#WorldKidLit Wednesday: Women Discoverers: Top Women in Science

“While countless women throughout history have made enormous contributions to the fields of science and technology, many of them, unfortunately, are not synonymous with the words “discovery” and “invention” in the minds of the general public.”Marie-Sophie Pawlak (President of "Elles bougent," the French society for the promotion of women in science) So reads the foreword … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: Women Discoverers: Top Women in Science

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The 2021 Eisner Award Nominations

Known as the Oscars of the comics world, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards are traditionally given every summer at San Diego Comic Con. Due to COVID-19, the ceremony was virtual in 2021, when the awards featured 33 categories. Books for children in translation can be found in a number of them. The pickings were … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The 2021 Eisner Award Nominations

#QATARILITMONTH: How Libraries Can Support the SDGs by Engaging Youth

The Case of Qatar National Library In Engaging Youth UN re-appoints Sheikha Moza as Sustainable Development Goals Advocate (2019) In 2011, Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, visited Northwestern University in Qatar to speak to the first cohorts of the new Qatar Foundation partner university. After her inspiring speech, Her Highness … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH: How Libraries Can Support the SDGs by Engaging Youth

#QATARILITMONTH:The Writing Station at Qatar National Library

Establishing A Creative Writing And Storytelling Community Of Practice At Qatar National Library A Book at Qatar National Library “To be one of the world's preeminent centers of learning, research and culture; a guardian of the region’s heritage; and an institution that promotes imagination, discovery and the nourishment of the human spirit.” That is the … Continue reading #QATARILITMONTH:The Writing Station at Qatar National Library

#WorldKidLit Wednesday: The End

What if the world actually ended with a bang and not with a whimper? (Pace, T.S. Eliot.)  And what if you knew the end was coming? How would you spend your final days? That’s the premise in The End, an award-winning upper YA novel by Swedish author Mats Strandberg. When the story begins, scientists have … Continue reading #WorldKidLit Wednesday: The End

The Booktrekker: Kenya

READ Dust, by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, opens with the shooting death of a young man on the streets of Nairobi. He is killed by the police after stealing back the car that was stolen from him. The young man’s name is Moses Ebewesit Odidi Oganda (Odidi), and his death shatters his family: his estranged father Nyipir, … Continue reading The Booktrekker: Kenya

#BlackIsBeautiful: Lets Celebrate the Beauty of Blackness with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association

Have you heard of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)? This 50 year old organization is the oldest ethnic affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA). Established in 1970, BCALA, was formed to serve as an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African … Continue reading #BlackIsBeautiful: Lets Celebrate the Beauty of Blackness with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association

South African Writing – Day 20: An interview with two South African librarians

South African public libraries are a vital resource for South Africa's readers. They are incredible spaces of creation and learning and connection. I interviewed two local librarians to find out more about their work. Elzana Dlomo Elzana Dlomo is the senior librarian at Central Library in Cape Town. Central Library is located in the CBD … Continue reading South African Writing – Day 20: An interview with two South African librarians