A blog for young readers (and YA lovers) from the Providence Athenaeum.

The Providence Athenaeum is a unique library and cultural center in the heart of Providence, Rhode Island. Growing out of the Providence Library Company (fourth library in the United States), the Athenaeum as we know it was formed in 1836. Our handsome building on the corner of Benefit and College was completed in 1838.

We are one of the few surviving membership libraries in the nation. Student memberships are available - visit or call for more information.

This blog is updated by one of our circulation assistants (and YA enthusiast), Amy. Follow us to find out what's new in our Young Adult corner, or just for a daily dose of literary shenanigans.

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I have a passion for teaching kids to become readers, to become comfortable with a book, not daunted. Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.

Roald Dahl (via creatingaquietmind)

(Source: observando)

H.P. Lovecraft Stories Retold As Goofy One-Page Comics

In the great Friday Fun Tradition, please enjoy these goofy Lovecraft comics, courtesy of member Liz Hubbard

slcolibrarians:

penguinteen:

It’s Banned Books Week! Celebrate your freedom to read by picking up a banned or challenged book this week. Why do YOU read banned books?

LadyArwen: Woohoo! And yes, why do you read them? And which ones are your favorites? For me, I love the Little House books, The Giver, and the Bible. I also find the dictionary very useful. (Yes—all of those books have been banned or challenged.)

My favorite challenged book is SPEAK. Which, I’m happy to report is out with a patron at this very moment.

slcolibrarians:

penguinteen:

It’s Banned Books Week! Celebrate your freedom to read by picking up a banned or challenged book this week. Why do YOU read banned books?

LadyArwen: Woohoo! And yes, why do you read them? And which ones are your favorites? For me, I love the Little House books, The Giver, and the Bible. I also find the dictionary very useful. (Yes—all of those books have been banned or challenged.)

My favorite challenged book is SPEAK. Which, I’m happy to report is out with a patron at this very moment.

With a library you are free, not confined by temporary political climates. It is the most democratic of institutions because no one – but no one at all – can tell you what to read and when and how.

Doris Lessing (via booksalon)

Libraries Welcome Writers in Residence

libraryjournal:

Writers in the stacks!

Finding a missing reserve…

librarymoments:

This is me after I found FOUR BOOKS FROM THE ON-SEARCH FOLDER IN LESS THAN AN HOUR.

One of them had been ‘missing’ for a year.

Am I a hero?

Only the books can decide…

americanlibraryassoc:

lifeofateenagebassdrummer:

sizvideos:

Video

He gets one more hour in the ball pit.

Feeling this pug’s vibes every Friday. Wooo!!

Happy Friday, everyone!