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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.
Summer is the perfect time to enjoy a romance at the beach—but if you can’t get there, these books will bring the beach to you. Can’t you just feel the ocean breeze in your hair, the sound of the waves and the seagulls, the warmth of the sun on your face, and the smell of sunscreen in the air? These books will make your temperature rise, so be sure to follow with a nice, cool dip in the pool.
Downtown Devil, by Cara McKenna
Nearing the end of her twenties and feeling unfulfilled,...READ MORE
For the past 46 years, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, launched in 1969, has been awarded to the year’s best novel. Originally reserved for citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations, Ireland, and Zimbabwe, in 2013, the prize came to include any work written in English and published in the UK. With the prize’s longlist looming—results due in July 27th—interactive publisher FlipSnack has crunched 40 years of data to provide us with some crucial statistics about past prize winners that might just help us predict what’s to come. Check out the results below (linked to Booklist reviews when available)!
Author the bestselling Dork Diaries, Rachel Renee Russell has created another upbeat series about the awkwardness of being an outcast in middle school, beginning with The Misadventures of Max Crumbly: Locker Hero (Aladdin). In the trailer, an enthusiastic narrator describes Max’s greatest dreams (becoming a superhero) and embarrassments (getting stuffed in his locker). Over a notebook paper background, a free floating pencil illustrates Max’s mishaps in cartoony doodles. Middle schoolers will giggle at the drawings, which are both funny and relateable, and root for Max to find a...READ MORE
Review of the Day
Butler, Robert Olen (author).
Sept. 2016. 288p. Atlantic Monthly, hardcover, $25 (9780802125750).
REVIEW. First published July, 2016 (Booklist). Life has a way of slipping by when we’re not looking. Secrets stay hidden, slowly eroding the truth between people, and then, again and again, we fail to act, further solidifying the barriers that keep us from one another and from ourselves. So it is in Butler’s latest novel, a deeply meditative reflection on aging and love, as seen through the prism of one family quietly torn asunder by the lingering effects of the Vietnam War. Robert is a 70-year-old academic, and his wife, Darla, also a professor, is 67; over decades, their lives have drifted into the... READ MORE
Authors on Libraries
The libraries that I frequented were not simply places where people read books, they were community centers, organizations, outlets. Meetings were had. Local community organizations met there, addressed the issues of the community, provided an outlet for young people until their parents got home, gave them a sense of parental guidance and authority.
So, libraries were really like literate churches, churches of literacy, occupying spaces in communities that gave us a sense of who we were, not only in terms of its intellectual authority that was wielded by all of those books, but also because of the care and the concern of the librarians and the community for the young people, especially, and for the community at large.READ MORE