Alternate Routes & Reads | French on Fridays


Outliers, both real and surreal, are on the “French on Fridays” book menu today.

The Eisners: Winning Cartoonists, Winning Libraries | Eisner Awards 2015


Congratulations to the winners of the 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the Will Eisner Graphic Novels Grants for Libraries

To Flag and Flag Not | What We’re Reading


The “What We’re Reading” team discusses flags, twins, graphic novels and manga, Canadian crowd control, and hot new releases from Harper Lee and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Library Journal’s Review of To Kill a Mockingbird, May 15, 1960


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


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


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


Interview with No. 1 vote getter J. Ryan Stradal

Q&A: Richard E. Nisbett


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


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.”