Urban Fiction Reigns at ALA

July 6, 2010

The urban fiction panel, “PHAT Fiction: Engaging Hip Hop Literature in the Public Library”, co-moderated at ALA by  librarian, (Evanston Public Library) Susan McClelland, and Chicago Public Library Book Club Coordinator, K.C. Boyd, was a rousing success! The Monday, June 28, program featured four urban fiction authors (Coe Booth, Paula Chase, Kia DuPree, and Tachelle Wilkes) and seven librarians (K.C. Boyd, Megan Honig, Christopher Lassen, D.L. Grant,Vanessa Morris, and Amy Pattee).  The authors and librarians discussed aspects of urban fiction’s appeal to readers, its impact on publishing and options for library programming. The 200-seat capacity room was standing room only,  and one lucky reader even took home twenty hardcover urban fiction titles, courtesy of  Follett Resources who supplied books for a raffle drawing at the program’s end.  Visit  the wiki and view panel discussions and photos online.

Susan Mc.

Libraries and Librarians in the News

Where it’s unsafe to be outside, libraries provide haven for kids
Chicago Tribune (IL)-July 6, 2010
Author: Lolly Bowean, Tribune reporter

It was a warm and sunny day outside, but Xavier Parker, 10, was deep into a computer game at Thurgood Marshall Public Library when his father walked in and told the boy he was about to go to a store.
“Stay in here,” Xavier’s father, Jimmy Giles, said, leaving the boy in charge of his 6- and 8-year-old brothers. “Don’t go anywhere until I come back and get you.” Continue reading “Libraries and Librarians in the News”

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