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Fanfiction in Libraries

Fanfiction in libraries!?! I’m sure many of you are thinking “not in my library!” but with the growing popularity of fanfiction and pop culture this is an easy programming idea. During the North Dakota Library Association’s annual conference Dr. Aimee Rogers, from the University of North Dakota, and Justine Sprenger, from the Grand Forks Public Library, gave the presentation Fanfiction: Why you should be a fan! Through this presentation the two presenters described why fanfiction is beneficial to young patrons in libraries, how many main stream authors began in fanfiction, and even books that highlight fanfiction as a part of the plot line. Their focus was to help the audience understand what fanfiction is and why it should not be scoffed at as a writing style. In fact, studies show that teaching writing through fanfiction helps the novice writer because they do not need to come up with their own characters and their own worlds, they can just add to the one that already exists.

If a library has a creative writing program within it, for children or teens, allowing them to begin by writing fanfiction may be more helpful than making them create everything on their own. Though some patrons may have all those ideas others may be intimidated by the fact that they need to create everything themselves, especially if they only have a character idea that could fit into another world. This presentation encouraged librarians to continue to embrace pop culture in their libraries through clubs and programming that highlight items like fanfiction, graphic novels, and cosplay. After the presentation, the presenters welcomed a discussion on how the librarians in the session felt about fanfiction in general and about it as a tool to be used to help with creative writing.

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Book Lists – Game of Thrones

Are you a fan of the HBO television series Game of Thrones? Are you a fan of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire book series? If so, here are some great book lists for you!

Book Lists – Sci Fi & Fantasy

Looking for a good science fiction/ fantasy book to read? Looking for a good science fiction/ fantasy book to recommend to your patrons? Looking for a good science fiction/ fantasy book to add to your collection? If so, here are some great lists for you!

Book Lists – Summer is Coming

Looking for a good book to read? Looking for a good book to recommend to your patrons? Looking for a good book to add to your collection? If so, here are some great lists for you!

It’s still technically spring, but summer is coming (Game of Thrones fans will appreciate this image); so here are some books to get you through spring and ready for summer:

Book Lists

Looking for a good book to read? Looking for a good book to recommend to your patrons? Looking for a good book to add to your collection? If so, here are some great lists for you!

Best Books of 2016 & Best Forthcoming Books of 2017

Looking for a good book to read? Looking for a book to recommend to a patron? Looking for some books to add to your library’s collection? If so, here are some great lists for you!

2016 has come and gone. With the end of one year and the beginning of another, we can look back on the best books from 2016; and we can also look ahead with anticipation to some new books in 2017. Review the categories in the lists below to find the perfect book for you, your library, or your patrons.

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2017

2012 Nebula Award Nominees Announced

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America recently announced the nominees for the 2012 Nebula Awards.

In the running for best novel are:

  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed
  • Ironskin by Tina Connolly
  • The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Drowning Girl by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

The nominees for the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction and Fantasy are:

  • Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill
  • Black Heart by Holly Black
  • Above by Leah Bobet
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • Railsea by China Miéville
  • Fair Coin by E.C. Myers
  • Above World by Jenn Reese

Voting opens March 1st, but there’s still plenty of time to read the titles you missed before the winners are announced in mid-May. More information is available on the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America site.

Tell us about your favorites (and who you think was panned) in the comments!