.


A close up of one of AGS’s tattoos – worn that night in honour of the Librarians he was speaking to

It was an excellent evening that left all attendees feeling good and is a sign of the high-quality YA books currently being published in the UK.

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

Click here for more information.

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:

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