Quote“Anyone can hide. Facing up to things, working through them, that’s what makes you strong.”

-Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen is a New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen Young Adult fiction novels. Her books have been published in over thirty countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. She has won numerous awards for her novels including the ALA “Best Fiction for Young Adults,” and the Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Dessen worked on her first novel, That Summer, while waitressing in her hometown in North Carolina. She has also taught at the University of North Carolina. Dessen’s work deals with the change in youth’s personality as they go through tragedy or loss. She writes about isolation, emotional distance among family members, and a progressive change in people’s personality, among others.

Dessen has a new novel, Once and for All, that has been released just last month called about a woman who helps brides perfect their special day, despite having lost her first love in a tragic accident. She may have a second-chance at love when she meets someone new.

Link of the Week: Book Club Central

Book Club Central, a new online resource for book clubs and readers, has a new book recommendation, No One is Going to Save Us, selected by its Honorary Chair person, Sarah Jessica Parker.

Book Club Central is a new online service for book clubs and readers to supply them with reading recommendations, book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more. Along with the aforementioned book pick, Parker will offer more book selections called SJP Picks.

Book Club Central is distributed by the American Library Association and have several sponsors and partners including Booklist, Libraries transform, and, big 5 publishing house, Penguin Random House.

Book Club Central also offers users the opportnity to not only search for book selection, but to lead a book club, find a new book club, and start a book club online. The site has author interviews with Colson Whitehead, Underground Railroad, and Matthew DesmondEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City available as well.

Link of the Week: National Library Week

“Libraries Transform” is the theme for this year’s National Library Week, which started on April 9th and will end on the 15th.

With observance led by the American Library Association (ALA), one week every April is dedicated to recognizing the importance and contributions of libraries and librarians nationwide. This week will include events such as National Library Workers Day, National Bookmobile Day, and Take Action for Libraries Day, as well as other celebrations.

To commemorate specific, timely aspects of the library industry, the theme of this year’s week is “Libraries Transform.” “Libraries Transform” is meant to draw attention to how libraries have grown throughout American history, and how they still strive to be an essential resource and hub of knowledge for the community.

Libraries around New York are posting activities to take part in, and getting involved is also easy to do to show support for the work of local libraries and librarians.