Library users are passionate readers and we’ve got resources for all varieties of booklovers.
Librarians are experts at connecting you with the information you need, whether it's a complex research project or the next good book on your reading list. This list of award-winning books is a good place to start. Read more about recommended books for adults, teens, and children.
Book clubs provide a wonderful forum for readers to talk about books and the reading experience and libraries contain many helpful resources for book groups. If you're looking for a book club to join, check with your library. Libraries often provide meeting space for book clubs and many administer their own book discussion groups. Thinking of starting your own book club? Learn how to get started.
The American Library Association has teamed up with Well Read, the popular weekly public television program for those who love books and lively, engaging conversations with the authors. Read more.
Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, the American Library Association Youth Media Awards—including the prestigious Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, and Coretta Scott King Book Awards—guide parents, educators, librarians, and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Learn more about the Youth Media Awards.
Authors are natural allies of libraries. Especially in these challenging times, authors understand the key role that libraries and library staff play in the economic, social and educational fabric of our nation. Read more about how authors can passionately speak out in support for libraries. Learn how authors can get involved.
Proulx’s commanding epic about the annihilation of our forests is nothing less than a sylvan Moby-Dick.
Barkskins are tree people, which includes not only loggers and foresters but truly all of humankind, given our reliance on these pillars of life. In her copious historical woodland saga, Pulitzer Prize–and National Book Award–winner Proulx tells the stories of those who loved and those who destroyed North America’s vast verdant forests. Just as she follows the trail of a musical instrument across America and much of the twentieth century in Accordion Crimes...READ MORE
GoT seems to be teaching us, as an audience, that its myriad plots are about character development and not (always) about how they play out. Take Arya, who opens this week’s show running away from the Waif and bleeding copiously from her stab wounds. Arya leads the Waif right to her sword, Needle, and shows off her training when she slices off the top of a candle—a quick and artistically beautiful moment. In a sacrilegious move, she trails blood through the House of Black and White and puts the Waif’s bloody face among the others taken for the Many-Faced God.... READ MORE
Listening to literature expands our horizons, connecting us to commonalities across cultures while honoring the differences that define our identities. Sharing multicultural audiobooks honors the mission of the We Need Diverse Books movement, committed to the ideal that embracing diversity will lead to acceptance, empathy—and, ultimately, equality. Through careful attention to authentic accents and atmospheric musical soundscapes, free from stereotype or marginalization, audiobooks offer an immersive literary experience that provides windows into the human experience for all ages.
In my June Booklist “...READ MORE
Review of the Day
Telgemeier, Raina (author). Illustrated by the author.
Sept. 2016. 256p. Scholastic/Graphix, hardcover, $24.99 (9780545540612); Scholastic/Graphix, paperback, $10.99 (9780545540629); Scholastic/Graphix, e-book, $10.99 (9780545540674). Grades 4-7. 741.5.
REVIEW. First published June 1, 2016 (Booklist). Cat and her family move to foggy, windy Bahía de la Luna for her little sister, Maya, who has cystic fibrosis, since the new climate will be better for her health. Though she’s initially distraught, Cat eventually settles in, but her next-door neighbor Carlos, who won’t shut up about the ghosts that visit their town, is a constant thorn in her side. Bouncy, gregarious Maya is... READ MORE
Authors on Libraries
I haven't made a film that hasn't depended almost entirely on the generosity and willingness of librarians and archivists to share their vast collections.
Sometimes it's a small public library or a tiny historical society. Sometimes it's a big massive institution like the Library of Congress. I remember getting my first library card in Newark, Delaware and visiting the library often there, and then later on in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the two places I grew up. But now we visit, somehow, hundreds of libraries every year to look for material for our films. There has not been a project that has not used a library collection in our research.
I live in rural New Hampshire and we're not that far away from Dartmouth and its...READ MORE