Preliterate Memories | French on Fridays

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Try to remember a time before you could read….

Not Your Usual Suspects | Genre Spotlight: Mystery

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As LJ’s 2015 materials survey of U.S. public libraries (LJ 2/15/15) confirms, crime fiction remains one of the biggest draws for readers, with the genre continuing to dominate fiction circulation in print and ebook formats. Besides the armchair pleasures of following favorite sleuths as they solve a complex puzzle, mystery readers also enjoy exploring new territories and perspectives outside the borders of their own lives.

Poetry Month This Week | What We’re Reading

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What We’re Reading this week is P-O-E-T-R-Y, people!

A Thriving Print Scene | Best Magazines 2014

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Even as the digital shift continues, print magazines remain a vital part of a multilayered, interconnected media marketplace. The new magazines launched in 2014 display publishers’ appreciation of, and commitment to, the value of the printed page. Mediafinder.com reported that 190 magazines were launched in 2014, compared to 185 in 2013. Last year also saw the closure of 99 titles, as opposed to the 56 that ceased in 2013.

To Download or Not To Download? | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, April 15, 2015

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Don’t let downloadable content scare you away from buying the latest hits for your circulating collection… the additional content breathes new life into old favorites.

Secrets and Lies | African American Fiction (and More)

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Shhhhh! Wanna know a secret? Many characters in this month’s selections guard their privacy whether it’s because of shady business buried in their past or plunging into a marital affair. The gossip-worthy secrets may threaten a life or cause inner guilt, but they certainly add spice to this month’s novels by established African American authors.

Other People’s Stories | Memoir

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In trying to find a common thread to the titles I selected this month, I couldn’t help but notice that the majority, while still memoirs, are actually stories about someone else.

Climate Warning Bells: The Search for Sustainability

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Barnham’s big claims about the viability (and necessity) of solar energy; a vision of how climate inaction might be overcome, Brecher intrigues; Seaman’s sterling addition to all photo collections, Taillant opens our eyes wide to ignored natural resources.

Writing To Remember: A 20th-Century Tragedy Inspires a Debut Novel

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“Seeking answers, trying to impose meaning, to understand what happened and why are all things I do when I’m writing. So when people ask me if my novel is an act of political activism, I remember what Toni Morrison said…”

Welcome Artificial Overlords: Androids in Fact & Fiction | Collection Development, April 1, 2015

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Welcome Artificial Overlords. Humans have historically been obsessed with creating artificially intelligent life (AI). These 26 works of fiction and nonfiction, plus periodicals and DVDs, bring this future into sharper focus.

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