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Teen Librarian Monthly News

As of this month (May) TLM will be released at the end of the month, rather than mid-month. The May edition will be come out on the 30th.

For any Libraries in the London area that have manga groups:

EXCLUSIVE SIGNING & MANGA ART COMPETITION, 26TH APRIL, 1PM

Date: April 26th 2008
Time: 1pm
Location: Orbital Manga
Address: 4c Orion House, Upper St Martins Lane, London WC2H 9NY
Tel. 0207 2405577
Email: manga@orbitalcomics.com

Manga Fans this is your chance to meet the artists from the new manga graphic novel Demon Prince: Children of Gaia.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the artist from Dimensional Manga in action sketching on some pretty big peices of board!

You’ll also be able to pick up some pre-release volumes of the manga book 1-5 exclusively and limited edition A1 sized posters @ Orbital Manga on the day of the signing.

The first 10 customers to buy vol.1 and a poster will recieve signed copies and a FREE manga art illustration drawn in front of them!

Manga Art Competition!!

To be in with a chance of winning some cool prizes courtesy of Dimensional Manga all you have to do is draw some cool art and post / hand it in to Orbital Manga with your name, email and contact number on the back.

Deadline: 26th April by 2pm (bring your art with you on the day of the signing)

Here’s what you could win –

*GRAND PRIZE*
If you’re supertalented – there’s a chance of a possible position within Dimensional Manga!!

*1st PRIZE*
Demon Prince: Children of Gaia volumes 1-5 signed, 3 posters and a special limited edition hand drawn manga art (That’s around £80 worth of goodies!)

*2nd PRIZE*
Demon Prince – Children of Gaia volume 1-2 signed

*3rd PRIZE*
Demon Prince – Children of Gaia volume 1 signed

Orbital Manga recommends London Graphic Center as a great stockist for materials needed to prepare any art for the competition

Books to look out for

I received two excellent books by Lisa Clark recently for review purposes and while I am the wrong gender I think they are worth having in a library collection. The covers of the books are below:

I have passed them on to a colleague of mine for a review from a female perspective.

You can get to Lisa’s website by folliwing this link: Pink World

Chicklish – an excellent review site

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.