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Posted on: May 18, 2019, 12:53 pm Category: Uncategorized


This list of books about libraries is sponsored by The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

The hardscrabble folks of Troublesome Creek have to scrap for everything– everything except books, that is. Thanks to Roosevelt’s Kentucky Pack Horse Library Project, Troublesome’s got its very own traveling librarian, Cussy Mary Carter. Cussy’s not only a book woman, however, she’s also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy’s family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she’s going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

I’ve known I wanted to be a librarian since I was a kid who played in the stacks. I lived down the block from our public library, and I considered it a home as much as my own house. I know I’m not alone. These ten great books about libraries highlight important libraries, librarians, and even library cats. Encompassing fiction and nonfiction alike, the books on this list of the best library books celebrate the magic of the library experience.

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It’s never too early to introduce a love of libraries to children, and in Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré (2019), Audrey Aldamuy Denise does just that. This picture book, with gorgeous illustrations from Paolo Escobar, tells the story of New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, Pura Belpré. After she arrived in New York in 1921, Belpré worked as a seamstress before taking a position as a bilingual assistant for the New York Public Library, where she transformed programming to be more diverse and inclusive. Belpré’s story is a testament to public servants who create safe spaces for people of all backgrounds to come together, learn from each other, find resources, and know they have somewhere they belong.


Make children feel welcome in libraries with Chris Grabentsein’s middle grade novel Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library(2013). This whimsical story features young Kyle Keeley, who’s a bit of a goofball at school with a deep interest in games. Naturally he is intrigued by the invitation extended to town children to visit the new library created by eccentric Mr. Lemoncello. But there’s far more at work than a meet-and-greet, and Kyle and his friends have to escape the library. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library captures the wonder libraries can inspire in children and draws inevitable comparisons to Roald Dahl’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


This riveting book follows Abdel Kader Haidera, an activist and book collector, who traveled the Middle East to track down invaluable Islamic and secular documents and manuscripts. These priceless literary artifacts were brought to the city of Timbuktu and housed in a library. But when Al Qaeda invaded the area, the librarians knew they had to smuggle the manuscripts out. Joshua Hammer’s The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu captures their harrowing journey with a breathless pace and is a testament to how bad-ass librarians can be.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott HawkinsTHE LIBRARY AT MOUNT CHAR BY SCOTT HAWKINS

The Library at Mount Char (2015) features lush writing and intricate dark fantasy world-building in an enchanted story about an endless library. Our protagonists grow up in a vast library, raised by a man called Father, and are responsible for mastering a certain “catalogue” of knowledge, which could be languages, animals, mathematics, or more. But as the children age into adults, they begin to sense what lies beyond those walls, a sinister society they alone can topple with their powers. Scott Hawkins deftly manages to construct a novel that asks us to question information and knowledge, just like a good library would do.


A hilarious spoof on paranormal romance, Michelle Knudson’s Evil Librarian (2014) is an entertaining novel about Mr. Gabriel, the dreamy, handsome new librarian at Cynthia’s high school. Cyn’s best friend, Annie, falls for Mr. Gabriel and becomes his new library monitor, and it’s up to Cyn to rescue Annie from Mr. Gabriel’s evil influence. Evil Librarian is a fun, tongue-in-cheek book that undermines the quiet librarian stereotype in a big way.


In Rebecca Makkai’s The Borrower (2011), Lucy is a children’s librarian in Mississippi, and it’s not exactly the profession she thought she’d end up in. Lucy slips extra books to her beloved patron, precocious misfit 10-year-old Ian, since his strict religious mother censors his reading material. One day, Lucy finds that Ian’s slept in the children’s area of the library to avoid his mother. She takes it upon herself to protect him, and the two embark on a road trip escape. This touching novel praises children’s librarians and the young patrons they inspire.


Let magical realist master Haruki Murakami transport you to a wondrous library in his lyrical novella The Strange Library (2014). Murakami’s short novel focuses on a little boy who becomes a menacing library’s prisoner, exploring the secret passageways and catacombs in the building to find a way out and meeting quirky characters along the way. Murakami captures the dream-like atmosphere of a library and the menagerie of smart, eccentric patrons it attracts.


Libraries are not just safe harbors for humans. Sometimes animals and pets settle into the stacks, too, and it’s exactly that kind of heartwarming story we read about in Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World (2008). The inspiring and cozy biography of Dewey, a kitten who was abandoned in the Return Books drop in Spencer, Iowa, and adopted by Vicki Myron, the library director (and author of the book). The kitten went on to become Dewey, an infamous library cat with fans around the globe. This sweet book reminds you of how libraries can be shelters for all kinds of creatures.

The Library Book by Susan OrleanTHE LIBRARY BOOK BY SUSAN ORLEAN

In The Library Book (2018), acclaimed journalist Susan Orlean tells the wrenching tale of the Los Angeles Public Library fire of 1986 and the efforts to rebuild after the traumatic event. Orlean’s scope widens to the role of libraries and librarians today, grappling with her own relationship to libraries over her life. The Library Book also asks if the person responsible for the arson can ever be found. This book was one of Book Riot’s Best Books of 2018.

Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian by Etheline WhitmireREGINA ANDERSON ANDREWS, HARLEM RENAISSANCE LIBRARIAN BY ETHELENE WHITMIRE

Ethelene Whitmire’s book brings the life and legacy of Regina Anderson Andrews, the first African American to lead a New York Public Library branch. Andrews was an integral part of the Harlem Renaissance community, creating a space in the library for diverse scholars, writers, and intellectuals and helping to establish key cultural institutions. Regina Anderson Andrews, Harlem Renaissance Librarian (2014) is an essential read for anyone looking to understand the role of public librarianship, library science’s relationship to activism, and diversity within the profession.


Posted on: May 15, 2019, 2:25 pm Category: Uncategorized

Learning Styles: The Basics for Special Librarians

May 14, 2019

Learning Styles: The Basics for Special Librarians

Posted by: Stephen Abram

I’ve learned many things over my over 40 years as a librarian. That said, we don’t, as professionals, sufficiently embed learning at the core of our practice.

Posted on: May 15, 2019, 2:24 pm Category: Uncategorized

Free Advocacy Webinars from EveryLibrary


EveryLibrary is excited to launch our first set of 6 library advocacy webinars on demand!

We’re offering these webinars on demand so that you can attend our pre-recorded webinars at a time that is most convenient for you. That means that you’ll get instant access to these great webinars as soon as you register.

Throughout the 2019 we will be offering webinars across a wide range of advocacy, political, and funding topics. These webinars will include digital strategies, fundraising, legislative work and lobbying, legal issues in library advocacy, volunteerism and managing volunteers, paid and earned media, and so much more. Many of these upcoming webinars will be presented by a diverse panel of political and non-profit experts from across the country.

These are webinars are made available thanks to donations from library supporters like you.
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Legislative Day Training
Library Legislative Day has the potential to be one of the most effective and politically powerful days of the year. This is an excellent opportunity to meet with your state’s leaders and advocate for renewed interest in funding libraries at the state level, build support for pieces of legislation that are favorable to libraries, and to cultivate political power to fight against anti-library legislation. This webinar is a great introduction to anyone who is interested in building relationships with legislators and cultivating the political power that libraries need at the state-level to ensure their future success. (Register Here)

Fundamentals of Library Advocacy
The goal of this webinar is to introduce the tools we need to develop in order to identify, cultivate, and empower your local activists to take action for libraries. We’ll show you what you need to do in your community in order to start to use those tools to build the real political power that you need in order to engage and influence community leaders. (Register Here)

Fighting Back When Cuts Are Threatened
This ISTE School Librarians / EveryLibrary Institute webinar is designed to give you insights on what you can do to get started quickly on a campaign to safeguard your own position or budget, or to get organized across a district when cuts are threatened. Learn about the right way to engage parents and other stakeholders in the face of crisis, and get oriented to how can be put to work in support. If there is a threat to your position or budget, or to other school libraries or librarians across your district, know how to mobilize people to help you fight back. (Register Here)

Help Them Fund Your School Library
Your school board and administration is considering next year’s budget right now. In this ISTE School Librarians / EveryLibrary webinar, learn easy to adapt techniques to frame the work you do and the program you run for budget success. With the right approach to data and to talking about your values as a school librarian and an educator, learn how to make a stronger case for new or renewed funding. (Register Here)

Power Map Your District for Advocacy Success
Many of your funders and decision makers are not directly invested stakeholders in your program’s success. In this ISTE School Librarians / EveryLibrary webinar, learn how to Power Map the school ecosystem and your broader community to influence the superintendent, principal, board, or funding partners. The Power Map is a classic approach to identifying how to best reach and influence decision makers. As you move into the new school year, this webinar can help you form a clear idea of how to make your interactions more intentional and your funding more secure. (Register Here)

Using Social and Email to Maximize Your Visibility
Your process for building support for your program’s funding starts with stakeholders being aware not only what you do but how they understand your impact on students and the school. In this ISTE School Librarians / EveryLibrary webinar you will learn techniques from established political and issue-campaigns to build better visibility about the way your program impacts student achievement. The session will provide an orientation to the “ladders of engagement” that build new paths to stakeholder and funder support. Learn about effective pathways to set up a digital communications strategy – whether you have access to the school or district website or not. (Register Here)

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Posted on: May 15, 2019, 2:22 pm Category: Uncategorized

A New Storage Breakthrough Could Squeeze a Library’s Worth of Data Into a Teaspoon of Protein

A New Storage Breakthrough Could Squeeze a Library’s Worth of Data Into a Teaspoon of Protein


Posted on: May 10, 2019, 6:11 am Category: Uncategorized

NTIA Survey Finds Some Americans Still Avoid Home Internet Use

NTIA Survey Finds Some Americans Still Avoid Home Internet Use

 at LJ InfoDocket

“From NTIA (National Telecommunications and Information Administration):

NTIA’s most recent Internet Use Survey depicts a rapidly evolving nation eager to take advantage of technological innovation. Mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and wearables are increasingly dominating the computing landscape, as more Americans than ever use the Internet.

Yet a portion of the population still does not use the Internet at home, consistent with findings in previous NTIA and U.S. Census Bureau surveys on Internet use. According to the most recent data collected in 2017, 22 percent of U.S. households—approximately 28 million households in total—did not use the Internet from home, with most citing either lack of interest or concern about price


We found some similarities between the two largest groups of offline households. Each included relatively high numbers of low-income households making less than $25,000 per year. They were also somewhat more likely to be in a rural location, and less likely to have post-secondary education, than those households with home Internet service.

But data on the two groups also revealed some distinct differences. Households that cited lack of interest were less likely to have school-age children at home. Moreover, online households and those citing expense as a concern each had a mean age of 49, while those not online due to lack of need or interest averaged nearly 63 years of age. And households not online at home due to expense were twice as likely as their counterparts citing lack of interest to report using the Internet from other locations, as well as previous home Internet use.

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Posted on: May 9, 2019, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized

The 9 mistakes you don’t know you’re making as a new manager

The 9 mistakes you don’t know you’re making as a new manager

The 9 mistakes you don’t know you’re making as a new manager


Mistake #1:  You think building trust is about team-building.

Mistake #2: You think your team members generally know what’s going on.

Mistake #3:  You believe being busy as a leader is good.

Mistake #4:  You sort-of prepare for your one-on-one meetings (when you have the time).

Mistake #5:  You try to solve the problem yourself, because you’re the domain expert.

Mistake #6:  You think transparency all the time is good.

Mistake #7:  You think you communicate the vision in your team well.

Mistake #8: You think you’re giving enough feedback. 

Mistake #9: You’re nice. 




Posted on: May 8, 2019, 6:39 am Category: Uncategorized