ALSC Cancels Conference, Review of “No Better Friend”

ALSCALSC Cancels Conference: The Association of Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, is canceling the upcoming National Institute that was scheduled for September 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina, in protest of that state’s new anti-LGBT laws. In a press release, ALSC said:

“The cancellation is a response to the passage last month of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (House Bill 2), which repealed all LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinances across the state. The law contradicts the core values, purpose, and diversity work of ALSC and undermines civil rights and the fundamental principles upon which libraries are founded.”

For more information about the cancellation, including refund procedures, go to:

Review of the Week:

Weintraub, Robert. No Better Friend: A Man, A Dog, and Their Incredible True Story ofNoBetterFriend Friendship and Survival in World War II. Non-fiction. Little, 05/2016. 283[+4]pp. $16.99. 978-0-316-34467-8. OUTSTANDING. GRADES 5-ADULT.

Judy, an English Pointer, was one of the most celebrated heroes of WW II in postwar England. As a puppy she survived by her wits in the streets of Shanghai. During the Sino-Japanese War and WW II, she was looked after by a series of English naval men and took great risks to protect them—again and again— when their ships were bombed and sunk. Just before the fall of Singapore to the Japanese, a shy 22-year-old sailor, Frank Williams, took over Judy’s care. The two bonded with such force that together they survived near-fatal scrapes with prison guards; starvation; illness; and exhaustion in a POW camp in the Sumatran jungle. The author includes sidebars of historical wartime events and back matter with a timeline and bibliography. No Better Friend brings the Pacific Theater of WW II to life through the moving true story of a wily and big-hearted dog. Review based on an ARC.

Katrina Bergen, Berkeley PL

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