1. Summer Best Debuts | First Novels →

  2. bookavore:

    libraryreads:

    Hot off the press, the Library Reads August 2014 list! 

    We’ve got the first in a new series from library fav Chelsea Cain. Lev Grossman wraps up the adventures of Magician’s trilogy. A BEA Buzz book: The Miniaturist

    New books from staff and patron favorites Amy Bloom, Liane Moriarty, John Scalzi, and Thirty Umrigar. Everyone’s favorite mother and son writing team bring us latest historical mystery in An Unwilling Accomplice

    And a little something, something for the romance readers from Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Katie MacAlister.  

    Happy reading!

    I keep meaning to blog about The Magician’s Land, so I will take this opportunity to say that I loved it—very satisfying ending to the trilogy—but I really wish I had re-read the first two before diving into it. So if you’re waiting for it, take this opportunity to re-read The Magicians and The Magician King to immerse yourself properly.

    I remain impressed by what Grossman managed to do with these books: be utterly skeptical about magic and its importance while maintaining a childlike adoration of it. I always get such a rush reading these books, because the combination allows me to re-visit my first experiences of Philip Pullman, Susan Cooper, Garth Nix, et al., in a way that most other fantasy books do not. That headlong and greedy reading experience, those books that are so good you forget to change positions and your arm falls asleep—I always feel that Grossman misses it as much as I do, and it’s a treat to read a book that reflects being that affected by fantasy writing, and even manages the same trick a few times.

  3. Nadine Gordimer dies aged 90 →

    We lose another giant of literature.

    She was called one of the great “guerrillas of the imagination” by the poet Seamus Heaney, and a “magnificent epic writer” by the Nobel committee.

  4. ebookfriendly:

"Donkey-powered mobile #library, somewhere in Ethiopia http://ebks.to/1qwe6Vv

Ah sweet! An eco-friendly bookmobile.

    ebookfriendly:

    "Donkey-powered mobile #library, somewhere in Ethiopia http://ebks.to/1qwe6Vv

    Ah sweet! An eco-friendly bookmobile.

  5. Anonymous said: How important do you think social media is for library professionals? Should they have a blog, twitter, etc., or do you think linkedin suffices? What do you think the goals should be of info professionals who engage in social media for work?

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    Hey there—

    Good questions. I think there’s a few main goals for social media-ing for librarians: 1) networking, 2) resource sharing, 3) documenting/sharing your professional progress in a relatable way. Obviously all three of these are interconnected. Social media provides the opportunity to meet professionals you might not have the opportunity to connect with IRL—and, importantly, social media can enable URL-to-IRL meetings. That’s probably my favorite part. I rolled in to the ALA Annual conference back in Anaheim knowing only one person there—but having enough ‘internet friends’ that I my days were full with lunches and socials and other informal meet-ups.

    Sure, you can still get a job and you can still certainly do amazing work without being plugged in. But I’d also argue you’re missing out on a rich experience and opportunity to connect and learn. Each of the major social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, even reddit and the larger blogging platforms—has communities of librarians having fun and sharing cool stuff. I’d recommend finding which one(s) work for you and jumping in.

    LinkedIn is still a sort of mystery to me. I’d argue it’s worth having a profile—it’s a good search result if a prospective employer wants to find you online and it’s a good way to take some control of your professional brand. I’ve also been solicited a couple of times for job opportunities, which is pretty cool too. Most importantly, LinkedIn shows you if you have a connection, even indirectly, to an employer you would like to work for.

    What do you think, tumblarians?

  6. Singapore Library Destroying LGBT-Friendly Childrens Books At Homophobe’s Request | The Mary Sue →

    In spite of protests and petitions from over four thousand concerned patrons, the Singapore National Library Board is moving ahead on plans to pulp three picture-books that depict non-traditional families–all at the urging of a single bigot.

  7. It’s casual Friday! Your Friday fashion statement!

    It’s casual Friday! Your Friday fashion statement!

    (Source: etsy.com)

  8. cheshirelibrary:

Um, yeah…

    cheshirelibrary:

    Um, yeah

  9. Book-Cut Artworks by Thomas Allen

    via fer1972

    Now this is what I call pulp fiction!

  10. When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes down around you.

    — 

    Lemony Snicket (via thesnicketfile)

    Your Thursday morning library inspiration.

    (Source: facebook.com)

  11. Log In - The New York Times →

    It is fitting that the quietest place at Wimbledon is the library.

    “It’s an oasis,” said Audrey Snell, who has worked there for 15 years.

    About 40,000 fans crowd onto the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club each day during the tournament, filling Centre Court, smothering Henman Hill and shuffling among matches, sipping Pimm’s and nibbling strawberries.

    Only a few each day find their way to the library, with the sport’s greatest collection of books and magazines.

    This special library does it the old-fashioned way: offline.

  12. randomhouse:

    World Cup of Books: Semifinals Edition: Brazil

    Before today’s match against Germany, brush up on your Portuguese with four indispensable works by Brazilian authors:

  13. willywaldo:

nypl:

Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

What a clever idea to promote your collection and encourage your patrons to read fiction in translation!

    willywaldo:

    nypl:

    Has international World Cup fever inspired you to look for some books from around the globe? If so, check out NYPL’s Literary World Cup featuring authors from each competing country. It’s a great way to find some new writers to enjoy! 

    What a clever idea to promote your collection and encourage your patrons to read fiction in translation!

  14. bookoisseur:

    accioslothsplease:

    JK Rowling’s new update about Harry, Ron, Hermione, and friends.

    It was quite fun

    Whooo! Whoo! A Harry Potter Story.

  15. Kirby Heyborne’s Librarian Rap Song @ ALA 2014 (FULL VIDEO) | Books on Tape →

    Award-winning audiobook narrator Kirby Heyborne‘s performance of his original song, “Ain’t Nobody Change the World Like a Librarian,” will surely go down in ALA Annual history as one of the best surprise moments experienced by a crowd of librarians. Ever.