For Book Lovers

Library users are passionate readers and we’ve got resources for all varieties of booklovers.

Recommended Books

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.

Starting a Book Club

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.

Well Read

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

Youth Media Awards

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

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.

Booklist Reader

This week’s book trailer features Neil Gaiman talking about his latest collection of stories, Norse Mythology. It’s no surprise he chose to revisit these tales. As Ray Olson writes in his Booklist review, “[Gaiman’s] favorite body of myths is. . . the Norse batch, the matter of Odin and Thor and Loki, of Valhalla and Midgard and Hel.”

Although short, Gaiman’s interview gives the viewer hints of the immersion they can expect to experience while reading his book. It’s impossible not...

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Cindy: I’m used to getting some strange marketing packages from publishers, but this week a notable one showed up: a book called If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss, a box of buttermilk biscuit mix, and a small, empty bottle of branded moonshine. Wait. Moonshine? Why is my bottle empty? Fortunately, before I accused my UPS driver of nipping my hooch, I read the notice tucked inside the book:

Wish your bottle was full of some old-fashioned white lightning? Send us an honest review of If the Creek Don’t Rise and we’ll send you a little Baines Creek moonshine!

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Readers are clamoring for dystopian fiction. (Apparently, not everybody has a well-worn, highlighted, dog-eared copy of 1984 sitting on their shelves.) I’d like to suggest some dystopian books from my own library to read during these very interesting times. (For a list of contemporary American dystopian novels, click here.)

 

Reality-based Dystopia

Open Doors and Three Novellas, by Leonardo Sciascia

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American Library Association Youth Media Awards, 2017 winners announced!
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Review of the Day


Bryan Cranston (author)Bryan Cranston (reader)
Sept. 2016. 9hr. Simon & Schuster Audio, CD, $29.99 (9781508226314).
REVIEW. First published February 1, 2017 (Booklist).

In this engaging memoir, Tony and Emmy Award winner Cranston chronicles the various roles he has taken onscreen, on the stage, and in life, moving from his difficult childhood and turbulent relationships to his success as an actor with roles on Malcolm in the Middle and, of course, Breaking Bad. Cranston warmly narrates his own book and does it so naturally that listeners will forget he’s reading and imagine him simply sharing his story, one-on-one. His tone subtly changes to reflect his thoughts on emotional...

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Authors on Libraries

We spoke with YA author Scott Westerfeld at the American Library Association 2017 Midwinter Meeting. Here's what he had to say about libraries:

I think every community winds up with the library the need.

That's one of the great things about what librarians do is they adapt to what, you know, what that neighborhood needs,  what that community needs.  There are some places where libraries become social service networks. There are some places where they're job placement centers.  There are some places where they're, you know, for some children they're a way to escape from what what that neighborhood is like, and to to escape from, you know, from their parents...

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