News in Brief

Feb 1, 2024

Here is this month’s first roundup of news and articles regarding libraries and library professionals.  Check back mid-month for an updated list of resources!

Children Tune in to Audiobooks From a Young Age
A survey conducted by Library Journal and School Library Journal showed audiobooks make up 9.2 percent of total youth circulation.

Librarian Creates Video Game to Simulate the Triumphs and Challenges of Working in a Library
King Pangnapa, a 6000-year -old penguin, is the star of this library-themed video game created by a librarian earning her MA in video game design.  The game was “born out of frustration”, but the final product celebrates libraries and librarians in a positive and hopeful way.

Picture Books Can Help Children With Incarcerated Loved Ones
Incarceration impacts not only those in prison, but their families, including their children. Several picture books offer support for children in this difficult situation.

Five Key Practices Can Help Promote Reading Readiness
Every Child Ready to Read focuses on five key practices that can help kids develop the skills necessary for literacy: talking, reading, writing, playing, and singing. This article focuses on singing, but includes links to more information about each of these five practices.

Book Awards for 2024 Announced
The top children’s and young adult book award winners for 2024 were announced by the ALA on January 22.

ULA/MPLA Will Host Conference in Salt Lake City in May
The Utah Library Association and Mountain Plains Library Association will be hosting their 2024 Conference, “Just Winging It”, in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 8-10.


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