Report from Louisiana: Thanks for the Books!

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – My summer is over.  It’s back to school for me tomorrow to begin year twenty-four.  Or is it twenty-three?  I can’t remember. I want to take a moment today to thank the readers of this blog for their donations to my new classroom library; so many of you hit that … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Thanks for the Books!

Report from Louisiana: Drag Queen Story Hour

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Not much surprises me anymore but I have to admit, I’m surprised that this, via The Hayride, is a thing now: At an annual American Library Association conference in New Orleans, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) officially introduced “Drag Queen Story Hour” to librarians across the country. … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Drag Queen Story Hour

Banned Books Week? Bah, Humbug!

It's "Banned Books Week." Pardon my groan. I rant about this every year. No end in sight, alas. The folks behind Banned Books Week - a coalition of the American Library Association and allied groups - lost all credibility with me years ago when they conflated "banned" and "challenged," especially when the challenge is to … Continue reading Banned Books Week? Bah, Humbug!