by Larra Clark, courtesy of District Dispatch

Last week, we highlighted a disturbing policy change that we had been anticipating for a while: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai’s plan to roll back the net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all internet traffic and services equally.

Between Thanksgiving preparations and leftovers, we have had some time to review this big turkey (220 pages worth). Below are some first impressions.

Before we dive in, now is the...


by Catherine Batac Walder, courtesy of Fine Books and Collections

Nearly a month since its opening, we finally got to see Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library in London. I’ve seen some of the items on the internet before (e.g., J.K. Rowling’s original sketches on Pottermore) and heard the quotes from past interviews with the author, but it was of course extraordinary to see the objects from her collection in person.

This is the first major exhibition that explores the rich and diverse qualities of her stories, in relation to traditions of folklore and magic. There was a video of...


by Rebecca R. Bibbs, courtesy of The Herald Bulletin

Lapel Middle School (IN) eighth-graders Brennan Stow, 14, and Lily Humerickhouse, 13, went about their work in the media center at Lapel Elementary School, moving around the banana tree that stretched to the ceiling as if it weren’t there.

But the students are acutely aware of the unusual learning tool, which had been used as part of their lessons.  “I thought it was really cool. I never saw a banana tree in a library,” Brennan said.

The 12-foot tree with bananas dropping down from the...

New Orleans, La.
Dedicated: 1988

Tennessee Williams, author of A Streetcar Named Desire (1940), bought his only New Orleans property in 1962. Williams lived sporadically in its second-floor Apt. B for 21 years, until his death in 1983.

The Literary Landmark program is administered by United for Libraries. More than 150 Literary Landmarks across the United States have been dedicated since the program began in 1986. Any library or group may apply for a Literary Landmark through United for Libraries....


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Beattie, Ann (author).
June 2017. 224p. Scribner, hardcover, $25 (9781501111389).
REVIEW. First published May 15, 2017 (Booklist). Accomplished short story writer Beattie (
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