I Love My Librarian Award Nominations Open

5 09 2012

Nominations for the 2012 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Awards are open through September 12.

10 librarians each will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and $500 travel stipend to attend an awards reception in New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library.

Recognize the accomplishments of your exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarian.

Nominate your school librarian

Nominate your public librarian

Nominate your college, community college or university librarian

Please note: You’ll need to submit the entire application in one session.  To make the process easier, we’ve provided a list of the questions so you can prepare your answers in advance.

Questions for School Librarian (Word doc)

Questions for Public Librarian (Word doc)

Questions for College/Community College/University Librarian (Word doc)

Any Questions?

5 09 2012

McSweeney’s: My Grading Scale for the Fall Semester, Composed Entirely of Samuel Beckett Quotes

4 09 2012



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There is a little of everything, apparently, in nature, and freaks are common. Yes, there were times when I forgot not only who I was but that I was, forgot to be. Nothing matters but the writing. Each must find out for himself what is meant. It means what it says. I cannot imagine a higher goal for today’s writer. What is that unforgettable line? If I do not love you I shall not love.

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The earth makes a sound as of sighs. To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. Not to want to say, not to know what you want to say, not to be able to say what you think you want to say, and never to stop saying, or hardly ever, that is the thing to keep in mind, even in the heat of composition. The absurdity of those things, on the one hand, and the necessity of those others, on the other. You must say words, as long as there are any. Be reasonable, you haven’t yet tried everything. Any fool can turn a blind eye but who knows what the ostrich sees in the sand.

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We wait. We are bored. Confusion amounting to nothing. Despite precautions. The confusion is not my invention. You must not think of certain things, of those that are dear to you, or rather you must think of them, for if you don’t there is the danger of finding them, in your mind, little by little. A disturbance into words, a pillow of old words. All life long, the same questions, the same answers. The churn of stale words in the heart again. The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new. This tired abstract anger; inarticulate passive opposition. I pushed and pulled in vain, the wheels would not turn. How hideous is the semicolon.

(Full Story)


What the Author Meant

4 09 2012

Not All Young Adult Literature Settings Are Equal…

18 08 2012

In honor of The Hunger Games coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray today…

FAILBlog: Muggles won’t get this one.

15 08 2012

FAILBlog: Best Lit. Circle EVER!

4 08 2012

A day late, but I wonder what might’ve been…

28 07 2012

FAILBlog: Someone Just Read ‘Hunger Games.’

13 07 2012

Shakespeare would disagree. But I don’t.

10 07 2012