DC Shares Black History in Texas

Essence Magazine Bestselling Author Keynotes Texas Library Black History Month Celebration ...more

For the Love of Books: How and Why Books Get Challenged & Banned Part I

A Salve for the Soul Books soothe my soul....more

Teen Reads Week: Why This Grownup Reads Young Adult Novels

I mean, I just like good books and a lot of these books, as QuentinFinch says, are simply just good. Isn't that reason enough? But as I kept talking to her that day as we ducked in and out of stores, I realized that it was more than that they were just good. I came to a conclusion much like Liz's - I like these books because while they often deal with topics every bit as gritty as much lauded literary fiction, they end differently....more
You absolutely took the words right out of  my mouth! I read YA, historical fiction, sic fi and ...more

Celebrate Banned Books Week

I've struggled with what to write for Banned Books Week. I've written about banned books and censorship so many times that sometimes I feel like a broken record. I feel a bit like a character in Orwell's Animal Farm. "Books good! Book banning bad!" ...more

I think that you and I have different definitions of "banned." Banned Books Week shines a light ...more

September is Library Card Sign Up Month: Do You Have a Card?

The American Library Association has declared September to be Library Card Sign Up Month. If you don’t already have a library card, you need to get yourself to a library immediately. A library card is one of the best investments you can make for you and your family and, in my opinion, a back-to-school essential. (I have two words for you - homework club.) Let me show you how I’ve used my library card in the past week. ...more

I adore the library! This week I used my card to check out Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor, The ...more

Do You Love Your Librarian?

Librarians spent a long time living with the bad, and false, reputation as cranky older ladies who don't like people and go around "Shhhh!" everyone. Nothing could be further from the truth. Librarians are helpful, lovely, friendly, wonderful beings. They rock. Which is why I wish that I could nominate my favourite librarians for the I Love My Librarian award. Unfortunately I'm Canadian and the award is sponsored by the American Library Association so I can't. But many of you certainly can. ...more

I know. We Canadians are so left out. But I just blogged about more