Materials Breakout | Materials Survey 2015

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Here’s the good news: respondents to LJ’s annual materials survey of U.S. public libraries nationwide report that their materials budgets are up 3%, averaging $807,000 overall and ranging from $30,000 on average for libraries serving populations under 10,000 to $4,437,000 for libraries serving populations over 500,000. That’s the best budget showing since the $862,000 average in 2008 and a sign that libraries are catching up after the major economic downturn of 2007–08, though with prices now higher, budgets are still playing catch-up.

March Madness and Beyond: Basketball Diaries

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The story behind the first racially integrated college basketball game in the American South; the 12-year feud between the University of Connecticut and University of Tennessee women’s basketball teams; a meditation on human limitations.

After Larson’s Dead Wake | RA Crossroads

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On May 7, 1915, one of the largest passenger ships ever built, the Lusitania, while traveling from New York to Liverpool, fell prey to a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland that sank it with a single torpedo shot.

Out of This World Reading: Nebula Nominees 2014

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The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) recently announced their nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards. Judging by the six nominees for Best Novel, 2014 was a outstanding year for original, provocative, and challenging fiction.

Hoping for Spring Gardens: Inspiration, Reference, and Guidance | Wyatt’s World

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In spite of the snow blanketing much of the country, gardens are getting ready to bloom. Here are five books to raise the spirits and prepare readers for the abundance to come.

Audiobooks from Carter, Chamberlain, Day, Goodwin, Hilderbrand, Millard, & Steinhauer | Xpress Reviews

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Twisty fiction, a house with secrets, erotic Day, historical romance, a feel-good Christmas novel, Joni Mitchell, a predictable Regency romance, and an espionage novel with ex-lovers, military contractors, and other nefarious types

Nonfiction on Misfortune in History, Archiving, the U.S./Mexico Border, the Bible | Xpress Reviews

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A daily dose of entertainment on misfortune in history that may spark interests to be pursued elsewhere, anyone with responsibility for processing archival collections will value Santamaria’s book, a beginner’s guide to the Bible for Christians

Fiction by Asher, Joyce, and Karr, plus Two Debuts | Xpress Reviews

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A complex and satisfying sf work from Asher, a good mean girls debut, a somewhat darker and more detailed work from Joyce, and a rather plodding debut historical despite the accuracy and lavish descriptions

Psychology, February 2015 | Best Sellers

May 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

E-Originals from Anderson, Arden, and Usen, with a Debut plus One | Xpress Reviews

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A double mystery in the Florida sun, a female football player tackles her love life, a self-published debut and its sequel feature well-crafted characters, and witty banter and tons of sexual chemistry make for a lighthearted treat

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