Melissa Ragsdale writes: “We’ve all had it happen: You’re just living your life, and then you get the news that your favorite book is being turned into a movie. Suddenly everything’s changed. That world that used to only exist in your imagination is now going to be in the spotlight, with actors, and sets, and scripts and maybe even plot changes. You’ll get to experience your favorite story in a whole new way. But it could also go so horribly wrong. Here are the 10 stages we’ve all felt as our favorite reads are turned into movies and shows.”
Bustle, May 24
The Muncie (Ind.) Public Library has been selected to receive the 2017 Library of the Future Award, sponsored by ALA and Information Today publishing company. The library was selected for its innovative “Digital Climbers” program that motivates and inspires children ages 8 and up to experiment with technology and master skills that contribute to learning in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics.
Office of ALA Governance, May 25
The 2017 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children has been awarded to Lisa Rice, library director of the Warren County (Ky.) Public Library. The award is presented annually to an individual in a library administrator role who has shown exceptional understanding and support of public library service to children. Rice and her team provide kindergarten packets to every child in Warren County and offer a robust school visit program for students in grades 4 and 8.
Office of ALA Governance, May 25
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions will host a new 90-minute workshop, “How to Transform Your Library on a Shoestring Budget” with Julia Merritt, Wendy Hicks, and Krista Robinson on July 26. Over the past three years, Stratford (Ont.) Public Library, a small city library, has transformed their physical space, personnel, services, and their perception within the community—all on a shoestring budget and with the use of specifically named, widely available tools. Registration is through the ALA Store.
eLearning Solutions, May 26
Chicago’s alternative weekly newspaper Newcity has chosen two Booklist editors for Lit 50 2017, a list of 50 people who demonstrate the city’s literary clout. It reflects a dynamic landscape of civic groups, bookstores, educators, advocates, publishers, discourse enablers, and power shapers who create space for ideas and words to flourish. Booklist Editor and Publisher Bill Ott and Adult Books Editor Donna Seaman were chosen for their influence on librarians and readers.
Newcity, May 25
Trading what police say was a stolen painting of former Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz for $20 has landed a homeless man in a court-ordered drug treatment program. The painting of Big Papi, valued at $1,000, was recovered by police May 24 after it was stolen from the Thomas Crane Public Library in Quincy, Massachusetts. The portrait of Ortiz went missing sometime after May 7 from an ongoing art exhibit at the library and was reported stolen to police on May 20. The artwork was painted by local artist Edwina Caci.
Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger, May 25
A whimsical bronze statue was stolen from the McKinley branch of the Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library lobby in broad daylight, leaving some to worry that the much-loved sculpture of an adventurous boy balancing on a paper airplane will end up as scrap metal on a junk heap. The statue, titled “Journeys of the Imagination,” was taken on May 24 from the table to which it was bolted. The library has no security cameras. The beloved sculpture was purchased for $6,995 in 2008.
Sacramento (Calif.) Bee, May 25