Now that these books with my name on them sitting between bookends on my book shelf, how about I give one away?
The description from my publisher:
It Happens: A Guide to Contemporary Realistic Fiction for the YA Reader is a comprehensive guide to matching a teen reader with the right book. As a lifetime reader and young adult librarian, Jensen has read contemporary realistic fiction extensively. Her experience blogging about books and serving on a selection committee taught her how to discuss and consider books critically and how to make connections with other titles. It Happens does all of that and more. Part I gives the reader advisor real tools to understand young adult literature, genres, how to find books, and awards. Part II explores titles in ten different subgenres of realistic fiction, complete with a plot description, a list of appeal factors, and suggested read alikes for each title. Part III has real conversation starters on tough real topics with titles that will challenge readers.
I’ve got a copy up for grabs to a resident of either the US or in Canada. Just fill out the super easy form, and I’ll pick a winner at the end of July.
If you missed it earlier this week, here’s a reminder I’m giving away a copy of It Happens. Ends at the end of July.
The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.
When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.
Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in."
I don’t buy it, honestly. I don’t think libraries are going to lose readers to Amazon Unlimited. They didn’t lose people to Netflix. They didn’t lose people to Audible. They’re not going to lose readers to Amazon’s ebook subscription program, either.
Part of the issue is libraries seeing their value in the object only. And when that’s the case, they see any other business doing something with objects as a threat, even though it isn’t.
Libraries are more than a subscription service. They’re more than a business.