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

Q&A: Richard E. Nisbett

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LJ talks to Richard E. Nisbett, author of Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking, “a great gift of enlightenment from an expert and exemplary teacher.”

Q&A: Anna Freeman | Debut Spotlight, July 2015

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A nuanced portrayal of class and gender equality that will keep readers eagerly turning the pages, Anna Freeman’s The Fair Fight proves an outstanding debut.

Book Shelving: Check It Out | Behind the Book, July 2015

From bookshelves to book carts: (l.) volunteer Viets returns items to their proper place at the Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center, Fort Lauderdale, FL; (r.) the author (in red) joins Windsor Branch P.L. staff in Barnhart, MO, with the library cart pimped out like the cover of Checked Out

“Volunteering at a library is rewarding. It was a thrill to see my mysteries on the library shelves…. It was fun to recommend my favorite writers, if a patron asked for help. If they liked my suggestions, I felt like a successful matchmaker.”

Town Hall Meeting | Day of Dialog 2015

Caption here on images from the Town Hall meeting. At top, Nesbitt and Hoffert listen as Robert Hubsher from Ramapo Catskill Library System makes a point. Next, close view of Nesbitt, who stepped in last minute to lead the meeting. Other shots show crowd involvement and approval. Photos ©2015 William Neumann

There’s nothing like a Town Hall Meeting to get ideas flowing, and the event at LJ’s Day of Dialog was no exception. The roomful of librarians from across the country offered a wide variety of viewpoints, with some gentle guidance from moderator Barbara Hoffert and meeting leader Robin Nesbitt, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) branch manager, […]

First Novels | Day of Dialog 2015

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  The First Novels panel at LJ’s Day of Dialog showcased six very different writers of five very different novels, with something for everyone in the audience. Authors Ron Childress, Sloane Crosley, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, Paige McKenzie, and Claire Vaye Watkins offered animated answers to moderator Stephanie Klose’s questions and kept the session […]

On the Beach, in the Kitchen, on Death Row | What We’re Reading

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The WWR skeleton crew discusses the contents of their beach bags and backpacks. This week we won’t need a bigger boat…