MAKING AND BREAKING is a pertinent theme for this month’s column. The titles go from connecting with nature and other people to cutting the ties that bind to exploring New Age philosophies and the lost art of grace.
When it comes to collection development, libraries are making more complex choices based on what patrons want and in what format they want it. Print books come in hardcover and paperback, with an ever-growing selection of large print; library binding, while less popular than it once was, is still an option. Ebook models are more varied than ever, but libraries must pay attention to licensing restrictions, term and use limits, and subscription models. Audiobooks, which are experiencing steady gains in appeal, present some of the widest range of format choices: CDs, downloadable audio, and preloaded players.
Brioso, César. Havana Hardball: Spring Training, Jackie Robinson, and The Cuban League. Univ. Pr. of Florida. Sept. 2015. 272p. notes. bibliog. ISBN 9780813061160. $24.95. SPORTS Baseball’s landmark year was 1947—that was when Jackie Robinson integrated the National League and, later in the season, Larry Doby became the American League’s first black player with the Cleveland […]
On September 10, 2015, before an audience close to 900 strong at Playhouse Square’s Ohio Theater in Cleveland, the Cleveland Foundation presented the 80th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, which honor literature that challenges racism and celebrates diversity. The awards were founded by Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf, who, said Cleveland Foundation President Ronald […]
Doctor, scientist, and writer Oliver Sacks, who died on August 30, is perhaps best known for his 1985 The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. He was a prolific author, though, over the years penning many explorations of neurological dysfunction and, sometimes, super-function. Below are some reviews of his titles that appeared in LJ over the years.
Doreen Cronin (text) and Betsy Lewin’s (illustrations) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type is one of my favorite picture books. In it, cows get hold of an old typewriter in the barn and start negotiations with the farmer, via typed notes, for better conditions: If they don’t get electric blankets, they say, forget about getting […]