In the Bookroom

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From Page to Screen: Graphic Novels in Movies and Television

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What’s a librarian to do when new comic converts ask for a book about their latest favorite character, or a comic that is similar to their favorite show? Start with this handy list of graphic novels that have either inspired or been inspired by their broadcast and cinematic counterparts.

Reading and Reacting | French on Fridays

This week I realize that truth is harder, not to mention stranger, than fiction.

Coloring, Geeking, Watching, Witching, & More | What We’re Reading

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LJ/SLJ and JLG staffers share their oddball and nightmare and just plain vanilla reads this week.

Alternate Routes & Reads | French on Fridays

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Outliers, both real and surreal, are on the “French on Fridays” book menu today.

The Eisners: Winning Cartoonists, Winning Libraries | Eisner Awards 2015

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Congratulations to the winners of the 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the Will Eisner Graphic Novels Grants for Libraries

To Flag and Flag Not | What We’re Reading

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The “What We’re Reading” team discusses flags, twins, graphic novels and manga, Canadian crowd control, and hot new releases from Harper Lee and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Library Journal’s Review of To Kill a Mockingbird, May 15, 1960

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The May 15, 1960 issue of Library Journal reviewed a new work by a debut author, Harper Lee. Her To Kill a Mockingbird was released on July 11 of that year and our reviewer, librarian Robert W. Henderson, described it as “A gripping, timely story. Strongly recommended for all libraries.” (See below for the full […]

Freak Flag Day | French on Fridays

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Yes, almost a month after Flag Day, I’m thinking about stars and stripes, stars and bars, pride, prejudice, y’know…the usual things. It is a significant point in history though: the Confederate flag comes down (voted down, even better) off South Carolina’s state house; at the same time, throngs of red, white, and blue-clad revelers roar […]

Finding Closure: The End of a Series | In the Bookroom

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It was with excitement and some dismay that I read the final installments of a pair of long-running historical series: Willig’s Pink Carnation and Long’s Pennyroyal Green

J. Ryan Stradal | LibraryReads Author, July 2015

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Interview with No. 1 vote getter J. Ryan Stradal