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.

Short Fiction Is Cool Again: Tor.com Announces Inaugural Novella List

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Last summer Tor.com, which has been publishing original short fiction on its site, announced a new imprint “dedicated to publishing the best novellas and short novels from emerging writers as well as established authors.” On February 12, it released its initial list of titles.

LibraryReads: Librarians Announce March Favorites

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Some familiar authors have made this months Library Reads, the list of what librarians are loving lately, and the list is topped by a familiar character: Miss Queenie Hennessy, whom we formerly met in Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Interested in getting involved in LibraryReads, the monthly list of what librarians are loving? […]

Why It’s Greater To Love and To Lose | Memoir

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I swear, dear readers, that I did not read all of these books about love on purpose. My guess is the love books come out around February, when everyone is feeling in that candy-heart kind of mood. While I would argue that love can be a many-splendored thing all year long, you won’t find me […]

In the Face of Survival | Oscar Docs 2015

A compelling case for social action that plays like a thriller; Best Documentary Feature 2015 nominee

Editors’ Spring Picks

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LJ’s reviews editors found quirky, eclectic, offbeat, and debut titles to recommend this season

Q&A: LaShonda Katrice Barnett | Debut Authors, February 15, 2015

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Barnett’s compelling and acclaimed debut novel, Jam on the Vine, shines a spotlight on the crucial role the black press played in the lives of African Americans after the Civil War.

Strange & Mysterious: Finding Vivian Maier | Oscar Docs 2015

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Meet Vivian Maier, a photographer and ultimately a recluse whose life story is nominated for a 2015 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature

RUSA’S Top Pop Fiction | ALA Midwinter 2015

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In spite of a record-breaking blizzard that shut down most of Chicago on Sunday, February 1, RUSA’s Book and Media Awards Ceremony went on as scheduled at the Hilton Chicago, where the Reading List Council announced the 2015 selections of the Reading List, an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers.

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