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‘We’re sorry, but there are 300 people ahead of you in line for our one copy of the e-book you’ve been anticipating all year.” This is the message many public libraries will be forced to relay to readers of e-books published by Macmillan Publishers this fall.Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan will limit libraries to purchase only ONE COPY of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after its release. Additional copies will then be available for two years of access at a price quadruple consumer prices.An average of 3,000 people each day are signing the online petition at eBooksForAll.org, urging Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent to reverse the planned embargo on eBooks sold to libraries. In its first month, the American Library Association's #eBooksForAll campaign has garnered more than 100,000 signatures from readers, authors, library staff and patrons from all 50 states. READ MORE
The longlist for the American Library Association's Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction was announced on October 1. A total of 49 books (24 fiction, 25 nonfiction) were selected this year. The six finalists will be announced on November 4. Two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26, 5 -7 pm.The awards were established in 2012, and they're the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association. They're also the only major book award that reflects the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. READ MORE
Did you know that Friends of Libraries groups have their very own national week of celebration? United for Libraries will coordinate the 14th annual National Friends of Libraries Week October 20-26, 2019. It's a time not only to recognize and celebrate Friends groups, but also to promote themselves in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership.If you love libraries and aren’t part of your local library’s Friends group, you may want to consider joining. Friends of Library groups can be found in nearly every community and on many campuses across the country.  These groups, made up of volunteers, raise money and increase public awareness about their library.  Money raised by Friends groups support important library services like summer reading programs for children, author events, special collections, and new technologies. Some Friends work with their local libraries to get involved in politics, lobbying for advocacy efforts such as increasing the library’s budget, building new facilities, or even legislation that affects libraries. READ MORE
The longlist for the American Library Association's Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction was announced on October 1. A total of 49 books (24 fiction, 25 nonfiction) were selected for the longlist this year. The six finalists will be announced on November 4. Two medal winners will be announced at the Reference and User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia on Sunday, January 26, 5 -7 pm.The awards were established in 2012, and they're the first single-book awards for adult books given by the American Library Association. They're also the only major book award that reflects the expert judgment and insight of library professionals who work closely with adult readers. READ MORE
Millions of people now use digital content as their preferred or only access to books, music and movies. We believe everyone deserves access to eBooks, and here are a few reasons why:Digital content is portable and available anywhere 24/7.eBooks are great for people with vision problems. With adjustable font size, they can turn into large print books with one click.Because portable eReader devices are light and easy to hold, eBooks are easier to use for some people who have physical disabilities. READ MORE
Join book lovers in a new digital reading experience—the Libraries Transform Book Pick! The program connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same ebook through their public libraries.The first book pick is the newly released After the Flood by Kassandra Montag and it will be available for download October 7-21, 2019 at public libraries in the U.S. There will be no waitlists or holds for the title. READ MORE
Do you love borrowing eBooks from your library? Do you value the convenience and accessibility of eBooks, especially if you have trouble getting to the library?  If so, you are among the millions of people who now access digital content through their public library.However, one publisher has announced plans to limit readers’ access to new eBook titles through their libraries. Macmillan Publishers has announced that beginning November 1, 2019, libraries will be able to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release. READ MORE
If you've been following our #GetLibraryCarded Campaign on social media for Library Card Sign-up Month, you might have noticed the photos of awesome comic creators posing with their library cards. That's thanks to the work the American Library Association's Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT), who organized the effort.So far, participating creators include Barbara Perez Marquez, writer of The Cardboard Kingdom (Knopf), writer/artist Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Marvel Knights, Painkiller Jane),  writer Scott Snyder (Batman, Justice League, and American Vampire), artist/editor Christina "Steenz" Stewart (Archival Quality, Rolled & Told), writer David F. Walker (Bitter Root, Writer of Naomi, Luke Cage), cartoonist Sophie Yanow (The Contradictions), writer Chip Zdarsky, (Spider-Man: Life Story, White Trees, Daredevil).And there are many more to come. The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table will be featuring one comic creator every day for the entire month of September! READ MORE
You may have encountered a book every once in a while that you disliked or was counter to your beliefs, but would it ever occur to you to try and prevent others from reading it? Many people think that book banning isn't a problem in the United States, but attempts at censorship don’t only happen in other countries. In 2018, the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) recorded 347 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services. Most challenges to library resources in 2018 focused on materials and programs associated with issues of concern to those in the gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer communities, most notably drag queen story hours and books affirming transgender youth, like Alex Gino’s George. READ MORE
At the very end of the 2019 Carnegie Medals celebration in Washington D.C. this past June, I met Dr. Erin Corbett. After an already memorable evening of rousing, emotional speeches from medal winners Kiese Laymon (Heavy) and Rebecca Makkai (The Great Believers) and keynote speaker Laura Lippman, Corbett added a whole new layer to my understanding of one of this year’s Carnegie winnersShe and a friend had come to the event just to see Laymon accept his award for Heavy. Corbett, I learned, founded and runs a nonprofit organization that offers educational opportunities to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. As soon as she read Heavy last fall, she knew she had to add it to her curriculum. Even in our brief chat that night, I understood that the book has had a profound effect on Corbett and her students. Corbett graciously agreed to an interview with Booklist about her experience teaching Heavy in Connecticut prisons, which I’m so happy to share below. READ MORE

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