Young Adult and Children’s Services at UCLA

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas October 29, 2008

Filed under: Books to Movies — erinlibrarian @ 5:48 pm
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Here’s another YA novel to movie coming out on November 14. 

VOYA Review

Bruno’s life changes drastically in 1942. After the “fury” comes to dinner, Bruno and his family move from their Berlin home to “Out with,” where Bruno’s father becomes the Commandant. Sheltered from the world through his family’s wealth and privilege, Bruno has no understanding of the view from his new bedroom window, which looks at a huge fence topped with barbed wire, confining boys and men of all ages dressed in grey striped pajamas. One day on a walking exploration, Bruno meets Shmuel, who is sitting on the other side of the fence, and these two lonely boys start a friendship. Everyday for a year, they meet at the same spot along the fence, and somehow, Bruno still does not understand. Bruno’s inability to comprehend the situation is the inadequacy of this book. Even though Bruno is very intelligent and inquisitive, he does not see that Shmuel is not having fun on the other side of the fence. If the reader can somehow excuse the boy’s void of empathy, it is nearly impossible to believe that the Commandant father never tries to explain the people in the striped pajamas, never tells his truth. Would such a high Nazi official not start his son’s indoctrination early? The other characters are finely drawn and add to the fullness of the book, but Bruno’s voice, whispering and hesitant, keeps one reading and wondering about the German children in 1942 and their many stories. That speculation on the part of the reader alone makes the book very worthwhile.


Cornelia Funke October 27, 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — yacsucla @ 6:50 am

Hey everyone.  THis is a Children’s Book World and the Santa Monica Public Library present

Author Talk and Book Signing
Tuesday, October 14
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Santa Monica Main Library
Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica

Join international bestselling author Cornelia Funke in celebration of the publication of INKDEATH, her masterful conclusion to the epic Inkheart Trilogy.

The following books are available for purchase and autographing at the event and in advance at Children’s Book World. Phone orders, 310 559-BOOK, happily accepted up until the day before the event.

Inkdeath  $24.99
Inkheart  $24.99, $9.99p
Inkspell  $19.99, $9.99p
Ingraine the Brave  $16.99
Dragon Rider $14.99
Thief Lord  $19.99, $7.99p
Ghosthunters and the Incredibly Revolting Ghost!  $16.99, $4.99p
Ghosthunters and the Gruesome Invincible Lightning Ghost!  $16.99, $4.99p
Ghosthunters and the Totally Moldy Baroness!  $16.99, $4.99p
Ghosthunters and the Muddy Monster of Dawn!  $16.99, $4.99p
When Santa Fell to Earth $15.99
Pirate Girl and One Wild Brother  $18.99
Pirate Girl  $15.99
Princess Knight $15.95
Princess Pigsty  $16.99
Wildest Brother  $16.99

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For more information, please call Children’s  Book World at (310) 559-BOOK.


Dewey Caveman Story October 22, 2008

Filed under: Activities — lessalibrarian @ 5:02 pm
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Thought this might be fun to share and/or do! Maybe good esp. for school libraries.  It teaches the kids the different areas of the dewey decimal system.


Online Booktalking Resources

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YALSA’s page on booktalking

Joni Bodart’s booktalking website

School Librarian Nancy Keene’s Booktalking website has booktalking tips and book lists, in addition to LOTS of sample booktalks

An article from SLJ on “Booktalking 2.0” – it has some cool resources

Post any other good resources you find!


Next YACS Meeting – October 21st October 14, 2008

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Join us at 12 noon October 21st in the IS commons for the next YACS meeting. Bring a book of your choice to booktalk – See you then!


CNN Heroes includes a Librarian October 9, 2008

Filed under: Librarians — lessalibrarian @ 5:12 pm
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CNN just announced their top 10 heroes, one of which is Yohannes Gebregeorgis.  He is recognized for championing children though his program, Ethiopia Reads, and has also received one of the first ALA Presidential Citations on Innovation in International Librarianship at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference.

Read more about the CNN heroes at, where you can also vote for your CNN hero of the year.  Each hero will receive $25K and a top hero announced on Thanksgiving Day will receive $100K.


John Green at Santa Monica!

Filed under: YACS Field Trips — yacsucla @ 6:22 am
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I know a lot of you already know about this, but John Green, author of the popular and acclaimed YA novels Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherine’s is going to be at the Santa Monica Main Library Thursday, October 30th at 4 pm – YACS field trip??

More information about the visit can be found here:




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