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Library Election Results, Stan Lee’s Passing, and Oprah’s Latest Book Club Pick

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

“Check Your Shelf” is sponsored by Laurie Halse Anderson’s SHOUT.

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she’s never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society’s failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. SHOUT speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice—and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.


I am very excited to announce that I (Katie) will be taking over Check Your Shelf on a weekly basis! Thank you to everyone who has subscribed so far – I look forward to filling your inboxes every week!

Libraries & Librarians

Book Adaptations in the News

Books in the News

By the Numbers

Award News

Pop Cultured

All Things Comics

Audiophilia

Best Books of 2018

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? Whether or not you read and nominate titles, we’ll end every newsletter with a few upcoming titles worth reading and sharing (and nominating for LibraryReads, if you so choose!).

We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.

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Thanks for hanging out and I’ll see you again next week!

–Katie McLain, @kt_librarylady on Twitter.

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📚📚Best of 2018 Lists Are Already Coming (& More Library News!)

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

“Check Your Shelf” is sponsored by Julie Berry’s The Lovely War.

New York City, 1942. World War II is at its zenith. A stunningly attractive couple meets in a Manhattan hotel room for a forbidden tryst. But these are no ordinary lovers. When immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught by the latter’s jealous husband, the goddess of passion must justify her actions, or face judgment on Mount Olympus. To plead her case, she spins a tale that took place in Europe some twenty-five years earlier: the story of four mortals whose lives entwined in the crucible of World War I. They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story—filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion—reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it’s no match for the transcendent power of Love.


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  • What does your favorite Shakespeare play say about you? Mine check out.
  • Did you know there’s an award for weirdest book titles? There is, and all I can think about is how great a display of these would be (or others selected from your own collections).
  • Get to know the Summer Scares program, hosted in collaboration with United for Libraries, Library Journal, Book Riot, and the Horror Writers Association, to bring more horror talk and resources into the library.
  • How writers map their literary worlds.
  • Shannon Hale’s regular reminder that books don’t have genders, and there are real issues when we suggest boys don’t read books about girls and vice versa.
  • Does your home library need a book cart?
  • Here are 18 book cover designs that didn’t make the cut but that are worth enjoying anyway.

 

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Thanks for hanging out and we’ll see you again in two weeks. That’s when Check Your Shelf will go weekly and Katie will be taking over (I said that last time, but this time, it’s for real!). See you soon.

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Twitter and Instagram

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Political Book Sales Are Up Over 50% and More Must-Reads for Librarians

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

“Check Your Shelf” is sponsored by The Rule of One, the first read in an epic series by real-life sisters Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders.

Don’t obey. Resist. In a dystopian United States, a one-child policy called The Rule of One is ruthlessly enforced. But Ava has a secret—she has an identical twin sister, Mira. For 18 years Ava and Mira have lived as one person, down to the most telling detail. But when their charade is exposed, their worst nightmare begins. Branded as traitors, hunted as fugitives, Ava and Mira rush headlong into a terrifying unknown. How far will they go to stay alive? An epic series from real-life sisters Ashley Saunders and Leslie Saunders begins with The Rule of One.


Before diving in, a quick set of announcements. I’m stepping back from putting together the “Check Your Shelf” newsletter after this week and passing it along to Katie…and “Check Your Shelf” will be hitting your inboxes every week beginning in November. More library love coming your way!

Libraries & Librarians

Book Adaptations in the News

Books in the News

By the Numbers

Award News

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Audiophilia

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

 

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Thanks for hanging out & we’ll see you again soon.

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Psst: Even though I won’t be writing this newsletter any longer, I am still hanging around Book Riot. If YA lit is your jam, subscribe to the twice-weekly “What’s Up in YA?” newsletter to keep me in your inbox. 

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Comparing Library eBook Services, How Poetry Promotes Healing, and ALLLL the Book Lists

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

“Check Your Shelf” is sponsored by A Blade So Black by L.L. McKinney, published by Imprint.

The fantasy book I’ve been waiting for my whole life. Alice is Black Girl Magic personified.” —Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times-bestselling author of The Hate U Give Life in real-world Atlanta isn’t always simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, a slipping GPA, and an ongoing battle against monstrous creatures in the magical dream realm known as Wonderland. When Alice’s handsome and mysterious mentor is poisoned, she has to find the antidote by venturing deeper into Wonderland than she’s ever gone before. And she’ll need to use everything she’s learned in both worlds to keep from losing her head . . . literally.


Libraries & Librarians

Book Adaptations in the News

Books in the News

By the Numbers

Award  News

All Things Comics

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? Whether or not you read and nominate titles, we’ll end every newsletter with a few upcoming titles worth reading and sharing (and nominating for LibraryReads, if you so choose!).

We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.

And to make it even easier, I’ve picked a couple specific titles that are being released in February 2019. Links direct you to Edelweiss, where you can request a digital advance copy, and nominations are due by January 1st.

  • The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls – Anissa Gray (February 19, 2019). “The Mothers meets An American Marriage in this dazzling debut novel about mothers and daughters, identity and family, and how the relationships that sustain you can also be the ones that consume you.”
  • That Time I Loved You – Carianne Leung. (February 26, 2019). “In this exquisite American debut, Carrianne Leung evokes the legacies of Cheever and Munro with a haunting depiction of 1970s suburbia.”

And make sure to check out Episode 16 of our Annotated podcast, which talks about how Andrew Carnegie transformed the American public library!

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Thanks for hanging out and we’ll see you again in two weeks!

–Katie McLain, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading Destiny’s Captive by Beverly Jenkins.

 

PS: Don’t forget to enter to win a custom book stamp for your personal library in our giveaway.

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Why We Need Libraries, NOS4A2 Casting, and Stormy Daniels’ Tell-All Memoir

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).


Check Your Shelf is sponsored by Let’s Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson.

Forced to become a child soldier, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, thrilling tale of loss and redemption for fans of A Long Way Gone and What is the What.


Libraries & Librarians

Book Adaptations in the News

Books in the News

By the Numbers

Award News

All Things Comics

Audiophilia

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

First the serious pieces:

And now for some lighter news!

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? Whether or not you read and nominate titles, we’ll end every newsletter with a few upcoming titles worth reading and sharing (and nominating for LibraryReads, if you so choose!).

We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.

And to make it even easier, I’ve picked a few specific titles that are being released in January 2019. Links direct you to Edelweiss, where you can request a digital advance copy, and nominations are due by November 20th.

  • The Far Field – Madhuri Vijay. (January 15, 2019). “An elegant, epic debut nove from an exciting new talent and Pushcart Prize-winner that follows one young woman’s search for a lost figure from her childhood, a journey that takes her from Southern India to Kashmir and to the brink of a devastating political and personal reckoning.”
  • The Kingdom of Copper – S.A. Chakraborty (January 22, 2019). “S. A. Chakraborty continues the sweeping adventure begun in The City of Brass, conjuring a world where djinn summon flames with the snap of a finger and waters run deep with old magic; where blood can be dangerous as any spell, and a clever con artist from Cairo will alter the fate of a kingdom.”
  • The World According to Fannie Davis – Bridgett M. Davis (January 29, 2019). “Set against the dramatic backdrop of 1960s and 70s Detroit, novelist Bridgett M. Davis’s stirring memoir tells how her ingenious mother used Detroit’s illegal lottery to support her family.”

 

Thanks for hanging out and we’ll see you again in two weeks!

–Katie McLain, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager.

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Library-Loaned Neckties, Harry Potter Mixology Class, and All the Audiobook Lists

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

“Check Your Shelf” is sponsored by LibraryReads.

LibraryReads, the monthly library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction, draws upon the incredible power that public library staff has in helping to build word-of-mouth for new books, and the important role that libraries play in creating audiences for all kinds of authors.

LibraryReads represents collective favorites–the books that staff at public libraries loved reading and cannot wait to share. This is the 5th anniversary year of the LibraryReads list, so visit libraryreads.org to learn more about how you can nominate titles for the monthly list and to see what the organization has in store for the future.


Libraries & Librarians

Book Adaptations in the News

Books in the News

By the Numbers

Award News

All Things Comics

Audiophilia

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? Whether or not you read and nominate titles, we’ll end every newsletter with a few upcoming titles worth reading and sharing (and nominating for LibraryReads, if you so choose!).

We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.

And to make it even easier, I’ve picked a few specific titles that are being released in January 2019. Links direct you to Edelweiss, where you can request a digital advance copy, and nominations are due by October 20th.

  • An Indefinite Sentence by Siddarth Dube (January 8, 2019). “A revelatory memoir about sex, oppression, and the universal struggle for justice.”
  • Lives Laid Away by Stephen Mack Jones (January 8, 2019). “Detroit ex-cop August Snow takes up vigilante justice when his beloved neighborhood of Mexicantown is caught in the crosshairs of a human trafficking scheme.”
  • House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma (January 29, 2019).  “A masterful, haunting debut set during the tumultuous beginnings of Zimbabwe that explores the creative—and often destructive—act of history-making.”

 

Thanks for hanging out and we’ll see you again in two weeks!

–Katie McLain, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer.

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Bill Clinton Is A Million Best Seller, Libraries Were Visited Over 1 Billion Times in 2015, and More Library News

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

Check Your Shelf is sponsored by Seafire by Natalie C. Parker.

After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric. But when Caledonia’s best friend barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women have worked for?

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Libraries & Librarians

Book Adaptations in the News

Books in the News

By the Numbers

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All Things Comics

Audiophilia

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

There’s this then!

 

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Thanks for hanging out and we’ll see you again in two weeks!

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Instagram and Twitter

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The Ethics of 3D Printers, Booktubers in the New York Times, and More Library News

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

“Check Your Shelf” is sponsored by The Last Hours by Minette Walter.

When the Black Death enters England in 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is. Fear grips the people as they come to believe that the plague is a punishment for wickedness.

But Lady Anne of Develish has her own ideas. With her brutal husband absent from the manor when news of this pestilence reaches her, she looks for more sensible ways to protect her people than daily confessions of sin. She decides to bring her serfs inside the safety of the moat that surrounds her manor house, then refuses entry to anyone else, even her husband.

The people of Develish are alive. But for how long?


Libraries & Librarians

Libraries & the 3D Printed Gun Controversy

As more libraries adopt 3D printer technology for their communities, we’re seeing more ethical and safety-related questions about what patrons can and can’t print using library technology. Right now, the focus is on 3D printed guns.

Book Adaptations

Books in the News

By the Numbers

Award News

Pop Cultured

All Things Comics

 Audiophilia

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? Whether or not you read and nominate titles, we’ll end every newsletter with a few upcoming titles worth reading and sharing (and nominating for LibraryReads, if you so choose!).

We’ve made it easy for you to find eligible diverse titles to nominate. Kelly Jensen created a database of upcoming diverse books that anyone can edit, and Nora Rawlins of Early Word is doing the same, as well as including information about series, vendors, and publisher buzz.

And to make it even easier, I’ve picked a few specific titles that are being released in November 2018. Links direct you to Edelweiss, where you can request a digital advance copy, and nominations are due by September 20th.

  • My Sister the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. (November 20, 2018) “A short, darkly funny, hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends.”
  • Newcomer by Keigo Higashino. (November 20, 2018) “A new case from internationally bestselling Keigo Higashino —newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kyochiro Kaga is assigned to a baffling murder, where nearly all the people living and working in the district have a motive.”
  • How Long ’til Black Future Month?: Stories by N.K. Jemisin (November 27, 2018) “Hugo award-winning and New York Times bestselling author N. K. Jemisin sharply examines modern society in her first short story collection.”

Thanks for hanging out and we’ll see you again in two weeks!

–Katie McLain, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole.

 

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Tor Changes Library Sales, Great Summer Audiobooks, and More Library News

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

Check Your Shelf is sponsored by Libby, the one-tap reading app from your library and OverDrive.

Whether you’re traveling around the world or relaxing on your couch this summer, Libby, the one-tap reading app from OverDrive will make sure you always have a good book with you. Instantly access thousands of eBooks and audiobooks for free from your library in just one-tap. Thanks to Libby and your library no matter what time it is or where you are, you’ll always have instant access to your next great reading adventure.


Libraries & Librarians

Book Adaptations in the News

Books in the News

By the Numbers

Award News

All Things Comics

Audiophilia

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

Level Up

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? Whether or not you read and nominate titles, we’ll end every newsletter with a few upcoming titles worth reading and sharing (and nominating for LibraryReads, if you so choose!).

This month, I’m directing you to Becky Spratford’s piece that digs into not just the database I’ve created of adult reads eligible each month for LibraryReads, but also the database at EarlyWord by Nora Rawlinson.

I’ve made the decision to make the diverse adult titles database open to all, so feel free to add titles you’re aware of to it. I’ll go through periodically and clean up ineligible titles, duplicates, etc. Click here to access it.

This newsletter goes out after the deadline for September titles, so start keeping an eye on October titles and nominate them before August 20.

This is such a great shirt. $22 and up.

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See you again in two weeks!

— Kelly Jensen, @veronikellymars on Twitter and Instagram

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Libraries Aren’t Neutral, a New Anthony Bourdain Biography, A Billion and One Book Lists, & More

Welcome to Check Your Shelf! This is your guide to all things book talk worth knowing to help librarians like you up your game when it comes to doing your job (& rocking it).

Check Your Shelf is sponsored by Libby, the one-tap reading app from OverDrive.

Whether you’re traveling around the world or relaxing on your couch this summer, Libby, the one-tap reading app from OverDrive will make sure you always have a good book with you. Instantly access thousands of eBooks and audiobooks for free from your library in just one-tap. Thanks to Libby and your library no matter what time it is or where you are, you’ll always have instant access to your next great reading adventure.


Libraries & Librarians

Response to ALA’s Meeting Room Policy Interpretation

Book Adaptations

Books in the News

By the Numbers

Award News

Pop Cultured

All Things Comics

Audiophilia

Book Lists, Book Lists, Book Lists

Bookish Curiosities & Miscellaneous

Level Up (Library Reads)

Do you take part in LibraryReads, the monthly list of best books selected by librarians only? Whether or not you read and nominate titles, we’ll end every newsletter with a few upcoming titles worth reading and sharing (and nominating for LibraryReads, if you so choose!).

Last month, Kelly put together a reference guide for finding these books, along with a database of titles and publication dates to make reading and highlighting these books as easy as can be. Your only work is to read them and talk about them.

There is literally no excuse. Nominations for titles on the October list need to be submitted by August 20. Here are a couple suggestions to get you started:

  • Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice. “Moon of the Crusted Snow imagines a small community on the precipice of winter without power or communication where leaders must grapple with control, restore order, and save their people from a grave fate.”
  • The Lady Killer by Masako Togawa; translated by Simon Grove. “The Lady Killer leads a double life in the shadow world of Tokyo’s singles bars and nightclubs. By day a devoted husband and hard worker, by night he cruises nightclubs cafes and cinemas in search of lonely single women to seduce. But now the hunter is being hunted, and in his wake lies a trail of gruesome murders. Who is the culprit? The answer lies tangled in a web of clues, and to find it he must accept that nothing is what it seems.”
  • White Dancing Elephants by Chaya Bhuvaneswar. “In sixteen remarkable stories, Chaya Bhuvaneswar spotlights diverse women of color—cunning, bold, and resolute—facing sexual harassment and racial violence, and occasionally inflicting that violence on each other.”

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Thanks for hanging out and we’ll see you again in two weeks!

–Katie McLain, @kt_librarylady on Twitter. Currently reading Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer.