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.
Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from July 31 through August 4 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.
Five-Carat Soul, by James McBride
McBride’s (Kill ’em and Leave, 2016) short stories joyfully...READ MORE
Moviegoers who want to stay steeped in the deliciously overwhelming feelings they had watching Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk will find plenty of tales of grit, despair, inspiration, and insurmountable odds while browsing the 940.53s. Librarians can save them a little time and look like heroes themselves by handselling these other retellings of epic events. (And, don’t forget to put military history buffs on the waiting list for Michael Korda’s fall release, Alone: Britain, Dunkirk, and Defeat in Victory.)...READ MORE
Stephen King’s IT Parade is author/editor Daniel Kraus’s 10-week journal of re-reading King’s classic. Join him on this long (very long) journey, if you dare.
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...READ MORE