by Steve Zalusky

Libraries are welcoming spaces that promote diversity, equity and inclusion.

This is especially evident as, for the third year, the American Library Association marks June as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community.

Originally established in the early 1990s by The Publishing Triangle as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month, this occasion is an opportunity for book lovers and libraries with the very best in GLBT literature.  GLBT Book Month™ is coordinated through the ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services and the...


by Scott Hewitt, courtesy of The Columbian

Art that’s inspired by a good book can be interesting.

In Meg Wolitzer’s celebrated 2013 novel, “The Interestings,” a gaggle of teenagers at a summer arts camp bond together in that amazingly intense way that only summer campers can. Love, rivalry, hero worship and enduring dreams for the future all sprout. So do years of unexpected consequences and soul-searching about what it means to be ordinary versus what it means to be special and truly “interesting.”

The Camas Public Library’s (WA) bimonthy Book-to-Art club is special and interesting. Its mission is not just to get people...


by Kyly Clark, courtesy of Sierra Nevada College Eagle's Eye

Charlie Macquarie, a librarian, archivist, artist and writer, spoke about his “Library of Approximate Locations” at SNC’s Poetry Center (NV) in the Prim Library this spring. Macquarie’s project sheds light on the importance of libraries and books in a way that makes people want to keep turning the pages.

Macquarie grew up in Carson City and shares his connection to the region and landscape through his art installations at outdoor locations throughout the West and his accompanying talks, which usually take place in libraries.



by Steve Zalusky

At the Modesto (California) Library, Olga Cardenas makes it her mission to deliver literacy programs, regardless of language or economic barriers.

It is why she received a 2016 I Love My Librarian Award.  Blessed with the ability to communicate in English and Spanish, she reaches families in Stanislaus County burdened with extreme poverty and facing cultural barriers.  Cardenas, who was nominated by the Friends of the Modesto Library,  holds the key these families need to unlock the potential for unlimited opportunities for their children.

As the Youth Services Outreach Librarian, she reaches out to parents in their communities, their workplaces and their houses of worship. Her outreach efforts...


Review of the Day

Tambor, Jeffrey (author).
May 2017. 384p. Crown Archetype, hardcover, $27 (9780451496355). 791.45.
REVIEW. First published May 16, 2017 (Booklist Online). Actor Tambor’s charming memoir opens with a series of letters he wrote to the book editor and his reps, who were trying to convince him to pen his life story. Obviously, his answer was yes, as he goes on to recount his youthful struggles, his lifelong passion for the theater, and his film and television work, from his indelible role as Hank in HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show. Tambor is candid about the unhappiness of his childhood as well as his own missteps, from admitting that taking a role onstage in the musical La Cage aux Folles was...
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