Powering Libraries. Empowering Communities.

Baker & Taylor and Kirkus Reviews is proud to support diversity and inclusion in libraries. We are excited to be partnering with Kirkus as we launch our new leadership campaign, Powering Libraries. Empowering CommunitiesKirkus will be interviewing and featuring key Baker & Taylor customers to profile how our services and unique position as a true library advocate is helping to improve community outcomes.

The first customer spotlight profiles Michael Jimenez, County Librarian for San Bernardino County Library System who has tripled circulation despite devastating budget and staff cuts with the help of Baker and Taylor’s Customized Library Services.

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Preview of article by Meghan Labrise, originally published on KirkusReviews.com :

Growing up in Southern California, Michael Jimenez went to the library just twice: once in elementary school class and once in high school, with his parents.

“It was an intimidating experience, I remember, as a kid,” Jimenez says of visiting the library with his parents, who are Salvadoran immigrants. “I didn’t know what to do. My parents didn’t speak very good English, so trying to translate with the
librarian there….” He pauses. “We didn’t go back.”

It wasn’t until college that he began to read with gusto. Two years of remedial English classes helped foster an abiding love of books, leading to a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in library and information science.

In 2007, he began his career at the San Bernardino County Library as a young adult librarian. Just 10 years later he was appointed to the system’s highest administrative position, County Librarian. “It’s amazing what a public library can do for a child,” he says. “If they start coming when they’re young, if they attend summer reading programs, if they learn to read for pleasure, that translates directly into success in school. Had I had that opportunity when I was younger, I would have really enjoyed it. My passion in this role is being able to share that with others.”

Read full article on Kirkus Reviews’ website here.

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Can Reading Make You Wealthy?

Amandeep Kochar, Baker & Taylor’s Executive Vice President of Public Library Sales and Technology, recently contributed to MDR’s Education blog to discuss how we can counter the Matthew Effect and other influences when it comes to literacy’s life-changing ability.

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Here are his findings, originally published on MDReducation.com:

At the beginning of every new year, with a renewed sense of purpose we feel resolute and have countless discussions about improving our physical fitness, adopting healthier habits, and embracing regular exercise plans. It’s important, however, to not forget cerebral health and the importance of ensuring healthy cognitive habits and getting proper food for thought, so to speak.

But changing habits can be hard, whether it’s eating more vegetables or making more time for reading.

When it comes to reading, there’s significant evidence showing it is more difficult for some children to change habits after the third grade and improve their skills, leading to a vicious circle of frustration and ultimately resulting in school dropouts. Research also illustrates how these children who struggle with reading become further and further behind their peers, permanently limiting their future opportunity.

Read the full article on MDR’s website here.

Announcing the ALA Youth Award Winners

Something tells me everyone’s reading list just got a little longer today. With so many amazing children’s and teen titles honored at today’s American Library Association’s 2018 Youth Media Awards, we know ours did.

This morning, in Denver, ALA announced the top books for children and young adults, including the prestigious Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. ICYMI, here are the winners:

 

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Randolph Caldecott Medal

Wolf in the Snow | written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan

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John Newbery Medal

Hello, Universe | written by Erin Entrada Kelly and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollions

Full list

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Introducing Out of the Shadows

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Imagine living in a darkness so deep, you can’t eat well, you can’t sleep well, you can’t concentrate on anything for very long―in short, your life is not as it once was. Depression often feels like moving through a fog so thick it envelopes every aspect of your entire life.

Depression had its claws in Mark Litzsinger for years, but by taking the hands offered to him from family, friends, and medical professionals, he was able to climb out of the shadows and back into his life.

Litzsinger, the former chairman of Follett, wrote this book with the hopes to help people make that same journey out of depression’s tight grip. Learn more about Litzsinger’s book, and his own personal struggle with depression, with this interview:

This updated book provides a hand to hold as you deal with depression. It is designed to help you―and your family, friends, and doctors―understand the disease and develop a plan for getting the best care to overcome depression.

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Out of the Shadows: Revealing the Path to Recovery
Mark Litzsinger with Sarah Hamaker
Paperback | 9780998020402 | $16.95
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David Cully Honored at Goddard Riverside Gala

Goddard Riverside, a community-driven organization tackling poverty and promoting learning in Manhattan, honored Baker & Taylor President David Cully at their annual Book Fair Gala on Wednesday, November 1.

This great honor recognizes Cully for his commitment to literacy in the classroom and beyond, and for his lifelong love of books and the transformational ability books possess for communities. Most of Cully’s work has been focused on books, but in the early days of his career, he was a teacher working with high school and fifth grade students. At Baker & Taylor, he pulls together both backgrounds with programs like Community Share, which helps libraries share their digital book collections with their local public schools.

Goddard Riverside’s partnership with publishers began over 30 years ago with many of the largest publishing houses teamed up to tackle homelessness and poverty through the annual Book Fair, which this year was held on November 18 and 19.

“I think it’s really a natural partnership, because of the importance of early childhood literacy,” said Cully. “It’s a very humbling thing to be part of a system that’s breaking the cycle of poverty.”

Goddard Riverside’s ultimate goal is to transform lives, and help individuals reach their greatest potential. Through their partnership with publishers—and with Cully and Baker & Taylor—they’re able to get one step closer.